CHICAGO (AP) — A board of elections has ruled that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel should be allowed on the February ballot for Chicago mayor.
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners made its ruling Thursday after a hearing officer presided over days of testimony in residency challenges to Emanuel's candidacy.
The hearing officer recommended early Thursday that Emanuel be allowed to run for mayor. The board's decision is almost sure to be challenged in the courts.
Opponents say Emanuel shouldn't be on the ballot because he doesn't meet the one-year residency requirement. Until October, Emanuel worked for almost two years in Washington for President Barack Obama.
Emanuel contends he didn't forfeit his residency when he moved to Washington and always intended to return.
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