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Illinois Court: Emanuel Can Run In Chicago Mayor's Race

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel smiles after being endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley on Thursday. i i

hide captionFormer White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel smiles after being endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley on Thursday.

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Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel smiles after being endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley on Thursday.

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel smiles after being endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley on Thursday.

M. Spencer Green/AP

Rahm Emanuel will be on the February 22 ballot that decides who will be the next mayor of Chicago.

The Illinois Supreme Court overturned an appeals court ruling that said Emanuel did not meet the residency requirement for the race. Emanuel worked for two years at the White House in Washington as the president's chief of staff.

Emanuel's appeal to the Illinois high court was apparently convincing as the ruling was unanimous. The AP reports:

"His lawyers raised several points, including that the appeals court applied a stricter definition of 'residency' than the one used for voters. They say Illinois courts have never required candidates to be physically present in the state to seek office there."

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