The Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday granted a stay of the appellate court ruling that removed Rahm Emanuel from the ballot in the Chicago mayoral race, an order that puts Emanuel's name back on the ballot for the time being.
"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 court stated.
The court is still considering whether to hear Emanuel's appeal of a lower court ruling on Monday that said he did not meet residency requirements necessary to be on the ballot. The court could still take the case and uphold the lower court's ruling -- ending his mayoral hopes. If the court decides against hearing the case, the appellate court ruling would hold, and Emanuel's name would likely stay off the ballot.
The decision represents a momentary sigh of relief for the Emanuel campaign. Early voting in the race begins Jan. 31, and Chicago elections officials had indicated they planned to start printing ballots Tuesday.
Kevin Forde, Emanuel's attorney, said the order was good news for his client, but that Emanuel is far from in the clear.
"It's a partial victory on our motion," he said. "Is this a good sign? Sure. But do we know they're going to take the case? Absolutely not. Past that, I expect we'll have an order by tomorrow or the next day at the latest."
Opponents have charged that Emanuel is not eligible to run because he rented out his Chicago home while serving as President Obama's chief of staff. Emanuel had won two previous residency rulings issued by the Chicago Board of Elections and a Cook County Judge.