As we approach the last day of the year, B.M.M.O. Consulting took a look back over the year and wanted to note our standout Chicago moments. This has been a long year full of lots of news, below are a few stories that stood out most to us. Take a look and leave us comments on some of your most memorable Chicago stories.
Blago Found Guilty – Rod Blagojevich, former Governor of Illinois was found guilty on 17 charges of corruption. Blagojevich was all about the media; too bad it wasn’t enough to keep him from being found guilty. He loved the camera, he said it was to make money for his family; we secretly believe he was just trying to find his next career. Well now he has at least 14 years to figure out his next career move. Let’s see if jail silences his bold personality.
Neighbors From Hell Ends in Victory – The current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, not only had to fight other candidates to become mayor, but he also had to fight to get back into his own house. Emanuel faced every challenge there was to get into office, but he was victorious in the end. He is now the Mayor of Chicago and making big changes, while living comfortably in his own home.
Maggie Daley Gives Cancer the Fight of its Life - On November 24, 2011, the former first lady of Chicago Maggie Daley passed away at the age of 68. Mrs. Daley was first diagnosed with cancer in 2002; she fought a long fight with cancer. While it may look like cancer got the victory, Daley got the victory. She organized several after school programs to keep Chicago youth off the street. Despite her disease, she stayed active in the community doing what she could to make Chicago a better city.
Snow Lock Down - In February of this year Chicago experienced it’s worse snowstorm in a long time. This storm brought lots of snow and left people and cars stranded on Lake Shore Drive. People were advised to stay in if at all possible. There was a record 20.2 inches of snow that fell.
Oprah Leaves Chicago – After 20 years on Chicago’s television as the leading talk show host, Oprah decided that she was taking her talents to LA. She did her last two shows at the United Center that was filled with lots of celebrity guests who celebrated her and her success she had gained over the years. In order to be in the audience for this show individuals had to sign up on her website and they were randomly chosen. While no free cars were given away, guests received a fully loaded concert and up close star sightings. Oprah has gone on to work on her “OWN” network with a different variety of shows. Her studio Harpo still resides in Chicago, other shows are now being taped out of there.