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The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago.
The decision comes without a moment to spare; early voting for the Feb. 22 city election begins Monday, Jan. 31.
The high court's decision upholds/overturns a 2-1 Illinois Appeals Court decision Monday that ruled Emanuel ineligible on the grounds he did not meet the requirement of being a Chicago resident for a year before the election. Emanuel returned to Chicago last fall to run for mayor after serving as White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Your link is messed up (You need to chop off the url after html).
I didn't see the problem with him being on the ballot anyway.
edit on 1/27/2011 by Benevolent Heretic because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by MrWendal
I'm not shocked. The system is broken from top to bottom. Our politicians care more for corporate interest than the people who actually voted for them. The judges have been bought and paid for long ago.
Originally posted by antonia
I'm sure I will get called a Dirty Liberal, but I don't see the problem. The guy owned property, paid taxes, and voted in Chicago. In almost every other state in the country you would be considered a resident if you did those things.
I have a feeling most of you wouldn't be crying if we were talking about a Republican.
Originally posted by HattoriHanzou
Sure we would. The dude didn't *LIVE* there.
Besides, why do you assume that people who aren't Democrats are Republicans? That's an oddly black and white way of viewing the world. Either you're with us or against us, eh?
The Chicago election board and a Cook County Circuit judge had earlier both ruled Emanuel met the residency requirements.
The Supreme Court unanimousy said the appellate court was in error in overruling them. "So there will be no mistake, let us be entirely clear," the Supreme Court wrote in its ruling today. "This court’s decision is based on the following and only on the following: (1) what it means to be a resident for election purposes was clearly established long ago, and Illinois law has been consistent on the matter since at least the 19th Century; (2) the novel standard adopted by the appellate court majority is without any foundation in Illinois law; (3) the Board’s factual findings were not against the manifest weight of the evidence; and (4) the Board’s decision was not clearly erroneous."
The Law. Got to love it and the process.