Chicago’s Sister City of Prague Honors Former Mayor
CHICAGO (May 9, 2013) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that a school in the Czech Republic will be named in honor of the late Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak today on the 140th anniversary of his birth. The Anton Cermak School is located in Prague, which has been a Sister City of Chicago since 1990. Mayor Emanuel sits at the desk that Mayor Cermak used during his tenure as mayor eighty years ago.
“This tribute to Mayor Cermak is a true honor for Chicago and symbolizes the strong ties between our two great cities,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Having little formal education of his own, he nonetheless worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for Chicago’s students. The naming of this school for Mayor Cermak is a fitting tribute to his life’s work.”
Mayor Cermak immigrated to the United States from what is now the Czech Republic in 1874. He served as an Illinois State Representative as well as president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners before being elected as Mayor in 1931, a position he served until his assassination in 1933. Shortly after his assassination, the City Council renamed 22nd Street to Cermak Road.
Mayor Emanuel made a video address for the dedication of the Anton Cermak School which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1-OAER9FDA&feature=youtu.be
Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago Sister Cities International provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.
Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).
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Photo Caption: Mayor Emanuel Working at the Desk of Former Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak.
Photo Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago