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The old Prentice Women's Hospital building 333 E. Superior Street Chicago Sunday October 28 2012.  I John H. White~Sun-Times

The old Prentice Women's Hospital building, 333 E. Superior Street in Chicago, Sunday, October 28, 2012. I John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 12, 2013 2:46PM



The Prentice file . . .

Sneed hears Judge Neil Cohen will be making a decision Friday on whether to preserve the historic Prentice Women’s Hospital building.

◆ Sneed’s bet: Watch for Prentice to go bye-bye.

Cop shop . . .

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is getting out the bazooka in his battle for gun control.

It’s called show and tell.

◆ To wit: Watch for McCarthy to hold a news conference every week to highlight the number of guns seized on a weekly basis. “We seize more guns than any place in the country and I want people to see the visuals to keep the drumbeat alive. We confiscated nine guns to every one gun seized by the New York Police Department the first six months of this year,” he told Sneed.

“Every one of those guns is an armed confrontation putting our officers in danger.”

The Hillary file . . .

She’s feeling fine! Sneed is told that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not only hang her hat at the William J. Clinton Foundation, but she and hubby, Bill — who has just been named “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council — are hoping to resettle in New York City to spend more time with married daughter, Chelsea, who is hoping to make them grandparents.

Ka-ching . . .

Sneed hears a casino bill agreement between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn is this/close to happening — and, according to State Sen. President John Cullerton, Quinn is going to get the gambling ethics language he wants.

Casino postscript: No way the James R. Thompson Center/a k a the monstrosity, which is close to City Hall — and is now a state government facility — is ever going to be the location of a Chicago casino.

“The city may get the choice, but they’d have to ask Gov. Quinn for it,” Cullerton told Sneed.

Gavel gab . . .

Hammer ’em: Newly re-elected State Sen. President John Cullerton received a gift on Wednesday — a massive four-foot gavel — from State Sen. Marty Sandoval , who felt Cullerton needed to heed the admonition: “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.”

◆ Chirped Cullerton: “It’s got to be the biggest gavel in America. I might have to use it on Marty — but then again, my wife, Pam, might use it on me.”

◆ Foot work: Cullerton tells Sneed a mariachi band was then dispatched to his office by Sandoval, whereupon Cullerton and his wife, Pam, broke into a dance to the song “Spanish Eyes.”

The Beyonce ego . . .

Yipes! The pop star Beyonce, who has been asked to do a comeback performance at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural, tells GQ magazine:

◆ She maintains a temperature-controlled digital library containing recordings of every concert she has performed, nearly every photograph taken of her, every interview she has done and hundreds of hours of tape of her just living her life — while being filmed by a crew she has had around since 2005.

Breathe.

Ring. Wrong.

Actor James Gandolfini, who plays former CIA Director Leon Panetta in the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” told folks at a National Board of Review Awards luncheon in New York on Tuesday that he had heard Panetta wanted his number, but “doesn’t know how to get in touch . . . This is the head of the CIA!” Panetta is actually secretary of Defense now.

I spy . . .

Puck luck: Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa spotted stepping into his black Porsche outside Bentley Gold Coast on Wednesday night . . . Mayor Rahm Emanuel dined at The Local on Tuesday night . . . Pop star Lady Gaga was spotted at Studio Paris on Tuesday night with her “Chicago Fire“ actor boyfriend Taylor Kinney, and Sneed hears she was totally . . . gaga over her beau. The newly blond Gaga was wearing a sheer, tight black gown with gold embroidery, natch . . . Also spotted at the club: Michael “Transformers” Bay,Scottie and Larsa Pippen and singer R. Kelly.

Sneedlings . . .

Pol palaver: State Representatives Dan Burke and Sara Feigenholtz were appointed by House Speaker Mike Madigan as new assistant majority leaders in the Illinois House . . . Friday’s birthdays: Naomi Judd, 67; Mary J. Blige, 42, and Amanda Peet, 42.



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