- One of the most demonstrative reactions to defeat I ever witnessed in Chicago occurred when we learned the city lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics.
It was Oct. 2, 2009, and thousands of us gathered at Daley Plaza to await the big announcement from the International Olympic Committee's vote in Copenhagen. Satellite trucks from 15 news organizations parked on Clark Street. October optimism — the rarest of things in Chicago — reigned. Anticipation filled the autumn air. One mother pulled her son out of elementary school to experience what she expected to be historic event. And it was.
It was the day the IOC saved Chicago from itself.
And it also (in our opinion) pushed Shortshanks out the door, leading to a lot of unpleasant "discoveries" regarding the financial mismanagement so prevalent during his reign. No one, not even Rahm, will blame him by name (Rahm always says "previous administrations" rather than name Daley), but without the No-lympic failure around his neck, Shanks might have tried to stick around for one final looting of the corpse.