Rahm Emanuel Back on Chicago Mayoral Ballot

Rahm Emanuel will remain on the ballot for mayor of Chicago, at least for now, while the Illinois Supreme Court considers the case:

Emanuel The court has not decided whether to hear Emanuel’s appeal of Monday’s Illinois Appellate Court ruling that tossed him out of the race to replace Mayor Daley. But the Supreme Court granted Emanuel’s motion for a stay of the ruling.

“The appellate court decision is stayed,’’ the Supreme Court’s order reads. “The Board of Elections is directed that if any ballots are printed while this Court is considering this case, the ballots should include the name of petitioner Rahm Emanuel as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago.’’

The state appellate court ruled Monday that Emanuel did not meet the one-year residency requirement to run for mayor of Chicago.

Also, the Chicago Tribune reported last night:

"The two Appellate Court judges responsible for tossing Rahm Emanuel from the ballot in February's mayoral race both won their jobs after being anointed by a Chicago political power broker who openly supports an Emanuel opponent.

Whether or not their opinions are colored by politics, the case has recharged the debate among critics who decry a process of selecting judges that relies more heavily on political clout than merit."


  1. Daniel says

    Rahm pissed away the Public Option in a stupid maneuver to gain Republican capitulation to health care (which he should have known better than to do). I live in Chicago and never planned to vote for him.

    Gery Chico for mayor!

  2. ken says

    So Rahm found an Illinois judge he could pay off, that wasn’t so hard. I’m sure the Obamas are watching this with some interest. Who better to run against Kirk in 2016 than the first lady trying to get back her husbands seat but could be difficult if she’s still living in the white house. Just my prediction…

  3. anon says

    We expect politics in the second city to be hardball. The ILSC isn’t going to rule that the appeals court judges had an unmitigated conflict of interest–that would be extremely unpropitious.

  4. Derrick from Philly says


    Do you think Carol Mosely Braun is a homophobic thug when it comes to civil rights for Gay Chicagoans? What was her state and congressional voting record on civil rights for Gay Americans?

    Mister Bedwell,

    Rahm what will do what he needs to do to keep a winning coalition together to win the mayoralty. For a Democrat that must include Gay Chicagoans…if he wants to win and be re-elected.

    I think at the end of day folks just start sayin’ any damn thing on the blogs.

  5. says

    The law actually seemed pretty straightforward to me — and it certainly seems as though the appellate court got it right. What it means to “reside” somewhere is pretty well defined in case law — you actually have to live there. The law even made an exception for elected officials and their spouses — so, say someone was elected to Congress, they or their spouse could still run for Mayor of Chicago — but that exception was not created for appointed positions.

    Maybe the law should be changed to also include federal appointments, though I perhaps would argue otherwise. People should have to actually live in the cities they want to run in — I don’t think that’s a novel concept. It would have been one thing if Rahm kept his house as his residence while staying in DC, at least then he would have had a much better case of filling the residency requirement, but he leased the sucker out (and, AFAIK, the thing is still leased out), so really that makes the whole thing moot. To go back and say, “well, I expected to come back all along,” is rather meaningless. If he wanted to maintain such a close connection to that city, he shouldn’t have leased out the house and he should have made efforts to stay there from time to time while working in DC — elected officials do that all the time, Rahm included when he was in Congress. So I have little pity for him — he made his bed in the White House and now he has to lay in it.

  6. Terrance says

    Quite frankly, I’m surprised they managed to get a ruling that took him off the ballot in the first place..!

    What’s the next step after the Ill Supreme Court? A US Court Of Appeals staying the election until the ballot is resolved…?

    Ahhhh — Chicago politics. So far, the only thing missing is a good round of federal indictments…;-)

  7. says

    They need Rahm Emanuel to run and they need him to win. They need him to win because when Sock Puppet runs again in 2012, Chicago is the staging point. Ballerina boy is just the guy to open up the bottomless checkbook to host every conceivable thing possible for Fearless leader.

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