That was fast. Earlier R20 posted Chicago mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was seeking an expedited stay and a reversal of Monday's court decision that ruled his name cannot be included on the February 22 ballot. Emanuel's name will remain on the mayoral ballot, at least for now, as the Illinois Supreme Court considers the ruling that declared him ineligible.
Earlier, the Supreme Court ordered the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to put Emanuel’s name back on the mayoral ballot while it considered Emanuel’s appeal of Monday’s Illinois Appellate Court ruling that tossed him out of the race to replace Mayor Daley. But the Supreme Court granted Emanuel’s motion for a stay of the ruling.
"The appellate court decision is stayed," the Supreme Court’s order reads. "The Board of Elections is directed that if any ballots are printed while this Court is considering this case, the ballots should include the name of petitioner Rahm Emanuel as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago."
The stay prevents Chicago election officials from going forward with their plans to begin printing "up to 2 million ballots" for the Feb. 22 mayoral election without Rahm Emanuel name. Printing of the ballots, without Emanuel's name had begun this morning, reports the Tribune.
The Illinois Supreme Court's decision comes less than 24 hours after the 2-1 appellate court decision that found Emanuel does not meet residency requirements to run for office. The Court said it was still considering whether to grant Emanuel's request for an appeal on an expedited basis.