This just in from the Chicago Tribune’s Clout Street blog: The Illinois Supreme Court has said that Rahm Emmanuel can stay on the ballot for Chicago mayor.
The courts overrulled the state appellate court that earlier this week had said that Emmanuel didn’t meet the residency requirements of actually living in the state for the previous year. The candidate does own a home here and is registered to vote in Illinois, but was in Washington D.C. as Obama’s chief of staff until October.
So this means that Emmanuel will be a choice on the ballot. And he’s in the lead over any of the other candidates, including former U.S. Senator and ambassador Carol Mosely Braun and former school board president Gery Chico.
On the plus side, we’ll get a mayor who would be ready throw down at a moments notice. And Chicagoans have never really had the cleanest language.