The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago.Mazel tov, Rahm!
The decision comes without a moment to spare; early voting for the Feb. 22 city election begins Monday, Jan. 31.[...]
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 unanimousy 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."
"I can say the candidate and our camp are very pleased that this issue is finally behind us," said Emanuel attorney Kevin Forde. He pointed to the high court's ruling that the law was long settled. "They make it clear the law has been settled for 150 years."
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Illinois Supreme Court says Rahm Emanuel can run for Mayor of Chicago
The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed the ruling of the lower appellate court and has said fomer Congressman and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who davened two rows behind me at Rosh HaShanah services in 2008, can indeed run to serve as the next Mayor of Chicago.