John McCormick and Andrew M. Harris
January 25, 2011

The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear an expedited appeal from Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, challenging a decision that disqualified him from Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral election.

The high court also ordered the city’s election officials to include Emanuel’s name as it starts to print ballots today. The third-largest U.S. city begins early voting Jan. 31 for a successor to Mayor Richard M. Daley.

“The emergency motion by petitioner Rahm Emanuel to expedite consideration of the petition for leave to appeal is allowed,” the court wrote, stating that it would only consider briefs filed in the appellate court. “Oral argument will not be entertained.”

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