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Sunday December 12, 2010

Rahm and that Pesky Residency Question, Chicago Board of Elections to Meet this Week

To run for mayor, a candidate must be a Chicago resident for at least one year before the Feb. 22, 2011, election. Generally, if a candidate leaves the state for work yet retains ownership of a city property, maintains his voter registration and continues to vote absentee, he should not have a problem, according to Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections.

However, when Rahm originally filed his 2009 Illinois Tax return, he checked that he was a “part year resident” of the state as he had moved to DC to work as Obama’s Chief of Staff.

After Rahm decided to run for mayor and knew that he would be challenged he filed an amended return on November 24th. “The amended returns make clear that we were full-year residents of Illinois in 2009. ... We are also full-year residents of Illinois in 2010.” Rahm said.

These tax returns were amongst hundreds of documents released on Saturday. Chicago Board of Elections will hear claims this week that Rahm gave up his residency when he and his family moved to Washington and rented out their Ravenswood home, and is therefore ineligible to run under Illinois law.

Attorney Burt Odelson, who is leading the case to have Rahm removed from the ballot, said Saturday night that the fact that Emanuel filed the “non-resident and part-year resident’’ tax return shows even he acknowledged that he wasn’t a resident in the last half of 2009 or for most of 2010 before he moved back to the state recently.

Rahm Emanuel is expected to testify Tuesday before the Chicago Board of Elections.