The state Supreme Court today issued a stay of the appellate court order knocking Rahm Emanuel off the Chicago mayoral ballot and ordered election officials not to print any ballots without his name.
The one-page order does not mean the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Emanuel's appeal of the lower court ruling that could end his run for mayor. It only stops Chicago election authorities from going ahead with their plans to begin printing up to 2 million ballots for the Feb. 22 mayoral election without Emanuel’s name.
“We called the printer and said, ‘Stop the presses,’” said Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. “And, at the same time, told them we’ll start printing again as soon as possible” with Emanuel’s name on the ballot.
Printing of the ballots, without Emanuel's name, had begun this morning at a facility in Lake County.
The high court order came about 24 hours after the 2-1 appellate court decision that Emanuel does not meet residency requirements to run for office because he was in Washington for the last year as chief of staff to President Barack Obama.
The high court said it was still considering whether to grant Emanuel's request that it hear his appeal on an expedited basis.
“It is ordered that the emergency motion by petitioner Rahm Emanuel for stay pending appeal is allowed in part,” the order stated. “The appellate court decision is stayed.
"The Board of Elections is directed that if any ballots are printed while this Court is considering this case, the ballots should include the name of petitioner Rahm Emanuel as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago.
"That part of the motion requesting expedited consideration of the petition for leave to appeal remains pending," said the order.
Emanuel's lawyers filed the appeal this morning.
At a news confererence this morning before the Supreme Court action, Emanuel said he is "confident in the argument we are making" in the appeal and he is "more determined than ever" to see it through.
"I believe (voters) deserve the right to make that choice, to say yes or no and nobody else," Emanuel said.
Posted by Jeff Coen at 10:12 a.m.
Lawyers for Rahm Emanuel today filed their appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court asking to have him restored to the Chicago mayoral ballot.
The document asking for the high court to step into the matter comes after Monday’s appellate court ruling stripping Emanuel’s name from the Feb. 22 ballot. Emanuel lawyer Kevin Forde said the document was filed in Springfield and Chicago this morning.
It's not certain that the high court will agree to Emanuel's petition to hear his case -- if they decline to take up the issue, Emanue's bid for mayor would suffer a likely fatal blow.
Emanuel's attorneys are already waiting for an answer from the state's highest court on their request for a stay of the appellate court ruling, which could help them stop city election authorities from going ahead with plans today to print ballots without Emanuel's name.
The 2-1 appellate decision said Emanuel does not meet residency requirements that he be a city resident for a year before an election.
The document pleading for the high court to take up the case calls the appellate court decision “one of the most far-reaching election law rulings ever to be issued by an Illinois court, not only because of its implications for the current Chicago mayoral election but also for the unprecedented restriction that it imposes on the ability of numerous individuals to participate in every future municipal elections in this state.”