Apparently the Chicago Tribune had staked out Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Ravenswood house. By 12:40 p.m., according to the Trib, moving trucks for renegade renter, Rob Halpin, had left his now-former home on the 4200 N. Hermitage block, and by 2:00 p.m. Halpin was seen driving away from the house. The Halpin family have been renting the house from Mayor Emanuel and their lease is up on June 30.
Halpin became a national celebrity last winter when he objected to Emanuel’s mayoral ballot petitions on the grounds that Emanuel didn’t really live in the house he claimed as his Chicago residence. The case went all the way to the Illinois State Supreme Court, with Emanuel emerging as the victor, paving the way to his March 2011 landslide mayoral win.
The house sits on a double-wide lot with a large backyard and is just steps from a city playlot, Helen Zatterberg Park. According to Zillow.com, single-family homes on block range from $500,000 to over $2 million. Zillow estimates the house at $1.1 million. According to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, Emanuel and his wife, Amy Rule, bought the house in December 1998 for $695,000.
Emanuel has been living in rented apartment on Chicago’s near west side while his children and wife have stayed in Washington, D.C. through the end of the school year.