IL High Court to Hear Rahm Emanuel's Appeal

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The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear Rahm Emanuel's appeal of an appellate court's decision to remove his name from the ballot for mayor of Chicago.

On Monday, the appellate court ruled that Emanuel did not meet the state's one-year residency criteria after having lived in Washington to serve as President Barack Obama's chief of staff.

After the Chicago Board of Elections removed Emanuel's name from the ballot on Monday, the board chairman, Landon Neal, ordered the printing company to hold off pending the high court's decision on Tuesday.

"Almost 300,000 ballots had actually already been printed," Neal said. "Now they're reformatting the ballot to include the name of Rahm Emanual on the ballot and that printing will begin again," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The Illinois Supreme Court said they will make their decision based on briefs that have already been filed, effectively streamlining the decision-making process for the seven justices.

Early voting in the mayoral race is set to begin by touch screen in 51 locations across the city on Monday. Residents planning to vote for Emanuel were advised to wait to make sure his name is on the ballot before going to the polling stations.

"There are no do-overs," Neal said. "Once you vote, that's it. So you have 18 days to vote during the early voting process. If the voters have any questions, any doubt, any uncertainty, I would encourage them to wait until the end of the 18 days," he said.

The city will print a total of 2 million ballots for the mayoral race.


The Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this report.

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