-By Warner Todd Huston
An appellate Court has decided that Rahm Emanuel did not satisfy the residence requirement in order to qualify to run for Chicago mayor. The court has ruled that Emanuel be removed from the ballot in the coming election which is only a month away.
Emanuel will certainly take this case to the Illinois Supreme Court with the hopes that they can get an expedited case.
Rahm had won two other cases in lower courts. The Chicago Board of Elections and a Cook County court sided with Emanuel in previous decisions.
This will make the mayor’s race a very different animal at this point. This gives Gery Chico and Carol Moseley Braun the room to really ramp up their campaigns.
The Gery Chico camp has released a quick statement on this news:
“From day one, Gery Chico’s campaign has been about putting Chicagoans back to work, making our neighborhoods safer and giving our children the education they deserve.
“Today’s news is a surprise but it will not impact how we run our campaign. Gery will continue to work for every vote and lay out his plans to take Chicago in a whole new direction.”
Carol Moseley Braun – Former U.S. Senator, Hyde Park resident
Gery J. Chico – Former President of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Public Schools, Downtown Chicago (Loop)
Wilfredo De Jesus – Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Humboldt Park, Logan Square
Miguel Del Valle – Chicago City Clerk, Belmont
William Walls III – Community Activist, former aide to Mayor Harold Washington, Galewood
Patricia Van Pelt Watkins – Community Activist, CEO of Target Area Development Corp., E. Garfield Park
Fredrick K. White – City Employee, Logan Square
Tommy Hanson – Real estate broker, River North