Illinois Supreme Court hands Emanuel initial victory
January 25th, 2011
01:06 PM ET
3 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. Wendell

    This being, Chicago, where everything is for sale I am sure that Rahm will know the right palms to grease to get his name of the ballot.

    January 25, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. upset

    Someone called Barack to make iPhone call,guess Who?????

    January 25, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. ConcernedNetizen

    Next he'll want the law changed to do away with term limits... When you got powerful friends like Rham does, laws don't really apply.. and you want someone like this to be your mayor??

    January 25, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. J.Jaramillo

    The infamous Chicago political machine up to its usual tricks.

    January 25, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Agnim

    The State Supreme Court should 'grow a pair' and, once and for all, toss out the the Chicago mobster-like law.
    How can a citizen of a city lose his city citizenship just because he is TEMPORARILY employed by the national government in the nation's capital, and he wasn't working for anyone but the national government?

    January 25, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Agnim

    The State Supreme Court should 'grow a pair' and, once and for all, toss out the the Chicago mobster-like law, and demand that it be re-worked.

    For how can a citizen of a city loses his city citizenship just because he is TEMPORARILY employed by the national government in the nation's capital, and he wasn't working for anyone but the national government? Makes no sense.

    January 25, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. andy

    Good for him, he deserve it!! wish you the best Rahm

    January 25, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Fred Messenger

    Thank you Illinois supreme court. I was concerned that my grandfather who died in 1959 would not get to vote this time.

    January 25, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. John Boston

    What I don't like about Emmanuel being challenged on his eligibility is that his opponents know getting him out of the race is the only chance they have of winning. If the citizens of Chicago want this man, and the polls show they do, why are we quibbling about him spending a couple of years in D.C.? It's been publicly known that he has always wanted this job. They don't take residency status away from military personnel. Why take it away from a man who's serving the President of the United States of America?

    January 25, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. alex escalante

    Well I guess that money talks and the rest is history!

    January 25, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Kenn Amdahl

    They will (and should) allow him to run. One does not become a citizen of a state (or country) by mere residency; similarly, one does not lose one's residency by serving overseas in the military. If you vote in a state, register your car in a state, pay taxes in that state and own a home in that state, you don't become a legal resident of some other state just by spending time there. That was never the intent of the Illinois law, despite its clumsy wording.

    January 25, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Larry

    It seems to me that Emanuel was in the service of his country while working for the President. It would be unfair to stop a soldier from running for office if he/she were away from their home district while serving in the military.

    January 25, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    In Chi, the connected politician always wins. Rules are for the meek while the prize goes to the powerful.

    January 25, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Bobbi

    Rahm Emanuel is narcissistic, obama is narcissistic,... Why have rules to follow when they are bent to sue these narcissistic people. By the People(Bills of Right)what a joke.

    January 25, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. La, La, La

    This guy has more lives than a cat.

    January 25, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Sharon

    He needs to go back to DC

    January 25, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. OneMoreTime

    Guess what's good Cheney is good for Emanuel. Remember Cheney was a resident of Texas. Owned a home, paid taxes,
    driver's license and voter registration all in Texas. Then, ut oh, he wanted to be Vice President and suddenly, within a
    few months, home was for sale and all registration switched to Wyoming. I don't care what Chicago does, I'm just
    saying.....................

    January 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. eliyoyo

    Tunisia can't be represented because tyrants run the country. Illinois also has tyrants who we shall call lawyers, who are playing a shell game at our expense. Chico and the Man, Braun and "whites parachuting to take the black vote," all are in it for political gain, including Emanuel. Only difference folkies, is that Rahm has experience as an alderman, chief of staff, is, and always has been an Illinois resident. Truth be, who is fronting the law suits to get him off the ballott? If you got the chutzpah to sue, show your face... in other words cajones up dudes or dudettes!!

    January 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Gadsden

    Hmmm....Valerie Jarrett issues a "statement" from the White House basically saying President Obama doesn't like the lower courts decision. Later the Supreme Court essentially hands Rahm the election.

    The Illinois Suprem Court's response? "Message Received, Mr. Obama. Message Received."

    January 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. sam

    Of course they did. You can't have Chicago politics without dirty politics. Seems simple, he didn't live there. How they spin this is amazing.

    January 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. John TN

    Rahm and crew will use all their power to see that he gets in the race and wins. Not much will stop them. He's certainly qualified to do the job, if not he can dish with Palin and she'll show him the light......

    January 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. BigCheeese

    I don't get it.... Isn't it a law to be a resident for 12 months?? How do you get a law like that changed in one day?? Are they saying it's okay to break laws in order for someone to get their way?? Guess that's just our country saying vote for this guy, he's got my vote!

    January 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. hank zoeller

    I agree with Rahm. Let the people of Chicago pick their mayor. He certainly seems qualified to run.

    January 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. ClicknFlog

    Who cares about Chicago? Let the state do what they want. I don't care about this.

    January 25, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. hucares

    i bet the judges' names are stein, levy and goldberg.

    January 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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