The Supreme Court of Illinois ruled on Tuesday that Emanuel’s name should be on the ballot. It said in a separate order Tuesday that it will rule on an expedited basis whether he meets the residency requirements, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Since Emanuel left his job as White House chief of staff to run for mayor in October, activists in Chicago accused him of not having lived in the city for the previous year. Emanuel argued that though his home was rented out, he had clear intentions to return and had voted in Illinois.
The mayoral election will be held Feb. 22. The job is vacant after longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he would not run for re-election. Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D) and attorney Gery Chico (D) are among the others in the race.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.