If Mayor Rahm Emanuel got his way, "the era of big government as we know it" would come to a close at City Hall. "Efficiency" is the new buzz word-- and the measure by which Emanuel asked residents to assess his success as mayor.
Rahm Emanuel begins his first full day as the 46th mayor of Chicago on Tuesday. But along with the perks of the 5th floor office, Emanuel inherits big problems and huge expectations.Thousands of people showed up to see him take oath at Millennium Park on Monday.
Flag-waving Chicagoans lined a roped-off aisle at City Hall on Friday, eyes fixed on an elevator door. The longest serving mayor of Chicago emerged to an eruption of cheers, and waved as he made his way towards the street.
Wednesday's City Council meeting was also the last for 13 aldermen. Their replacements, along with the new mayor, will be sworn in on May 16. Meanwhile, as the new 50-member council gets underway, Eight Forty-Eight wondered, who will be watching what they're up to? And how do they do it?
As new and returning aldermen prepare to take their seats on the council, they could probably use some words of advice. Our next guests are well suited to do just that – familiar as they are with the City Council. Mary Ann Smith has presided over the 48th ward of Chicago for 22 years.