Rahm Emanuel back on ballot to stay, court rules, but there's still a footnote
By 7-0, the Illinois Supreme Court overturns an appellate court ruling that left Rahm Emanuel off Chicago's mayoral ballot. But two justices say the issue of residency is not so clear-cut, and defend lower court.
Ending a flurry of legal maneuvers that injected unwelcome last-minute confusion into Chicago’s mayoral race, the Illinois Supreme Court gave former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel the green light to continue his campaign for mayor of the city.Skip to next paragraph
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In a unanimous 7-0 ruling issued late Thursday afternoon, the court reversed a 2-1 decision by the Illinois Appeals Court Monday that threw Mr. Emanuel’s name off the ballot.
At issue was whether or not Emanuel qualified as a Chicago resident under a state law that required anyone vying for public office in Illinois to reside in the municipality in which they were seeking office for at least one year. Emanuel, who holds a commanding lead in the polls, returned to Chicago in October after serving as President Obama’s chief of staff for two years in Washington.
The high court ruling put to rest concerns about Justice Anne Burke and whether or not she should recuse herself from the process due to a potential conflict of interest. Justice Burke’s husband is Chicago Alderman Edward Burke, a staunch critic of Emanuel’s and a supporter of candidate Gery Chico, a former chief of staff to current Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.