• Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Carries on Former Mayor's Tradition of Promising Change

    Finally! After 22 years of same ol', same ol', new Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel promises dramatic change to the City That Works.

    In a celebratory, multi-ethnic, pan-racial, comprehensively religious inauguration ceremony yesterday, he reminded the people of Chicago that with this historic transfer of power, he'd stay shiny and new despite the city’s rusty attitude…

    "Some are sure to say, ‘This is the way we do things — we can't try something new’ or ‘Those are the rules — we can't change them.’ This is a prescription for failure that Chicago will not accept."

    And what an about-face from preceding mayor Daley's first inauguration speech, given back when acid-washed jeans were cool (for the first time), this year's college grads were not yet born, and my sister and I did our Rob-and-Fab dance routine to my "Blame It on the Rain" cassette single.

    Clips from Daley's 1989 speech, starting at about 1:30 in the video, reveal his attitude about Chicago politics…

    "Business as usual is a prescription for failure. The old ways of doing things simply aren’t adequate."

    I’m glad that Rahm has such a different take on this. Demonstrating his commitment to keep the waves of change rolling, he has already appointed Daley’s daughter to a cultural advisory committee.


    Note from Dennis: I don't know if you've noticed, but we've been trying to get this post up since yesterday, but it kept getting broken for inexplicable (and maddening) reasons. Clearly, Mayor Emanuel already has his Chicago machine moving at full speed.

    Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images

    Tags: Chicago, Illinois, Rahm Emanuel


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