The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered that Rahm Emanuel’s name be returned to the ballot for the Chicago mayoral primary:
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago.
The decision comes without a moment to spare; early voting for the Feb. 22 city election begins Monday, Jan. 31.
You can read the opinion by clicking here.
A cheer went up at Emanuel’s headquarters when the news came out. The candidate was preparing to leave for tonight’s debate with the three other leading contenders. But first he stopped at the Clark and Lake “el” stop to greet voters.
The high court’s decision reverses a 2-1 Illinois Appeals Court decision Monday that ruled Emanuel ineligible on the grounds he did not meet the requirement of being a Chicago resident for a year before the election. Emanuel returned to Chicago last fall to run for mayor after serving as White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama.
The Chicago election board and a Cook County Circuit judge had earlier both ruled Emanuel met the residency requirements. The Supreme Court said the appellate court was in error in overruling them.
“So there will be no mistake, let us be entirely clear,” the Supreme Court wrote in its ruling today. “This court’s decision is based on the following and only on the following: (1) what it means to be a resident for election purposes was clearly established long ago, and Illinois law has been consistent on the matter since at least the 19th Century; (2) the novel standard adopted by the appellate court majority is without any foundation in Illinois law; (3) the Board’s factual findings were not against the manifest weight of the evidence; and (4) the Board’s decision was not clearly erroneous.”
Off-hand I’d guess that Gery Chico and Carol Moseley Braun aren’t amused. I can only wonder if those who brought the suit to challenge Emanuel’s eligibility will try to advance the case to the U. S. Supreme Court (which I’m guessing would refuse to hear it).