Supreme Court Rules 7-0: Rahm Emanuel Can Run for Mayor

Springfield, IL-(ENEWSPF)- From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

In a 7 to 0 decision, the court Thursday said an appellate court erred in taking Emanuel off the ballot earlier in the week.

The decision means Emanuel holds onto his position as the first name on the ballot in the Feb. 22 election. Emanuel has been leading in both the polls and fund-raising in the race that includes candidates Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, and Miguel del Valle. Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and William “Dock” Walls are also on the ballot.

The Supreme Court’s decision overturns an appeals court ruling Monday that knocked Emanuel off the ballot.

According to the Sun-Times, Emanuel argued that leaving Chicago to serve President Obama as chief of staff counts as “business of the United States” and so he should not lose his residency status.

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