Rahm’s Renters Moving Out Of Mayor’s Home

CHICAGO (CBS) — The renters of Rahm Emanuel’s home are moving out, clearing the way for the mayor and his family to move back into their Northwest Side residence.

Movers were loading belongings of Rob Halpin and his family outside the home on Thursday morning. Halpin for a brief time was a candidate for mayor against Emanuel.

Halpin last year refused to end his lease early after Emanuel announced he was returning to Chicago to run for mayor.

Halpin stood outside the home–and talked at length about politics and the city but refused to go on the record.

The next-door-neighbor, Thomas Pauly, tells Newsradio 780 he will be glad to see the owners move back in.

“Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, will be living right next door. Looking forward to it,” he said.

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Pauly was asked about having the Halpins as neighbors.

“They were nice people,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t enjoy him smoking his cigar every day. We’d be sitting out on the porch and you’d smell the smelly cigar. But what are you gonna do?”

Emanuel was renting out his home while serving at President Obama’s White House Chief of Staff after Obama was elected in 2008.

After Emanuel announced his plans to run for mayor, opponents challenged his residency, saying he was ineligible to run for mayor after renting his home and moving his family to Washington to work for Obama. The Illinois Supreme Court cleared the way for Emanuel’s candidacy and he easily won election in February.

  • Chana

    I think it is high time that the Halpin family move out – what was this – a power struggle to see who was toughest? Why did Halpin run for mayor? To think that he was someone – why was he so jealous of Mr. Emanuel? Hope he can find good neighbors.

  • john

    The landlord from hell… a properly signed and legally execuited leas is just that – legal. Rham was the one who attempted to break the lease not the renter.
    Would Rham endorse a law allowing every landlord in the city to just break any family’s lease and have them kicked out at the whim of a self serving landlord.

  • dana

    Correction: the tenant from hell. The landlord asked through a third party if the Halpins would be willing to move out in exchange for compensation. They refused, which was their prerogative. There were no threat or demands. The tenant from hell, who happens to be a Republican and realized who his famous landlord was and set about exploiting the connection to get his 15 minutes of fame.

    Add this to the fact the Halpins lied to on their lease contract. They used the name and phone # of a friend as their previous landlord because they were involved in litigation over unpaid rent with their real previous landlord. They would never have gotten into that property with that on their record, and they knew it so they lied.

  • GIGI

    Hey! Mr. Rob Halpin I have a place for you to rent? Come live on the Southside in Ald. Burkes ward, you will love it here. Loud music all weekend long and the trash that comes later from that all nigth party. You will feel like your vacationing in Mexico. So you see you get the best of both worlds??? Oh” Let’s not forget the non police protection you will have. It’s not the same like living on the NORTHSIDE???????? { Where you have it all }

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  • Gerald Spencer

    One is not a candidate for mayor in Chicago until one files the necessary petitions and the petitons are “vetted.” Halpin withdrew his petitions when the vetting process found extreme fraud and before criminal charges could be made.

  • Motifa

    I saw Mr. Halpin at a drag-queen event. Wasn’t that Emanual’s wife’s wedding dress he had on? He must have found it in the basement.

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