Rahm Emanuel Back on Chicago Ballot
Updated: 8:55 p.m.
Following accusations that he didn’t meet Chicago’s residency requirements and a series of legal maneuvers, former Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D) is back on the ballot in the Windy City’s mayoral race.
On Monday an appeals court ruled that Emanuel didn’t meet the requirement to live in Chicago for at least the year prior to the election. It was a big blow because the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners was preparing to print ballots for the election and would have left his name off.
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.