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Illinois High Court Rules Emanuel Eligible for Mayoral Race

Rahm Emanuel is eligible to run in Chicago’s mayoral race, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The high court reverses an appeals court ruling Monday that Emanuel doesn’t meet a one-year residency requirement. The appellate court decision came just as the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners was preparing to print ballots for the Feb. 22 election.

About 300,000 ballots were printed Tuesday without Emanuel’s name, the Tribune reported, but they were set aside when the state Supreme Court put the appellate ruling on hold later that day.

Since Emanuel left his job as White House chief of staff to run for mayor in October, activists in Chicago accused him of not having lived in the city for the previous year. Emanuel argued that although his home was rented out, he had clear intentions to return and had voted in Illinois.

Longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley announced last year that he would not run for re-election. Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D) and lawyer Gery Chico (D) are among the others in the race. Early voting begins Monday.

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