November 5, 2008 - Is named to be White House chief of staff in the Obama administration.
December 29, 2008 - Announces he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives.
January 20, 2009-October 1, 2010 - Serves as White House chief of staff
October 1, 2010 - Resigns at White House chief of staff and moves back to Chicago.
November 13, 2010 - Formally announces that he is running for mayor of Chicago.
January 24, 2011 - An Illinois appellate court panel rules that Emanuel does not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.
January 25, 2011 - The Illinois Supreme Court grants a stay on the appeals court ruling, and orders that any ballots printed include Emanuel's name while the case is pending.
January 27, 2011 - The Illinois Supreme Court issues a ruling allowing Emanuel's name on the Chicago mayoral ballot.
February 22, 2011 - With 55% of the vote, Emanuel is elected the 46th and first Jewish mayor of Chicago.
May 16, 2011 - Is sworn in at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
February 5, 2013 - Reports for jury duty but is ultimately dismissed. He says he'll donate his $17 paycheck back to Cook County.