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Rahm Emanuel Run for Mayor

Rahm Emanuel Run for Mayor - The Chicago Elections Board of Commissioners ruled Thursday that Rahm Emanuel is a city resident qualified to run for mayor — a pivotal decision that came just hours after an elections official recommended the board rule in favor of the former White House chief of staff in a challenge filed by dozens of objectors.

The three-member board, composed of two Democrats and a Republican, concluded that Emanuel had not "abandoned" his residency when he moved from Chicago for Washington to serve as President Barack Obama’s top adviser. The ruling clears the way for the former North side congressman to run to replace Mayor Richard M. Daley — a race in which Emanuel leads the nearest competitor by 23 percentage points.

Rahm Emanuel Run for Mayor

In closing statements before a packed room at the Board of Elections — where a circus-like scene unfolded during the residency hearing a week ago — the board acknowledged that the appellate courts would have to deal with "interesting issues" if lawyers representing the objectors appealed the decision, which they are widely expected to do.

Emanuel and his lawyers have argued their client maintained official ties to the city while serving in the White House, including maintaining an Illinois driver's license, car registration and voter registration as well as listing the city as his home address on federal tax returns and bank accounts he maintained in the state. Though he leased his house on the city's north side rather than sell it on the advice of a real estate counselor, Emanuel insisted he always intended to return home and provided pictures of personal items he kept in storage in the area — including his wife's wedding dress, family photographs, his father's bomber jacket and family china.

Rahm Emanuel Run for Mayor

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