Illinois Supreme Court Puts Rahm Emanuel Back On Chicago Mayoral Ballot

Tyler Durden's picture

And so Chicago politics continues in the good old fashion way.

From the Illinois Supreme Court: Given the record before us, it is simply not possible to find clearly erroneous the Board’s determination that the objectors failed to prove that the candidate had abandoned his Chicago residence. We therefore reverse the decision of the appellate court and affirm the decision of the circuit court, which confirmed the Board’s decision. So there will be no mistake, let us be entirely clear. This court’s decision is based on the following and only on the following: (1) what it means to be a resident for election purposes was clearly established long ago, and Illinois law has been consistent on the matter since at least the 19th Century; (2) the novel standard adopted by the appellate court majority is without any foundation in Illinois law; (3) the Board’s factual findings were not against the manifest weight of the evidence; and (4) the Board’s decision was not clearly erroneous.

Invoice for corruption rendered is in the mail.


Some further perspectives from the WaPo:

Emanuel's legal victory comes less than a month before the Feb. 22 primary where polling suggests he is a clear frontrunner.

A Chicago Tribune/WGN poll released over the weekend -- which now seems like a millenium ago given the twists and turns in the contest since then -- showed Emanuel at 44 percent while former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun took 21 percent and former Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Gery Chico received 16 percent. No other candidate took double digit support.

If Emanuel is able to win more than 50 percent next month, he would avoid an April 5 runoff with the second highest vote-getter.

Prior to the legal contretemps, Emanuel was widely expected to reach that mark -- thanks in no small part to his financial dominance in the contest. Emanuel reported collecting nearly $12 million for the race well beyond Chico's $2.4 million and Moseley Braun's $446,000.

Mayor Richard M. Daley is leaving office this spring after 32 years in office, the longest tenured mayor ever in the history of the Windy City. Daley's father -- Richard J. Daley -- served as mayor from 1955 until his death in 1976.

Emanuel, who represented a Chicago-area district in Congress from 2002 until he resigned in 2009 to serve as chief of staff, has made no secret of his desire to serve as mayor of Chicago.

Should he win the office, he will almost immediately be part of the conversation about future statewide offices including governor and senator.

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gwar5's picture

That was quick. Too bad he can't fix IL debt that fast.

Rahm's picture

Check made out to MF'in supremes bitchezzz!

Max Hunter's picture

What happens if Israel goes to war (officially) and Rahm gets a call to report for duty??...

Anyone think of that!!! ??

knukles's picture

Watchu mean?  He's ah rezdent huf Chigahgo an dah mayah.  Woos askin? 



TwistedSys's picture

Those of you who woud like to see Rahm skullfuck the other candidates, do tune in to at 8 Eastern for live coverage of mayoral debate.

Problem Is's picture

"What happens if Israel goes to war (officially) and Rahm gets a call to report for duty??..."

Rahm-tard will mobilize the Illinois National Guard and send them to Israel...

Obummer is too spineless and ball-less to say anything about it...

Michael's picture

Rahm Emanual and Barack Obama belonged to the same Gay Chicago Bath House.

EXPOSED: Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Political Syndicate

Cheesy Bastard's picture

That was quick.

They had to decide quick, there was snow on the way.

ejhickey's picture

Once he is elected as Mayor, he will begin working on "fixing" Illinois' and chicago's debt problem.   However it will not be "fixed " by budget cutting or reducing pension.  The holders of Illinois and Chicago debt will bear the brunt of this fix.  It might be some kind of a haircut or current holders of this debt will be coerced into taking on additional debt at below market rates so Illinois can avoid the pain of austerity.   perhaps Rahm will lean on the rating agencies to upgrade Illinois and chicago debt in order to get lower rates.  Having Rahm as mayor of chicago is part of the Administration's method of dealing with the the debt problems in Illinois.  It also helps that Bill Daley from Morgan Stanley is now Chief of Staff.   right now I would not want to be holding Illinois debt, even to use as toilet paper.

masterinchancery's picture

As a member of the Illinois Bar--what a joke.  They could have covered this up much better. Not that he isn't the best candidate, but the stench of corruption is overpowering. Glad I am making tracks from this bunch of crooks and losers.

ColonelCooper's picture

Okay.  I can't freaking stand Rahm.  But, where was he from before he went to be Dipshit's Chief of Staff?  When he served in the house, who did he represent?  He has to be from somewhere.  Where is it?  Did he sell his house, establish residency somewhere else?  The guy is a prick, and Chicago is a cesspool, but this doesn't exactly seem like carpetbagging.

I can't stand Pelosi either, but are we to say that she isn't a resident of California?

I have had years where I only spent a handful of nights in my house; on the road working.  I still vote in the precinct my house is.  Is that wrong? 

Agent P's picture

This is a travesty!  I predict there will be massive protests in Egypt tomorrow over this.

VegasBD's picture

Whats the over/under for protesters killed tomorrow?

New_Meat's picture

venue? time period?

all venues?  All time?  --> 100%

gotta narrow down the field a skosh.

- Ned

Pool Shark's picture


If Chicagoans are stupid enough to vote for him, they will get what they deserve: even more corrupt government.

Of course, Moseley-Braun isn't much of an alternative...

detersbb's picture

This is the legally correct decision as residence is synomonous with registration/registered.  It is no way impliel actual being present except for in the record archives of the manicipal corporation.  Anyone that is a registered voter can run in a manipical corporation for any position provided that they have been registed for the time specified REGARDLESS is they actually live in the state or not.


Live and reside are not the same.  1 is a common law legal term, the other a Maritime-Admiralty-UCC term.

masterinchancery's picture

not true, but the fix was in.

Segestan's picture

#5   Never mess with the chosen.

lizzy36's picture

Wow, didn't realize Ken Griffen had a seat on the Illionis Supreme Court.

Max Hunter's picture

I'm going to invent a new religion where white American mutts are the chosen people... hmmm.. unless someone already did..

QQQBall's picture

Well, they can sell the mayor's residence for revenues and he can run Chitown outta a D.C. townhome.

Lady Heather...UNCLE's picture

Rahm Israel Emmanuel...with a name like that, was there ever any doubt that he would not be allowed power?  USA...why has your God (in whom you trusted) forsaken you? 

P.S.  when you dance with the devil (USA's 51st state), you don't lead

puckles's picture

Perhaps.  But do remember that he is running in a city that has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, and the utterly vast majority aren't Jewish. There is, also, a remaining large Irish minority who still favor keeping the Chicago River green on St. Paddy's Day. There is a significant Italian population as well.  All of these minorities are Catholic.  Then there is the South Side Black population...Somehow, I have a very hard time imagining Rahm getting elected unless via outright fraud, which is also common in Chicago, where commonly the dead vote.

kdervin's picture

Not to mention that Chicago took all of Clark County's (NV) malfunctioning electronic voting machines.


The vote will go exactly as they plan it to go, and it doesn't matter how Chicagoans intend to vote.

trav7777's picture

nobody even knows he's a freakin jew!

It is VERBOTEN to even IDENTIFY a jew as a jew...look at what happened to Helen Thomas

CH1's picture

Doesn't matter, Trav, these guys have a burning need to scream "Jew." Any opportunity will do. Sick.

palmereldritch's picture

Maybe he can court the German vote, his family surname was originally Auerbach:


The Boys went to summer camp in Israel, and reveled in the family lore: in 1933, after their uncle Emanuel Auerbach was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem, the family changed its last name to his first, as a tribute.

Oh regional Indian's picture

It gets stranger still when you realize that Rahm's father was the head of Irgun, the dirty arm of the Israeli/Mossad establishment. Bombings/rape, genocide, nothing Irgun would not do for Israel's' greater glory.

And this guy's son got to be THE voice in Obama's ear through his grooming? It's kind of like everyone (at least man on the street) never questioning the Bush background with Prescott and the like, Nazi connections, BCCI, Iran Contra, Savings and loan....

Sheep and shepherd, a timeless relationship of trust till the cull comes.


Fred Hayek's picture

Please.  Politicians everywhere lie and cheat on residency requirements.  In central Mass., U.S. representative Jim McGovern, a useless drag on the world's supply of oxygen, was clearly not an actual resident of the district before he got elected to rule, er, I mean "represent" us.

Rainman's picture

......yes, the old Rent-A-Shack residency ploy. That scheme has been alive long time.

Now let us pay homage......the Chicago regime presses on without interruption !

Bill Lumbergh's picture

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.  And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

nmewn's picture

"This court’s decision is based on the following and only on the following: (1) what it means to be a resident for election purposes was clearly established long ago, and Illinois law has been consistent on the matter since at least the 19th Century;"

So I guess Hillary is still a resident...LOL.

NOTW777's picture

LOL yes that makes it clear. the fact that he was not actually residing there over the past year has nothing to do with him being a "resident"

it all depends on what the meaning of "is" is

do we have confidence in our courts?

nmewn's picture

They got the best law money can buy up there ;-)

New_Meat's picture

"do we have confidence in our courts?"

negarory, big ben, nor NOTW777

But we here in the Commonwealth have our SUPREME judicial court to tell us how things are done.

- Ned

CowboyMonkey's picture

Nobody saw this coming. <sarc>

Alcoholic Native American's picture

WHO the hell would go from right hand man of the president to what the hell are we talking about again? WTF something doesn't make sense here.

ColonelCooper's picture

Imagine if you were Rahm.  Serious, efficient, talented, effective, ball buster (all true even if you can't stand him).....  You work for that bumbling teleprompter fumbling dipshit in the White House?

You wouldn't be able to get out of there fast enough either.

mynhair's picture

Be civil, dead people have voting rights, too!

Cheesy Bastard's picture

No dissenting opinion.  Every single judge bought and paid for. 

LostWages's picture

Rahmbo's supporters urged to vote early and often.

Aristarchan's picture

Reckon a call from the POTUS came into play here?