Monday, May 16, 2011

New Era in Chicago and Sheffield Community

By: R.A.Monaco
May 16, 2011

Today, after six terms of Daley tradition and for the first time in 22 years, Chicago will have a new mayor.

The winds of change and Emanuel's aspirations to succeed Mayor Daley were made public about a year ago on the Charlie Rose PBS talk show when he exclaimed, "it's no secret." Certainly, it was no secret that Emanuel would not have considered challenging Mayor Richard M. Daley had he decided to seek re-election, however, the proverbial cat was out of the bag at that point about Mayor Daley having a new horizon.

Significantly, in this city of tradition, today's swearing in of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel will also give Chicago its first Jewish mayor.

Over the past year, Chicagoans have heard plenty about Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's high profile legal battle over residence eligibility in his quest to become the 55th mayor of Chicago. Following an appellate court ruling that he was not eligible to run for the City's top job because of time he'd spent out of the city, the Illinois Supreme Court ended the controversy reversing the decision.

Having served as a top aide to President Obama, the former Chief of Staff and our newest mayor is not without friends in other high places, which include Vice President Joseph Biden who is expected to attend today's Millennium Park inauguration ceremony, Chinese President Hu Jintao and former President Bill Clinton each of whom made a stop to the city during Emanuel's mayoral campaign.

Determined to meet the challenges of Chicago's future head on, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has tapped Jean-Claude Brizard, Rochester, N.Y. schools superintendent to run our city's massive school system and Garry McCarthy, Newark, N.J. police director as the city's new police superintendent. Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff, has been given the nod to remain at his post.

So, as we begin this new direction in Chicago's history, the Sheffield community is invited to share their thoughts, ideas, concerns and optimism here on the Sheffield Gazette and Digital Fish Wrap. It would be great to hear about the ceremony at Millennium Park and downtown from anyone attending.

Finally, our City's newest mayor has many challenges that we must now face together, let's let the city know that the Sheffield community wants to (((Be Part Of The Fix, Not The Fight)))!


  1. "Today, more than any other time in our history, more than any other place in our country, the city of Chicago is ready for change," Emanuel said.

  2. 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," Emanuel said.

    "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," he added.

    "The decisions we make in the next two or three years will determine what Chicago will look like in the next 20 or 30," he said.

  3. He took a shot at Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio for what he said was exploiting a financial crisis for political gain.

  4. 32nd Ward Office:

    Scott Waguespack
    Elected 2007

    Former aide to Berwyn Mayor Michael O'Connor

    32nd Ward Office
    2657 N. Clybourn Ave.
    773-248-1330City Hall

  5. On the eve of Emanuel’s inaugural, it is folly to predict his fate. That’s especially so given a national economy that a big-city mayor is impotent to fix and, just as relevant, given how environments shape personalities and personalities shape environments.

    He has been high profile as a solid North Side congressman, a cannily pragmatic head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a hyperkinetic White House chief of staff. But Emanuel’s image is largely that of a spectral presence — somebody off in the closed room, in the back, who shaped events for others.

    Mere mention of his name could alter the dynamic of a situation. People dealing with him get anxious without knowing what he’s really up to. He’s not a poet, philosopher or rabbi. He’s an astute student of government and a practitioner of power