(CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be spending a lot less time at the Democratic National Convention than heâ€™d originally planned.
Originally, the mayor had planned to be in Charlotte from Tuesday through Friday morning.
Now, his Communications Director Sarah Hamilton tells Newsradio that Emanuel has changed his plans.
â€œItâ€™s changed a bit. Heâ€™s stillâ€¦ the mayorâ€™s going tomorrow (Tuesday) to Charlotte to speak to the Democratic National Convention and he will be returning Chicago late Wednesday evening,â€ Hamilton said.
Hamilton said the Obama campaign has asked Emanuel to host a watch party on Thursday for campaign staffers who canâ€™t go to Charlotte.
Hamilton insisted the mayorâ€™s shortened trip to the convention doesnâ€™t have anything to do with a possible teachers strike.
â€œTheyâ€™re making good progress, and the mayor believes the right people are at the table,â€ Hamilton said.
She said Emanuelâ€™s abbreviated trip likewise doesnâ€™t have anything to do with the cityâ€™s higher murder rate this year.