Emanuel begins new chapter
May 16th, 2011
11:36 AM ET
12 years ago

Emanuel begins new chapter

(CNN) – The Daley-era in Chicago ended Monday when Rahm Emanuel took over the reins as the Windy City's 46th mayor.

Emanuel assumed the new role by taking the oath of office at 12:23 p.m. ET in the Amy Morton of Steppenwolf Theater. Vice President Joe Biden, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley, the former mayor's brother were in attendance.

Emanuel paid tribute to Richard M. Daley, who served as mayor for 22 years, in his inaugural address.

"Chicago is a different city today than the one Mayor Daley inherited, thanks to all he did," Emanuel said. "New times demand new answers; old problems cry out for better results. This morning, we leave behind the old ways and old divisions and begin a new day for Chicago."

Emanuel, 51 was a key aide to former President Bill Clinton and a three-term Illinois congressman before serving as chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

The skilled political operative, who chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 election, won the four-way mayoral race in February with over 55 percent of the vote, beating former Chicago School board head Gerry Chino, City Clerk Miguel del Valle and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

Emanuel canvassed the city during the campaign delivering a series of high-profile campaign speeches and making 257 informal stops throughout the city. He proposed a series of tax cuts, as well as increasing levies for luxury services and said he would work toward a balanced budget.

But he was plagued throughout the campaign by accusations that he was not a legal Chicago resident and therefore could not run for the office. The charge stemmed from a house he rented while serving in the Obama administration.

After a series of conflicting rulings, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Emanuel's name should be on the ballot.

And now, as the new mayor, Emanuel said he is ready for the daunting task ahead.

"All of us have a role to play in writing Chicago's next chapter," Emanuel said. "None of what we must overcome will be easy, but in my heart I know this: The challenges for the city of Chicago are no match for the character of the people of Chicago."

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    Good luck Rahm trying to get crime and gang violence under control.

    May 16, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Having him in Chicago is actually far less damaging than having him as Obama's chief of staff.

    May 16, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the real deal)

    The faces change but the corruption and disaster remain the same... Democrats in control. No surprise there.

    May 16, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Dean

    Wondering why the U.S. Vice President and Treasury Secretary are attending a mayor's inauguration.

    May 16, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. John K.

    Anyone with any brains will flee Chicago and Illinois NOW!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    We shall have to see what comes of it. I don't see it as a positive step for Chicago, at all.

    May 16, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    The Dems have ruined my state. I wish that Illinois would split away from Cook and Dupage Counties. We would be better off and Chicago Dems could stew in their own waste. Springfield has been corrupted by the CHicago thugs long enough. Businesses and professionals are moving out due to sky-high taxes. It's time for the split.

    May 16, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Lardoggy

    Good luck with this one!

    May 16, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the real deal)

    Wondering why the U.S. Vice President and Treasury Secretary are attending a mayor's inauguration.
    Trolling for campaign contributions no doubt... i mean what do you expect them to be doing? It's not like there is a debt ceiling and budget problem they need to be working on...

    May 16, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Marry

    Congratulations, Chicago and Mayer Rahm Emanuel! I wish you success and the firm support of the people of Chicago! Big job and surely not an easy one – but you will have a positive impact! I am sure of that.

    May 16, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. annie s

    Mayor Emanuel will do great things for Chicago.

    May 16, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rahm will serve Chicago well because being Mayor of Chicago has always been his passion. Things that we are passionate about we always succeed because we work harder.

    May 16, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Delana Reynolds

    Change is a good thing. The only institution that should last 22 years is MARRIAGE. I have lived in Chicago thru both Daley administrations, and all in between, and I can honestly say I feel confident in the present Emanuel leadership.

    May 16, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. FearMonger

    This guy is the devil. Proof that the truth has no business in politics–wait until you see how these judges are rewarded.

    May 16, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |