Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago to preside over its decline.
But I am committed to keeping this city a strong and viable center for commerce and industry, for continuing to make it a place of opportunity for its citizens.
I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit, a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and a revival of opportunity for all Chicago.
I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city - for one Chicago.
I accept that responsibility and ask only that I be judged by my performance as its chief executive.
For my part, I plan to work out a fair and adequate redistribution of city services to all city neighborhoods.
Chicago kept industry, attracted new business, became the center for convention trade and transportation.
I am a Democrat. I have been one all of my life.
As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign, I learned fast that it's a mistake to think that all of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems are available only in this building.
The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.
Our universities and museums are respected around the country.
Chicago’s neighborhoods have always been the city’s greatest strength.
If we are to succeed, we must recognize that the community redevelopment is not solely the rehabilitation of housing, or putting a mall in the business strips.
When there were fears about the future of this nation's older cities... when a few of the cities teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, all eyes were focused on Chicago for contrast.
In the housing projects, people talked of ways to reduce crime, relieve overcrowding, and they were good ideas that we plan to study, and possibly implement.
Politics never takes a holiday in Chicago.
We must care. We must all care. And while I am working, while the governments is working, so must the people also work.
Tonight - by taking this solemn oath - I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago.
The people of Chicago are a proud people - and for good reason.
The nation can no longer afford to continue policies that hasten the flight of persons to the distant suburbs.
The cooperation of government at its different levels is important and can only be achieved as long as the people of Chicago are directly involved in our efforts and supportive of our goals.
In the days and months I spent walking through the various communities of this city, I found that Chicago did not work for everyone, however.
The people ask much, often more than any government can give. We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems.
But always I was a private citizen whose activities in government or political party were appointive.
City employees will be hired and promoted because of their abilities - without outside interference.
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