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Mayoral Elections 2011 Timeline

  • February 22, 2011: Elections Day

Mayor Elections 2011 News

  • January 24, 2011: The [Illinois Appellate Court]] has said that former congressman and Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel doesn't meet residency requirements and hence should not appear on the February 22, 2011 mayoral ballot in the city. As per the 1871 state law, the candidates running for the post of Mayor are required to stay in the city at least for a year prior to the elections. Emanuel is contesting the decision and announced at a news conference that he would appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court and would ask for an injunction so his name would appear on the mayoral ballot.
  • January 25, 2011: The Illinois Supreme Court has allowed the stay on the election ballots and to hear Emanuel's appeal case for an expedited ruling. Emanuel said he made it clear that he will return to Chicago after his tenure at the Obama administration is over. The court ordered the Chicago Board of Elections to stop printing ballots without Emanuel's name on them and later allowed him to content in the elections considering that Emanuel has rented his house and that renting did not show abandonment of the residence.
  • January 31, 2011: The Mayoral elections of 2011 are expected to get a huge turnout, according to Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioner. Chicago has about 1.4 million eligible voters.
  • February 19, 2011: Early voting reports say the poll turnout is three times higher than in last city election. According to Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, 73,251 people have cast their ballots early for next Tuesday's city election.
  • February 23, 2011: Former Democrat Congressman from Illinois Rahm Emanuel gets 55% of the vote in Chicago's mayoral election making him a clear winner. Mr Emanuel has spent $US12 million ($11.98m) in campaign funds which he raised after he quit his White House job.
  • February 23, 2011: Chicago City Council to get an overhaul with 10 new faces in the Council chambers and at least 9 incumbent aldermen appeared headed toward runoffs on April 5, 2011.