Rahm Emanuel Presides as Mayor of Chicago
and is our DMO of the Month
The first executive order prohibits new appointees from lobbying city government for two years after leaving their positions with the administration. Lower level employees are barred from lobbying the departments or agencies in which they work and appointees to boards and omissions are barred from lobbying the board or commission on which they sit. The second executive order protects City employees against pressure to give gifts or make political contributions to their superiors, including department heads and the Mayor. The third executive order prohibits city lobbyists from making political contributions to the Mayor.
Mayor Emanuel also reissued three important executive orders on ethics that were originally signed by Mayor Daley. These include a ban on political contributions to the Mayor from the owners of companies that do business with the City, an order requiring City employees to comply with the hiring oversight rules adopted in connection with a federal court decree prohibiting political hiring and firing, and an order reaffirming that it is the duty of every city employee to report wrongdoing to the city’s Inspector General.
Days later, Mayor Emanuel signed an executive order creating a long-term budget and financial planning process for the City of Chicago.
"It is our responsibility to make sure that we are spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars wisely," said Mayor Emanuel. "Without planning for the future, beyond the next year, we cannot guarantee we are doing the best we can for the City of Chicago or Chicago residents."
Mayor Emanuel signed the executive order at an elementary school after speaking to a 4th grade class about the importance of long-term planning.
The executive order tasks the city’s Office of Budget and Management and the members of the Mayor’s Council on Budget, Business Development and Economic Issues with preparing an Annual Financial Analysis. Input will be sought from City departments, sister agencies, the City Council and other relevant stakeholders.
The Annual Financial Analysis will include a trend analysis of all city funds; a financial forecast including a three-year baseline forecast and a three-year alternative forecast; and analyses of the City’s reserves, capital program, debt, liabilities, and financial policies. All assumptions used in forecasting will be clearly stated.
In keeping with the new Mayor’s commitment to making Chicago’s city government more transparent and accountable, the Annual Financial Analysis will be available in searchable format on the City’s website. Members of the public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed Annual Financial Analysis.
The Chicago City Council consists of 50 aldermen, each representing a district of roughly 60,000 residents. Thirteen new aldermen were elected this term.
"The Mayor and the City Council face some monumental challenges and no doubt, as time goes on, sharp disagreements will arise. That is the nature of democracy. But Mayor Emanuel and the new City Council are off to a good start with both a seriousness of purpose and optimism for the future. The next four years should be a good ride."
DMO salutes Rahm Emanuel for his lifetime of service to the Democratic Party.
Rahm Emanuel served as senior advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1998 and as a member of the House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 5th congressional district, from 2003 to 2009 when he left to take up his position in the Obama Administration.
Emanuel chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 mid-term elections and remained a top strategist for House Democrats during the 2008 cycle. After we regained control of the House in 2006, Emanuel was elected chairman of the Democratic Caucus. This made him the fourth-ranking House Democrat, behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.
As White House Chief of Staff, Emanuel was one of the most influential people in the world, but in his new position he has achieved his life-long goal of being Mayor of the City of Chicago, proving that serving as a DMO is to hold the "highest office," the office closest to the people.