Washington (CNN) - After likely landing two more votes in his bid for mayor, Rahm Emanuel might want to quote what Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson says after a player smacks a two-run homer, "Put it on the board yes!"
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are Chicago residents who are temporarily hanging their hats at the White House so they have now both sent in absentee ballots in the Feb. 22 election to replace the legendary, retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama says he isn't making any calls back to his hometown of Chicago in support of Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff who's running for the city's mayor.
At a news conference Tuesday, in responding to a question of whether he's making calls for Emanuel's mayoral campaign, the president indicated that Emanuel's doing fine without his assistance, saying "I don't have to make calls for Rahm Emanuel. He seems to be doing just fine on his own. You know, he's been very busy shoveling snow out there. I've been very impressed with it. I never saw him shoveling around here."
(CNN) - Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel looks more certain than ever to garner the necessary support in the Chicago mayoral race next week to avoid a runoff election.
According to a new survey from the Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) – a non partisan group that has not backed a candidate – Emanuel is drawing 58 percent of likely voters. The ex-top Obama aide needs more than 50 percent of the vote in the Feb. 22 election to avoid a runoff in April.
(CNN) - With 11 days to go until Chicago's mayoral election, a new poll indicates that front-runner Rahm Emanuel is closing in on the crucial 50 percent threshold, which would prevent the need for a runoff in April.
According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 49 percent of the city's voters back the former White House chief of staff for mayor, with former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico at 19 percent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at 10 percent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle at eight percent and 12 percent undecided.
Washington (CNN) - Snowpacalypse, beware: Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is ready-and waiting-for you. In fact, snow-readiness could almost be a competition, if you ask him.
On Tuesday the former White House Chief of Staff tweeted a challenge rebuttal to Newark city mayor Cory Booker about his recent snow prowess: "@CoryBooker I'll show you who's 'shovel-ready.'"
(CNN) - The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel met residency requirements and that his name will stay on the mayoral ballot in Chicago.
The justices said Emanuel's opponents did not prove that he had given up residency when he served in the Obama administration in Washington.
(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.
(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.
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Earlier: Emanuel files appeal with Illinois Supreme Court
Washington (CNN) - Rahm Emanuel is narcissistic and flippant, according to the lawyers opposing the former White House chief of staff's request for injunctive relief from the city's plan to print ballots without his name on it.
"The petitioner narcissistically asks this court to value his non fundamental right to be a candidate for mayor over the fundamental voting rights of potentially thousands of voters," writes attorney Burton Odelson in a brief opposing Emanuel's effort to have the ballot's include his name regardless of the ultimate outcome regarding his eligibility to be a candidate.
Updated: Illinois Supreme Court hands Emanuel initial victory
Washington (CNN) - Lawyers for Rahm Emanuel filed papers Tuesday with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking an appeal from a lower court ruling that held the former White House chief of staff is ineligible to appear on Chicago's mayoral ballot because of residency requirements.
In the 24-page brief, Emanuel's lawyers argue "the decision below squarely conflicts with other appellate rulings addressing candidate residency requirements" and contend the lower court "was unable to find a single appellate decision supporting its novel legal standard."