WBEZ | Burt Odelson http://www.wbez.org/tags/burt-odelson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en State Appellate Court hears Emanuel residency case http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/illinois-appellate-court-hear-emanuels-ballot-eligibility <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm Emanuel AP_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>&quot;You can't mentally just have a residence,&quot;&nbsp;Odelson said. &quot;You have to have a residence. You have to go somewhere.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's attorneys have argued their client never abandoned his North Side home when he went to work in Washington, D.C.<br /><br />Both sides say they are prepared to take the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/illinois-appellate-court-hear-emanuels-ballot-eligibility The Friday Political Roundup: January 3rd-7th http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/friday-political-roundup-january-3rd-7th <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/braun_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Mayoral money, tax talk, and a new Congress commences.</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><img style="width: 462px; height: 347px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-07/braun.jpg" alt="" title="" /></em></p><p>Missed anything this week in Chicago politics? We&rsquo;re back after a holiday hiatus with your weekly digest of the best game in town. <br /><br /><strong>Money on the mind</strong><br />This was the first full week of a 2011 mayor&rsquo;s race sans Danny Davis, with Carol Moseley Braun as the anointed African-American &ldquo;consensus candidate.&rdquo; That leaves Chicago with four frontrunners, based on polling data (check out the <a href="http://www.chicagomayoralscorecard.com/">Chicago Mayoral Scorecard</a> for the latest data): Braun, Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle, and Rahm Emanuel. And the focus this week has been on money, in the bank and on the issues.<br /><br />In the horse race for cash, Gery Chico announced that he&rsquo;s raised over $2.5 million. Braun&rsquo;s not revealing her numbers yet; Del Valle wants voters to know he is and will be the &ldquo;<a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/01/del-valle-says-hell-be-poorest-chicago-mayoral-fundraiser.html">poorest candidate</a>&rdquo; with roundabouts $150,000 in the campaign coffers. Meanwhile, assumptions are that Emanuel&rsquo;s squarely in the lead, with <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;uid=1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35c&amp;plckPostId=Blog:1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost:2a4d9ccc-c1d6-4d90-b081-03f778fc2975&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest#axzz1ABHHBPyS">speculation</a> that he may have raised as much as $10 million &ndash; a guess with evidence on your television screen. The Chicago News Cooperative has some great <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/flush-emanuel-campaign-making-big-tv-push/">analysis</a> of the costs involved. But Emanuel&rsquo;s not the only one with a TV ad. Long shot candidate Patricia Van Pelt Watkins is generating <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/05/patricia-watkins-tv-ad-is_n_804939.html">some buzz</a> with a cable spot. NBC Chicago&rsquo;s Ward Room has <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Patricia-Watkins-QA-113076634.html">an interview</a> with the candidate.</p><p><strong>Taxing talk</strong><br />Personal finances have also been an issue this week, with Braun the latest to release her tax returns&mdash;we&rsquo;ve got <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/moseley-brauns-tax-returns-reflect-money-woes">the details</a> now for each of the four major candidates. The release has caused a little bit of trouble for Braun, with some bristly <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race-0106-20110105,0,6754696.story">reaction</a> to media questions about the losses she reported. The <em>Chicago </em><em>Tribune</em> also <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race-0107-20110106,0,4644874.story">reported</a> that she&rsquo;s had some difficulty paying property taxes on time. But, as the <em>Sun-Times</em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/3175726-505/braun-income-meeks-carol-mayor.html">reports</a>, Braun&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/carol-moseley-braun-tax-returns-show-financial-woe/">money woes</a> aren&rsquo;t fazing some of her biggest supporters.</p><p>Speaking of taxes, Braun says she won&rsquo;t raise any in a <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-04/braun-chico-hit-chicago-s-parking-meter-deal.html">plan</a> to rid Chicago of the much maligned meter lease deal. Gery Chico agreed that it was a raw deal, but said that the billion-dollar transaction couldn&rsquo;t be undone, certainly not without raising taxes. Greg Hinz has some <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3ad13758f6-a244-4f6d-9b3f-ed692c762f3c&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com">analysis</a> on the likelihood of ditching the lease: don&rsquo;t hold your breath.</p><p>But if it&rsquo;s revenue we&rsquo;re looking for, Emanuel has an idea: put ads on city stickers. Maybe you didn&rsquo;t notice the announcement, but city clerk candidate Susana Mendoza did &mdash;<a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-plan-familiar-to-clerk-candidate/">she says</a> she had the idea first. When it comes to raising money for his campaign, Emanuel&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/01/06/Emanuel-opens-online-store/UPI-39891294344590/">opened</a> an online store to sell &ldquo;Chicago for Rahm&rdquo; swag. But if you&rsquo;re more concerned about the money in your own pocket, Chico is out this week with a <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/3157092-420/chico-jobs-business-chicago-mayor.html">jobs plan</a>: he says he&rsquo;ll create a deputy mayor position to focus on cultivating business and jobs. <a href="http://www.delvalleformayor.com/2010/12/good-jobs-and-economic-development_13.html ">Del Valle</a> and <a href="http://carolforchicago.com/issues/jobs/ ">Braun</a> also have job creation platforms.</p><p><strong>More on the mayor&rsquo;s race</strong><br />This week, we also learned that all four major candidates have a crime platform that includes <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-chicago-mayor-police-chief,0,6181381.story">firing</a> police superintendent Jody Weis. He&rsquo;s fighting back, with an unusually high media availability: he spoke at length with both the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-05/ap-interview-chicago-s-top-cop-defends-leadership.html">AP</a> and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/03/jody-weis-speaks-out-i-pr_n_803584.html">Huffington Post</a>. <br /><br />Also not going quietly is attorney Burt Odelson, who&rsquo;s still leading the charge to get Emanuel knocked off the ballot. A Cook County Circuit Court judge <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/3154288-418/emanuel-odelson-court-residency-run.html">ruled</a> that Emanuel could stay in the race, but Odelson said he&rsquo;ll appeal. Provided Emanuel stays on the ballot, he&rsquo;ll be on camera on January 27th for the first <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/01/four_major_chicago_mayoral_can.html">mayoral debate</a>, along with Braun, Chico, and Del Valle.<br /><br />And don&rsquo;t forget about the aldermanic candidates&mdash;you can check out their websites on the new supersite <a href="http://www.aldermanicwebsites.com/">Aldermanic Websites</a>.</p><p><strong>It&rsquo;s called Taste of Food!</strong><br />Finally, we&rsquo;d be remiss to let Friday go by without the Mayor Daley quote of the week. Responding to a suggestion that the Taste of Chicago might end up with a $20 admittance fee, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/economy/daley-says-taste-admission-should-be-free">he said</a> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s called Taste of Food. We&rsquo;re not in it for the music.&rdquo; Well, that, of course, depends on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/privatizing-taste-what-changed-daley-november">who you ask</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Veto session gets busy</strong><br />Leading Illinois state political news is the <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3a8ecbf0b3-326b-4888-86dd-1b72873caaa8&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1ANjLr7wo">apparent deal</a> among Democratic leadership to hike corporate and individual state taxes by 75%. Keeping in mind that they&rsquo;re SEIU-funded, you may want to check out Progress Illinois&rsquo;s <a href="http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2011/01/07/breaking-down-illinois-proposed-tax-deal?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">detailed breakdown</a> of the plan. And keep an eye out early next week to see how it all comes out. <br /><br />Keep an eye out, also, to see how the Senate votes on a plan to abolish the death penalty in Illinois. The House <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-illinois-house-death-penalty-v20110106,0,6165035.story">voted</a> &ldquo;yay&rdquo; earlier this week. <br /><br /><strong>Chicago in the capital</strong><br />And the big story nationally: Mayor Daley&rsquo;s brother Bill Daley is headed to the White House to serve as President Obama&rsquo;s Chief of Staff. The buzz on that news is that it may <a href="http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/01/would-bill-daley-signal-a-move-to-the-center.html">signal a shift</a> to the right/center for Obama. <em>Fortune</em> <a href="http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/06/finance-types-praise-daley/">reports</a> that finance types are jazzed about the appointment, and Republican Senator <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/05/mark-kirk-supports-bill-d_n_804729.html">Mark Kirk</a> is, too. <br /><br />As the 112th Congress got underway this week, the right was in the spotlight: Illinois&rsquo; 5 new GOP congressmen were <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-01-05/news/ct-met-illinois-delegation-0106-20110105_1_schilling-family-phil-hare-adam-kinzinger">sworn in</a>. And Kirk was also sworn in for his first full term. The Ward Room has his 15-point anti-spending <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mark-Kirks-15-Point-Plan-to-Cut-Spending-113014624.html">plan</a>, while Greg Hinz <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3a5f4656c5-e24c-4ff9-a8a4-3a1db8139b9b&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1ANjLr7wo">teases out</a> a possible caveat.&nbsp; <br /><br />That&rsquo;s the Friday political roundup&mdash;let me know if you think I missed anything, and have a great weekend.</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 21:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/friday-political-roundup-january-3rd-7th Rahm Emanuel allowed on ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/rahm-emanuel-allowed-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/_CKP7473.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel will be allowed to have his name on the February ballot to run for Chicago mayor.</p><p>Thursday morning, the Chicago Board of Election unanimously gave its approval to allow Emanuel on the ballot.</p><p>Several objectors say Emanuel's political clout played a role in the decision, but Burt Odelson, an attorney trying to kick Emanuel off the ballot, stopped short of saying politics was a factor.</p><p>&quot;Though he may not have, in his mind, abandoned his residence, he did. I mean, legally, he did,&quot;&nbsp;Odelson said. &quot;He signed the lease, people are living there, he's not here. It's really quite simple.&quot;</p><p>Odelson said he will appeal the decision. He expects the challenge to go through the courts in the next five weeks.</p><p>Emanuel's attorneys say under the facts of the case, the same decision would've come down whether Emanuel were the White House chief of staff or a cook in the White House kitchen.</p><p>At a restaurant downtown, Emanuel said he's ready to focus on issues affecting voters.</p><p>&quot;They saw that I had worked for President Obama, that I owned a home here, payed property taxes here, that I was a congressman from here,&quot;&nbsp;Emanuel said. &quot;They made a decision. And the voters deserve the right to make their decision.&quot;</p><p>The board's decision comes after a recommendation was issued by the hearing officer late Wednesday night.</p><p>Joseph Morris ran the hearings over Emanue''s residency requirements, hearing from dozens of objectors. In his decision, Morris got into the nitty gritty of how the law defines a residence. Morris wrote the heart of the issue is whether Emanuel abandoned his North Side home more than a year before the upcoming municipal election when Emanuel went to Washington, D.C. to work in the White House.</p><p>But Morris wrote since Emanuel still owns the house, has a driver's license with that address on it, votes in elections based on that address, banks with that address and still has boxes of his things at that address, he's considered a resident of Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 17:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/rahm-emanuel-allowed-ballot Attorney voices frustrations with objectors who want Emanuel off ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney/attorney-voices-frustrations-objectors-who-want-emanuel-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6479.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated at: 6:55 a.m. on 12/17/2010</em></p><p>Testimony has wrapped up in the hearings over Rahm Emanuel's eligibility to run for Chicago mayor.</p><p>The lead attorney trying to kick former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot doesn't think it's a slam dunk case. Burt Odelson is an elections attorney representing a few objectors. He's trying to kick Emanuel off the February ballot for not meeting the city's residency requirements for holding public office.</p><p>But during Thursday's hearing, about ten other objectors, with seemingly no legal experience, also questioned witnesses who were called. But their questions and concerns drew sighs and even objections from Odelson and Emanuel's attorneys.</p><p>At one point, Odelson told an objector she should strike all of her questions from the record because she was unintentionally helping the other side and he sarcastically said, &quot;Good question&quot; to her. After talking with Odelson during a break - that objector dropped all her outstanding motions and requests for subpoenas.</p><p>The matter will likely be decided next week. A hearing officer is expected to make a recommendation on whether Emanuel's name should be on the ballot before Thursday's Chicago Board of Election Commissioners meeting. The board will decide on the case.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney/attorney-voices-frustrations-objectors-who-want-emanuel-ballot Emanuel testifies on Chicago residency today http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/candidacy-challenged-emanuel-testify-tuesday <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0011_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to testify at a hearing Tuesday to determine whether he is eligible to appear on the February ballot for Chicago mayor. The former congressman and White House chief of staff will be questioned by the roughly two dozen objectors who say he fails to meet the one-year residency requirement to run for mayor.</p><p>Emanuel is expected to face questions about his tax returns, voter registration records and lease agreements. Kevin Forde, one of Emanuel's lawyers, argued Monday in a preliminary hearing that some other subjects that have been brought up by objectors are out of bounds.<br /><br />&quot;We're going to strenuously object to any questions about the children and where they get their shots, or anything to do with medical treatment of the children,&quot; Forde said. &quot;All of this stuff is way beyond the limited issue here.&quot;<br /><br />That issue, Forde says, is whether Emanuel intended to abandon his residency in Chicago when he went to work for the Obama Administration in early 2009. Objectors argue that Emanuel gave up that residency when he rented out his house on Chicago's North Side.</p><p>Joseph A. Morris, the hearing officer who will listen to the testimony and make a recommendation to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, has said he will rein-in questioners whose inquiries he deems irrelevant or redundant.<br /><br />Emanuel is expected to face several rounds of questioning, lasting for hours. Judging by the tone of the preliminary hearings, it is likely to become rather dramatic, at times.</p><p>That was the case on Monday afternoon, when Morris ruled that Emanuel's wife, Amy Rule, would likely not have to testify. A subpoena for Rule had been sought by some objectors, and Morris issued one last week on a &quot;provisional&quot; basis. But when Morris indicated Monday he would quash that subpoena, one objector asked him if he was &quot;partial&quot;&nbsp;to Emanuel.</p><p>Another of the most outspoken members of the anti-Emanuel crowd, Jeffrey Joseph Black, announced that the hearing officer was putting himself in &quot;extreme moral and legal peril.&quot;</p><p>Morris quickly fired back.</p><p>&quot;If you're trying to threaten me and scare me and force me to decide this case your way because you're holding in front of me the boogie man of personal, legal or moral peril to me, it won't work,&quot;&nbsp;Morris told Black. &quot;I will decide the case fairly, and the facts as I see them, and on the law as I read it. Simple as that.&quot;</p><p>Also Monday, the lead lawyer involved in the challenge to Emanuel's candidacy, Burt Odelson, worked out a &quot;stipulation of facts&quot; with the candidate's legal team. This is an agreed-to set of facts that are entered into the record in hopes of speeding up future hearings. It includes statements such as &quot;Rahm Emanuel is not on active military duty,&quot; and &quot;Rahm Emanuel's children attend school in Washington, D.C. and have attended school there since at least the fall of 2009.&quot;</p><p>One of the stipulated statements is, in fact, false. Likely a typo, it reads, &quot;Rahm Emanuel was employed as Chief of Staff for the President of the United States from January 20, 2010, until leaving his position in October 2010.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's service for the president began on that date in 2009, rather than 2010.</p><p>Tuesday's hearing, which is likely to be packed with media and spectators, begins at 9 a.m. in a basement conference room below 69 W. Washington in downtown Chicago.</p></p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/candidacy-challenged-emanuel-testify-tuesday Decision soon on witnesses in Emanuel ballot change http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney/decision-soon-witnesses-emanuel-ballot-change <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0002_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Key decisions are expected Friday in the fight over whether Rahm Emanuel is eligible to run for Chicago mayor. A city election official will hold a late morning hearing to decide who will be called as witnesses.<br /><br />Emanuel himself is expected to testify next week. His lawyers also want to call the candidate's friends and neighbors to testify.</p><p>The case is mostly about residency: whether Emanuel, by renting out his Chicago house after moving to Washington to work at the White House, is eligible to run for mayor.<br /><br />The election attorney at the center of the objection to Emanuel's candidacy, Burt Odelson, has a witness wish list of his own. He wants to call the couple who rented out Emanuel's house, plus real estate brokers involved in the deal and Emanuel's wife. Odelson is also requesting loads of documents from the candidate including tax returns, his kid's school applications and utility bills.</p><p>The decision on which witnesses and what evidence will be allowed falls to the hearing officer, Joseph A. Morris. This is among the first steps in a long ballot battle that's expected to last weeks.</p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney/decision-soon-witnesses-emanuel-ballot-change Emanuel candidacy challenge begins http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/emanuel-candidacy-challenge-begins <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0002.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The case to decide whether Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor began Monday at the offices of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. More than two dozen challenges were filed against the former congressman and White House chief of staff, alleging he does not meet a residency requirement.</p><p>The election board decided to merge - for now, at least - all of the objections against Emanuel into a single case. That led to a very crowded hearing in a basement conference room, and annoyed election lawyer Burt Odelson, who represents a couple of the challengers.<br /><br />&quot;Well, I know the law is on my side,&quot; Odelson said to reporters. &quot;What troubles me is the cadre of folks we have here who are going to enter things into the record which have really nothing to do with this case.&quot;<br /><br />Odelson told the hearing officer, Joseph A. Morris, that he worried that allowing all the objectors to interview witnesses would &quot;turn in to a little bit of a circus.&quot;<br /><br />Morris replied that objectors would each &quot;get a fair crack at [asking a witness] any questions that somebody else hasn't asked.&quot; But he did express a sense of urgency.<br /><br />&quot;By the middle of January, not only do we need to have completed the proceedings here, and I need to have prepared a recommended decision that goes to the full board of elections, the board of elections needs to decide the matter, and I'm sure just about everybody in the room wants to make sure that if necessary there's time for appeals to the courts,&quot; Morris said.<br /><br />The objectors to Emanuel's petitions, including Odelson, allege that Emanuel is ineligible to run for mayor, in part, because he rented out his Chicago house while working for President Obama in Washington. Odelson represents another mayoral candidate, state Sen. James Meeks, D-Chicago, but has insisted that Meeks is not part of the challenge to Emanuel's candidacy.</p><p>Morris plans to decide on the witness list in a hearing this Friday, with testimony starting Monday. He's also expected to rule soon on a motion to have the election board chairman, Langdon Neal, barred from considering the case. That motion was filed by Odelson, who said Neal should not be involved because he has made public comments on the issue.<br /><br />Earlier Monday morning, the election board decided the paperwork filed by four other candidates for mayor blatantly failed to meet the legal requirements. The board removed Ryan Graves, Tommy Hanson, Jay Stone and M. Tricia Lee from the ballot.<br /><br />&quot;There has to be at least 12,500 signatures of legal voters on a candidate's nomination papers,&quot; said James Scanlon, the board's top lawyer. &quot;An examination of Ms. Lee's nomination papers reveals that there are only 700 signatures.&quot;<br /><br />The removed candidates have the option of asking the board to reconsider, and Stone has promised a lawsuit.<br /><br />Also Monday, the man who rents out Emanuel's North Side house, Rob Halpin, ended his short-lived candidacy for the office. That followed reports by news organizations that some of Halpin's petition sheets appear to have been falsely notarized.<br /><br />His withdrawal brings the number of candidates for mayor down to 15. More could be removed in the coming weeks as the board considers objections.</p></p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 23:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/emanuel-candidacy-challenge-begins Mayoral campaigns battle over Rahm Emanuel's eligibility to run http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/mayoral-campaigns-battle-over-rahm-emanuels-eligibility-run <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_5783.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>There are lots of hairs being split Wednesday over Rahm Emanuel's eligibility to run for mayor of Chicago. Elections attorney Burt Odelson told the Chicago Tribune he has evidence the Chicago Board of Elections ruled Emanuel an inactive voter in 2009. Odelson is advising the campaign of mayoral hopeful State Senator James Meeks.</p><p>Odelson says Emanuel did not notify the Board of Elections of his address change when he moved to Washington D.C. to become the White House chief-of-staff.</p><p>Emanuel kept ownership of his North Side house. Emanuel's campaign responded Wednesday with its own elections expert, attorney Mike Kreloff. &quot;All of this is just political games to try to infringe on a candidate's right to run for office,&quot;&nbsp;Kreloff said.</p><p>Illinois election code reads no one, &quot;shall be deemed to have lost his or her residence&quot; while being away on the business of the United States.</p><p>No official complaint against Emanuel's residency has been filed with the Board of Elections. November 30th is the deadline to submit that kind of complaint.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/mayoral-campaigns-battle-over-rahm-emanuels-eligibility-run