Rahm Emanuel — who is probably recently best known for being the former Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama — has been allowed to run for the post of Chicago mayor by the Supreme Court of Illinois. The development follows a prolonged legal battle. The Illinois Appellate Court ruled earlier that he cannot be allowed owing to residency requirements related causes. He was staying in Washington DC for a period of two years for his role in the Obama administration and hence did not stay in Chicago for a year. As per the 1871 state law, the candidates running for the post of Mayor are required to stay in the city at least for a year prior to the elections. He recently took part in a debate on with the other Mayoral contenders.
Even when the lower court had put a ban on his prospects he did not refrain from campaigning. Rahm Emanuel said in his defense that retained his residency as he was clear about returning to Chicago after his tenure at Obama administration. He was born and brought up in Chicago and bought a home in 1998. When her went to Washington to work for the Obama government in 2009 he left his family back in the city. In June 2009 his family members went to join him in the capital and he rented out the home in Chicago.
The higher court, which ruled in his favor, said on the verdict “The board determined that, in this situation, the rental did not show abandonment of the residence. This conclusion was well supported by the evidence”. He will have to contend for the post with three other candidates.