Rahm Emanuel Gets Thrown off the Chicago Mayoral Ballot … Says, “He Will Prevail”


After having his name taken off the Chicago Mayoral ballot, Rahm Emanuel says he will prevail. Of course he will, its the Chicago way.

Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago Monday by an appellate court panel. Wow, who would have thought an Illinois court would have done such a thing? The court decision can be read HERE.  The Court concluded, by a 2 to 1 vote, that the  Emanuel neither meets the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election, nor falls within any exception to the requirement.

Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago Monday by an appellate court panel. But Emanuel ­— who has led the other candidates in fund-raising and in public opinion polls — cautioned he won’t get off the ballot without a fight.

“I have no doubt, at the end we will prevail at this effort,” Emanuel told reporters at the Berghoff Restaurant.

The Chicago Board of Elections planned to start printing ballots without Emanuel’s name unless Emanuel’s lawyers can get a “stay” of the appellate court ruling. Emanuel’s lawyers filed their request for a stay just before 5 p.m. Monday.

“We … order that the candidate’s name be excluded (or if, necessary, be removed) from the ballot,” Judge Thomas Hoffman wrote in the opinion upholding the requirement under the state’s municipal code that candidates for mayor in Illinois must have “resided in” the town where they are running for a year before Election Day — in this case Feb. 22. Hoffman was joined by Justice Shelvin Marie Louise Hall.

Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel filed papers Monday night with the Illinois Supreme courtto request a stay to allow ballots to be printed with Emanuel’s name on them. Of course he did and who does not really think that in the end, Emanuel’s name will not be on them? Can you imagine the profanity laced tirade that must have occurred when  Emanuel was told of the court decision?


I tend to agree with Blue Crab Boulevard, knowing the corruption of Chicago politics, Emanuel will be put back on the ballot and the law be damned. This decision will be overturned and Emanuel will be added back on the ballot. Why would anyone think that rules that prevent “carpetbagging” would apply to an Obamaite.

Exit question: Why do we have residency requirements for eligibility in the first place? If a lifelong New Yorker shows up in Chicago and decides he wants to run for mayor right away, why not leave it to voters to decide whether they want him or not? His opponents will end up destroying him over it in campaign ads (he’s a carpetbagger, he doesn’t know the city and its needs, etc), so it’s not like voters won’t know he’s from out of town by the time they go to the polls. In an age of mass media, there’s no good reason I can think of to impose a total statutory bar to office on this ground.

Posted January 24, 2011 by
Governor Races | 12 comments

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    12 Responses to “Rahm Emanuel Gets Thrown off the Chicago Mayoral Ballot … Says, “He Will Prevail””

    1. southernsue on January 25th, 2011 8:22 am

      our country is riddled with these obama and emanuel types. the scary part is that have succeeded in getting into the highest part of our government. we have got to stand up and vote out all of these types in 2012. we need to get rid of the scum in the white house and get someone in there to move our country forward in the right way.

      i pray everyday, that GOD will intervene in this horrible administration. the only good that has come out of this administration, is showing the american people how corrupt our government is with an especially corrupt democratic party.

    2. Jayne (on the left coast) on January 25th, 2011 12:18 pm

      southernsue, AMEN to that.

    3. katablog.com on January 25th, 2011 12:32 pm

      Yep, somehow the obamas and rahms of the world don’t think the rules apply to them. They are exempt and certainly don’t need no stinkin constitution that would say this is a “states rights” issue.

      What happened to Obama just saying: Illinois is a sovereign state. They, and they alone, decide what the plain language of their law means.

      “Must be a resident living in the state for 1 year prior” sounds like a legal requirement to be a resident, residing in the state for 1 year prior to election.j

    4. brie. on January 25th, 2011 12:35 pm

      That photo makes you wonder what their up too…Obama looks like he is going to lean over and whisper something to Rahm, which is what he does in public a lot of the time…I guess he wants us to think….I’ve got a secret…well I think we know he’s got many secrets.

    5. dave on January 25th, 2011 1:15 pm

      Breaking News: Illinois Supreme Court Orders Chicago Mayoral Ballots to Include Rahm Emanuel’s Name.

      Why is this no surprise!

    6. Flippy on January 25th, 2011 1:34 pm

      In what universe is Rahm Emanuel a carpetbagger in Chicago?

    7. Steve on January 25th, 2011 2:49 pm


      Wow, I guess you’re right. That photo is absolute proof that these are sinister people.

      Thanks for figuring this out for all of us; what would we do without you?

    8. Its me on January 25th, 2011 4:14 pm

      This is going to be great. Im going to buy a trailer in Ill. Wisc. and Indiana. Move some stiff in and pay propery taxes. Then I can vote for all three Govs. Hell I can even vote three times for Pres.
      You know Rahm is going to get away with this. Obummer and his chitown thugs write their own rules and laws.

    9. LilPuma on January 25th, 2011 5:37 pm

      The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear the case and ordered that Emanuel’s name stay on the ballot until they have reviewed the case (on an expedited basis). Emanuel did maintain a residence here (in Chicago) while working for Obama.
      Mike Dorf, an election law attorney, said in his opinion, the appellate court made a bad decision.

      “They completely ignored the statue that says if you’re on business of the United States, you don’t lose your residency; and they said that only applied to voters and not to candidates,” Dorf said.


    10. flippy on January 26th, 2011 9:14 am

      #8 -

      Rahm is from Chicago. He has lived there for years. He was an elected official inside the city. He was residing in Washington DC at the request of the President of the United States.

      The the logic that is being used, any senator or congressman should not be allowed to run for re-election; after all they spent al that time in Washington the previous year and don’t really live in Illinois anymore.

      I hate it when people do what I am about to do, but perhaps this will help anyway. Pres. Bush was a resident of TEXAS when he was president. For 8 years he unarguably lived in Washington; but he filed his income taxes as a Texan and returned to Texas to vote.

      But, I suppose by your logic anyone deployed overseas by the military is not a resident of Chicago so they can’t run for office right away after being discharged? How about someone in the reserves? How about someone who’s employment requires them constant travel?
      SM: You make a W comment? And under your scenareo, W could not have run for Mayor of the city he resides in. What part about residency dont you get? Being in the military is an exception, working in the WH is not.

      What if Rhambo was working in CA for a politician instead of the President, he would still have the same problem. They call for the persion to live there. Of course the corrupt Chicago machine abd some arm twisting by Obama will just ignore the law. Hell, if illegals are not considered illegals, why would Rhambo not be allowed to run for Mayor.

      Rules do not apply to the elite.

    11. Flippy on January 26th, 2011 2:20 pm

      R -

      I understand your point, and if he is not allowed to run then so be it; but I think he has an argument as well.

      I live outside of the city limits, so although I will be greatly affected by this race I don’t have a vote. That said, the mayor of Chicago needs a certain personality. I don’t think Rahm was a good fit for the WH, but I personally the fact that he is a total prick plays in his favor as Mayor Chicago.
      SM: Flippy, ar least you lived in the state and probably the same county. Not living in the state is an issue and is we are not going to adhere to laws that are on the books as to determine who can and cannot run for office, why should anyone in Chicago follow any of the laws?

      Rhambo is a political opportunist and nothing more. I have no issue with him running for office as long as he follows the rules. But because he is an elitist and a “beautiful” person who Obama applying pressure behind the scenes, he is allowed to break the existing laws.

      I just think it is pathetic that the laws only apply to some. How could anyone be a Mayor having skirted the law?


    12. Its me on January 26th, 2011 3:33 pm

      Like I said Flippy, he is going to be the next Chitown Mayor!
      SM: I agree, the fix was set in motion a long time ago. Should we expect anything else out of Chicago?

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