Top aide to Chicago Mayor Emanuel to leave for private sector next month

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CHICAGO — One of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top aides is leaving his administration next month.

Lisa Schrader has been both chief of staff and chief operating officer during Emanuel's first term. Before that, she worked for former Mayor Richard Daley's administration for a decade.

According to Emanuel's office on Monday, Schrader is leaving to follow opportunities in the private sector.

In a statement, Emanuel says he's sorry to see Schrader go, adding she was reliable during her time in his administration.

Schrader says in the same statement that it's been an honor to work for the city. She says she's ready for a new chapter.

Emanuel won a second term earlier this month after beating Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in Chicago's first mayoral runoff election.

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