IL congressman to resign Friday

Posted by Carrie Williams- email

CHICAGO, IL (AP) - Congressman Rahm Emanuel says he'll resign his congressional seat on Friday.

Emanuel delivered the news in an automated call to constituents on Monday.

Emanuel has accepted President-elect Barack Obama's offer to be the new White House chief of staff.

A special election now must be scheduled to fill Emanuel's seat in the 5th District, and several Chicago politicians have already expressed interest in the seat.

Emanuel was elected to that seat in 2002.

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