Ballots go to press without Emanuel's name

January 25, 2011

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Eileen Thompson shows her support for Rahm Emanuel during a rally outside the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners on Monday.

The Chicago board of elections says it's printing ballots for the February election without the name of one mayoral candidate.

Board Chairman Langdon Neal says the order has already been placed to print about 2 million ballots. Neal says that should've been done last week. Now that an Illinois Appeals Court issued its ruling that Rahm Emanuel should not be on the February 22nd ballot, the election board is running with it.

"We will have an election and it will comply with what ever court is the last court to rule on this. We'll make adjustments and do what we need to do," Neal said.

Election officials wouldn't say exactly what those adjustments would be, but they say they'll cross that bridge when they come to it.

Emanuel is appealing the latest decision. If the Illinois Supreme Court takes up the case and overturns the Appellate Court's ruling, the election board would have to change the ballots.