A New Era Has Begun in Chicago

May 15, 2011

Chicago has a new mayor.

Rahm Emanuel takes over for the city’s longest-serving mayor when he replaced Richard M. Daley to become Chicago’s 46th boss.

Emanuel was inaugurated this morning at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

From 2 to 4 p.m., Mayor Emanuel will host an open house in his new office on the fifth floor of City Hall. This is not only open to the public, it’s for the public. Chicago’s new mayor wants to meet his city’s residents.

Emanuel’s inauguration theme is “Chicago Together.” He kicked off his run on Saturday with a citywide day of service, joining about 3,000 residents in volunteering to improve city neighborhoods.

Later in the day, a small crowd joined Emanuel through terrible weather at Grant Park for a three-hour concert, which included a headline performance from the band Chicago.

“We have a lot of challenges, with a lot of opportunities to do big things for this great city,” Emanuel told the crowd.

Vice President Joe Biden is slated to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama’s former White House chief of staff on Monday.

Even though the ceremony will take place across the street from Obama’s new campaign headquarters, the president will be in Memphis, Tenn., delivering a high school commencement speech that day.

Good luck, Mayor-elect Emanuel, and welcome.

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