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NBC: Emanuel To Announce Soon Whether He's Quitting

WASHINGTON — Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, could announce by the end of this week whether he's leaving his job, NBC News reported Monday.

Emanuel is weighing a run for mayor of Chicago.

A source close to Emanuel said an announcement could come as early as Friday but no final decision has been made, according to NBC News.

Earlier Monday, President Barack Obama said: "I think that Rahm will have to make a decision quickly because running for mayor in Chicago is a serious enterprise."

Obama has said Emanuel, a Chicago native and former congressman, would be "a terrific mayor." Longtime Mayor Richard Daley isn't running again.

Mayoral candidates need 12,500 valid signatures to get on February's ballot.

Several media reports said Emanuel was likely to step down — or was at least considering such a move — before U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 2.

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