The Illinois supreme court has granted a stay of a lower court ruling,
allowing, for now, former White House chief of staff
Rahm Emanuel to stay in the race for the next mayor of Chicago.
The court also said Tuesday that it will hear Emanuel's challenge of an appeals court ruling from Monday, deciding that he was ineligible to run for mayor due to residency requirements, according to USA Today. Ballots for the February 22 election were being printed Tuesday without his name, but the latest decision has halted ballot production.
Emanuel's record in the Obama and Clinton administrations has made him controversial among gay voters, with some seeing him as an ally, others as a foe. He and other major candidates, including former U.S. senator Carol Moseley Braun, former Chicago public schools and city colleges head Gery Chico, and city clerk Miguel del Valle, have been courting the gay vote in the race to replace retiring mayor Richard M. Daley, a strong gay ally.