Emanuel Takes Over as Mayor

What to expect when Rahm Emanuel gets sworn in as Chicago's new mayor

By Lisa Balde
|  Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 12:34 PM CDT
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    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.

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