Emanuel files papers for a stay
January 24th, 2011
01:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Emanuel files papers for a stay

(CNN) - Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel's team filed papers Monday night with the Illinois Supreme court to request a stay to allow ballots to be printed with Emanuel's name on them, according to the court.

A Democratic source aware of the developments says the Emanuel campaign will file a petition with the state Supreme court on Tuesday asking for a leave which would then allow time to appeal. Wednesday the team would file the actual appeal and brief, which may be followed by a response from the Chicago Board of Elections on Friday.

Early voting is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 31, but according to the source, the state supreme court can delay early voting.

The Chicago Board of Elections on Monday placed an order for the printing of two million ballots without Rahm Emanuel's name on them.

During a press conference following the Illinois appeals court decision, Emanuel emphasized his conviction to stay in the Chicago mayoral race.

"I have no doubt we will in the end prevail in this effort," Emanuel said. "As my father used to say, nothing is ever easy in life, this is just one turn in the road."

Emanuel was thrown off the ballot Monday by an Illinois appellate court panel, according to the Cook County Appellate Court's office.

The panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for the city's top office.

"A candidate must meet not only the Election Code's voter residency standard, but also must have actually resided within the municipality for one year prior to the election, a qualification that the candidate unquestionably does not satisfy," the court stated in the decision.

Emanuel was considered the front runner to replace outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in the February 22nd election.

In December, the Chicago Board of Elections determined he was a resident, but that decision was appealed. Emanuel served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff, a position he left last year to return to Chicago.

Emanuel is expected to appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court, and a federal appeal could follow.

According to a recent Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 44 percent of the city's voters backed Emanuel, 21 percent backed former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and 16 percent backed former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico. City Clerk Miguel del Valle received seven percent and nine percent remained undecided.

The source close to the Emanuel campaign told CNN his legal team anticipated there was a chance the court would rule against them and they have an emergency appeal already written.

Moseley Braun is expected to make a statement at 3:30 p.m. ET Monday.

– CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report


Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. NoZios

    This clown is running for mayor of Chicago? How can he do that and be President of the US at the same time?

    January 24, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Told you!!
    He had plenty of time to get his car registered HERE, and rent out his house to someone LIVING in Chicago.
    I'll say it again: NICE TRY Rahm, but no dice!

    January 24, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. angie

    Wow! What a bummer he didn't see that coming.

    January 24, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. W33ZY

    This is BS! It should and most likely will be overturned by the Illinois Supreme Court. Judicial activism is threatening democracy in this case.

    January 24, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Moose

    WOW! Excellent news!!!

    January 24, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Ellie Light

    Whoo Hoo one less OBama Robot in office - now watch OBumbles will create a CZAR job for his buddy Rham

    January 24, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Moose

    This is the best news of the weeeeeeek!! Too bad, so sad. LOL!!!

    January 24, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. jamarsu

    Wow That's unbelievable. Keep appealing Rahm. You'd make a great mayor.

    January 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. bob

    that's incredibly funny. left the white house with such hoopla and fanfare and now rejected on a technicality. ha ha ha. good stuff!

    the guy looks, talks and acts sleazy and like a member of the mob. chicago has had enough of that. maybe they should try electing a good and honest person as mayor. i can't believe i typed that with a straight face.

    January 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Moose

    Another Dumbocrat sent packin'! Sorry pal - you did not live in Chicago. Most arrogant politician in the country, besides our current Organizer in Chief.

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. obama victim

    one less crook in Chicago

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Moose

    So glad to see this moron get shut down!!!! Go find a real job loser. Do not pass GO, Do NOT collect $100.

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Bill

    I thought Clintons backing overruled the appellate court.

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Nancy Grinch

    I bet a regrets leaving.

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. XWngLady

    This is stupid....then they need to give him back all the property taxes that he paid.

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. angrylittlebear

    This smells real bootleg to me.

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Moose

    This guy is soooooooooooooooooo arrogant and proud. Maybe the Demonrats can nominate Carol Mostly Fraud for President of Chicago

    January 24, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Carl B

    LOL! Bet he feels stupid...

    January 24, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Moose

    Raise your hand if you're glad this fool is shut out of the process. See ca' loser!

    January 24, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Joe P.

    Money and fame is no substitute for the rules.

    January 24, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Eric Nicolas

    Damned laws – if a Whitehouse insider can't break them who can?

    January 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Moose

    Standard Demonrat Politician - Big Chicago Machine Politician shut down. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. MPLArms

    Good luck Chicago...with Braun in and her history of ethics, (or lack of), you'll need all the luck you can get!

    January 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. DL Dixon

    Ok, the link is now working. So, where's the entire article? There should be more than this written by now...

    January 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Carl B

    LOL! Bet he feels stupid now....

    January 24, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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