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TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts speaks Feb. 14 OmahNeb.  |  Nati Harnik~AP

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts speaks Feb. 14 in Omaha, Neb. | Nati Harnik~AP

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Updated: July 3, 2012 10:43AM


Watch for extra muscle Tuesday to push for passage of an Illinois gaming bill, SB 1849, which includes a casino for Chicago.

†To wit: Sneed hears a platoon of Illinois labor leaders has sent a letter to the Illinois General Assembly endorsing the bill’s passage, which they claim would create 20,451 new jobs statewide and bring in millions annually for the cash-strapped state. The labor heavy hitters, including the AFL-CIO, want slot machines at six horse tracks and four new casinos in Rockford, Danville, Park City and south suburban Cook County.

†Backshot:The legislation, which passed the House, is in the Senate docket next week.

The letter bin . . .

A sampling of mail tossed over Sneed’s transom and/or glutting our email file.

Two notes on Sneed questioning the wisdom of Cubs patriarch Joe Ricketts contemplating funding an attack ad vs. Obama while Obama supporters fill Wrigley Field seats:

How can you have the audacity to speak for Cub fans? I am a cub fan and know countless other cub fans and they have no respect for Obama. They feel he’s the worst thing that ever happened to America. I think you should speak for yourself and not for other people.

A conservative cubs fan.

Go cubs. Go Joe Ricketts.


Cub fans big Obama backers? Are you nuts? Who gives you the right to make that statement? First of all, he is a Sox fan. And second of all, his views are not what my Cub Fan friends believe in. Know what you are talking about before putting it in print.


Two notes on a baseball believed to be behind the Cubs’ curse and Harry Caray’s restaurant chief/showman Grant DePorter’s elaborate plan to trap the ball’s evil energy in a device akin to the one used in the movie “Ghostbusters.”

Mr. DePorter has a great idea but it should include Bill Murray, Harold Ramis et al. Can you imagine if the real Ghostbusters drove onto Wrigley Field in the Ghostbusters Mobile and did the honors of securing the ball in the case being designed by (Hollywood special effects designer) Michael Lantieri. I’m sure they could come up with some pretty good special effects as well. The fans would go bonkers.

Mike B.

Here’s a clue: If the Cubs want to win the World Series they need to get better players and have them be better coached and managed than the rest of MLB teams.

This goes to implementation and execution. It has nothing to do with luck, goats, curses or bad-luck baseballs.

To paraphrase Mike, Hello Theo!!!


On Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s unfulfilled ambition for a Chicago casino.

I always said that the old Post Office would make a perfect casino. I’d surely blow my money in Chicago rather than go to the suburbs.

Christopher J.

Up the ante . . .

Model/actress Cindy Crawford, who has become a household name from her facial products, spent a little face time in Chicago recently.

◆ To wit: Crawford, whose 10-year-old brother died of leukemia, also saved face for the sponsor of an auction item that wasn’t attracting major bidders for the Starlight Children Foundation (which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for kids with chronic and life-threatening illness) event at the Standard Club last Saturday.

◆ Upshot: The bid was for a trip to Los Angeles and a surfing session with actress Minnie Driver in Malibu.

◆ Sureshot: Crawford upped the ante by also tossing in dinner with herself and husband Rande Gerber at their L.A. restaurant.

◆ Backshot: Crawford told the Starlight folks she wasn’t feeling well with flu-like symptoms when she arrived in Chicago but didn’t want to miss the event, so she headed to Northwestern Hospital for a quick intravenous pick-me-up, before making the fund-raiser.

◆ Final bid for the auction item: $10,000.

◆ Endshot: Crawford must have recovered quickly; she was spotted later partying at the Paris Club.

The stork saga . . .

The mystery is solved. City Clerk Susana Mendoza i s the “city administrator” who is blissfully expecting. She and hubby David Szostak, married late last year.

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