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Illinois Supreme Court Sides with Rahm, Reverses Appellate Ruling

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- (CHICAGO) -- The Illinois Supreme Court has cleared the way for former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to run in Chicago's mayoral election on Feb. 22.

In a 7-0 ruling, the Illinois high court struck down Monday's Appeals Court ruling that Emanuel failed to meet residency requirements, which require mayoral candidates to live in Chicago for at least one year before the election.

Thursday's ruling ensures that Emanuel's name will be on the ballot when early voting begins next Monday.

Even before issuing Thursday's decision, the Illinois Supreme Court had already granted an emergency request by Emanuel to stop the city board of elections from printing ballots without his name on them.

The Board had been poised to begin printing the ballots in the next few days. The order made it clear that any ballots printed while Emanuel's appeal to the Supreme Court is pending must include his name.

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Obama Disagrees with Court, Believes Emanuel Is Eligible for Mayor

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama believes that his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is still eligible to be Chicago's mayor despite Monday's decision by an Illinois court, one of Obama's top advisors told ABC News Tuesday.

"I think that he believes that [Rahm is] eligible and I believe that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts.  And as he said [in September], he thinks Rahm would make a terrific mayor," advisor Valerie Jarrett said.

The Appellate court ruled that Emanuel did not meet the one year residency requirement to run for office.  Emanuel is appealing the decision, with the explicit support now of the president.

"Rahm is a fighter.  As you know he’ll be appealing to the Supreme Court and I'm sure he will vigorously make that case," Jarrett said.

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Rahm Emanuel Clears Another Hurdle in Bid for Chicago Mayor

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) – A judge has ruled that Rahm Emanuel’s name will be allowed to appear on the ballot for Chicago mayor.

Cook County Judge Mark Ballard on Tuesday upheld a unanimous decision by the Board of Election Commissioners to allow Emanuel to appear on the February 22 ticket.
Opponents, however, say they plan to appeal the ruling despite the decision that Emanuel met the one-year residency requirement to run for mayor. Some argue that he was not a resident of Chicago during his time spent in Washington as President Obama’s chief of staff.

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