CHICAGO — With no near-term plans to resurrect his predecessor’s proposed lease of Midway Airport to private operators, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to leave the door open to it by asking the Federal Aviation Administration to preserve its approved slot under a pilot program.

Former Mayor Richard Daley, who did not seek re-election earlier this year, had reached an agreement with a private consortium in 2008 to lease the airport for $2.5 billion.

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