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Rahm Emanuel Elected Mayor of Chicago

May 16, 2011 Chicago gets a new mayor after nearly half a century of Daley family rule at the helm of the city. Looking back some images from Rahm’s victory celebration last night at the Plumbers Union Hall in the West Loop.

Rahm’s stubby amputated middle finger is almost as famous (or notorious) as he is. The result of a meat slicing accident as a teenager working at a suburban Arby’s, President Obama once joke that it rendered Emanuel “practically mute.”

As mayor elect, everyone wants a piece of you:

AKPD Media/Emanuel campaign centcom for projecting election returns into the Plumbers Union Hall:

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For more on Mister Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel, previous posts and articles:

Fortnight JournalThe Chicago Way,” February 14, 2011.

From the Archive: Two Years Ago Almost to the Day, Former and Present White House Chief of Staffs Rahm Emanuel and William Daley at Obama’s Inauguration Luncheon,” January 21, 2011.

The Full Emanuel: Running with Rahmbo, Best Pictures from the Last Few Days of Campaign Coverage,” December 15, 2010.

Rahm Emanuel Residency Hearing,” December 14, 2010.

Rahm Emanuel Announces Candidacy for Chicago Mayor,” October 3, 2010.

From the Archive: Rahm Emanuel and Timothy Geithner at Barack Obama’s Inaugural Luncheon,” September 18, 2010.

And to close, a little humor from last night – or at least a moment that brought a few chuckles to the Plumbers Union Hall – when it was delivered last night in Rahm Emanuel’s victory speech:

And I intend to enlist every living one of you, every one of you in our city, because the plural pronoun “we” is how we’re going to meet the challenges of tomorrow.