Capt. Mark Kelly speaks next to his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the JFK Library in Boston, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

CHICAGO – It was a beautiful Wednesday in the Windy City, the last day of the 2013 SHRM conference. But the weather had nothing to do with the fact that U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day” was being piped in to the estimated 10,000-plus people at the final big presentation.

Rather, as the audience discovered, former U.S. Rep. Gabriel Giffords was a big fan of the band and its front man, Bono, and, as she once joked with her future husband, was the only other man she considered giving her hand in marriage.

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