Did Attorney Burt Odelson disrupt the...

Did Attorney Burt Odelson disrupt the political process?

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Palos Hills, IL

#1 Jan 18, 2011
The voters should decide on electing Mr. Rahm Emanuel, not a attorney twisting the law for his own personal gain. He swore that he witnessed former Cook County President John Stroger sign an affidavit while he was in a comotose state. And then Burt Odelson became the County attorney for Todd Stronger. Why is he not investigated in his role in this conspiracy?

Round Lake, IL

#2 Jan 18, 2011
It seems like he is doing some dirty work for somebody, don't you think? It would be laughable if it was not so Tragic! What is holding back the Cook County States Attorney from doing something to prevent this charade?


#3 Jan 19, 2011
He is also the attorney fro chsd218

Midlothian, IL

#4 Jan 20, 2011
Oh. Really now!
scavenger hunt

Midlothian, IL

#5 Jan 20, 2011
Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched
Anderson Cooper

Hinsdale, IL

#6 Jan 20, 2011
Apples dont fall far from tree.

Chi Town

Frankfort, IL

#7 Jan 23, 2011
Looks like things are heating up
breaking news

Blue Island, IL

#8 Jan 24, 2011
The Appellate Court removed him from the ballot.

Melrose Park, IL

#9 Jan 24, 2011
I want to vote for Rahm.

Hammond, IN

#10 Jan 25, 2011
Emanuel back on ballot – for now
The Illinois Supreme Court threw mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel at least a temporary lifeline Tuesday, agreeing to hear his appeal of the Appellate Court order knocking him off the ballot.
Give the VOTE to the voters, not the lawyers.
What Democracy

Hammond, IN

#11 Jan 25, 2011
Cultural Dictionary
feudalism [( fyoohd -l-iz-uhm)]

A system of obligations that bound lords and their subjects in Europe during much of the Middle Ages. In theory, the king owned all or most of the land and gave it to his leading nobles in return for their loyalty and military service. The nobles in turn held land that peasants, including serfs, were allowed to farm in return for the peasants' labor and a portion of their produce. Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society.

Midlothian, IL

#12 Jan 26, 2011
The notion that Emanuel’s temporary absence implies he’s not a Chicagoan is completely absurd. Although he is a polarizing political figure, whether or not he’s a Chicagoan is not part of the debate.

The Illinois Supreme Court should immediately reinstate Emanuel to the February ballot.
Yes Democracy

Midlothian, IL

#13 Jan 26, 2011
Stop the presses. The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered Chicago elections officials not to print ballots without Rahm Emanuel's name while the legal fight over his residency rages. The court also agreed to settle the case pronto.

The action pre-empts an overreaching Appellate Court order that threw the Chicago mayor's race into chaos just four weeks before Election Day and a week before the start of early voting.

We're happy the Supreme Court understands the urgency of the situation. We hope it also recognizes the magnitude of this moment. All eyes are on Illinois. Can our highest court rise above politics and act on the law to protect Chicago voters?
Yes Democracy

Midlothian, IL

#14 Jan 26, 2011
That's what this comes down to. Will the Supreme Court enfranchise not just a candidate, but those citizens who wish to vote for him? Will the justices allow the citizens of Chicago to choose their mayor, or will they step in and skew the election?
Judges say they automatically filter politics out of their deliberations. But that's a tough task. Every elected member of the court has had help from political sponsors. And some of those sponsors have lined up on different sides in the race for mayor of Chicago.
As we've already noted, Justice Anne Burke is married to Chicago Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, who is supporting Emanuel rival Gery Chico for mayor. The two Appellate Court judges who voted to disqualify Emanuel from the ballot were slated for election by a Democratic Party committee chaired by the alderman.
Yes Democracy

Midlothian, IL

#15 Jan 26, 2011
As we've already noted, Justice Anne Burke is married to Chicago Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, who is supporting Emanuel rival Gery Chico for mayor. The two Appellate Court judges who voted to disqualify Emanuel from the ballot were slated for election by a Democratic Party committee chaired by the alderman.

To arrive at their ruling, those two judges — Thomas Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall — advanced a groundbreaking residency standard far more restrictive than the one courts have applied for more than a century. That's right, a new rule, starting with Rahm Emanuel.

In doing so they disregarded several appellate cases that support Emanuel's position, including one case in which Hoffman concurred. They also ignored a guiding principle of elections law interpretation: It is supposed to be construed with an eye toward allowing ballot access, not limiting it.

Having just tossed the front-runner off the ballot in the biggest city election in decades, they then refused to certify the case as worthy of expedited Supreme Court review. Fortunately, the high court recognized the emergency. The appeal is now fast-tracked.

This decision will have ramifications far beyond Emanuel. It will be a precedent-setting ruling about ballot access for candidates who follow the rules. Will the Supreme Court thread a needle to keep a candidate off the ballot and please his political opponents? Or will it give Chicago voters their choice of qualified candidates?

The justices must be guided by the law, by the record and by their obligation to preserve the integrity of the electoral system — not for Emanuel but for every candidate, every voter and every election.
Congratulations Rahm

Midlothian, IL

#16 Jan 27, 2011
Yes he did disrupt the political process! Why didn't Rahm just give him a job like Todd Stroger did? Does Odelson even live in Chicago?

Midlothian, IL

#17 Jan 27, 2011
Burt said it is over!
Oh Yeah

Melrose Park, IL

#18 Jan 27, 2011
Too bad Burt...you lose. PS Thanks for disrupting the process and trying to take the decision out of the hands of the voter.

Too much BS like this in our system...like here in Blue Island where the "democrats" feel it necessary to win elections by challenging candidate petitions and getting them knocked off the ballot. So much for democracy and letting the people decide!
Victory for democracy

Midlothian, IL

#19 Jan 28, 2011
Common sense and the law had a meeting of the minds Thursday. Rahm Emanuel is back on the ballot for mayor.

This is as it should be.

We were prepared, if the Illinois Supreme Court had ruled against Emanuel, to respect the decision and move on — not a word of foul play. For all the talk of political skulduggery, we recognized that reasonable lawyers and judges could and did disagree about Emanuel’s residency status, as defined by state law.

But we believe the proper approach to election law in a demo-cracy — and honestly, folks, that does include Chicago — is that legal interpretations should err on the side of inclusiveness.

To exclude Emanuel, to throw him off the ballot because he had the temerity to go to Washington to serve the president, would have been an outrage against this inclusive spirit of democracy. And, according to Thursday’s slap-down of the state Appellate Court’s Monday ruling, it would have tossed out 150 years of settled residency law.

We have defended Emanuel’s right to be on the ballot in two earlier editorials, leading some to question whether we would have so forcefully run to the defense of a less prominent candidate.

In truth, probably not, though the same legal and common-sense arguments would apply. But it is precisely because Emanuel is no also-ran in this election — polls show he is the favorite of almost half the voters — that ruling him off the ballot would have been a travesty.

Tens of thousands of voters effectively would have been disenfranchised.

Thursday’s decisive ruling was a victory for the voters, who deserve the right to decide for themselves who their next mayor will be.

Now let’s get back to what should be the real issues in this election — the quality of our schools, the safety of our neighborhoods, the soundness of our city’s finances.

Although, let’s admit it: This was a fascinating education.
such hubris

Midlothian, IL

#20 Jan 28, 2011
Evergreen Park attorney Burt Odelson, who filed the legal challenge against Emanuel’s residency, said “we gave it our best shot.’’ He strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling, saying it “throws (city) residency laws out the window. It’s ridiculous.’’

The end result shows how ridiculous you are Mr. Odelson. Such hubris! Shame on you for putting Mr. Emanuel through your circus of games!

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