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Bill Daley, former White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama and U.S. Commerce secretary for President Bill Clinton, meets with the Chicago Sun-Times' editorial board in November 2012. | Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 10, 2013 6:09PM

Sneed exclusive

The Daley dossier...

It’s a fact.

Sneed has learned former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley has commissioned the prestigious polling firm of Anzalone Liszt, which does polling for President Barack Obama and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, to determine his viability in a race for governor of Illinois.

“We are hoping he’ll run, but the polls will tell all,” said a top Dem source.

Sneed is told the results of the poll will be released soon, although a call to the Montgomery, Ala., firm would not officially confirm or deny Sneed’s tip.

“Bill wants to run — his recent speeches and radio interviews indicate that — but the polling is an essential part of his decision,” a second source added.

Stay tuned.

The Daley dossier II...

Sneed is told Mayor Rahm Emanuel — who is this/close to Bill Daley, Emanuel’s successor as White House chief of staff, recently called a heavy duty top Dem contributor asking if he’d be willing to contribute to a Daley gubernatorial run.

◆The response: Sneed is told the answer was: “No.”

Don’t touch that dial. Stay tuned.

The Hillary file...

Now comes word Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (betcha didn’t know her middle name is Diane) is expected to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee probing the Benghazi conflagration on Jan. 22 — the day after the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Tit for tat ...

Is it gonna be pay back time — or playback time?

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose infidelity caused him to ditch his job in 2009 and become engaged this year to his South American mistress, is expected to re-enter the political arena next month by announcing he is running for a seat he held in Congress in the late 90s.

◆The upshot: But his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, who holds the keys to the family dough (her Winnetka family is wealthy) has also signaled an interest in running for the Charleston-based House seat left open by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican recently appointed to the U.S. Senate.

◆The big question: Will Jenny step away — or step into the race?

◆Buckshot: Sanford, who is anxious to redeem his reputation and reclaim the political power ladder, depended on his wife’s money, hard work ethic and political advice to advance his political career. “She’s the smart one; a former investment banker who helped run his office and paid for their lifestyle and home in the rich enclave of Loblolly Bay near Hobe Sound on Florida’s east coast,” a top Sneed source said.

◆The final shot: “But I don’t think she’ll run,” the source added. “She’s got the four boys he left her with to support.”

It’s the buzz ...

Vroom doom: It’s no secret former astronaut moonman Buzz Aldrin got divorced from his third wife, Lois, over the holidays.

◆The kicker: Married for 23 years, Mrs. Aldrin gets to keep the car — but will probably jettison the license plate: “Moongal”.

I spy...

Newly engaged George “Star Wars” Lucas and Ariel Investments’ Mellody Hobson were spotted at the posh RL eatery Sunday ... Ditto actor Patrick “Star Trek” Stewart at an earlier brunch ... Comedian Seth “Saturday Night Live” Meyers at RL on Friday... and former NBA player Jim Jackson dined at Bar Umbriago on Saturday.

The job market...

In the wake of “downstairs” employment following the gargantuan success of the hit PBS Masterpiece Theatre series “Downton Abbey,” a posting for a downstairs job for England’s highest “upstairs” family just went up.

◆To wit: For about $23,000 a year, England’s royal family has placed an ad seeking a “General Catering Assistant (Wash-up)”, which is basically a dishwasher.

◆Mess musings: A successful applicant will likely wash the tea-time crumbs off of Her Majesty’s plates at Buckingham Palace, but also could travel up to three months each year with the Queen and her brood to their other palaces around the U.K.

◆In short, where Queen Elizabeth’s mess goes, the “washer-up” must follow.


Save the date: The James Tyree Foundation, which provides direct grants to education programs in the city of Chicago, including the construction of a Community Resource Center at Wolcott School and the development of a diabetes research program at the University of Chicago, is holding its first fund-raiser next month. Stay tuned for info on the event honoring the “Living Through Giving” legacy of Tyree, the late, great humanitarian, who once owned the Chicago Sun-Times ... Wednesday’s birthdays: Jimmy Page, 69; Joan Baez, 72; and Judith Krantz, 85.

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