Emanuel files papers for a stay
January 24th, 2011
01:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Emanuel files papers for a stay

(CNN) - Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel's team filed papers Monday night with the Illinois Supreme court to request a stay to allow ballots to be printed with Emanuel's name on them, according to the court.

A Democratic source aware of the developments says the Emanuel campaign will file a petition with the state Supreme court on Tuesday asking for a leave which would then allow time to appeal. Wednesday the team would file the actual appeal and brief, which may be followed by a response from the Chicago Board of Elections on Friday.

Early voting is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 31, but according to the source, the state supreme court can delay early voting.

The Chicago Board of Elections on Monday placed an order for the printing of two million ballots without Rahm Emanuel's name on them.

During a press conference following the Illinois appeals court decision, Emanuel emphasized his conviction to stay in the Chicago mayoral race.

"I have no doubt we will in the end prevail in this effort," Emanuel said. "As my father used to say, nothing is ever easy in life, this is just one turn in the road."

Emanuel was thrown off the ballot Monday by an Illinois appellate court panel, according to the Cook County Appellate Court's office.

The panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for the city's top office.

"A candidate must meet not only the Election Code's voter residency standard, but also must have actually resided within the municipality for one year prior to the election, a qualification that the candidate unquestionably does not satisfy," the court stated in the decision.

Emanuel was considered the front runner to replace outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in the February 22nd election.

In December, the Chicago Board of Elections determined he was a resident, but that decision was appealed. Emanuel served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff, a position he left last year to return to Chicago.

Emanuel is expected to appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court, and a federal appeal could follow.

According to a recent Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 44 percent of the city's voters backed Emanuel, 21 percent backed former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and 16 percent backed former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico. City Clerk Miguel del Valle received seven percent and nine percent remained undecided.

The source close to the Emanuel campaign told CNN his legal team anticipated there was a chance the court would rule against them and they have an emergency appeal already written.

Moseley Braun is expected to make a statement at 3:30 p.m. ET Monday.

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report

Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Jubril

    Just come back to Dc, The republicans have won again

    January 24, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. RT

    It's just a ploy to make it look legitimate before the ruling gets overturned by the paid off apeals court. Typical politics Chicago style.

    January 24, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. nat

    one less white collar gangster off the ballot 🙂

    January 24, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Does this mean that all officials who work in Washington D.C. should not be voting in their home states?

    January 24, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. walt

    Well well, reverse racism at it's finest-alive and well in Chicago!!!!

    January 24, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. TwM

    Just what Chicago needs another corrupt politician trying to force his way onto the ballots. The funniest thing is 44% of the sheep would vote for him. Does Chicago ever learn???

    January 24, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. kelly k.

    I feel that Brahms should have stayed on the ballot with the city scandals that's going in Chicago maybe the city had chance with someone that is new in office

    January 24, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    That will go up to the next legal level, you can bet on that.
    If it sticks, though, that will make things interesting. After leaving the White House, what would Rahm do next?

    January 24, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Ponytail127

    If Hilary as permitted to run for office in NY, why can't this guy for Mayor of Chicago? At least he lived there prior to being Chief Of Staff for the President. This should be a no brainer.

    January 24, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. bob

    bahahahahaha Go Home to DC you lowlife Carpet Bagger

    January 24, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. M.F. Stout

    Screw them. I'm writing him in. The other candidates blow. This is a travesty.

    January 24, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Singular Citizen

    The Illinois court has made a mistake. Actually he was running for mayor of Shaghur, not Chicago.

    January 24, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Mainehunter

    More Obama fallout...

    January 24, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Brian

    Don't worry about it Rahm... never let a tragedy go to waste... you can use this

    January 24, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. TD

    BOOHOOOO Rhamy.......go away now...buh by!! 🙂

    January 24, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. walt

    Cook county has long been a laughing stock regarding ethical politics, this is good old election fixing at it finest once again.

    January 24, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Gilga G. Mesh


    I was pretty sure Emanuel didn't have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. How odd.

    January 24, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Victor Matheson

    I'm not sure whether or not Rahm is the right guy for mayor, but I think it's a shame that a guy can't go and serve his country in a public service job and then return to his home city without losing the chance to be mayor.

    Furthermore, when big companies like Boeing or United Airlines look for new CEOs, they are not limited to only Chicago residents. They look for the best candidates regardless of their current residence. Why would it make sense to limit Chicago voter's choices when it come to their choice of "CEO"?

    January 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Scott

    That stinks! So let's say that those 44 percent don't redistribute their vote. That means the next "best" thing is acceptable in the eyes of 21 percent of the city. With Rahm out, we're right back in the worst-of-two-chicago-evils political scene. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Rahm.

    January 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Ellie Light

    Whoo Hoo one less OBama Robot in office – now watch OBumbles will create a CZAR job for his buddy Rham

    January 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Fl. Lisa

    No way, no way, no way did they through Rahm off the ballot!!!! that's the craziest thing I've ever heard!!!!!

    January 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. beevee

    The judges need to rethink their ruling. Are they invovled in politics of the city or their ruling was above politcs?

    January 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Susan

    Something sounds a bit off if you ask me. Wonder who's not backing him and why.

    January 24, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. mike jones

    Finally, haven't we heard enough lies from him.

    January 24, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Bob

    Guess it wasn't as easy to buy off the appeals court:-)

    January 24, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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