In a press conference addressing the decision, Emanuel reiterated his position that he maintained a home, voted and paid property taxes in Chicago, and that he left to serve at the president’s request.
“I have no doubt that in the end we will prevail at this effort. As my father used to say, nothing is ever easy in life,” Emanuel said.
Appellate Justices Thomas Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall ruled against Emanuel. Justice Bertina Lampkin voted in favor of Emanuel appearing on the ballot.
The decision would remove Emanuel from the ballot for the mayoral election.
Emanuel said his lawyers will appeal the case to the Illinois Supreme Court and ask for a stay to keep his name on the ballot until they rule.
Emanuel said he hoped the case would be heard quickly to provide clarity for the voters and the critical issues facing the city.
The appellate justices focused on the meaning of the word “reside.” The majority ruled that Emanuel had to be physically living in Chicago in order to maintain residency