Emanuel’s Tenant Sticks it to his Landlord … Again

November 10, 2010
Rob Halpin smoking a cigar.

Michael Tercha of the Chicago Tribune took this picture of cigar-smoking Rob Halpin.

Talk about a tenant from h-e-double-hockey-sticks.

When Rahm Emanuel moved his family to Washington to become the White House chief of staff for the Obama administration, he rented out his North Side Chicago home to businessman Robert Halpin and his family for one year.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Halpin had just renewed his lease for another year when Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that he was ready to hang up his hat and become a regular Chicago resident.

Emanuel, who soon after announced he would run for mayor, gave up his prestigious position in Washington and moved back to Chicago.

Small problem: Halpin wouldn’t give him his house back.

Controversy ensued: How could Emanuel be the mayor of a city of which he is not officially a resident?

Rahm Emanuel's North Side home and big lot.

Look at the size of the yard at Emanuel's Chicago home!

Emanuel rented a River West condo and embarked on his “listening tour.”

Now a new wrinkle from Emanuel’s tenant: Chicago Tribune’s John Kass reported Wednesday that Halpin just might run for mayor himself.

Talk about a double whammy.

Guess we’ll find out soon: Mayoral candidates must file nominating petitions between November 15-22.

Rahm's house with great built-ins

Love those built-ins, Rahm.

Emanuel’s Chicago home, 4228 N. Hermitage, has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a second-floor laundry room, a finished lower level, a screened-in sunroom, a private deck, a huge yard and a detached, two-car garage.

The rental price is listed at $4,995 a month.

Wonder if the landlord designated it a smoke-free home: Halpin loves cigars.

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