I am a Democrat. I have been one all of my life.
If those communities are left to decay, this city will decay.
Our universities and museums are respected around the country.
The people of Chicago are a proud people - and for good reason.
The people must know that from this day on, we want their opinions.
Chicago's neighborhoods have always been this city's greatest strength.
The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.
I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city - for one Chicago.
Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago to preside over its decline.
We saw hundreds of programs to redevelop the central city, the neighborhoods, in the past.