Illinois Supreme Court Puts Rahm Emanuel Back On Chicago Mayoral Ballot

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.