It hasn't been forever since Kirk Hinrich left the shores of Lake Michigan for Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, but it's been long enough. RedEye looked back at the last few years and, yep, Hinrich might need a rundown of the big events he missed. Here is just such a primer:
Aug. 17, 2010: In the first of two trials, former governor and hair model Rod Blagojevich was convicted for a scheme to sell a senate seat in exchange for campaign contributions. Just another day in the life of Chicago politics.
Feb. 1, 2011: Chicago got a little bit of snow. Just a dusting, really. Almost not worth mentioning. Unless you happened to be one of the people who had to walk off Lake Shore Drive after being stranded there for eight hours.
May 16, 2011: The city of Chicago got a new mayor after 22 years under the Richard M. Daley administration. Rahm Emanuel assumed office in May after a blowout election in which the most controversial topic was some guy squatting in Rahmbo's apartment..
May 25, 2011: Oprah Winfrey, Chicago's favorite talk-show host, signed off after 25 seasons on top with "The Oprah Winfrey Show," leaving the nation's stay-at-home moms and dads with no one to tell them what to think, buy and do.
May 18-21, 2012: The NATO summit hit town after President Obama snatched the G-8 summit out of the Chicago anarchists' sweaty palms earlier that year. It turned out to be chaos, but organized chaos, and we all left town anyway.
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