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Monday, January 24, 2011

Court: Emanuel should be removed from mayoral ballot -

Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff, form...Image via WikipediaCourt: Emanuel should be removed from mayoral ballot -

Rahm Emanuel should not appear on the Feb. 22 Chicago mayoral ballot, according to a ruling issued by the state appellate court this morning.

Two of the three judges on the panel said Emanuel does not meet the residency requirement. The judges reversed an earlier decision by the Chicago Board of Elections that determined Emanuel was eligible. (Read the ruling here.)

Challengers have argued that Emanuel, who moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff before coming back to run for mayor, does not meet the requirement that candidates must have lived in the city for a year prior to the election.

Emanuel, who rented out his North Side home, has responded he never abandoned his residence because he continued to own the home, paid property taxes on it and voted as a Chicago resident.

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