Illinois court tosses Rahm Emanuel off Chicago mayoral ballot

An Illinois state appeals court on Monday threw the Chicago mayor’s race into turmoil by ruling that front-runner and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel did not qualify for the February ballot.

Illinois law requires candidates for municipal offices to be residents of the city for a year prior to elections. The appellate court, in its 2-1 ruling, said that although Emanuel owned a house in the city, he did not live there.

The ruling overturned decisions by a lower court and a Chicago elections board that had allowed Emanuel to run in the Feb. 22 election.


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