below, from Emanuel.....
Excerpts from Rahm Emanuel's Inaugural Address
When Richard M. Daley took office as mayor 22 years ago, he challenged all of us to lower our voices and raise our sights. Chicago is a different city today than the one Mayor Daley inherited, thanks to all he did.
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. I am proud to lead a city united in common purpose and driven by a common thirst for change.
To do that, we must face the truth. 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.
From the moment I began my campaign for mayor, I have been clear about the hard truths and tough choices we face: we simply can't afford the size of city government that we had in the past. And taxpayers deserve a more effective and efficient government than the one we have today.
All of us have a role to play in writing Chicago's next chapter. And anyone open to change will have a seat at the table.
None of what we must overcome will be easy, but in my heart I know this: The challenges for the city of Chicago are no match for the character of the people of Chicago.