Emanuel to announce Chicago mayoral run Saturday

Then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel winks as President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

November 10, 2010 8:38:47 PM PST
ABC7 has learned Rahm Emanuel will make it official Saturday that he's running for mayor of Chicago.

The man who's been renting Emanuel's North Side home is thinking about running, too.

Businessman Rob Halpin reportedly refused to move out when Emanuel decided to return to Chicago. Halpin said other business people approached him to think about running.

"I've never been involved in politics, I'm a businessman and I've talked to them about it and based on what I've learned from them and what i know about myself, I think I'd be a pretty good mayor," Halpin told ABC 7.

Two declared candidates for mayor slammed Mayor Richard Daley's deal for privatizing city parking meters.

Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun said it's the top issue she hears about from Chicago voters. Former City Colleges chairman Gery Chico said the mayor and city council have misspent the money paid for the meters and should not use most of what's left to balance next year's budget.