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Emanuel to be sworn in as Chicago's new mayor

 In this photo taken May 6, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, left, and actress Jennifer Beals walk out  of a restaurant in Chicago on their way...
 FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, left, and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel share a moment at a Chicago White Sox gam...
 In this photo taken April 27, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel answers questions at a discussion about how the arts contribute to the developme...
 FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, the former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel takes a seat to chat and have breakfast with William Morri...
 FILE - in this file photo taken Wednesday, April 27, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel smiles as he answers questions at a discussion about how ...
 FILE - In this April 27, 2010 file photo, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel laughs as he takes some good-natured ribbing about his recent comme...
 In this photo taken April 27, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel answers questions at a discussion about how the arts contribute to the developme...

Chicago Mayor-Emanuel

In this photo taken May 6, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, left, and actress Jennifer Beals walk out of a restaurant in Chicago on their way...

Chicago Mayor-Emanuel

FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, left, and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel share a moment at a Chicago White Sox gam...

Chicago Mayor-Emanuel

In this photo taken April 27, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel answers questions at a discussion about how the arts contribute to the developme...

Chicago Mayor-Emanuel

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, the former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel takes a seat to chat and have breakfast with William Morri...

Chicago Mayor-Emanuel

FILE - in this file photo taken Wednesday, April 27, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel smiles as he answers questions at a discussion about how ...

Chicago Mayor-Emanuel

FILE - In this April 27, 2010 file photo, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel laughs as he takes some good-natured ribbing about his recent comme...

Chicago Mayor-Emanuel

In this photo taken April 27, 2011, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel answers questions at a discussion about how the arts contribute to the developme...

In a major power shift for a city that thrives on tradition, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel takes over as Chicago's first new mayor in two decades on Monday when he replaces the retiring Richard M. Daley, the only mayor a whole generation of Chicagoans has ever known.
Vice President Joe Biden was expected to attend the morning inauguration ceremony at a popular downtown park before Emanuel heads over to City Hall and, for the first time since he was elected in February, walks into the fifth-floor office that was Daley's lair for 22 years.
Biden's attendance is testament, in part, to Emanuel's high profile in Washington where he worked until October. He quit as President Barack Obama's top aide to come back to Chicago to run for mayor.
"I'm glad he's decided to come and represent the administration and I'm also glad on a personal level because of our friendship," Emanuel said last week. "It's about Chicago, it's not about me."
Emanuel inherits a city with big money problems. Not only has Emanuel's transition team predicted a $700 million budget shortfall next year, but thanks to some controversial decisions by Daley _ most notably the push to privatize parking meters _ he has limited avenues to find funds to improve schools and repair the city's aging infrastructure.
Emanuel represented Chicago in Congress before he left for Washington.


Updated : 2020-11-30 13:04 GMT+08:00