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Emanuel appeals ruling booting him off ballot

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By Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois' highest court Tuesday to overturn a ruling that knocked him off the ballot for Chicago mayor, calling the decision "squarely inconsistent" with previous rulings on the state's election law.

Emanuel's lawyers filed the request a day after an appeals court removed him from the Feb. 22 ballot because he did not live in Chicago for a year before the election.

There was no immediate word on whether the high court would hear the case or when the justices would decide whether to accept it.

Time was running short because the Chicago Board of Elections said it needed to begin printing ballots Tuesday to be prepared for early voting, which starts Monday. Officials planned to start printing the ballots without Emanuel's name.

In their appeal, Emanuel's attorneys called Monday's ruling "one of the most far-reaching election law rulings" ever issued in Illinois, not only because of its effect on the mayoral race but for "the unprecedented restriction" it puts on future candidates.


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