KABOOOM!! Rahm Emanuel’s name will most likely end up on the Chicago mayoral ballot anyway. But the legal wrangling will be a huge campaign distraction, and he’s already lost the benefit of the doubt for a lot of Chicago voters.
“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the Municipal Code’s requirement that he have ‘resided in’ Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement,” the majority judges wrote.
“Accordingly, we disagree with the Board’s conclusion that he is eligible to run for the office of Mayor of the City of Chicago. We reverse the circuit court’s judgment confirming the Board’s decision, set aside the Board’s decision and … order that the candidate’s name be excluded (or, if necessary, removed) from the ballot.”