Court Says Rahm Can’t Run


There’s trouble in Chicagoland for Rahm Emanuel. A court ruled that he is ineligible to run for mayor of the Windy City. But Rahm’s not giving up.

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The Chicago Sun Times reported:

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“I have no doubt, at the end we will prevail at this effort,” Emanuel told reporters at the Berghoff Restaurant.

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The Chicago Board of Elections planned to start printing ballots without Emanuel’s name unless Emanuel’s lawyers can get a “stay” of the appellate court ruling. Emanuel’s lawyers filed their request for a stay just before 5 p.m. Monday.

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“We … order that the candidate’s name be excluded (or if, necessary, be removed) from the ballot,” Judge Thomas Hoffman wrote in the opinion upholding the requirement under the state’s municipal code that candidates for mayor in Illinois must have “resided in” the two where they are running for a year before Election Day — in this case Feb. 22. Hoffman was joined by Justice Shelvin Marie Louise Hall.

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Judge Bertina Lampkin wrote a muscular dissent, saying, “An opinion of such wide-ranging import and not based on established law but, rather, on the whims of two judges, should not be allowed to stand.”

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One person that’s happy about the ruling is Carol Moseley Braun.

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Braun appealed to Emanuel supporters and undecided voters to join her “little United Nations” of a campaign by logging onto her website and either by donating their money or volunteering their time.

In other words, she expects the Appellate Court ruling to stand.

“I can only go with what the Court of Appeals said,” Braun said. “I’m a great believer in the rule of law. I believe the Court has spoken, and unless and until they change their mind, that’s the law of the land,”

Did she really call her campaign a “little United Nations?” Doesn’t that just scream corruption? I guess corruption sells in Chicago.

Rahm’s lawyer said he’ll use the dissent as a basis to take the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.