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Incoming Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule, arrive at his inauguration before taking the oath of office Monday, May 16, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
After 22 years, Chicago got itself a new chief.
Rahm Emanuel was sworn in Monday as Chicago's 46th mayor at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Emanuel joined City Clerk-elect Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Stephanie Neely and City Council members in taking oaths of office on Inauguration Day.
Secret Service did a sweep of the park Monday morning in preparation for the program, which kicked off at 10:30 a.m. and included a who's who of political figures, from outgoing mayor Richard M. Daley to Gov. Pat Quinn, as well as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin.
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VIP guests included Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Other faces that popped up: Daley's brother, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, and former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne.
In his inaugural address, Emanuel followed a recipe similar to his predecessor. He acknowledged Daley's 22 years and changes the long-serving mayor made. Then he looked ahead and gave a message of hope for Chicago's future in schools, jobs and government.
"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. I am proud to lead a city united in common purpose and driven by a common thirst for change."
Did you attend Inauguration Day festivities? Here's what you saw. Follow along with our live blog.
10:30 a.m.: Inauguration events begin. Chicago Children's Choir signs “One Day,” and Chicago International Charter School student DeJuan Brown leads the Pledge of Allegiance.
10:40 a.m.: City Clerk-elect Susana Mendoza is sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, Ed Burke's wife.
10:45 a.m.: Mendoza swears in City Council.
11:05 a.m.: Treasurer Stephanie Neely is sworn in by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Shelli Williams Hayes.
11:15 p.m.: Mayor-elect Emanuel is sworn in by Judge Timothy Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Emanuel gives his inaugural address.
2-4 p.m.: Meet Mayor Emanuel during a City Hall open house.