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Rahm Emanuel, 50, White House chief of staff
Senior strategist and chief fundraiser during Daley's first successful run for mayor in 1989, he caused a stir in an April television appearance when he announced: "One day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago."
The former congressman was an adviser to President Bill Clinton and then worked for an investment banking firm headed by a Clinton fundraiser. In 21/2 years with the firm, he earned more than $16 million.
Evidence in the federal investigation into illegal political hiring at Daley's City Hall showed city workers campaigned for Emanuel and other politicians.
He also came up in the investigation of ex- Gov. Rod Blagojevich's conduct in filling the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Emanuel, who served as Obama's point person on the Senate seat, was heard on several undercover federal recordings talking about possible Senate picks with Blagojevich and the then-governor's chief of staff before the two were arrested. Emanuel was not accused of any wrongdoing in either investigation.
June 6, 2008