State Appellate Court hears Emanuel residency case

January 19, 2011

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The Illinois Appellate Court is expected to rule within the next few days as to whether Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago. Attorneys presented their cases Wednesday.

This was take three over the eligibility of Rahm Emanuel's candidacy. The arguments for and against Emanuel were pretty much the same as when attorneys argued in front of a Cook County judge and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Both times, Rahm Emanuel won his case to be on the February municipal ballot.

Burt Odelson argues Emanuel doesn't qualify to be on the ballot because the former White House chief of staff doesn't meet a requirement that the mayor of Chicago live in the city for one year before taking the office.

"You can't mentally just have a residence," Odelson said. "You have to have a residence. You have to go somewhere."

Emanuel's attorneys have argued their client never abandoned his North Side home when he went to work in Washington, D.C.

Both sides say they are prepared to take the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.