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Aaaaaaand He’s BACK! Rahm is Back on the Ballot (For Now)

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Stay Granted

Via NBC Chicago), the Illinois Supreme Court has granted the stay of the appellate decision, which means when the ballots go to press later today, Rahm will be on them.

The Illinois Supreme Court has granted Rahm Emanuel partial stay. Which means he’s back on the ballot for now.

“Emergency motion for stay pending appeal is allowed in part,” the order reads.

And not a moment too soon. Ballots are being printed today.

According to the motion, “Board of Election is directed that if any ballots are printed while this court is considering the case the ballots should include the name of petitioner Rahm Emanuel as a candidate for the mayor of City of Chicago.”

The order is available here.  It’s tempting to see this as proof the Supreme Court intends to overturn the Appellate decision, but not so fast.  Ed at Hot Air makes an astute point that really this is just the move to keep their options open.

The decision does give a hint that the state supreme court sees the possibility of overturning the appellate decision on residency.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t have bothered with the stay.  However, it’s a low-cost decision that leave all options open, and that makes a stay a bit of a no-brainer.  The city can advise its voters that Emanuel has been disqualified if the court later upholds the decision, but without a stay, the city would have to reprint all of the ballots and delay the election if the court overturns it.

Like I was saying yesterday, don’t think for a second that politics has nothing to do with this.  For one, this is Illinois.  Come on.  Next, we elect judges here, which means they are almost as corruptable as any other Illinois politician.  Ed Burke (the most powerful alderman on the Chicago City Council) would obviously prefer a weak mayor, which is why he supports Dishraggy McGee (aka Gery Chico).  That said, he prefers Rahm, who he can work with, significantly over Braun, who would represent a pretty seismic shift in power on the city council (as Braun + the black aldermen > Burke).   Considering the campaign thus far, Burke has to realize how big of a risk he’d be taking having it come down to a runoff between Chico and Braun.  Chico can raise money (which is to say Burke can raise money), Chico can get endorsements (which is to say Burke can get Chico endorsements), but between him and Braun, Braun’s clearly the alpha male.

So what’s probably going on is Rahm and Burke are working out terms so that Burke can be sufficiently comfortable with Mayor Rahm.

As it always is with law, depending on who’s arguing what you can really see things going either way.  And the way it’ll go has everything to do with Rahm getting Burke more comfortable with Mayor Rahm than he would be with a Chico vs. Braun runoff.

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Written by updowndownup

January 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Posted in Chicago Mayor

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