No, the best political story is not the State Of The Union speech in Washington tonight. President Obama is mighty important and the various aspects of the speech and the players in Washington create a close second, but make no mistake about it…….the best political story is taking place in Chicago.
If anyone wonders why I have followed Chicago politics over the decades, or listen to radio stations from the Windy City only needs to clue in to the latest headlines.
The state Supreme Court today said it will decide whether Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago and ordered election officials not to print any ballots without his name.
The high court’s action, which came in two separate orders today, stays Monday’s appellate court decision that knocked Emanuel off the ballot on the grounds he was not a resident of Chicago.
The high court issued an order this afternoon saying it would take up the dispute over whether Emanuel meets the state requirement that a candidate for office live in a municipality for a year prior to an election, according to court spokesman Joseph Tybor.
The order states the court will take up the case on an expedited basis, using briefs the parties filed with the appellate court. There will be no additional briefs and no oral argument before the high court, Tybor said.
The order simply states that Emanuel’s petition to appeal is allowed and gives no timetable for a decision.