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Ex-Mayor Daley’s U. of C. salary: $100,000 a year

Former Mayor Richard Daley is going inbusiness with sPatrick (center).

Former Mayor Richard Daley is going into business with son Patrick (center).

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Updated: September 1, 2011 12:18AM

The Daley file ...

Sneed hears former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who is going into business with his son, Patrick, will be paid $100,000 a year for a five-year period as a member of the University of Chicago staff. (He made $215,000 annually in his last year as mayor.)

◆ Upshot: Sneed has gotten out the old abacus and is preparing to ratchet up the amount of money Daley makes during his retirement from office from various projects, speeches, books, deals, etc., in comparison to his yearly salary while in office. A top source tells Sneed Daley was urged by his brother, Bill, last year to leave office so he could make big bucks.

◆ Word is Daley will head to Russia sometime this summer to work on a business project with his son, Patrick, who has his MBA and speaks Russian fluently. Sneed is also told Daley made at least one business trip to Russia while he was mayor — and while his son still lived in Moscow.

Oh oh Oprah!

Gosh. Forgot to add that drag queen Chilli Pepper was at Oprah’s bash last week at the Four Seasons.

The Edwards case ...

The Rahm factor: Andrew Young, the former aide to soon-to-be indicted former Dem Presidential contender John Edwards — who authored a critical tell-all Edwards book (The Politician) — is represented in Hollywood by . . . top agent Ari Emanuel, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother. Young possesses a videotape he claims shows Edwards and his mistress, Rielle Hunter, having sex.

The Columbo case ...

Convicted murderess Patty Columbo, who is serving a sentence of 200 to 300 years in prison at the Dwight Correctional facility for killing her family in 1976, was denied parole by the Illinois Prisoner Review board yesterday — for the 16th time.

◆ Backshot: Sneed attended the trial of a 19-year-old Columbo, who was accused — along with Frank DeLuca, her 37-year-old married boyfriend — of murdering her father, mother and 13-year brother in their Elk Grove Village home. A model prisoner, Columbo always claimed she remembered nothing the night of the murders. (If Sneed remembers correctly, DeLuca worked in a pharmacy and had access to drugs, which the couple used.)

◆ Surprise shot: Ex-Cook County State’s Attorney Terry Sullivan, who prosecuted Columbo and authored a book on the case, told Sneed: “It was about as heinous a crime as it gets, but if we are going to have a reasonable and realistic parole system people believe in — as well as safe prisons due to prisoners who are working hard to be paroled — her eventual parole might be possible.” (Two of 12 board members opted for her parole.)

The bling thing ...

. . . and the “K” factor: Kim Kardashian, whose hoops fiance Kris Humphries will now join the infamous line of K names (Kourtney and Khloe) in the Kardashian clan, may have gotten a 20.5 carat diamond ring, besting Beyonce’s 18-carat engagement sparkler — but nothing beats the late Elizabeth Taylor’s 30-carat extravaganza given to her by actor Richard Burton — who, no doubt, had a few too many canarbles (cocktails) when forking over that kind of cash.

The bling thing II ...

By now you probably know first lady Michelle Obama, who dazzled everyone in London with her designer duds, caused a ton of buzz by outdoing a diamond and emerald studded Queen Elizabeth by wearing a crystal necklace.

◆$$$$ What you probably don’t know is that the costume jewelry worn by the first lady retails for $2,670 and is designed by a guy named Tom Binns who lives in Northern Ireland.

Sneedlings ...

Today’s birthdays: Andre 3000, 36; Joseph Fiennes, 41; Todd Bridges, 46; Adam Carolla, 47; Louis Gossett Jr., 75; Ramsey Lewis, 76; Henry Kissinger, 88 and Larry Wert, 55.

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