Just minutes ago, I was honored to take the oath of
office as your City Treasurer. This moment was the culmination of the hard work
we have put in together over the past few months, and I couldn’t have gotten to
this point without you.
When this journey began last year, I made a
promise to transform the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office and to invest in our
communities like never before. From launching our City’s first-ever financial
education plan to launching our first-of-its kind quarterly earnings call, all
of this work has happened with your support and belief in promoting the greater
In just a few short months, we have enacted change and celebrated
progress, but there is so much more to do.
Today’s ceremony at the
Chicago Theater was a momentous occasion – my life’s work has brought me to this
point, but giants of the past were also very much present on that stage as I was
taking the oath.
As I continue this journey, Sam Patch, my grandfather
and a close advisor to the late Mayor Harold Washington, remains a source of
inspiration. He knew that the key to keeping our City great was community
investment. Our neighborhoods are where this work is rooted and they will always
have a seat at the table.