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Rahm Emanuel

Current President of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, was elected on May 16, 2011

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 Edward Joseph Kelly 1936 27 August 1936 8 April 1947 Liberal Party of Chicago
01 Martin H. Kennelly Martin H. Kennelly 1947 8 April 1947 20 April 1955 Liberal Party of Chicago
01 Richard J. Daley Richard J. Daley 1955 20 April 1955 20 December 1976 Liberal Party of Chicago
02 Michael Bilandic Michael Bilandic 1976 20 December 1976 16 April 1979 Liberal Party of Chicago
03 Jane Byrne Jane Byrne 1979 16 April 1979 29 April 1983 Liberal Party of Chicago
04 Harold Washington Harold Washington 1983 29 April 1983 25 November 1987 African-American Democratic Front
05 David Orr David Orr 1987 25 November 1987 2 December 1987 Liberal Party of Chicago
06 Eugene Sawyer Eugene Sawyer 1987 2 December 1987 24 April 1989 African-American Democratic Front
07 Richard M. Daley Richard M. Daley 1989 24 April 1989 16 May 2011 Liberal Party of Chicago
08 Rahm Emanuel Rahm Emanuel 2011 16 May 2011 Incumbent People's Zionist League

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