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Rahm Releases Transition Report

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The incoming mayor says this report will lead to more transparency.

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Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel knows exactly how he wants to spend his first 100 days as Chicago's mayor. And he outlined it in a 72-page transition report released Tuesday as a "guidepost" for his first term and a "scorecard" to help residents follow along.

Among several main initiatives, Emanuel's administration says it will "reduce the cost of government by cutting $75 million from the City budget during this fiscal year." That includes consolidating committees and streamlining regulations and fees.  

"This will be fewest committees since the 1950s," Emanuel said Tuesday. "There are no change-free zones."

Other goals were broken down in the categories of public safety, economic development, transparency and accountability, housing and transportation, creating a "healthy Chicago," and -- an issue Emanuel has stressed in past months -- strengthening schools.

"The Mayor-elect is committed to providing students across Chicago access to choices in their education, [and] giving parents and families the tools to demand high-quality schools for their children," the report reads.

Emanuel says Chicago Public Schools will develop a plan for the Chicago Leadership Academy and that he'll announce partners for recruiting, supporting and retaining high-performing school leaders.

"We can't do the same thing we're doing," Emanuel said. "We're going to end the revolving door in government."

Emanuel gets sworn in as mayor at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pritzker Pavilion. He replaces Chicago's longest-serving mayor, Richard Daley.

"We are a better city because of Mayor Daley," Emanuel said. "It doesn't mean we will not do things different. But I won't accept the status quo." 

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