Monday, January 24, 2011

Chicago Shocker: Emanuel Thrown Off Ballot

An Illinois appeals court has ruled by a 2-1 decision that former Congressman and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel cannot (at least temporarily) continue his run for Mayor of Chicago because he did not meet the residency requirement.

This comes after a local election board did find that Emanuel met the requirement. The Emanuel campaign will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. That ruling needs to happen quickly because ballots will begin to be printed next week for absentee voters. The election is Tuesday, February 22.

While Emanuel is off the ballot, former Richard Daley Chief of Staff, Gery Chico, and former Illinois Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand, Carol Moseley Braun, are battling it out in a neck-and-neck race.

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