Rahm Emanuel said Thursday night that he was relieved after hearing the Supreme Court's decision to reinstall him on the ballot for Mayor of Chicago.
"I'm relieved for the voters and I'm relieved for the city," Emanuel said while shaking hands at an El stop. "If I had to do it all over .. What I'm happy about ... We have stayed focus on the issues."
The former chief of staff said he already talked to family, friends and the president about the decision.
"The nice part is to tell the news to voters, but I immediately called my wife my parents and I took a call from the president of United States"
He also made some changes in his household. His family, who are avid Scrabble players, aren't allowed to use the word "resident" in their games.
Emanuel's residency issue was deeply political, with justices and judges being linked to opposition candidates, questions swirling about who was funding the opposition's legal team and how the Supreme Court, especially Justice Ann Burke, whose husband Ed Burke is a member of the city council and publically endorsed rival Gery Chico.
Emanuel didn't comment on the politics.
"I'm not a lawyer, don't play one on tv, they made a clear decision."
He now heads into a debate on WGN as the clear front runner in the race.