Less than twenty-four hours after an appellate court panel booted Rahm Emanuel off Chicago's mayoral ballot, the Illinois Supreme Court says not so fast:
The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to put Rahm Emanuel’s name back on the mayoral ballot, attorneys for Emanuel said Tuesday.
The court has not decided whether to hear Emanuel’s appeal of Monday’s Illinois Appellate Court ruling that tossed him out of the race to replace Mayor Daley. The Supreme Court granted Emanuel’s motion for a stay of the ruling, Emanuel attorney Mike Kasper said Tuesday. [...]
The appellate court decision came just as the Board of Election Commissioners was about to print ballots for the Feb. 22 election. Early voting begins Monday.
Stay tuned. If Emanuel loses his fight to stay in the race, his reaction could be epic.
Read the court's order here.
Update, via Adam B: The Illinois Supreme Court has now announced that it will hear Emanuel's appeal and will decide this matter on the briefs already filed, without entertaining oral argument. In other words, the Court recognizes the need to move quickly here.