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RULING: Emanuel Ineligible for Chicago Mayors Race

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RULING: Emanuel Ineligible for Chicago Mayors Race
AIRED: | http://RealityReport.TV | TRANSCRIPT: It looks like Rahm Emanuel will be joining the roughly 14.5 million unemployed Americans because as of Jan 24 the Illinois state appellate court ruled that he is ineligible to appear on the February 22nd mayoral ballot. Emanuel plans to avoid the unemployment line by appealing the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court. He intends to request and injunction so his name will remain on the Chicago Mayoral Ballot. The appellate panel overturned the Chicago Board of Election Commissioner's unanimous decision that Emanuel was in fact eligible to stay on the ballot despite not meeting the residency requirement. In order to meet the requirement Emanuel would have had to have of lived in Chicago for a year prior to the election. Emanuel has claimed residency in Washington DC from January 2009 until October, while he worked as Chief of Staff for President Obama. Chicago Mayor Daley announced he would not seek re-election, inspiring Rahm to resign his post at Obama's side. The other candidates in the Race for mayor, U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Miguel del Valle, Gery Chico, and William Doc Walls clearly stand to gain with this new Court Ruling. Rob Halpin is still Rahm Emanuel's tenant where Emanuel once claimed residency. It's rather amazing to consider that someone as politically savvy as Emanuel could have overlooked such an important factor before resigning his white house position, now conveniently occupied by Mayor Daley's brother. But as anyone in Chicago knows no political move goes without proper calculation and the Judges in the Illinois Supreme court will have to make the final call. The question remains, Will Rahm, Daley or Obama call the Judges to return a few favors? It's Illinois, you tell me. For the Reality Report, I'm Gary Franchi.moreless
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