Emanuel on campaign trail, Illinois Supreme Court to take his case

January 25, 2011

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Rahm Emanuel's name can be printed on ballots for the Chicago mayoral race. The Illinois Supreme Court issued the order on Tuesday. The emergency order stands until the Supreme Court makes a final decision on whether he qualifies to run.

Emanuel was all smiles as he greeted union members on Chicago's Southwest side this morning. He was back on the campaign trail and received the endorsement from Teamsters Joint Council 25, the day after the Illinois Appellate Court said Emanuel doesn't meet the residency requirements needed to run for mayor. Emanuel said he's sure he'll be on the ballot for the February election.

"The most important thing is you know my determination and my sense of certainty - not certainty, but confidence - in the sense that, in the end, we will be on the ballot so people will have that option to vote," he said.

Emanuel tried to divert reporters' questions about his residency into issues related to the mayor's race, like how to entice companies to move to the city. Attorneys for Emanuel filed an official appeal to the state Supreme Court this morning, asking the court to allow him on the February ballot. Just a few hours later, the court agreed to take the case.