He left his post as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff with the intent of becoming Chicago’s next mayor, but Rahm Emanuel was forced to shift gears Monday. An Illinois state appellate court decided he failed to meet a basic standard for eligibility. Emanuel, of course, plans to fight on. —KA
Los Angeles Times:
Emanuel told a news conference he would appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court and would ask for an injunction so his name will appear on the mayoral ballot.
“I have no doubt at the end we’ll prevail in this effort,” Emanuel said. “We’ll now go to the next level to get clarity.”
In a 2-1 ruling, the appellate panel said Emanuel does not meet the residency requirement of having lived in Chicago for a year prior to the election. The judges reversed a decision by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, which had unanimously agreed that Emanuel was eligible to run for mayor.