01.24.2011 0

Rahm Thrown Off Ballot

Rahm Emanuel’s name has been ordered to be removed from ballots in the Chicago mayoral race. The order comes from an appellate court panel, which voted 2-1 to toss Emanuel off the ballot. Rahm is expected to appeal the decision.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.

Appellate judges Thomas Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall ruled against Emanuel. Justice Bertina Lampkin voted in favor of keeping President Obama’s former chief of staff on the Feb. 22 ballot.

“It’s a surprise,” said Kevin Forde, the attorney who argued on Emanuel’s behalf.

Emanuel’s attorneys are expected to use Lampkin’s dissenting opinion to appeal the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

In today’s ruling, Hoffman wrote: “We … order that the candidate’s name be excluded (or if, necessary, be removed) from the ballot from Chicago’s Feb. 22, 2011.”

This is Chicago politics at its finest…

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