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Updated: December 19, 2012 1:07PM
It ain’t a casino! Sneed has learned McPier authorities are in the process of procuring land to lure the DePaul Blue Demons basketball team back to Chicago.
◆ Translation: Attorneys for McPier recently started negotiations with property owners of large land parcels located on the north side of McCormick Place in hopes of getting a thumbs-up from DePaul University to build a new 15,000-seat arena there for the once indomitable basketball team, according to two McPier sources familiar with the plans.
◆ The upshot: DePaul insiders told Sneed it’s where they’d like the team to locate.
◆ The backshot: The team, once led by the late, great coach Ray Meyer, moved its operation to the Rosemont venue in 1980 because it was in need of expansion space.
“One of the parcels [near McCormick] is tied up in bankruptcy-court litigation,” said a source familiar with McPier’s plans.
“Bankruptcy court Judge Jack Schmetterer is set to rule on it next month, when all will be known,” said one of the sources, who asked to remain anonymous.
Sneed also hears an architectural firm has been hired by McPier to provide renderings for the new development.
In September, Sneed reported DePaul and United Center honchos were in talks for a possible Blue Demon move to the United Center. Part of the United Center pitch was a new facility that would include a new Chicago Bulls practice center by moving the Berto facility to Chicago from its location in Deerfield.
DePaul sources told Sneed they weren’t interested in sharing space with the Bulls. Luring the Berto Center back to Chicago is high on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s agenda.
Rose’s law . . .
Sneed hears wealthy former patrons of the services of former Chicago Gold Coast Madam Rose Laws are verrrrrrrrry nervous about her upcoming book, “Gold Coast Madam.”
◆ The reason: Although the book does not disclose the names of the naughty, it does include photographs . . . and da bad boys have agita their wives may find out.
The Daley date . . .
Sneed is told former Mayor Richard M. Daley (below) is dating — Foxy loxy news anchor Bob Sirott got the skinny.
In an interview to run at 9 p.m. Friday, Daley says he’s become a hot commodity on the social scene, according to Sirott. He tells Bob: “All of a sudden people want to know what am I doing Friday, Saturday, Sunday. It’s different totally different. You’re married 41 years and then sure you go out on a date every once in a while.”
He might date but will he get married again?
“I don’t think so. No, I just don’t think so. I really don’t. I know other people who have lost a spouse who have remarried, I just don’t have that feeling — just don’t.”
The women’s room . . .
Bad form: NBC reporter Luke Russert, son of the late, great journalist Tim Russert and writer Maureen Orth — whose youth sometimes gets in the way of his reporting style — got booed at a Wednesday press conference when he asked Nancy Pelosi, 72, if her age prevented her party from having younger leadership . . . and if that hurts the party. Betcha mama Maureen winced.
The Quinn bin . . .
Watch for Gov. Pat Quinn to bring along Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy, the former Secret Service agent who took a bullet for President Ronald Reagan, when Quinn — who is pushing an assault weapon ban in Illinois — receives the Abraham Lincoln Award at the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence at a Ritz Carlton luncheon today.
Sneedlings . . .
Friday’s birthdays: Diana Krall, 48; Martha Plimpton, 42; and Marg Helgenberger, 54.