Illinois Supreme Court keeps Emanuel on ballot
January 27th, 2011
06:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Illinois Supreme Court keeps Emanuel on ballot

(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.


Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Chris

    A very impressive show of power and perseverance!

    January 27, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. dz

    Protests all over the middle east over corruption and Illinois Supreme Court is no different pulling a fast one for Emanuel.

    January 27, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Sempi Fi

    Why does he want to be Mayor sooooo baaaaad?

    January 27, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Former Chicago Resident

    Did anyone actually believe he would not be cleared to run? He has friends in the highest places; in addition, the Jewish lobby is working overtime to make this possible.

    January 27, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Tony

    Not too sure about this. It seems the political system is a tad bit screwed up in Illinois. Was the mayor's seat for sale? How can one day it be, "he doesn't have the required time in the city" to "the Ill. supreme court has overturned the previous ruling"?

    January 27, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    What a crock. Illinois politics at it's best.

    January 27, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. SA in OO

    CNN did a terrible job of reporting this story when it first broke and has compounded the mis-information with this "tweet" length post. If you can't write an article don't bother to post the headline and leave it to the idiots to speculate on all the mis-informed reasons why they think this ruling was overturned. You didn't explain the underlying law the first time and haven't explained anything this time.

    Is you don't want to write the articles that explain the enevnts of the day to the public, look into another line of work – really. At least people like Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck know they are putting out biased misinformation.

    January 27, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Michael James

    Duh – what's the surprise. There's a law that says you have a 1 yr. residency requirement. Pretty simple, don't need to be a lawyer to figure that out. I guess it's so that whomever is running isn't just a planted, professional politician but rather a local, one of the folks, at least someone who really knows if the police are doing their job or the trash is getting picked up. BUT – this is Illinois and Chicago in particular, where any law can be blindly overturned and disobeyed if you're a powerful Democrat – especially one with ties to that bully infighter Obama. The "Land of Lincoln", he's got to be rolling over in his grave.

    January 27, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Even right wingnuts who work in Washington and pay taxes to their home state, have a state driver's license, and a city address should be allowed to be on their ballots.

    January 27, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. CasualObserver

    I know I'm shocked. It's always good to see that courts are really discerning the truth based on no outside influences, like calls from the President or general political bias.

    I mean, there's a rule that you have to live in Chicago for a year, but Emmanuel has been living in DC for more than 2 years. Seems pretty straightforward that he's not eligible, but lo and behold, obviously us regular people can't see the real truth, that he somehow satisfies the residency requirement.

    Kinda like how gun ownership isn't protected in the Constitution and abortion is.

    January 27, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Carmen

    I am thrilled. He WILL be a great Mayor.

    January 27, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Barry

    Fair is fair. He clearly was working in national service for the president. Historically people doing that retain their home state residential status. That has always been the precedent.

    January 27, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Rachel

    And this is EXACTLY why I did NOT give up my Virginia voting rights. Although I currently live in Chicago (new southern transplant for school) I mantain my right to vote in VA. When the majority of the justices on the Illinois Supreme Court have such heavy ties to the Democratic party, and refuse to recuse themselves for the obvious conflict of deciding this case it just oozes of political corruption. Furthermore, the speed with which the decision was handed down makes it seem very unlikely that the Illinois Supreme court conducted sufficient legal research necessary to decide a case presented before a states highest court.

    January 27, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. j518

    typical of this state & its government – if anybody expected a different ruling, they were living in a dream world....

    January 27, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. JAY

    Our judicial system is a complete joke.

    January 27, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Ronald Reagan to George Bushes'

    Judging the Judges. One of them must be fired.

    How many plaintiffs and Defendants has been mishandled by one of the Judges??
    Just because, Emmanuel has Money and voices, it means also He is above the Law.
    America, when it comes to Health-Care, the same thing will applied. For the same injuries, People who have Voices and Money will survived, while others don't.
    Therefore, what is the point of giving a Military Sirvices-where INEQUALITY exists???!!!

    Emmanuel, would you be American Army to serve abroad??? ...or you are going to appeal???

    Oh...!!! Mother Earth, you carrying all these...tirelessly!!!???

    January 27, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. ade

    Congrats Rahm. Your candidacy will give some Republicans severe headache today.

    January 27, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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