Illinois Supreme Court agrees to take Emanuel's case

January 25, 2011

City Room and AP Wires

Updated 1:35pm The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear Rahm Emanuel's appeal of a decision that threw him off the ballot for Chicago mayor. Supreme Court spokesman Joe Tybor says the justices will hear the case quickly. But he gave no specific time frame. Emanuel has asked the court to overturn the lower ruling that pulled his name off the ballot because he had not lived in the city for a year. His attorneys called Monday's decision "squarely inconsistent" with previous rulings on the issue.

The Illinois Supreme Court earlier ruled that Rahm Emanuel's name must be printed on ballots for February's election, at least for the time being. Emanuel has asked the court to issue a stay of an appellate court decision removing him from the ballot, and the state's highest court granted that request Tuesday morning.

"The Board of Elections is directed that if any ballots are printed while this Court is considering this case, the ballots should include the name of petitioner Rahm Emanuel as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago," the Supreme Court order reads.

On Monday, following the handing down of the appellate court's decision, the board of elections announced that it planned to soon begin printing ballots without Emanuel's name on them.

"We're going to press with one less candidate for mayor," the board's chairman, Langdon Neal, said in a statement at the time.

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