Illinois Supreme Court Rules Rahm Emanuel Can Run for Chicago Mayor

Illinois’ highest court put President Barack Obama’s former White House chief of staff back in the race for Chicago mayor Thursday, three days after a lower court threw the name off the ballot because he hadn’t lived in the city for a full year.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Rahm Emanuel is allowed on the ballot for Chicago mayor. The decision unanimously reversed a lower court’s ruling.

The decision reverses the decision by an Illinois appellate court that removed Emanuel from the February 22, 2011 ballot for not meeting a residency requirement because he hadn’t lived in Chicago for a year before the race.

Emanuel lived for nearly two years in Washington D.C. working for President Barack Obama as White House Chief of Staff.