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Obama Puts the Screws on the Illinois Supreme Court

Well, the Illinois Supreme Court just got a presidential dose of political pressure.

Every time the White House – any White House – doesn’t want to comment on some controversial legal matter, we in the press corps are treated to sanctimonious demurrals stating that the president couldn’t possibly be induced to interfere with a matter before the courts.

But Chicago politics is a different story.

Today Obama – through the courtesy of his Chicagoland White House consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, weighed right in on an important matter that is supposed to be decided by a supposedly independent judiciary.


President Barack Obama wants former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to stay on the Chicago mayoral ballot, a top presidential confidante said Tuesday.

“I think that [Obama] believes that [Emanuel] is eligible, and that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama and fellow Chicagoan, on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

If you are on the Illinois Supreme Court and you don’t want to be audited this year, please remember, Rahm is a Chicago resident. That’s what you think. Got it? Good.

8 Responses to Obama Puts the Screws on the Illinois Supreme Court

  1. This kind of pressure for personal gain always makes us uncomfortable and is really, really wrong. If we can’t trust our courts to be above political pressure or back-room deals, we’re doomed.