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10-16-09 Scene looking north toward State St & Cermak, where CHA Harold Ickes project demolished project continues, now with lots of empty land. ( (photo by john h white/chicago sun -times)

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Updated: November 5, 2012 11:44AM



Hmmmm . . .

Sneed hears the now-vacant Harold Ickes public housing site, which is bordered by State and Dearborn Streets south of Cermak on the Near South Side, is also being eyed as a possible site for a stadium to house the DePaul men’s basketball team.

◆ Backshot: The Ickes site, which housed 1,000 families at its peak, was torn down in 2009. It was named after President Franklin Roosevelt’s secretary of the interior, who helped implement the New Deal.

◆ Hoop shot? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel blinking or thinking about it?

Vote ’em . . .

The big question: Now that he is president, will Barack Obama vote in his home precinct at the Shoesmith Elementary School in Hyde Park . . . or, in case of a crisis, will the POTUS register soon to vote absentee?

Stay tuned.

The debate thing . . .

All in the family: Mitt Romney not only writes the word “Dad” on a piece of podium paper before each debate — in memory of his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney — word is he also uses his father’s old pen.

◆ Romney report: The crisp white shirt Romney wore to the debate was not ironed and washed by the candidate — a break in his usual laundry routine.

The Kennedy Korner . . .

Credit former Merchandise Mart exec Chris Kennedy with keeping his priorities in order.

◆ To wit: Kennedy, who hopes to develop the real estate at Wolf Point near the Mart, chose to introduce Ald. Brendan Reilly first at a special screening of a documentary this week about Kennedy’s mother, Ethel — bypassing Gov. Pat Quinn and former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

◆ Why? You guessed it. Ald. Reilly represents the 42nd Ward, where Kennedy’s project is located — and the green light is still yellow.

◆ Postscript: Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy — who now holds the title of matriarch of the Kennedy clan — grew up in a Republican family and was called “mummy” by her family. Beset by family tragedy, Mrs. Kennedy just lost an old family friend, singer Andy Williams, who sang at her husband’s funeral.

Shades of gray . . .

Zzzzzzzz. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wears the same style gray T-shirt every day!

◆ To wit: In an interview with Matt Lauer of the “Today” show, which airs today, Zuckerberg not only wore a gray T-shirt, but he told Lauer: “I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right? I mean, it’s literally, if you could see my closet,” where he houses “about 20” gray tees.

The first cookie?

Cookie conundrum: the cookie contest for first ladies — held every election year by Family Circle magazine — has been an almost perfect prognosticator of who wins the election.

◆ In case you missed it: The winner this year was Michelle Obama, whose recipe for “Mama Kaye’s White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies” edged out Ann Romney’s recipe for M&M oatmeal cookies.

◆ The irony: The first lady calls herself a health nut, but she included two sticks of butter and a stick of Crisco in her recipe — where Ann’s had just a single stick of butter. Put that in your mouth and swallow it.

I spy . . .

Indian movie stars Abhishek Bachchan and wife Aishwarya Rai were spotted out for a late dinner at Coco Pazzo Tuesday night. Bachchan is in town filming a Bollywood special titled “Dhoom.”

Sneedlings . . .

Gulp! Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy, 76, tells Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano on this week’s “WGN Sunday Night Radio Special” that he still gets nervous before he goes onstage — so nervous, he has to have a drink before each performance. It’s the only time he’ll drink alcohol . . . Thursday’s birthdays: David Orr, 68; Susan Sarandon, 66; Ken Babe, ageless, and Colleen Doherty, priceless.



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