Rahm Emanuel takes the oath of office of Mayor of Chicago from Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County during inaugural ceremonies Monday, May 16, in Chicago. Watching are from left, daughter Ilana, wife Amy Rule, daughter Leah and son Zacharia. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP
Then Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (l), and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, shared a moment at a White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, April 7. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP/File
Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel (l), and actress Jennifer Beals walk out of a restaurant in Chicago on their way to a Neil Young concert at the nearby Chicago Theater, May 6. Whereas Mayor Daley preferred a low-key social life and tended toward the trench coat look, Emanuel is frequently spotted in jeans in the city’s vibrant arts and cultural scene, presenting what promises to be a hipper image for the city. Nam Y. Huh/AP
Tourists snap photos of their reflection in The Cloud Gate, a sculpture on the edge of Millennium Park that was part of the city’s beautification under outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley. Ann Hermes/Staff
New Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces a large budget deficit as he takes over a city with architectural élan. Ann Hermes/Staff
The landmark Chicago Theatre on State Street in the Loop area of downtown Chicago. Ann Hermes/Staff
Charles Johnson waits for a bus in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, a historically Irish enclave that was once the home of both mayors Daley. Ann Hermes/Staff
Chicago police officers at a ceremony honoring a comrade who was shot outside his home after returning from a shift- one month short of retirement. Ann Hermes/Staff
A commuter walks across the Chicago River, where a construction project is under way to complete a downtown riverwalk. Ann Hermes/Staff
Chicago's rapid transit system, The 'L', runs through the Loop area of downtown Chicago. Ann Hermes/Staff
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel discusses education goals with students at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago. Ann Hermes/Staff
Outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley addresses police officers at a ceremony honoring a comrade who was shot outside his home after returning from a shift – one month short of retirement. Ann Hermes/Staff
A bus passes under a flag sculpture in Chicago’s ‘Little Puerto Rico.’ Ann Hermes/Staff
A second-grader's shooting death turns anguish into anger for the unwitting victims of Chicago's homicide epidemic. With schoolchildren caught in the gang crossfire on the Windy City's mean streets, parents say the only option they have is to keep their children home.
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Only eight blocks separate the home of Heaven Sutton, the second-grader killed June 27 by bullets meant for someone else, and the home of the man charged with shooting her – and between the two stands a gang-riddled neighborhood that both sets of traumatized parents say poses far too many dangers.