Illinois Supreme Court to hear Emanuel appeal
January 25th, 2011
02:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Illinois Supreme Court to hear Emanuel appeal

(CNN) – The Illinois Supreme Court will take up a ruling that would keep Rahm Emanuel off the Chicago mayoral ballot, and the court has agreed to a motion for an expedited ruling.

There will be no oral arguments in the case; the justices will use briefs already filed to the appeals court.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Illinois • Rahm Emanuel
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  1. James Keen

    Just another sample of who you are and who you know. If I was any of the other candidates running I would shut down everything right now and let him have what the politicians are determined to give him. It sure is obvious the rules are only made for the common people and not for the rich and powerful. My prediction for the mayoral race in Chicago is Rahm Emanuel winner at all costs. What a surprise that would be. Ha Ha. Our political system has become nothing but a joke. Ever wonder why most Americans do not vote.

    January 25, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. KM 1969

    Not a surprise. As a resident of the city of Chicago, this appeal was expected from the very beginning when he decided to declare his bankruptcy. Now it is up to the IL-SC to determine whether the rule of the Board of Elections, that candidates must have resided IN the city for a year prior to declaring their candidacy, applies to Emmanuel. We'll see....

    January 25, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. sinatra 741

    What is rahm Emanuel??

    January 25, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Tory Ortscheid

    The headline "Court hands Emanuel a Win" is deceptive and inaccurate. I'd expect higher standards from a news organization. Your role is to report the news, not influence public opinion about the news. CNN – get it together folks.

    January 25, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Mark

    Shoddy reporting! Using a line like COURT HANDS EMANUEL A WIN. Shameful indeed. Misleading people just to get them to click the story.

    January 25, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. rhami

    The title in the headline is "Court hands Emanuel a win".
    How hearing his appeal becomes "handing a win"?
    Or is it that CNN will do anything for you to open the article.

    January 25, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. KM 1969

    Sorry, should have said candidacy, NOT bankruptcy.

    January 25, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. FauxNews

    He should have gotten advice from Hillary on how to fake residency.

    January 25, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Name alex Hidveghy

    A country's global status and economic welfare should be measured in terms of what it can do for it's neediest citizens, not what it can do for it's richest 10%.

    If you know anything about history (The Roman Empire, French Revolution etc), this type of situation is unsustainable in the long term.

    It is a failure of leadership, both GOP and Democrats, for their inability to act (rhetoric is not enough!) in the interests of the people who elected them. It's no good just saying that the cosy relationship between lobbyists, corporations and our elected officials is bad for our economic well-being. You must walk the walk as well. Until you do, nothing will change. That should be self-evident.

    As for shipping jobs and just about everything else overseas, in whose interests is that? Certainly not the middle-class, average American who helped build this country.

    It's high time we woke up to the facts and not bury our heads in the sand. If you want REAL change that benefits the majority and ultimately the country, then you need to act in the interests of the American middle class, not the elites. And if not, well, you can see the damage all around you. It affects everyone....

    January 25, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Good, they are going to do this right. Hopefully they'll keep this non-resident off the ballot.

    January 25, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. nelson

    I suspect this tax cheat did not pay his Chicago City earned income tax. This will nulify any claim to Chicago residency.

    Don't you know upper lever government employees are exempt from almost all taxes (so they think).

    January 25, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. maine liberal

    some one on the previous story posted this

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

    Looks like he did see it coming

    January 25, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Seriously?

    Obviously, some are really threatened by this man. I for one see no reason he shouldn't be on the ballott. He is the candidate who makes the most sense to me for running Chicago. He's tough, and Chicago is a tough town. I think he would be great at the job.

    January 25, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Ricky L

    Yeah...that's a big win....NOT.

    Who didn't expect this to happen?

    January 25, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. vidkid

    The Antichrist will protect him!

    January 25, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. slim32

    Hey that's great for Rahm. Rules should never be applied to the influential.

    January 25, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Celtic-Mom

    Considering he went to DC to be part of our Federal Government, to be a public servant, should not erase his IL/Chicago citizenship. Justice says he is legally entiltled to run for public office in HIS state/city.

    January 25, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Shannon Nutt

    Anyone shocked by this? Of course the President's close pal would get preferrential treatment in the President's home town. Rule of law means nothing where power and money are involved.

    January 25, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Tom Freebury

    If Mr. Emmanuel had been (employed) in the US Army and deployed to Afghanistan for a year, I believe his legal residence would have remained the state of Illinois. What is the difference if he was employed by the US Government with his work station in DC? He is still a legal resident of Illinois. Isn't he?

    January 25, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. house1234

    go figure. as if there was any doubt this would not have happened. i just find it funny that a superior court put things aside to take on this issue rather quickly. i guess we know who the new mayor will be.

    January 25, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. frem

    I don't understand why this is going on and on in the courts. Is he or is he not a resident? There is no gray area here; either he meets the residency requirement or he doesn't. If he is a resident then his name should appear on the ballot; if he is not a resident by definition, then his name is not on the ballot – plain and simple. All these politicians do is try to put a little spin on fact and try to manipulate the rules. Enough is enough. Just like in Connecticut, when the former Sec. of State tried to get on the ballot for Atty. Gen. The rules stated that she would have had to PRACTICE law in Ct. for ten consecutive years before she could be considered a candidate. She tried to convince everyone that since she WORKED with lawyers she was practicing law – DUH!! Not even close. She went to court and the court ruled she was ineligible for the position of Atty. Gen. At least the court was smart enough to see through her antics. In a word, politicians like Emmanuel and Susan Byciewicz are nothing more than career politicians that will do anything to keep their place on the public dole and do nothing for their constituents. We don't need any more of this crap. Kick them out and let them earn a living like other Americans do. Lets see them do the 9 to 5 routine; bet they wouldn't last 5 yrs.

    January 25, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Shawn

    He is on the ballot...he is off the ballot...he is on the ballot. What good is the court that cannot stick to a decision.

    January 25, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Saran

    That's not a "win." That's merely hope for a possible win.

    January 25, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Trace

    Its all in who you know in Chicago...and apparently Rahm knows the illinois supreme court

    January 25, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. John G

    Rahm was it money you threw them or did you flex you muscle?? Either one would be typical for Chitown.

    January 25, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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