The city of Chicago requires Emanuel and other candidates to reside in the city for one year prior to the election. However, state election law differs. It, basically, says a candidate cannot lose his or her residency if they are absent while on business for the U.S. or the state of Illinois.
Emanuel lived in Washington for nearly two years as White House chief of staff.
"President Obama and Michelle live in Washington, D.C., as you know, but they're residents of Chicago," Daley said. "It is something that has been going on legally forever. So, there is no question."
Daley made his comments as he dedicated and toured a fully rehabbed energy-efficient bungalow in the South Shore community.