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The President of Chicago is the head of state and head of government of the nation, and commander-in-chief of the military. The office is the highest in rank and power in Chicago, and one of the most powerful in North America. The president is elected to a term of four years, which are renewable for as long as the candidate is able to run for re-election. Upon the death, resignation, or removal from office of an incumbent President, the Vice President will assume the office.
To qualify for the position, a person must be 30 years of age, a Chicago-born citizen–regardless of when Chicago became a nation, or a "natural born" American citizen. The President is the nation's premier diplomat, and First Citizen, and cannot be charged with any crimes save treason and manslaughter. The president can be impeached if he fails to fulfill his obligations to the nation or is deemed corrupted or inept to hold the office of the presidency.
There have only been eight presidents since Chicago declared independence in 1969. The first was Richard J. Daley, who declared the nation's independence on August 27, 1969. His son, Richard M. Daley, was the longest-serving President of Chicago, and served five and a half consecutive terms in office since 1989. David Orr served the shortest tenure in office, serving a mere eight days as president. His predecessor, Harold Washington was the first African-American president, and Jane Byrne was the first female president.
List of Presidents of Chicago
|#||President||Elected||Took office||Left office||Party|
|01||Edward Joseph Kelly||1936||27 August 1936||8 April 1947||Liberal Party of Chicago|
|01||Martin H. Kennelly||1947||8 April 1947||20 April 1955||Liberal Party of Chicago|
|01||Richard J. Daley||1955||20 April 1955||20 December 1976||Liberal Party of Chicago|
|02||Michael Bilandic||1976||20 December 1976||16 April 1979||Liberal Party of Chicago|
|03||Jane Byrne||1979||16 April 1979||29 April 1983||Liberal Party of Chicago|
|04||Harold Washington||1983||29 April 1983||25 November 1987||African-American Democratic Front|
|05||David Orr||1987||25 November 1987||2 December 1987||Liberal Party of Chicago|
|06||Eugene Sawyer||1987||2 December 1987||24 April 1989||African-American Democratic Front|
|07||Richard M. Daley||1989||24 April 1989||16 May 2011||Liberal Party of Chicago|
|08||Rahm Emanuel||2011||16 May 2011||Incumbent||People's Zionist League|