Rahm Emanuel: Is He a Chicago Resident?

Whether or not Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel (left) was a Chicago resident while serving in Washington, D.C. as President Obama's White House chief of staff is at the heart of his testimony today before an election board hearing. If it is determined that the former four-term Democratic congressman was not a resident, he will be ineligible to continue his run for mayor. Municipal code says that a candidate must have resided in Chicago for at least a year prior to the election, which will be held in February 2011.

Of course Emanuel, who rented out his North side Chicago home (pictured below) to real estate developer Rob Halpin (who himself ultimately entered and dropped out of the mayoral race), says he never forfeited his residency when he moved into a D.C. rental. Objectors say he was not residing in the Windy City this past year.