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Rahm Emanuel back on Chicago mayor ballot

Obama’s former chief of staff hasn’t been beaten yet…

Former President Bill Clinton campaigning with Emanuel last week.
Former President Bill Clinton campaigning with Emanuel last week.
Image: AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

A DAY AFTER AN ILLINOIS court ruled Rahm Emanuel inelligible as a candidate in Chicago’s election for mayor next month, another court has issued a stay of that order.

Yesterday, an appeals court ruled that Emanuel had failed to meet resident requirements for election candidates and his named should be excluded or removed from the ballot.

NBC reports this evening that the Illinois Supreme Court has directed the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to restore his name to the ballot.

Emanuel is taking his appeal of yesterday’s court order to the Supreme Court and today’s decision is believed to be a good indication that the court will accept his case.

The Illinois Supreme Court comprises of elected representatives – the majority of whom are Democrats, as is Emanuel.

Emanuel resigned from his position as President Obama’s chief of staff in early October, before beginning his campaign to become Chicago’s next mayor.

Polling is schedule for 22 February.

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