Emanuel reclaims Northwest Side home, rides L to work
By Abdon M. Pallasch Political Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org August 23, 2011 2:16PM
Rahm Emanuel’s house on Hermitage
Updated: November 3, 2011 5:43PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is back in his home in Ravenswood — after a thorough cleaning and scrubbing — and he took the Brown Line to work Tuesday morning.
“I have the good fortune of being home,” Emanuel beamed. “After I worked out this morning, I had breakfast with my son — most importantly. I went to Beans & Bagels, got coffee, got on the Montrose Brown Line,”
After returning to Chicago from Washington, Emanuel had to spend nearly a year in an apartment on the Near Northwest Side because his tenants refused to move out of his Ravenswood house early. The tenant, Rob Halpin, even filed to run against Emanuel for mayor at one point. The Halpins moved out in June. Emanuel joked about giving the house a thorough cleaning.
Emanuel said he hopes Gov. Quinn signs a bill allowing a casino to open in Chicago because that will bring in tax money that can be used, among other things, to pay for CTA upgrades, Emanuel said. Quinn has said he already signed a capital bill that will bring more money to the CTA but Emanuel said Tuesday it’s not enough.
The “L” rumbled by as Emanuel spoke at DePaul University’s downtown campus where Emanuel announced Boston-based EMC will be opening a Chicago headquarters that will bring 200 jobs to Chicago. DePaul has a class training computer science students to work on EMC systems.
Did the mayor sit on the “L”? Stand? pay his own fare? ABC-7’s Charles Thomas asked Emanuel. Emanuel proudly pulled out his CTA fare card and said, “I paid my own fare.”
Then he challenged Thomas: “How much is it, Charles?”
Thomas said “$2,” then started lowering the price. Emanuel lampooned him “It’s north of $2: it’s 2 and a quarter.”
“Off-peak you pay less,” Thomas noted.
“Some of us don’t do those hours — we’re in work early,” Emanuel said.