The legal team for Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel asked the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday to stop the printing of ballots that exclude his name, the Chicago Tribune reported.
His lawyers will also ask the court Tuesday to hear their appeal of an appellate court ruling that he does not meet the one-year residency requirement to run in the Feb. 22 race. Early voting starts Jan. 31, and Chicago elections officials planned to send ballots without Emanuel’s name to the printer on Monday night.
Emanuel had been in Washington, D.C., from January 2009 until October 2010 to work as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, but he kept his Chicago home and rented it out. He is the front-running candidate in the race to succeed retiring Mayor Richard Daley. The latest Tribune poll showed Emanuel at 44 percent, more than twice the support for his closest rival, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.