Sneed: Former Mayor Daley, CTU chief Karen Lewis huddle
BY MICHAEL SNEED July 24, 2013 7:08PM
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley
Updated: August 26, 2013 4:22PM
Chalk & awe . . .
It’s no secret that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTU President Karen Lewis are a new version of the eraser set, involved in a real dust-up.
◆ Claw & maw: The duo, a definite don’t invite ’em item waging a war of words, have so much animosity between them they don’t even acknowledge each other in public.
◆ But whoaaaaa . . . Sneed hears Lewis may be enlisting the advice of a bazooka, the silent victim of Rahm’s verbal war: former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who made peace with the teachers union during his tenure in office — and who is the unnamed culprit in Rahm’s criticism of the Chicago school system.
◆ To wit: Sneed has learned that Lewis and Daley were spotted huddling at Gibsons eatery Tuesday in the wake of CPS officials announcing what Lewis called a “bloodbath”: The layoffs last week of 2,113 teachers and other employees, a month after 850 CPS layoffs because of school closures.
The nipper’s name . . .
What’s in a name? Plenty if you are a prince.
◆ Translation: The newborn son of England’s Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, has been named HRH Prince George of Cambridge. He will be known as George VII if he becomes king.
◆ His full name: George Alexander Louis.
◆ The name game: The name George likely comes from Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, who became king when his brother abdicated to marry the woman he loved. The name Alexander is not uncommon among European royals, who were once kissing cousins.
◆ The kicker: But Sneed bets the name Louis was a boon (favor) to Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, whose favorite and most beloved relative, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was blown to bits by the IRA while vacationing in Ireland in August 1979.
◆ The Chicago connection: During an October 1979 visit to Chicago, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s tippling and tattling sister, expressed outrage at Mountbatten’s murder — and called the Irish “pigs” during a private dinner attended by Mayor Jane Byrne.
◆ Sneedless to say, the press went berserk when an “Irish Pigs!” blind item appeared the next day in Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet’s column and Byrne was asked if it was true.
◆ The upshot: Byrne’s answer: “No, no. Jigs. She said, ‘Irish jigs.’ Not ‘Irish pigs.’ ”
Now aren’t you glad you read Sneed?
The Mell man . . .
Getting his way: It may have been “Deb Day” at City Hall on Wednesday, when legendary Ald. Dick Mell’s daughter, Deb Mell, was sworn in as his aldermanic replacement.
But it was “Dick Day” behind the scenes.
◆ To wit: Sneed is told that Dick Mell, who is planning to stay active politically, remain as his ward committeeman and do some lobbying, is “pleased he got it done” by getting Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sign off on appointing his daughter with a two-year advance to get ready for election — while retaining control over most of the Dem committeemen votes in his district to get his top aide, Jaime Andrade, as Deb’s replacement as state representative of the 40th District.
The Farina file . . .
The funeral of actor Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who died while being treated for a recurrence of lung cancer in Scottsdale, Ariz., earlier this week, will be held here Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church, around the corner from Gene & Georgetti.
“It was his father’s church,” said Nick Nickeas, Farina’s police partner for 11 years, who dined with Farina in April. “It’s an old Italian church and he was very proud of the old country. His father was a neighborhood doctor in the days you didn’t have to go to medical school. He grew up in Old Town near St. Michael’s Church.”
Sneedlings . . .
Condolences to the family of Nathan Lovik, who died Monday at 24. . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Matt LeBlanc, 46; Iman, 58, and Barbara Harris, 78.