Hands off our Arne, Barack

Daley doesn't want Duncan to join an Obama administration just yet

Mayor Richard Daley is wishing Barack Obama all the luck in the world in the presidential bid, but if Obama wins, Daley doesn't want him to take Arne Duncan to Washington with him.

Daley said if Obama wants to take the Chicago Public School CEO with him to Washington , he could do so. But Daley said Wednesday he wouldn't recommend Duncan because he wants to keep him in Chicago because of the excellent job he is doing.

Duncan is a Hyde Park neighbor of Obama, who has helped the Illinois senator formulate his campaign positions on education issues.

When Duncan was asked Wednesday if he would accept a cabinet appointment, he said it was the furthest thing from his mind, adding Chicago schools have come a long way, but the work remains unfinished.

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