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Sneed: Rahm Emanuel’s tenant wouldn’t mind renewing lease


Rahm Emanuel’s house Hermitage

Rahm Emanuel’s house on Hermitage

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Updated: July 2, 2011 12:20AM



It’s over!

Or is it? Rob Halpin, the cantankerous tenant of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s house in Ravenswood who refused to budge before his lease was up, tells Sneed he wouldn’t mind staying!

Ya gotta be kidding!

† Quoth Halpin, who lives in Rahm’s two-story family house on North Hermitage: “The lease is up at the end of June 2011. I doubt that they would move back here, as it is a long way from City Hall and the Latin School, where we heard their children may attend.

“It is also a security nightmare as the house has abundant glass and open space. If they wanted us to stay on we would consider it. There aren’t any hard feelings on our part.”

† Backshot: Hard feelings? No kidding. Not only did Halpin decide to run against Rahm for mayor, but his wife’s testimony at the Chicago Board of Elections residency hearing caused a team of investigators to check out a locked storage area in the basement of the house!

It’s really over!

Memo to Halpin: Forgetaboutit!

† To wit: Rahm told me during a private lunch late last week at Coco Pazzo he was looking forward to moving back into his old home — and he and wife, Amy, had not yet decided where their three children were going to go to school.

† Advice to Halpin: I think the word fumigation may be an apt description of what the Emanuels would like to do to the house.

Tipsville . . .

Watch for Emanuel to appoint Dr. Byron Brazier as a co-chair of his transition team. Brazier, an old friend of Carol Moseley Braun and an ordained minister and pastor of the Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester, was once an adviser to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The Braun beat . . .

$$$$: Is former mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun left with bundles of campaign debt?

† Quoth Braun to Sneed: “We don’t have any debt, but I will get a report tomorrow outlining the expenses we incurred during the past few weeks. We tried to operate without debt. . . . I’m not planning any fund-raiser parties.”

† The Braun future: Braun, who was once U.S. ambassador to New Zealand — which was just hit by a major earthquake —“is getting a little worried because I would have expected to hear from people I reached out to by now and have not. . . . I don’t have any plans to go there right now. I have a business [Ambassador Organics] to run.”

The Cuomo affair . . .

Holy incense! New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be threatened with not being able to take communion in a Catholic church because he is living with his girlfriend Sandra Lee, but she tells the March issue of Vogue magazine she expects to one day marry him. “Right now I’m happy being a girlfriend, but someday Andrew and I will get there. When his kids say we need to, we will.”

The King’s stage . . .

Former talk show star Larry King is going to tour the country in a one-man show to chat about his life and career. The show is titled: “Larry King: Stand up.” It starts in Connecticut and ends in Las Vegas.

I spy . . .

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson lunching at Le Peep Restaurant on Sunday with their son Chester “Chet” Hanks — a hip-hop artist/rapper (his nom d’artiste is Chet Haze) who attends Northwestern.

“We were on a 30-minute wait when they came in and they waited,” said a restaurant source. “Everyone pretty much left them alone. They were good tippers. . . . A few weeks ago, Gina Gershon was here for breakfast with her sister Tracy and her family.”

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Mary Smith, proud mom of the Chicago Sun-Times’ James Smith, priceless; Kristin Davis, 46; Billy Zane, 45; Jeff Kroll, 47; Steve Jobs, 56; George Thorogood, 61; Barry Bostwick, 66; Joe Lieberman, 69, Helen Shaver, 60 and George Ryan, 77.



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