The Daley era is officially over. Chicago’s long time mayor Richard M. Daley will leave office today as former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is sworn into office. Daley has been in office for more than two decades, but announced last Fall that he wouldn’t be seeking a 7th term.
Emanuel will be inheriting a city with growing budget problems. NPR reports that Chicago has a $700 million budget shortfall, and with Daley’s controversial decision to privatize parking, Emanuel will have limited means to find funds.
Emanuel is expected to outline his new plan during his inauguration speech today.
According to USA Today, Emanuel is expected to say:
“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.”
Vice President Joe Biden will be on hand today during the ceremony, a signal of Emanuel’s continued influence in Washington.
[Source: USA Today]