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Emanuel can't go home

Chicago -- The man renting the Chicago home of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says he has no plans to move before his lease runs out.

If Emanuel decides to leave Washington and run for mayor of Chicago, it appears he won't be returning to his North Side home, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

Robert "Bob" P. Halpin, 59, said he just signed a new lease Sept. 1, six days before Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced he would not seek reelection. He did not say how long the new lease was for.

Halpin told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed his lease forbids him to talk to the media about Emanuel's home.

"But I can tell you I have no plans to move," he said.

A spokesman for Emanuel said the White House chief offered to compensate Halpin if he agreed to terminate the lease.

The friend said the discussion was cordial but Halpin was unwilling to budge.

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