Illinois Supreme Court: Rahm Emanuel Can Run For Mayor
Late today, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an opinion reversing Monday’s Appellate Court decision and holding that Rahm Emanuel can run for Mayor of Chicago:
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 reverses 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.
The Chicago election board and a Cook County Circuit judge had earlier both ruled Emanuel met the residency requirements. The Supreme Court said the appellate court was in error in overrulling 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.”
Emanuel has enjoyed a wide lead over three other major candidates in two Tribune polls.
Here’s the opinion, a quick read of which shows the Supreme Court pretty much eviscerating the Appellate Court majority: