Illinois Supreme Court hands Emanuel initial victory
January 25th, 2011
01:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Illinois Supreme Court hands Emanuel initial victory

(CNN) - The Illinois Supreme Court has granted a stay on Monday's appeals court ruling that held Rahm Emanuel was ineligible to be a Chicago mayoral candidate, and ordered that any ballots printed include his name while the case is pending.

Court ruling [pdf]

Earlier: Emanuel files appeal with Illinois Supreme Court


Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Seriously now; did anyone at all ever think for one moment that CrookInois would "not" allow Rham"take advantage of a tragedy, Emanuel" to run.....give me a break!

    January 25, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    That's great news. I can hear the righties screaming "conspiracy" at the top of their lungs.

    January 25, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Dane

    who knew "we" would be so excited over a candidate that's a consolation prize to begin with!

    January 25, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Illinois is not like South Carolina, as it appears Illinois has a judicial system.

    January 25, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Old Farmboy

    I wouldn't call this an "initial victory". If the court decide in favor of Emanuel then either one of two things would happen. The ballots would have to be reprinted, which would double the cost of the initial print or, Emanuel would have to be a write in. However, if the decision of the court is the right one and decides that Emanuel is not eligable because he did not physically live at his Chicago address, then the ballots would have to be redone, again doubling the cost. So, with that said, I intend to rent an apartment in Chicago one year prior to the next Chicago Mayoral Election and put my name in as a candidate while I stay in the state that I am in. The rules only state that you have to reside there one year prior so anything before that is fair game... So, with the precedent that will be set if Emanuel is eligable will make my dream come true. To be mayor of Chicago without actually having to live there. America, you're a tough town......

    January 25, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Marcus

    To all people who made all those lame jokes yesterday...
    Not so funny anymore huh?
    Sorry fellas, but if the Electoral board, or whatever is its name, says that he can run because he fulfills their standards, and supposing that he did not bribed them to get to said decision (accusations WITHOUT PROOFS will happen regarding this or others aspects of the case), then what does anybody else has top say something about it?
    Imagine if the ballots were printed his name and then he managed to overturn the ruling?
    Hundred of thousands or even millions of dollars wasted because two guys think that they know more about the electoral procedures of their state?
    Right...

    January 25, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. PalmReader

    In as much as Emanuel has for the past 2 years continued to keep his Chicago residency, voted as a Chicagoan, and paid taxes in Chicago ... he is a legal resident of Chicago. Whether he will become Mayor of Chicago should be left to the citizenry of Chicago to decide ... not the courts.

    January 25, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. bill

    Well good for him.

    January 25, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. jean paul

    whats that? chicago worked in emmanuels favor? not much to say there

    January 25, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    U know it figures. The crooks just keep sliming their way in on technicalities up there in Chicago. Everyone knows he hasn't lived there for a year. And if the people of Chicago don't stand up to it it won't change. This guy will slime his way in and make the entire state suffer. He is a crook everyone knows it.

    January 25, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Horrible ruling. Why not just decide the dang thing once and for all?!

    January 25, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Ken Canter

    Rules never apply to these left wing jerks. The corrupt IL political machine is alive and well

    January 25, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. stevegee

    Guess Obama called in a Supreme favor.

    January 25, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Will this ruling by the Illinois supremes be as bad for the country as the "Citizens United" debacle from the 'pay to play' supreme court? If you are a bigoted right wingnut you will say this ruling is worse.

    January 25, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    And there you have it. Reason prevails. IF...the decision says IF...they print the ballots before the Court makes a final decision, then the ballots need to include his name. The Board of Elections was trying to jump the gun and gain a functional victory by ecxluding him from the ballots based on the lower court decision, despite the pending appeal, presumably to force him into the position of a write-in candidate if he wins. Let it play out first, THEN print the ballots based on the FINAL decision of the courts...i.e., wherever the appeals process stops. That's just good sense if, as the Board keeps claiming, it is merely trying to protect the integrity of the election process and the sanctity fo the voters' rights. Would it look all that special if they were ordered to spend the money on re-printing all the ballots to include his name if they lost? Yeah, that would be fiscally responsible...all because they sought a functional advantage by subverting the judicial process.

    January 25, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. tony

    It'S all a power trip.

    January 25, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Mob politics

    Of course they granted a stay even though he hasn't met the qualifications of one-year residency in Chicago prior to the mayoral elections. Have you seen all that ice in Lake Michigan, it's too cold for a judge to go swimming in there with concrete shoes on.

    January 25, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Tony

    Don't you all know it's his, it's his...!!!!

    January 25, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    That was expected.

    January 25, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Name

    Good.Show u r a fighter.

    January 25, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Mike D

    No surprise. Chicago is indicative of the state of politics in our ciuntry. They make the laws to suit their will. We the people have to live under a different system.

    January 25, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. mark mark

    Of course he did, the Obama administration or someone in Rahm's court paid him off. Isn't it ironic Rahm would seek to become mayor of the city Obama hails from. What's the real purpose here?

    January 25, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. char

    Of course they did, Chicago is so corrupt, Its gotta be a embarrsement to those who live in illinois

    January 25, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. DBCooper

    Did Rahm Emanuel pay Illinois state income tax. If he paid his full share then while in DC and not upon his return then he should be able to run.

    January 25, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Lincoln Park Lincoln

    Go Rahm. Guess those two conservative judges didn't get their way after all.

    January 25, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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