Rahm Emanuel Inauguration: Chicago’s New Mayor Sworn In




Rahm Emanuel takes the oath of office of Mayor of Chicago from Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County during inaugural ceremonies Monday, May 16, 2011 in Chicago. Watching are from left, daughter Ilana, wife Amy Rule, daughter Leah and son Zacharia. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

After a long and dramatic journey, Chicago’s new Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn in Monday. Chicago residents gathered in Millennium Park on an unseasonably cool morning to welcome their first new mayor in 22 years.

Elected officials from across Illinois (and the country) gathered to watch Emanuel take the oath of office and make his inaugural address. (Full inauguration coverage here.) Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden joined Emanuel and outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley on stage. Also present was U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley, whose father and brother governed Chicago longer than any other mayors in the city’s history.

U.S. Senators from Illinois Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin also attended the ceremony, along with U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock; Rep. Jerry Costello; Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Rep. Danny Davis; Rep. Michael Quigley; Rep. Luis Gutierrez; Rep. Daniel Lipinski; Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Rep. Bobby Rush.

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Check out some photos from Monday’s event here: