Chicago’s first Jewish mayor, Rahm Emanuel, lit the city’s menorah Monday night at Daley Plaza.
The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah began Saturday at sundown.
The eight day Festival of Lights commemorates the ancient miracle of how a day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in the newly liberated temple of Jerusalem.
Governor Quinn lit the state of Illinois’ menorah on Monday also.
Civic and community leaders joined the governor for the ceremony at the Thompson Center.