* 3:22 pm - In case you’re wondering, I checked with the Chicago elections board a little while ago and was told they haven’t yet received hearing officer Joe Morris’ recommendations in the Rahm Emanuel residency case. Morris was originally scheduled to turn in his brief yesterday afternoon, which morphed into last night, which morphed into midday today. Midday has come and gone, of course.
The board will meet tomorrow to decide Emanuel’s fate. Check this post for updates.
From the board…
The members of the Chicago Electoral Board will meet to hear this case and most likely issue a decision at a session that will start at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 23 at 69 W. Washington St., in the Lower Level Conference Room. This is an open meeting. This is the same room at the base of the escalator where the evidentiary hearing was conducted last week. The attorneys on both sides have already requested a “Rule 20″ hearing to address the Board before the Commissioners vote.
* Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rev. Sen. James Meeks may drop out of the race…
Congressman Danny Davis, former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun and State Sen. James Meeks met privately Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to unite behind a consensus black candidate for mayor.
One day before Thursday’s deadline to drop out of the race, the three top African-Americans in the race tried once again to find the unity that has so far eluded them.
The candidates discussed current election poll results and “factors that will contribute most significantly to victory for whoever is running and their chances of being successful,” Davis told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Braun confirmed she met with her opponents, but told reporters she “would not make news” on that topic.
If any of the three major black candidates drop out of the race, it’s most likely to be Meeks. And a source familiar with Wednesday’s discussion said that could happen soon.
*** UPDATE 1 *** I just talked to Meeks’ spokesman. The relevant quotes…
“Meeks is not dropping out… He’s gotten nothing but encouragement from people for speaking out on the minority and women-owned business program… A meeting took place, but he’s not dropping out.”
…Adding… In making some more calls, I’m not sure I totally believe the campaign’s denial. We’ll see soon enough.
*** UPDATE 2 - 9:57 pm *** From James Allen, spokesperson for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners…
We’re told a recommendation in the residency case should be coming in the next hour or so.
Shakespeare in the dark, that guy.
* 12:00 am - From Lynn Sweet’s Twitter page a half an hour ago…
Rahm Emanuel residency case hearing officer decision expected soon. Stay up late!