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Court Throws Emanuel Off Chicago Ballot

January 24, 2011

An appellate court in Chicago ruled Monday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel does not meet the residency requirements needed for eligibility to run in the Chicago mayoral election.

The ruling is a stunning turn of events in the race. Recent polling showed Emanuel to be the clear frontrunner. Emanuel had won two previous residency rulings issued by the Chicago Board of Elections and a Cook County Judge.

That ruling was appealed, however, and on Monday the appellate court ruled 2 to 1 against Emanuel, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Emanuel is expected to appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court, using Monday's dissent from Justice Bertina Lampkin -- the lone justice on the panel who sided with him.

Opponents have charged that Emanuel is not eligible to run because he rented out his Chicago home while serving as Pres. Obama's chief of staff.

Emanuel is running to replace longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. His biggest competitor in the race so far has been former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who has trailed Emanuel by a significant margin in recent polling.

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