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From the Chicago Tribune January 20, 2011.
“President Barack Obama, as expected, has chosen Chicago as the headquarters for his 2012 re-election campaign.
An Obama campaign official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the headquarters will open this spring.
The news came as senior adviser David Axelrod prepares to leave the White House and return to Chicago soon after the president’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday in order to spearhead the re-election bid.
As recently as late last month, White House officials said Obama had not decided where to locate his re-election headquarters. Observers, though, expected him to pick Chicago.
The decision bucks recent history. Every two-term president in the last 30 years — George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan — set up his re-election campaign offices near the White House or in suburban Virginia.”
“A Chicago base offers plenty of advantages: The city is loaded with longtime loyalists, many with fundraising muscle.”
Maybe, maybe not.
From the Chicago Sun-Times Jan 17, 2011.
“Rahm Emanuel may have retained his spot on the mayoral ballot, but he’s also kept a spot in another, less desirable place — a federal subpoena.
An attorney for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Emanuel remains under defense subpoena for the upcoming retrial, scheduled for April 20.
“It’s certainly possible we would call Rahm Emanuel as a witness,” Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky said.
Sorosky said at the direction of U.S. District Judge James Zagel, all the subpoenas issued in last summer’s first Blagojevich trial would be still valid in the second trial.
Emanuel, who was captured on tape in conversations with Blagojevich and his staff, was not called as a witness in the first trial where Blagojevich was convicted on just one of 24 counts.
But Sorosky said if the government opens the door in this go-around, Emanuel could take the stand.
“We’d have to see just what evidence the government presents,” Sorosky said.
Defense lawyers have said that Emanuel would be of interest to them because they believe he would testify that nothing nefarious took place in his conversations with Blagojevich or his staff in late 2008. Emanuel is not accused of wrongdoing.
While Emanuel was captured on some recordings made in the course of the investigation into Blagojevich, none were played at trial.
In one of those recordings, Emanuel appears to be asking Blagojevich for a favor involving Emanuel’s soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in 2009. Emanuel, who was working as President Obama’s chief of staff, would not answer questions at the time.”