CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel began his second term Monday with a call for the entire city to dedicate itself to helping young people in need.
The inaugural ceremony for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer, and all 50 aldermen got off to a rousing start at the Chicago Theatre, with the help of the Apostolic Church of God Praise Team, singing a gospel song Emanuel himself requested.
After taking his second oath of office, the mayor told aldermen he and they have a lot of important work to do, but Emanuel shied away from discussing the city’s major financial problems – massive budget deficits and severely underfunded employee pension funds – and focused almost entirely about the plight of disadvantaged children. Emanuel said all Chicago must focus on helping them.
“Some argue that the answer is more money for more government programs. Others argue that the answer is better values through parental involvement and spiritual guidance. It’s time we stopped talking past each other, and joined together, finding solutions,” he said.