More residency petitions against Emanuel in Chicago mayor bid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

More than a dozen petitions have now been filed against Rahm Emanuel aimed at bumping him from the mayor's race in Chicago.

All of them challenge his residency, since he was living in Washington until recently as White House chief of staff. An election attorney who filed one of the challenges says the law is "really quite simple." Burt Odelson says it requires a candidate to live in Chicago for the year leading up to the election.

Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois finds the whole issue "frivolous." She says Emanuel "should not be punished for responding to the call of our president." She adds that "Everyone knows that he had every intention of coming home."

Emanuel rented his home when he moved to Chicago, forcing him to rent an apartment.

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