Supreme Court: Emanuel stays on Chicago mayor ballot

Thu. January 27, 2011 5:32 PM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday unanimously reversed a Monday ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court, which said that Rahm Emanuel did not meet residency requirements to be on the ballot for mayor of Chicago.

The decision comes as early voting for the Feb. 22 city election begins Monday, Jan. 31 and runs to Feb 17.

In previous decisions, the Chicago election board and a Cook County Circuit judge had ruled Emanuel met the residency requirements. In today's ruling the Supreme Court said the appellate court was in error in overruling them.

Emanuel continues to command a large lead over Gery Chico, Carol Moseley Braun and Miguel del Valle in a number polls.

Most LGBT community leaders have avoided openly supporting any candidates in the race to date. Equality Illinois co-founder and long-time gay advocate Rick Garcia announced his endorsement of Chico on Dec. 6.

Race for Mayor, The Gay Vote: continues a series of mayoral profiles, spotlighting each of the major candidates' past records on LGBT issues and their proposals for our city's future. Read the first two profiles featured on Rahm Emanuel and Miguel del Valle. Upcoming are profiles on Carol Moseley Braun and Gery Chico.