Rahm Emanuel's Name Must be on Chicago Mayor Ballot, Court Rules

By Jason Beahm on January 25, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

After a last minute emergency appeal, Rahm Emanuel's name will appear on the Chicago Mayoral ballot. The Illinois Supreme Court issued a stay of the Illinois Appellate Court's previous ruling. The Appellate Court had ruled that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel cannot run for mayor of Chicago.

In the now-stayed previous decision, the three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel does not meet the residency requirements necessary to appeal on the ballot. Emanuel quickly appealed the decision. 

The stay means that the case remains up in the air, with only a month to go before the election. The candidacy of Chicago's front runner for mayor remains in question, although the decision indicates that the state high court will likely take the case.

The Illinois Appellate Court's previously ruled that Emanuel did not meet a state code requirement that candidates reside in the city for at least a full year prior to an election. Emanuel contended that his residency should not be impacted by doing official government business in Washington. His attorneys filed an immediate appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Emanuel is already $10 million into the campaign and was poised to win the election, The New York Times reports.

"The Board of Elections is directed that if any ballots are printed while this Court is considering this case, the ballots should include the name of petitioner Rahm Emanuel as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago," the Illinois Supreme Court said, NBC reports.

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