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Emanuel still on ballot

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Emanuel still on ballot

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(CNN) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel met residency requirements and that his name will stay on the mayoral ballot in Chicago.
The justices said Emanuel’s opponents did not prove that he had given up residency when he served in the Obama administration in Washington.
“Given the record before us, it is simply not possible to find clearly erroneous the (Chicago Board of Elections’) determination that the objectors failed to prove that the candidate had abandoned his Chicago residence,” the court ruled in a unanimous decision. “We therefore reverse the decision of the appellate court and affirm the decision of the circuit court, which confirmed the Board’s decision.”
Emanuel will take place in a debate tonight with other contenders in the February 22 election.
Mayoral candidate Gery Chico said the legal debate over Emanuel’s residency “has made this election into a circus instead of a serious debate about the future of Chicago.”
“With less than 30 days to go until Election Day, there is no time to waste,” Chico said in a statement. “Game on.”
The state Supreme Court this week granted a stay on Monday’s appeals court ruling that held Emanuel was ineligible to be a mayoral candidate.
A panel of Illinois Appellate Court justices ruled Monday that Emanuel did not meet state provisions mandating that Chicago mayoral candidates live in the city for at least a year before the election.
The ruling overturned a Chicago Board of Elections decision that found Emanuel had, in fact, met the requirements.
Emanuel, a former congressman from Chicago who left the White House in October, has long argued that his stint in Washington was only a temporary assignment and that he still considered himself to be a resident of Chicago.