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article imageRahm Emanuel kicked off Chicago mayoral ballot

By Vincent Sobotka     Jan 24, 2011 in Politics
Chicago - The controversial residency requirements of front-running Chicago mayoral candidate, Rahm Emanuel, have been ruled on yet again. Several news sources are reporting today's ruling was not in Emanuel's favor, as his name will be removed from the ballot.
A 2-1 ruling has just passed from an Illinois appellate court, which determined that Rahm Emanuel's residency status did not meet the standard to run for mayor.
Opponents of Emanuel have long argued his eligibility due to his residency issues. For the past two years Emanuel has served under President Obama as the White House chief of staff in Washington D.C. During this time Emanuel remained the owner of his home on Chicago's north-side and allowed the home to be occupied by renters. Until today, this has been the foundation of the arguments presented by attorneys of Emanuel.
Despite pleads from his competition, two previous rulings, one from the Chicago Board of Election Commission and one from a Cook County judge favored Emanuel.
Emanuel, facing a third residency challenge, appeared before the panel of appellate judges on Wednesday, January 19, but the ruling was not given until this afternoon.
The former front-runner to replace current Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Emanuel has spent much of the $11-million dollars raised for his campaign fund as recently as yesterday, January 23.
Emanuel's attorneys have already begin scrambling for an appeal, as the February 22 election is quickly approaching.
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