Posted by Kristen Mack and Hal Dardick at 2:01 p.m.
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is looking for private donors to bankroll his inauguration, offering potential donors yet another way to show their appreciation as he prepares to take office next month.
Individuals who give $50,000 can garner “co-chair” status on Emanuel’s inaugural committee, along with four VIP tickets to a reception, dinner and concert at Grant Park the Saturday before he takes office. The package also includes tickets to the May 16 inauguration.
Emanuel is collecting contributions through the Chicago 2011 Inaugural Committee, a non-profit corporation. There are varying levels of support, including $25,000 “sponsors”, $10,000 “supporters” as well as a $5,000 “friend” level. High-dollar donors will gain special access, but Emanuel has said the inauguration itself will be open to the public.