WBEZ | inauguration speech http://www.wbez.org/tags/inauguration-speech Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Audio transcript of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's inaugural address http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/audio-transcript-chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuels-inaugural-address-86605 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Emanuel Inauguration 1_Bill Healy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-16/Emanuel Inauguration 1_Bill Healy.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 373px;" title="(Photo by Bill Healy)" /></p><p>Listen to audio Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s oath of office and inaugural address at Millennium Park:</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/Rahm%20oath%20and%20speech.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-106512" player="null">Rahm oath and speech.mp3</span></p><p>A written transcript of his prepared remarks is listed below:</p><p style="text-align: center;">*****</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s Inaugural Address</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>May 16, 2011</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Remarks as prepared</em></p><p>Honored guests, Mr. Vice President, Dr. Biden, Mayor Daley, First Lady Maggie Daley, Members of the City Council and other elected officials, residents and friends of Chicago.</p><p>Today, more than any other time in our history, more than any other place in our country, the city of Chicago is ready for change.</p><p>For all the parents who deserve a school system that expects every student to earn a diploma; for all the neighbors who deserve to walk home on safer streets; for all the taxpayers who deserve a city government that is more effective and costs less; and for all the people in the hardest-working city in America who deserve a strong economy so they can find jobs or create jobs -- this is your day.&nbsp;</p><p>As your new mayor, it is an honor to fight for the change we need and a privilege to lead the city we love.</p><p>We have much to do, but we should first acknowledge how far we have come.&nbsp;</p><p>A generation ago, people were writing Chicago off as a dying city. They said our downtown was failing, our neighborhoods were unlivable, our schools were the worst in the nation, and our politics had become so divisive we were referred to as Beirut on the Lake.</p><p>When Richard M. Daley took office as mayor 22 years ago, he challenged all of us to lower our voices and raise our sights.&nbsp; Chicago is a different city today than the one Mayor Daley inherited, thanks to all he did. This magnificent place where we gather today is a living symbol of that transformation.</p><p>Back then, this was an abandoned rail yard.&nbsp; A generation later, what was once a nagging urban eyesore is now a world-class urban park.&nbsp; Through Mayor Daley&#39;s vision, determination and leadership, this place, like our city, was reborn.</p><p>We are a much greater city because of the lifetime of service that Mayor Daley and First Lady Maggie Daley have given us.&nbsp;</p><p>Nobody ever loved Chicago more or served it better than Richard Daley.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, Mr. Mayor, and forevermore, Chicago loves you back.</p><p>I have big shoes to fill.&nbsp; And I could not have taken on this challenge without Amy, my first love and our new First Lady, and our children, Zacharia, Ilana, and Leah.&nbsp;</p><p>And I want to thank my parents, who gave me the opportunity to get a good education and whose values have guided me through life.</p><p>I also want to thank President Obama, who turned our nation around and who loves Chicago so much, he understood why I wanted to come home to get our city moving again.</p><p>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.&nbsp; I am proud to lead a city united in common purpose and driven by a common thirst for change.</p><p>To do that, we must face the truth.&nbsp; It is time to take on the challenges that threaten the very future of our city: the quality of our schools, the safety of our streets, the cost and effectiveness of city government, and the urgent need to create and keep the jobs of the future right here in Chicago.</p><p>The decisions we make in the next two or three years will determine what Chicago will look like in the next twenty or thirty.</p><p>In shaping that future, our children, and their schools, must come first.&nbsp;</p><p>There are some great success stories in our schools -- wonderful, imaginative teachers and administrators, who pour their hearts into their mission and inspire students to learn and succeed.&nbsp; I honor these educators.&nbsp; I want to lift them up, support them and make them the standard for the Chicago Public Schools.</p><p>But let us also recognize the magnitude of the challenge and the distance we must go before we can declare that the Chicago Public Schools are what they should be.</p><p>Today, our school system only graduates half of our kids.&nbsp; And with one of the shortest school days and school years in the country, we even shortchange those who earn a diploma.&nbsp; By high school graduation, a student in Houston has been in the classroom an equivalent of three years longer than a student in Chicago even when both started kindergarten on the very same day.&nbsp;</p><p>Our legislature in Springfield has taken an historic first step, and I want to personally thank Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, Speaker Mike Madigan, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, and all those in the Illinois General Assembly, members from both parties, who took this courageous and critical vote.&nbsp; Finally, Chicago will have the tools we need to give our children the schools they deserve.&nbsp;</p><p>A longer school day -- and year -- on par with other major cities. And reformed tenure to help us keep good teachers and pay them better.&nbsp;</p><p>Each child has one chance at a good education. Every single one of them deserves the very best we can provide.</p><p>I am encouraged that the Governor will act soon to make these reforms a reality for our children.</p><p>To lead our efforts in Chicago, we have a courageous new schools CEO, and a strong and highly qualified new school board, with zero tolerance for the status quo and a proven track record of results to back it up.&nbsp;</p><p>As some have noted, including my wife, I am not a patient man.&nbsp; When it comes to improving our schools, I will not be a patient mayor.</p><p>My responsibility is to provide our children with highly qualified and motivated teachers and I will work day and night to meet that obligation.&nbsp;</p><p>But let us be honest.&nbsp; For teachers to succeed, they must have parents as partners.&nbsp; To give our children the education they deserve, parents must get off the sidelines and get involved.&nbsp; The most important door to a child&#39;s education, is the front door of the home.&nbsp; And nothing I do at the schools can ever replace that.&nbsp; Working together, we will create a seamless partnership, from the classroom to the family room, to help our children learn and succeed.</p><p>We will do our part.&nbsp; And parents, we need you to do yours.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Second, we must make our streets safer.&nbsp;</p><p>Chicago has always had the build of a big city with the heart of a small town.&nbsp; But that heart is being broken as our children continue to be victims of violence. Some in their homes.&nbsp; Some on their porches.&nbsp; Some on their way to and from school.&nbsp;</p><p>During the campaign I visited a memorial in Roseland, one that lists names of children who have been killed by gun violence.&nbsp; This memorial is only a few years old.&nbsp; But with two hundred and twenty names, it has already run out of space.&nbsp; There are 150 more names yet to be added.</p><p>I want you to think about that.&nbsp; Think about what it means.</p><p>Memorials are society&#39;s most powerful tribute to its highest values -- courage, patriotism, sacrifice.&nbsp; What kind of society have we become when we find ourselves paying tribute not only to soldiers and police officers for doing their job, but to children who were just playing on the block?&nbsp; What kind of society have we become when the memorials we build are to the loss of innocence and the loss of childhood?</p><p>That memorial does more than mourn the dead.&nbsp; It shames the living.&nbsp; It should prod all of us -- every adult who failed those kids -- to step in, stand up and speak out.</p><p>We cannot look away or become numb to it.&nbsp; Kids belong in our schools, on our playgrounds and in our parks, not frozen in time on the side of a grim memorial.</p><p>Our new police chief understands this.&nbsp; As a beat officer on the force who worked his way through the ranks, and the leader of a department who dramatically reduced violent crime, he is the right man at the right time for the right job.</p><p>But here too, like with our schools, partnership is key.&nbsp; The police cannot do it alone.&nbsp; It&#39;s not enough to bemoan violence in our neighborhoods.&nbsp; Those who have knowledge and information that can help solve and prevent crimes have to come forward and help.&nbsp; Together, we can make all of our streets, in every neighborhood, safer.</p><p>Third, we must put the city of Chicago&#39;s financial house in order, because we cannot do any of these things if we squander the resources they require.&nbsp;</p><p>From the moment I began my campaign for mayor, I have been clear about the hard truths and tough choices we face:&nbsp;&nbsp; we simply can&#39;t afford the size of city government that we had in the past.&nbsp; And taxpayers deserve a more effective and efficient gvernment than the one we have today.</p><p>Our city&#39;s financial situation is difficult and profound.&nbsp; We cannot ignore these problems one day longer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s not just a matter of doing more with less.&nbsp; We must look at every aspect of city government and ask the basic questions: Do we need it?&nbsp; Is it worth it?&nbsp; Can we afford it?&nbsp; Is there a better deal?</p><p>While we are not the first government to face these tough questions, it is my fervent hope that we become the first to solve them.&nbsp; The old ways no longer work.&nbsp; It is time for a new era of responsibility and reform.</p><p>I reject how leaders in Wisconsin and Ohio are exploiting their fiscal crisis to achieve a political goal.&nbsp; That course is not the right course for Chicago&#39;s future.</p><p>However, doing everything the same way we always have is not the right course for Chicago&#39;s future, either.&nbsp; We will do no favors to our city employees or our taxpayers if we let outdated rules and outmoded practices make important government services too costly to deliver.</p><p>I fully understand that there will be those who oppose our efforts to reform our schools, cut costs and make government more effective. Some are sure to say, &ldquo;This is the way we do things -- we can&#39;t try something new&rdquo; or &ldquo;Those are the rules -- we can&#39;t change them.&rdquo;</p><p>This is a prescription for failure that Chicago will not accept.&nbsp; Given the challenges we face, we need to look for better and smarter ways to meet our responsibilities.&nbsp; So when I ask for new policies, I guarantee, the one answer I will not tolerate is: &ldquo;We&#39;ve never done it that way before.&rdquo;</p><p>Chicago is the city of &ldquo;yes, we can&rdquo; -- not &ldquo;no, we can&#39;t.&rdquo; From now on, when it comes to change, Chicago will not take no for an answer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, we need to make Chicago the best place in America to start a business, create good jobs, and gain the knowledge and skills to fill the jobs of tomorrow. Chicago lost 200,000 residents during the last decade.&nbsp; No great city can thrive by shrinking.&nbsp; The best way to keep people from leaving is to attract the jobs that give them a good reason to stay.&nbsp; The jobs of tomorrow will go to those cities that produce the workforce of tomorrow.</p><p>So, we must make sure that every student who graduates from our high schools has the foundation for a good career or the opportunity to go to college. We must pass the Illinois Dream Act, so the children of undocumented immigrants have the chance to go to college.&nbsp; And we must make sure our city colleges are graduating students that businesses want to hire.&nbsp; If Chicago builds a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, the businesses and jobs of the future will beat a path to our city.</p><p>Stronger schools.&nbsp; Safer streets. An effective and affordable government. Good-paying jobs.&nbsp; These are the fundamental challenges confronting our city.&nbsp; If we can get these things right, nothing can stop Chicago.&nbsp; And people will come to see a city on the move.</p><p>And we can only get them right by working together.&nbsp; I pledge to you today, that&#39;s exactly what we&#39;re going to do.</p><p>City Council members, new and old -- I reach out a hand of mutual respect and cooperation and I welcome your ideas for change.&nbsp;</p><p>That also goes for businesses large and small, and all of our labor unions.&nbsp; It goes for organizations from every neighborhood, and our charitable and academic institutions.&nbsp; All of us have a role to play in writing Chicago&#39;s next chapter.&nbsp; And anyone open to change will have a seat at the table.&nbsp;</p><p>Together, we can renew and strengthen our city -- community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, business by business and block by block.</p><p>None of what we must overcome will be easy, but in my heart I know this:&nbsp; The challenges for the city of Chicago are no match for the character of the people of Chicago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>I believe in our city.&nbsp; I believe in our city because I know who we are and what we&#39;re made of -- the pride of every ethnic, religious, and economic background, and nearly three million strong.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Almost 140 years ago, a great fire devastated Chicago.&nbsp; Some thought we would never recover.&nbsp; An entire city had to be rebuilt from the ground up -- and it was.&nbsp; That is how we earned the title of the Second City.</p><p>Less than 100 years later, portions of our city burned once again.&nbsp; They were ignited by the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the injustices he fought to overcome.</p><p>Chicago still bears some of the scars from that time.&nbsp; And while, there is still work to do, we have made substantial progress.</p><p>Look at the three of us being sworn in today.&nbsp; Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Clerk Susana Mendoza.&nbsp; Both are superb public servants who represent the best of our city.&nbsp; They are among a new generation of smart and capable civic leaders.</p><p>I think it is fair to say, we are not our parent&#39;s Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>An African-American whose family came from Grenada, Mississippi in the great migration north; a daughter of immigrants who came from Mexico; a son of an Israeli immigrant from Tel Aviv and grandson of immigrants from Eastern Europe.&nbsp; Our parents and grandparents came not just to any American city. They came to America&#39;s city.&nbsp; They came to Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>The three of us have achieved something our parents never imagined in their lifetimes. And while our three families traveled different paths, they came to the same united city for a simple reason - because this is the city where dreams are made.</p><p>Over the next four years, we have schools to fix.&nbsp;</p><p>Over the next four years, we have streets to make safe.&nbsp;</p><p>Over the next four years, we have a government to transform and businesses and jobs to attract.&nbsp;</p><p>But above all, let&#39;s never forget the dream.&nbsp; The dream that has made generation after generation of Chicagoans come here and stay here.&nbsp;</p><p>I am confident in Chicago&#39;s future because I have seen it in the eyes of our schoolchildren and heard it in their voices.&nbsp;</p><p>I saw it:</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the Whitney Young kids who took first place in our state&#39;s academic decathlon and third place in the Division 1 national championship.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the five high school students from Kenwood Academy who won the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships - the highest number in any Chicago Public School.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the Simeon High School basketball team that just won back-to-back state championships and showed us what they are made of throughout the season.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the graduates at Urban Prep Academy, a high school for African-American males, which for the second year in a row is sending 100% of its students to a four-year college.&nbsp;</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the sophomores at Englewood High School who reached the semi-finals in the spoken word contest.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In Jeremy Winters, a junior at Simeon who started his own after-school arts program, which is now a model for Chicago.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In Martell Ruffin, the young man I met at an el-stop who after a full day of school, spends several hours at the Joffrey Ballet School.</p><p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the young man who led us in the pledge today, DeJuan Brown, a child I met on the campaign.&nbsp; He was struggling in school, became interested in public service, got more serious about his studies and now he is getting As and Bs.</p><p>And I saw it in Brian Reed, the tenth-grader who gave me a tour of Ralph Ellison High School.</p><p>Shortly after I met Brian, I learned that he had been attacked at his bus stop by four young men who had beaten and robbed him.&nbsp; He was injured so badly, he was hospitalized.</p><p>When I heard the news, I reached out to his principal.&nbsp; Days later, his teacher delivered a letter from Brian.</p><p>Brian wrote:&nbsp; &#39;I am doing fine now and (I&#39;m) back in school.&nbsp; My attendance is good and I try very hard here.&nbsp; I just wanted to tell you thanks for checking on me.&#39;</p><p>Despite obstacles, our children, children like Brian, just keep on working and never stop dreaming.&nbsp; There is no doubt the children of Chicago have what it takes.&nbsp; The question is, do we?&nbsp; Will we do our part?</p><p>For the next generation of Chicagoans, let us roll up our sleeves and take on the hard work of securing Chicago&#39;s future.&nbsp;</p><p>Our problems are large, but so is our capacity to solve them -- only if all those who profess a love for this City of Big Shoulders are willing to bear the responsibility for keeping it strong.</p><p>So today, I ask of each of you -- those who live here, and those who work here; business and labor: Let us share the necessary sacrifices fairly and justly.&nbsp;</p><p>If everyone will give a little, no one will have to give too much.</p><p>And together, we will keep faith with future generations, and the visionaries of our past, who built on the shores of Lake Michigan a city where dreams are made.</p><p>Thank you.&nbsp; God bless you.&nbsp; And God bless the city of Chicago.</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/Rahm%20oath%20and%20speech.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-106512" player="null">Rahm oath and speech.mp3</span></p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 17:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/audio-transcript-chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuels-inaugural-address-86605 Rahm Emanuel becomes Chicago's 46th mayor http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Rahm Emanuel Oath2_Getty_Frank Polich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Declaring that Chicago is ready for change, Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office Monday, becoming the 46th mayor in Chicago's history and the first Jewish resident to occupy the office.</p><p>Nearly all of Chicago's top elected officials were on hand for the occasion, as were Vice President Joe Biden and several U.S. cabinet secretaries.&nbsp; The event also featured the swearing in of Chicago's new City Council, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Stephanie Neely.</p><p>During his inaugural address, Emanuel praised outgoing mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife, Maggie, for their lifetime of service, but declared that serious challenges lie ahead.</p><p>"We must face the truth," he said. "It is time to take on the challenges that threaten the very future of our city: the quality of our schools, the safety of our streets, the cost and effectiveness of city government, and the urgent need to create and keep the jobs of the future right here in Chicago."</p><p>Emanuel placed schools atop his list of priorities and vowed to push for quick, effective change - even poking fun at his own high-strung reputation in the process.</p><p>"As some have noted, including my wife, I am not a patient man," he joked. "When it comes to improving our schools, I will not be a patient mayor."</p><p>As Emanuel went on to highlight challenges in reducing crime and the city's mounting financial difficulties, he vowed to work together with all of the city's many constituents.&nbsp; But he also issued a challenge.</p><p>"So today, I ask each of you - those who live here, and those who work here; business and labor: Let us share the necessary sacrifices fairly and justly," said Emanuel.</p><p><strong>The journey to today</strong></p><p>The inauguration ceremonies took place in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, a park which became one of the signature achievements of his predecessor, the retiring mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>Emanuel's inauguration capped a whirlwind - and largely unexpected turn of events - that began with an <a href="http://www.charlierose.com/view/content/10971">appearance Emanuel made on PBS' <em>Charlie Rose</em></a> in April of last year during which the then-White House chief of staff publicly revealed his interest in becoming mayor of Chicago one day.</p><p>The comment made national news and stirred the political dust in the Windy City, but the speculation soon dissipated as most seasoned political observers expected then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to seek a seventh term in office.&nbsp; Little did most people know that Daley would stun the political world in September 2010 by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/chicago-mayor-richard-daley-will-not-seek-re-election">announcing his current term would be his last</a>.</p><p>Daley's decision not to seek re-election set off a scramble to fill the office he came to occupy for 22 years and created a political vacuum which Emanuel raced to fill.&nbsp; Within weeks, he'd stepped down as White House Chief of Staff and was given a presidential send-off that was carried live on local and national television outlets.</p><p>While the list of names of potential mayoral candidates stretched into the dozens, Emanuel's name was always on the short list of top contenders given his political and fundraising skills.&nbsp; In the end, just six candidates remained on the ballot, though it was unclear for weeks whether Emanuel would be one of them.</p><p>During much of the fall, Emanuel fended off a series of legal battles that focused on whether he was eligible to run for mayor.&nbsp; At issue was whether he met the minimum one-year residency requirement to be allowed on the ballot.&nbsp; The battle became a centerpiece of the election campaign until the <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-27/politics/emanuel.ballot_1_residency-ruling-elections-decision?_s=PM:POLITICS">Illinois Supreme Court ultimately ruled</a> in his favor, just a few weeks before&nbsp; the February municipal elections.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On Election Day, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-22/rahm-emanuel-be-chicagos-next-mayor-82747">Emanuel won a sweeping victory, winning a majority of votes cast</a> and avoiding a run-off, reflecting strength in all corners of the city.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>A return to elected office</strong></p><p>The election not only marked a changing of the guard for Chicago, but it also marked a return to elected public office for Emanuel. &nbsp; Previously, he served for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the legendary 5th congressional district on the city's north side. While in office, he earned a national reputation as a key architect of the Democrats successful strategy to regain control of Congress in 2006.&nbsp; Emanuel then left Congress in 2009 to serve as Chief of Staff to newly-elected President Barack Obama.</p><p>The move wasn't the first time Emanuel left the Chicago area to serve a president.&nbsp; He worked as fundraiser and key advisor to Democrat Bill Clinton during Clinton's 1992 campaign for the presidency and for most of his two terms in office thereafter.&nbsp; It was his work in the Clinton administration on such projects as the passage of the NAFTA treaty that earned him a reputation as a highly effective and fearsome political operator.&nbsp;</p><p>But Emanuel's beginnings in politics can be traced back to the man he succeeds as mayor, Richard M. Daley.&nbsp;&nbsp; He worked as a fundraiser for Daley, helping him win election to office in 1989.&nbsp; That experience and those connections helped pave the way for his career since.</p><p>"I have big shoes to fill," Emanuel said Monday. "Nobody ever loved Chicago more or served it better than Richard Daley."</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598 Great (and not so great) moments in mayoral inauguration history http://www.wbez.org/story/great-and-not-so-great-moments-mayoral-inauguration-history-86575 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Chicago Flag_Flickr_PaxPuig.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel was sworn in as Chicago's mayor on Monday, the first inauguration of a new mayor in this city in more than two decades. Emanuel has been inaugurated before (to Congress), and has attended his fair share of inaugurations as a politician, but this is the first time all the attention will be on him.</p><p>We perused some of Chicago’s previous mayoral inaugurations to find the lessons to be learned from the triumphs and mistakes of past Chicago mayors.</p><p><strong>Be able to predict the future</strong></p><p>Roswell B. Mason, mayor during the Great Chicago Fire, ironically said very little about the fire department during his speech (it was typical at the time to pontificate about the status of important city departments). Mason included only one sentence on the subject, saying, “The Fire Department, I believe, is well disciplined, prompt and reliable, and justly merits the high appreciation in which it is held by the public.”</p><p>Mason was later kicked out of office by Joseph Medill (yes, the Medill who was co-owner and managing editor of the&nbsp;Chicago Tribune) who aligned himself with the newly formed “Fireproof“ party. Unsurprisingly, Medill had a hard time in office; dealing with a crumbling city, he did not finish out the last three and a half months of his term, and departed for Europe on a sick leave.</p><p><strong>Invite a wide variety of guests</strong></p><p>When he was first elected to office in 1989, the currently departing mayor Richard M. Daley was criticized by an Alderman for not inviting an ethnically diverse group of Chicagoans to his festivities, with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/25/us/daley-takes-helm-as-chicago-mayor.html">The New York Times&nbsp;reporting that</a>&nbsp;“A relatively small proportion of the guests in the vast hall were black.” Saul Bellow was invited though, and made remarks.</p><p>In contrast, Harold Washington, the city’s first black mayor, declared his inauguration the “people’s ceremony.” He featured “music, prayer and poetry, which emphasized the city’s ethnic, religious and racial pluralism and the grassroots support that swept him into office,”&nbsp;<a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=n_5VAAAAIBAJ&amp;sjid=UeIDAAAAIBAJ&amp;pg=5068,7080284&amp;dq=chicago+mayor+history+inauguration&amp;hl=en">The Los Angeles Times&nbsp;reported.</a>&nbsp;He included readings by Studs Terkel and Illinois poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as prayers from a variety of religious communities. To top it all off, a multi-ethnic children’s choir sang both Spanish and black national hymn.</p><p><strong>Be careful where you stand</strong></p><p>During Mayor Francis C. Sherman’s celebration, three citizens were injured by standing in front of a cannon that discharged as part of the celebration.<img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-16/File Alexanderloyd.jpeg" style="margin: 7px; float: right;" title=""></p><p><strong>Don’t expect your constituents to respect you just because you’re now mayor</strong></p><p>On March 9, 1840, Chicago's fourth mayor, Alexander Loyd, delivered the first mayoral inaugural address on which archival evidence still exists. Just because it was the first doesn’t mean it was well received; popular newspaper of the time&nbsp;The Chicago Democrat&nbsp;didn't even mention it (despite the fact that Alexander was a democrat), while a Whig Party newspaper said Alexander's inauguration speech which “considering his embarrassing situation and that he was probably totally unaccustomed to public speaking, was as appropriate and well as could have been expected."</p><p><strong>If you want to get your picture taken with the Mayor, it might not happen the way you expect</strong>James J. Laski, a former city clerk who was convicted in 2006&nbsp;for stealing tens of thousands of dollars in bribes as part of the Hired Trucking Scandal, got more than he expected when he met with Mayor Richard M. Daley on inauguration day.In Laski’s book, he&nbsp;writes of being told by Mayor Daley’s office that he and his family might not be able to get their picture taken with the Mayor on inauguration day because of a scheduling conflict. Instead, they all ended up getting their picture taken with the Mayor and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who was then running for President. The kicker: Laski’s son accidentally said congratulations to the Senator instead of Daley.</p><p><strong>Don’t assume history will remember your inauguration very well</strong></p><p>It’s unclear when the exact date of Mayor Francis C. Sherman’s inauguration was; though the civilian injuries occurred on March 4, Sherman did not file his oath of office until the 6th&nbsp;of 1841, and his speech was not published in the paper until the 10th.</p><p><strong>There’s always next year (or a few years after</strong>)</p><p>Many of our mayors got to experience inauguration in non-consecutive terms, a practice that appears more common earlier in Chicago’s political history. Benjamin Wright&nbsp;Raymond skipped a turn, serving from&nbsp;1839–1840 and then from 1842–1843, and he’s one of many. But most impressive is Francis C. Sherman: he skipped 20 years between two of his terms.</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 04:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/great-and-not-so-great-moments-mayoral-inauguration-history-86575 From Harold to Rahm http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-04-29/harold-rahm-85845 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/achey1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-29/achey1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 331px;" title=""></p><p>Next week, the real governing begins for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. And though his style and connections endlessly bring on comparisons to Mayor Richard M. Daley and how much of Daley’s ways and means he’ll preserve, the historic moment at which Emanuel is taking the city’s reins actually echo another mayor altogether: Harold Washington.</p><p>As improbable as it may be, Rahm was elected by the same communities who brought Harold to City Hall: an overwhelming African-American vote, strong lakefront support, a majority of Latinos.</p><p>No, I’m not being nostalgic. When Washington took over, it was a historic opportunity, with a unique coalition, to change business as usual. And he started the process of change – a process delayed by Council Wars and thwarted by Daley’s win in the 1989 special election.</p><p>Like Washington, for whom change was a mantra long before Barack Obama was even a registered voter in Chicago, Emanuel keeps talking change, and in a way different than his post-Harold predecessors. Eugene Sawyer, who followed Washington, talked about preserving Washington’s legacy, about how he wasn’t going to change a thing; Daley upon arrival in 1989, and again, more properly for a full-term in 1991, talked about calm.</p><p>Emanuel and Washington share something else: the city’s current financial crisis seems to weigh on Emanuel’s mind almost as much as it was on Harold’s in his time.</p><p>In fact, sometimes it feels like Daley’s time in office – and Sawyer’s too – were a mere interlude, a suspension of time. It’s like Daley froze the problems from Harold’s time and is just now handing them to Emanuel.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-29/achey2.jpg" title="" width="592" height="403"></p><p>Think I’m kidding?&nbsp;Check out these extended excerpts from Washington’s inaugural speech from 1983 (full transcript attached below as a PDF):</p><p>“This is a very serious vow that I've just taken before God and man, to do everything in my power to protect this City and every person who lives in it.</p><p>I do not take this duty lightly.</p><p>“I was up late last night thinking about this moment. It went through my head hundreds and hundreds of times, and words that I was reading put me in a reflective and a somber, somber mood.</p><p>“On my right hand last night was a bible, which is a very good book for a new Mayor to pay attention to. And, in front of me was a report of the City's finances which my transition team had prepared, and it did not contain very good news.</p><p>“To my left there was no book, because the one I wanted the most does not exist. It's the one that l wish had been written by my tribesman, Jean Pointe Baptiste DuSable, who settled Chicago over 200 years ago.</p><p>“And, as I reflected last night for a brief period of time, I wish he had written a book about how to be a Mayor of a vast city like ours, a repository of wisdom that had been handed down from Mayor to Mayor for all these years.</p><p>“Because, after reading the report about the actual, state of the City's finances, I wanted some good solid, sound advice.</p><p>“Then I realized that to solve the problems facing us, it will have to be decided between you and me, because every Mayor begins anew, and there is no blueprint for the future course that these cities, these municipalities must follow.</p><p>“So I made a list of some of the things you told me during the election campaign, and I found out that you had given the best and most solid advice.</p><p>“The first thing you told me is to do no harm. You told me that the guiding principal of government is to do the greatest good. Your instructions which: I heard from neighborhood after neighborhood, said to be patient and be fair, be candid and, in short, to continue to tell the truth.</p><p>“And so, without malice, even remotely connected with my statement, but impelled by a sense of necessity so that I can continue my reputation for truth and live up to your mandate which requested the truth, I must tell you what we have inherited. I must tell you about the City's finances.</p><p>“As I said before, I have no good news. The immediate fiscal problem facing Chicago is both enormous and complicated.</p><p>“Our school system is not 100 million dollars short next year as we believed during the mayoral campaign. We now find that the income may be $200 million less than the expenditures of that vast bureaucracy.</p><p>“My transition team advises me that the city government is also in far worse financial condition than we thought. The City's general fund has a potential shortfall this year of as much as $150 million.</p><p>“To further complicate the matter, in the waning days of the outgoing administration, hundreds of new city jobs were passed out and hundreds of other jobs reassigned. I say this with malice toward none, but simply to keep the record straight.</p><p>“The City's transportation system faces a $200 million deficit and no internal solution harbors on the horizon.</p><p>“All during the campaign I knew that the City had financial problems and I talked about them repeatedly, incessantly. A majority of the voters believed me and embarked on what can only be described as a great movement and revitalization labeled reform.</p><p style="text-align: center;">********</p><p>“In that same spirit, today I am asking all of you—particularly you who have taken the oath with me today — to respond to a great challenge: help me institute reforms and bring about the revival and renewal of this great City while there is still time.</p><p>“Business as usual will not be accepted by the people of this City. Business as usual will not be accepted by any part of this City. Business as usual will not be accepted by this chief executive of this great City.</p><p>“The only greater challenge in our history in Chicago was 110 years ago when Mayor Joseph Medill looked over a city burned to the ground and called for an enormous outpouring of civic spirit and resources to make the city new.</p><p>“The real challenge is in the neighborhoods, as I've said for the past several months. I'm asking the people in the neighborhoods, all of the neighborhoods, to take a direct role in the planning, development and City housekeeping so that our City becomes a finer place in which to live.</p><p>“I'm calling for more leadership and more personal involvement in what goes on. We know the strength of the grass roots leadership because our election was based on it. We want this powerful infra-structure to grow because the success of tomorrow's City depends upon it, and the world and country look for an example as to how we can find the way out.</p><p>“Information must flow freely from the administration to the people and back again. The City's books will be open to the public because we don't have a chance to institute fiscal reform unless we all know the hard facts.</p><p>“I believe in the process of collective bargaining when all the numbers&nbsp;are on the table and the City and its unions sit down and hammer out an agreement together. The only contracts in life are those that work and work because they are essentially fair.</p><p>“Having said all this, I want you to know that the situation is serious but not desperate. I am optimistic about our future. I'm optimistic not just because I have a positive view of life, and I do, but because there is so much about this City that promises achievement.</p><p>“We are a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-language City and that is not a source to negate but really a source of pride, because it adds stability and strength to a metropolitan city as large as ours. Our minorities are ambitious, and that is a sign of a prosperous city on the move. Racial fears and divisiveness have hurt us in the past. But I believe that this is a situation that will and must be overcome.</p><p>“Our schools must be improved. They're going to get a lot better because we're calling on students, teachers and administrators to study longer and achieve more.</p><p>“I'm going to set a personal example for what we all have to do by working harder and longer than you've ever seen a mayor work before.</p><p>“Most of our problems can be solved. Some of them will take brains, some of them will take patience, and all of them will have to be wrestled with like an alligator in the swamp.</p><p>“But there is a fine new spirit that seems to be taking root. I call it the spirit of renewal. It's like the spring coming here after a long winter. This renewal. It refreshes us and gives us new faith that we can go on.</p><p>Last night I saw the dark problems and today I see the bright promise of where we stand. Chicago has all the resources necessary for prosperity. We are at the crossroads of America — a vital transportation, economic, and business center. We are the heartland.</p><p>“We have a clear vision of what our people can become, and that vision goes beyond mere economic wealth, although that is a part of our hopes and expectations.</p><p>“In our ethnic and racial diversity, we are all brothers and sisters in a quest for greatness. Our creativity and energy are unequaled by any city anywhere in the world. We will not rest until the renewal of our City is done.</p><p>“Today, I want to tell you how proud I am to be your Mayor. There have been 41 Mayors before me and when I was growing up in this City and attending its public schools it never dawned upon me nor did I dream that the flame would pass my way. But it has.</p><p>“And that flame like the buck will stop here. And we won't quench it, we'll brighten it. We'll add oil and make it brighter and brighter and brighter.</p><p>“It makes me humble, but it also makes me glad. I hope someday to be remembered by history as the Mayor who cared about people and who was, above all, fair. A Mayor who helped, who really helped, heal our wounds and stood the watch while the City and its people answered the greatest challenge in more than a century. Who saw that City renewed.</p><p>“My good friends and neighbors, the oath of office that I have taken today before God binds us all together. I cannot be successful without you. But with you, we can not fail. I reach out my hand and I ask for your help</p><p>“With the same adventurous spirit of Jean Pointe Baptiste DuSable when he founded Chicago, we are going to do some great deeds here together.</p><p>“In the beginning there was the word. Throughout this campaign you've given me the word. The word is over. Let's go to work.”</p><div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-04-29/harold-rahm-85845