Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel left the White House late last year to run for Mayor of Chicago. However, an appellate court panel in Illinois appears to have thrown a wrench into those plans.
On Jan. 24, the panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel, who was considered the front runner to replace outgoing Mayor Richard Daley, does not meet the residency requirements to run for the office. In the decision, the court stated that Emanuel has not resided within the municipality for one year prior to the election, which nullifies his candidacy.
According to media reports, Emanuel will appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court, but he's running out of time. The mayoral election is slated for Feb. 22, but early voting is scheduled to commence on Jan. 31. The Chicago Board of Elections has already placed an order for 2 million ballots without Emmanuel's name on them.
However, CNN reports that the state's highest court can delay early voting procedures.
If Emanuel is kept off the ballot, Democratic candidate Gery Chico will likely be the new front runner, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Chico, a former chief of staff for Daley, would likely appeal to the business sector that has thus far invested heavily in Emanuel's campaign.