When Thomas L. Kilbride, the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, studied the legal briefs in the case over Rahm Emanuel’s eligibility to run for mayor, the name of one lawyer involved in the residency dispute should have been familiar to Mr. Kilbride: Michael J. Kasper.
Mr. Kasper, the election-law specialist for Mr. Emanuel and for the state Democratic Party, offered his free expertise to Mr. Kilbride’s successful Democratic campaign last year to remain on the state’s high court, Mr. Kilbride’s campaign manager said.
Before Thursday’s dramatic ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court to keep Mr. Emanuel on the mayoral ballot, much of the chatter in local politics centered on one of the high court’s seven justices, Anne M. Burke, and the political relationship between her husband and a key opponent of Mr. Emanuel.
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