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Monday, January 24, 2011

Illinois Appellate Court Throws Rahm Emanuel Off Ballot for Mayor of Chicago | Democracy May Not Exist in Chicago, But Justice Makes Rare Appearance



Rules?  What rules?

That was the argument by the political mafia of Illinois in justifying the candidacy of Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago, who is trying to buy the election with power, money and influence.

The argument over his so-called residency worked through the Chicago Board of Elections and Cook County Court, but ran into a roadblock at the Illinois Appellate Court level.

Emanuel moved his family out of Illinois and rented his house to someone else.  He says that was "temporary" and that he was still a resident.

However, the court says being a resident isn't about intent or theory, but actual residence.

While Emanuel is seeking the case to be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court, there's no automatic process and they would have to accept the case, then schedule briefings and hear the case as early voting begins in about a week.

Did the court help Chicago and Illinois avert a major tragedy in electing Rahm Emanuel that the voters and media were too foolish to fall for?

We say if Rahm Emanel is not allowed to exploit the system, this may be a rare situation where true justice will prevail.

21 comments:

Illinois Appellate Court said...

“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement.”

Illinois Appellate Court said...

Based on the foregoing analysis, we conclude that, under subsection 3.1-10-5(a) of the Municipal Code, a candidate must meet not only the Election Code’s voter residency standard, but also must have actually resided within the municipality for one year prior to the election, a qualification that the candidate unquestionably does not satisfy. Because the candidate does not satisfy that standard, he may be eligible for inclusion on the ballot only if he is somehow exempt from the Municipal Code’s “reside in” requirement.

Illinois Appellate Court said...

We agree with the candidate that his service constituted “business of the United States” and thus that this exception applies to him. We disagree, however, with his position that the exception saves his candidacy. In our view, the exception embodied by section 3-2 of the Election Code applies only to voter residency requirements, not to candidate residency requirements.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised. He has the system rigged for himself, but I guess the appellate court isn't rigged.

Anonymous said...

good news for Chicago.

I don't like any of the candidates, but Rahm would have been a disaster.

Anonymous said...

Rahm should be bounced. He clearly didn't "reside" in Illinois.

Anonymous said...

He will appeal it and win because he will play the race card. Just watch and see.

Anonymous said...

There will certainly be an appeal after this split decision. I have mixed feelings. I'm not sure that he'd be the best choice, but I think that elections should be decided by the voters, not by 2 judges (out of 3) taking an option away from them. It seems nowadays that the first focus of candidates and their supporters is to try to take voters' choices away, and knock each other off the ballot rather than actually address the issues and win an election on their own merits. They want to win by default, by being the only option.

Anonymous said...

The race card's already been played big time by Mosely-Braun and Denny Davis.

Anonymous said...

Where is the justice in removing a cndidate from the ballot? Two Appellate Judeges say he should not be on the ballot. One Appellate Judge and one Circuit Judges say he should be on the ballot. The count is 2 judges in favor and 2 judges against. Now seven Illinoius Supreme Court Judges will decide.

True democracy would be to let the more than 1,000,000 voters in Chicago decide. You may not like the way they vote, but that is what democracy is all about.

Anonymous said...

The people of Chicago will vote the way they are told to.

I for one would like to see Chico as Mayor.

Anonymous said...

5:42
If that is the case, who told them to vote for Jane Byrne or Harold Washington?

Anonymous said...

Byrne won due to Bilandic's lack of city streets snow removal. Washington won because the majority of blacks voted only because of skin color.

Anonymous said...

BINGO!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I DEMAND TO SEE HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE!

Anonymous said...

A man would be a fool to bet against this bozo appearing on the ballot for mayor. The corruption of the state will see to it.

Anonymous said...

This is 7:42 again. That certainly didn't take long did it? Just as I predicted. They got to the crooks on Illinois Supreme court and now he is in. Sure gives you a lot of faith in the LAW and government in general doesn't it? ILLINOIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO MOVE OUT OF, AS THERE CERTAILY ISN'T ANY SECURITY THERE.I HOPE EVERY CORPORATION AND SMALL BUSINESS WILL NOW LOOK TO THE SURROUNDING STATES TO MOVE TO. One way to get rid of this cess pool is to dry up the tax base, and leave the non producers to their own devices.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that this "connected" bastdard can get before the Highest Court in Illinois in one day and yet Joe pissant would have to wait months or even years for them to hear his cast? Time to end the cast system we have going and make eveyone equal again. Betcha no one can answer.

Anonymous said...

Sure helpt to have KOMRADS on the court.

Anonymous said...

Rahmbo "Dead Fish" Emanuel put thug style politics into motion to get back on the ballot. It's "The Chicago Way".

Anonymous said...

I personally don't have an opinion about who becomes Mayor of Chicago because I do not live there, however, I don't understand what all the theatrics are about. If the voters of Chicago don't think he deserves to be their Mayor, they will vote as such.