Rahm Emanuel Prays for His Appeal to Be Heard

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Attorneys for Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, who was knocked off the ballot yesterday by an Illinois appellate court for failing to meet state residency requirements, have filed a petition with the Illinois Supreme Court asking for them to hear an appeal of the lower court decision.

There is no guarantee the court will take the case, a fact that gives the archaic language of such documents a more than formulaic quality. "Petitioner Rahm Emanuel...respectfully prays that this Court grant him leave to appeal," the petition says.

The appellate court decision was "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," the pleading says.

Rahm Emanuel Illinois Supreme Court Petition

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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