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Rahm's Inauguration Schedule Released



    Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's inauguration details have arrived. 

    Emanuel will be sworn in as Chicago's new mayor at 10:30 a.m. at Pritzker Pavilion, Emanuel's inaugural committee announced Friday morning.

    The event, which also includes the swearing in of City Clerk-elect Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Stephanie Neely, is open to the public and follows a city-wide Day of Service and a free "family-oriented concert" in Butler Field on Saturday, May 14. Classic rockers Chicago will headline the concert, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The committee released the anticipated schedule on chicagotogether.org, Emanuel's "official website of the Chicago 2011 Inauguration." The release comes after Emanuel's rousing introduction Friday evening for his former boss, President Barack Obama.

    "He has been an incredible president for this country. He has taken it from the depths of recession to the doorstep of recovery," Emanuel said to a cheering audience Thursday night. "It has been an honor to serve as his chief of staff, it is an honor to introduce the next president. Let us give him a Chicago welcome!"

    Earlier this week, the Chicago News Cooperative got a hold of an invitation to pre-inauguration festivities planned by Emanuel's committee. The invitation made mention of an evening reception at Venue 1 on the near West Side and dinner on May 14, neither of which are included on the website.

    The invitation included four categories of contributions linked to the festivities, including a top $50,000 donation, for which contributors will get "co-chair" status and four tickets to the concert, reception, dinner and inauguration.

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    Open to the public are the City-wide Day of Service, including activities from 9 a.m. to noon in neighborhoods across the city, and the concert from 1-4 p.m. A sign-up sheet for service volunteers is included on the site, as well as a downloadable free ticket to the concert.

    "Together, we can renew and strengthen our city – block-by-block, business-by-business, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and ward-by-ward," the site's intro reads. "Though times are tough and the journey ahead will be difficult, by coming together to meet our common challenges, we will prevail."