In the News – Rahm Emanuel

Opinion by Patricia L Johnson

The Illinois Supreme Court has made their decision and Rahm Emanuel will stay in the Chicago Mayoral election, reversing the Appellate Court decision and affirming the circuit court judgment.

Quite often lawmakers discuss changing the rules to reduce the amount of frivolous lawsuits before the court system, generally meaning medical malpractice suits.

Why aren’t they pushing to have lawsuits like this one tossed out? I’m an Illinois resident and, without a doubt, I can’t think of anything more frivolous than questioning the residency status of someone that owns a home, pays real estate taxes, and is a registered voter, in the area where he is running for office.

Serving your country, by serving the President of the United States is an honor and to question the legitimacy of someone’s residency after they have spent two years in Washington DC working for the President comes across as being totally absurd.

Somewhere along the line common sense should have prevailed. The amount of paperwork this one issue brought before the courts is ridiculous and as far as I’m concerned the petitioners, Walter P. Maksym, Jr. and Thomas L. McMahon should be billed accordingly. Maybe if the individuals initiating frivolous lawsuits were billed accordingly, there would be far fewer cases cluttering our court system.

· Appellate Court Opinion – Maksym v. The Board of Election Commissioners of the City of Chicago – January 24, 2011

· Emergency Motion for a Stay Pending Appeal and to Expedite Consideration of Petition for Leave to Appeal – January 24, 2011

· Notice of Filing – January 25, 2011

· Response in Opposition to Petitoner-Appellee’s Motion for Stay Pending Appeal – January 25, 2011

· Supreme Court Order Allowing in Part Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal –January 25, 2011

· Corrected Supreme Court Order Allowing in Part Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal – January 25, 2011

· Supreme Court Order Allowing the Emergency Motion to Expedite Consideration of the Petition for Leave to Appeal and Allowing the Petition for Leave to Appeal – January 25, 2011

· Supreme Court Opinion – January 27, 2011

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