Chicago mayoral candidates to face off
January 27th, 2011
05:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Chicago mayoral candidates to face off

(CNN) – Candidates in Chicago's mayoral race will debate Thursday night as the planned Monday start of early voting in the contentious race looms.

All of the major candidates - Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun and Rahm Emanuel - are expected to attend; although Emanuel may have to withdraw if the Illinois Supreme Court rules definitively that he is ineligible to run for mayor, according to CNN affiliate WGN.

Emanuel's candidacy remains uncertain as the state Supreme Court considers a previous appellate court ruling that the former White House chief of staff does not meet the state's residency requirements for mayoral candidates. The Supreme Court granted a stay on that decision and agreed to a motion for an expedited ruling, but has not announced a final verdict. For now, the court has ordered that ballots for the rapidly nearing election be printed with Emanuel's name on them. The election is set for February 22.

Thursday's debate will take place at 8 p.m. EST, and is sponsored by the Chicago Tribune and the City Club of Chicago.

Update 6:12 p.m.: The Illinois Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that Emanuel's name can remain on the ballot.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rickster

    "Nancy Pelosi's military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over one two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol."

    Nobody should be surprised by the above news article. It's the democrat party way....."do as I say, not as I do....give me your money and I will spend it more wisely than you."

    January 27, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Charlie

    Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun and Rahm Emanuel. Hollywood couldn't come up with a better cast for a movie about corrupt politics. The best thing you can say about any of them is they don't realize what they do is wrong. They grew up that way and think it's normal.
    As a former political machine worker I can say it's much more corrupt than even the people watching it go down even know.

    January 27, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Not only is Rahm legal, he's also more than qualified. The courts proved to be wrong; Rahm pays taxes in the State of Illinois, has a legal residence and a Illinois drivers license and by the way he also has a government passport and visa issued to him before he went to Washington.

    January 27, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. CBR

    I do not understand the comments of Rickster. The article is about Rahm Emanuel. If someone is serving in any capacity to the President of the United States that does not make him less of a citizen in his own state. Washington D.C. is not a state and so he is not compromising his standing in Illinois. Whether he wins or loses he is still a citizen of Illinois.

    Do we really need to waste tax money on every little whim that the opposition wishes to make a federal case.

    January 27, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Albo58

    Here's a line Emanual can use against Carol Mosely Braun: just ask her what her GPA was while attending Harvard? I think Emaual is a weasel, but Mosely Braun is a complete disaster!

    January 27, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Fact check for the rickster: no money was spent for food and/or alcohol for Nancy Pelosi's trips to her home. Nice try. I will bet Boner will surpass that in alcohol expenses and he has a much shorter trip.

    January 27, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Chicago thug politics again in motion for all to see. Lucky those Supreme Court judges in Ill voted the way they did so they will live to see another day...

    January 27, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |