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  • Illinois Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Rahm Emanuel

    It's been a crazy half-of-a-week, but long-suffering Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is finally back on the ballot and back on track to realize his several-month-long dream of ruling his native city

    The ballot roller coaster for Rahm Emanuel finally stopped Thursday with the former White House chief of staff very much in the race for mayor and the Illinois Supreme Court emphatically rejecting a contentious challenge to his Chicago residency.

    Within minutes of the high court ruling, Emanuel was back shaking hands with voters, taking a congratulatory call from his old boss, President Barack Obama, and working to recapture an aura of invincibility he had worked hard to project until an Appellate Court ruling threatened to boot him from the Feb. 22 contest.

    The New York Times' Caucus blog speculates on the possible fall-out from these few days of highly-publicized debate

    Some Chicagoans suggested that the incident might tarnish Mr. Emanuel’s campaign, repeatedly reminding voters that there had been a question about Mr. Emanuel’s legal status as a resident of this city — and, perhaps, a more psychic question about whether Mr. Emanuel was really as fully steeped in Chicago as, say, Richard M. Daley, the departing mayor, who was nothing if not a Chicagoan. Mr. Emanuel, who was born in Chicago, lived in the suburbs during some of his youth and, as a Congressman from Chicago, spent time in Washington even before he worked there as White House chief of staff.

    So, wait. The implication here is that because he lived part-time in Washington D.C. for a few years while representing Chicago in the U.S. House of Representatives and then spent two years living there full-time while working for a President from Chicago, with a White House staff plucked, almost in total, from the world of Chicago politics, that somehow makes him less of a Chicagoan?

    That's not leaving Chicago; that's colonizing the rest of the country.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Chicago, Illinois, Rahm Emanuel
  • Jon Stewart and John Oliver on Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Politics

    It's admittedly a little hard to understand the warp and woof of Rahm Emanuel's quest to become the feudal lord of Chicago. The city's political infrastructure can seem somewhat byzantine and murky to the uninitiated. Jon and John, though, do their best to make it seem a little less confusing…



    However, if you're still somewhat confused about the whole scenario, this video from NMA TV should clear it all up for you…

    There. Now you get it, right?

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.


    Tags: Chicago, Illinois, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Rahm Emanuel, The Daily Show, Video
  • It Somehow Took a Whole Day for Rahm Emanuel's Name to Be Returned to the Ballot

    Seems like it was only yesterday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's name was ordered by an appeals court to be removed from Chicago mayoral ballots. We were all so much younger and full of wonder back then, remember? Who could have thought that a thing like this could happen to a member of the Chicago Democratic royalty?

    Some might say that we were naive in thinking that Emanuel might not get exactly what he wanted in his city, but I say that we were innocent

    The Illinois Supreme Court will hear Rahm Emanuel's appeal to remain on the ballot in the Chicago mayor's race.

    The court granted a motion by the former White House chief of staff seeking an expedited hearing on his residency case… It will hear the case without oral arguments or new briefs, allowing for a faster ruling on the matter. The quick proceedings are necessary, with the race less than a month away and early voting set to begin next Monday.

    It was the second break in a matter of hours for Emanuel. The court ruled earlier Tuesday that no ballots may be printed without his name, at least not until the court has dealt with the appeal.

    Now, with the benefit of the tens of hours of maturity we've all gained since yesterday's heartbreak and tribulation, I'm finding it hard to believe that it took an entire 24 hours for this road bump to get smoothed over. That's just unacceptable.

    Can't say I'm disappointed about the decision, current resident of Chicago as I am. The incessant stream of wailing profanities that has been ringing throughout the city had been getting somewhat unnerving.


    Tags: Chicago, Illinois, Rahm Emanuel
  • Rahm Emanuel Denied Rightful Seat on Chicago Throne

    Here at your Indecision, we generally cover issues of national and international import. It is not often that we concern ourselves with the likes of, say, a mayoral race in a windy city with a noble yet ultimately disappointing football franchise. But! Today we make an exception, for today a great injustice has been visited upon one of America's greatest metropolises… metropoli? Metropo… Oh, fuck it. Chicago.

    Something awful happened in Chicago. Here is that city's own newspaper (this is a thing printed on trees for old people) with the report

    Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago Monday by an appellate court panel, a stunning blow to the fund-raising leader in the race.

    An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.

    We join the chorus of agony rising from every streetcorner in Chicago! How can such a travesty unfold? How can the privileged son of a privileged family not be permitted the privilege of being in charge of any city he wants?

    Opponents have argued Emanuel is not a resident of Chicago because he rented out his North Side home while serving as chief of staff to Obama. The renter — Rob Halpin — refused to allow Emanuel to move back in after Mayor Daley’s announcement last year that he would not seek re-election. Halpin briefly ran for mayor himself.

    This "Rich Halpin" is a monster! A MONSTER! What sort of scuzzlebucket would prevent The Rahm from moving back into his own house? (Also, is that even possible? Chicago is so weird.)

    The only solution is for the people of Chicago to peacefully rise up and refuse to recognize the kingship/mayoralty of anyone who isn't Rahm Emanuel. Hear us now and believe us always: If you are not a Jewish ex-ballerina with anger management issues, you are not the one Chicago has been waiting for! FREE RAHM!


    Tags: Chicago, Illinois, Rahm Emanuel