Supreme Court: Mayoral Candidate is a Chicagoan

January 27, 2011

And, he’s once again a Chicago resident.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago.

The vote overturns the Illinois Appellate Court‘s decision to take Emanuel off the mayoral ballot.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel IS a Chicago resident!

By law, a mayoral candidate has to live in Chicago one year prior to election day.

With the upcoming election scheduled for February 22, opponents argued that the former White House Chief of Staff was living in Washington on February 22, 2010, and therefore does not meet the residency requirement.

Emanuel had already won the right to run for mayor — from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and a Cook County Circuit judge — with the argument that leaving the city to serve for the government should not be held against him and that he had always intended on returning to his hometown of Chicago.

The Illinois Appellate Court agreed with the opponents, led by attorney Burt Odelson, and ordered Emanuel off the ballot.

Almost 300,000 ballots were printed this week without Emanuel’s name before the Illinois Supreme Court ordered that he be put back on until their ruling.

New ballots were then printed, and without a moment to spare: Early voting for the February 22 election begins Monday.

Don’t expect any more appeals. This case will not travel to the federal level and should be over.

Rahm Emanuel leads the polls by a wide margin and can now focus on the real issues at hand.

Here is part of the Supreme Court’s ruling. You can read the entire statement here.

“The candidate was born in Chicago and, in December 1998, purchased a Chicago home (the Hermitage House), which he still owns. The candidate lived with his family in that home from 1998 through January 2009. On January 2, 2009, the candidate, who had up to then served as a member of the United States House of Representatives elected from the district that included the Hermitage House, resigned his office in order to serve in Washington, D.C., as Chief of Staff to the President of the United States.

The candidate’s Hermitage House was leased to another family for the term of September 1, 2009, through June 30, 2011. At all relevant times, including the time he was in Washington, D.C., the candidate continued to pay property taxes for the Hermitage House, continued to hold an Illinois driver’s license listing the Hermitage House as his address, continued to list the Hermitage House address on his personal checks, and continued to vote with the Hermitage House as his registered voting address.

On October 1, 2010, the candidate resigned his position of Chief of Staff to the President of the United States and entered into a lease to live in an apartment located on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago from October 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011. He has lived in that apartment since October 1, 2010. In his testimony, the candidate explained that he had always expected to serve as Chief of Staff to the President for approximately 18 to 24 months before returning to live in the Hermitage House.

From these facts, the Board concluded that the candidate met the qualification for candidacy … mandating that he had “resided in” Chicago for the one year preceding the February 22, 2011, mayoral election.”

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