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Before he was elected mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel served as a chief of staff to President Barack Obama. The two are old friends and, reportedly, still very close. Given that, many were surprised when Emanuel announced recently to halt plans to name a school in his city after Obama.

“Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for other possible names for this future school,” said Emanuel in a statement.

The Chicago Tribune reported the sudden change and speculated what could have been the cause: