Rahm Emanuel Got Unscrewed

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The other day I posted on the appeals court decision that removed Rahm Emanuel from the ballot in the race for Mayor of Chicago. There was a lot of discussion in the thread about what it meant to be a resident.

The Illinois Supreme Court reviewed the matter and determined that, indeed, the appellate court screwed up.

They unanimously reversed the decision (PDF), and put Emanuel back on the ballot.

Here’s the money quote:

So there will be no mistake, let us be entirely clear. This court’s decision is based on the following and only on the following: (1) what it means to be a resident for election purposes was clearly established long ago, and Illinois law has been consistent on the matter since at least the 19th Century; (2) the novel standard adopted by the appellate court majority is without any foundation in Illinois law; (3) the Board’s factual findings were not against the manifest weight of the evidence; and (4) the Board’s decision was not clearly erroneous.

So there you go…

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