But as important as the job to be done by government in the neighborhoods, the people must also be involved.
I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city - for one Chicago.
In the housing projects, people talked of ways to reduce crime, relieve overcrowding, and they were good ideas that we plan to study, and possibly implement.
The cooperation of government at its different levels is important and can only be achieved as long as the people of Chicago are directly involved in our efforts and supportive of our goals.
The people ask much, often more than any government can give. We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems.
The people must know that from this day on, we want their opinions.
The people of Chicago are a proud people - and for good reason.
We must care. We must all care. And while I am working, while the governments is working, so must the people also work.
I am a Democrat. I have been one all of my life.
I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit, a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and a revival of opportunity for all Chicago.
But always I was a private citizen whose activities in government or political party were appointive.
If all of us would require the same level of performance from ourselves as we expect from government, this city will forever be the city that works.
If for no other reason than the energy crisis now facing this country, the federal government should be eager to become partners with us in rebuilding our city.
Chicago kept industry, attracted new business, became the center for convention trade and transportation.
If we are to succeed, we must recognize that the community redevelopment is not solely the rehabilitation of housing, or putting a mall in the business strips.