Hearing officer says Emanuel can run for Chicago mayor

December 23, 2010 17:22

CHICAGO — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel cleared an important hurdle in his bid to be Chicago mayor on Thursday when a hearing officer recommended his name appear on the February ballot.

The decision was made even though Emanuel spent much of the last two years living in Washington working for US President Barack Obama.

The ruling, which still needs final approval from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, is a political win for Emanuel because it could help him silence critics who have persistently argued he isn't a Chicago resident. The board is scheduled to meet later Thursday and will likely make a decision.

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