Blago family visit: ‘It’s just so sad.’
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org January 24, 2013 8:00PM
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for smartwater)
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:37AM
The Blago beat...
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year prison sentence in a federal facility in Colorado, had a bittersweet entree into the new year.
◆ To wit: Sneed has learned Blago’s wife, Patti, and two young daughters visited him at the beginning of the month.
◆ “It’s just so sad,” said a Blago source. “It’s hell for them, especially knowing he’s not coming back with them. This is a family and they love each other. It’s hard, really hard to not be impacted by this continuing nightmare.”
◆ Meanwhile: Sneed is told the Blagojeviches are still living in their family home, Patti is working on her insurance business, and Rod, who is an avid reader of history and heroic tomes, is reportedly now teaching prison inmates. “I just don’t know what he’s teaching, but he wanted to teach ancient Greek philosophy or the classics,” the source said.
Rough stuff: Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis have not talked since their spar wars during the teachers’ strike.
◆ Gruff stuff: Sneed hears Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is also no pushover, has a frosty relationship with the Rahmster, who has been known to be a bully.
◆ Tough stuff: Emanuel, who was dining with a friend at Coco Pazzo on Wednesday, spotted the two power femmes dining together. So it should come as no surprise the women did not acknowledge Emanuel — and Emanuel said nothing to them.
Last Sept. 21, Sneed wondered what had happened to the infamous Clint Eastwood chair used as a prop during the Republican National Convention.
◆ Story then: Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told Sneed: “It was probably put back right where it came from backstage.”
◆ Story now: Spicer tells Sneed the infamous chair is now in RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ office in Washington, D.C.
The sing thing...
A vain vein: Well, bust my chops! While everyone is awaiting a word from Beyonce about why she chose to lip-sync “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the inauguration, singer Al Green told the press the reason why he did not sing his classic hit “Let’s Stay Together” for the Obamas Monday night was because of a scheduling conflict. (Jennifer Hudson sang it.) Ya gotta be kidding.
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was the first nominee since Michael Dukakis in 1989 to not attend the opponent’s inauguration, according to the National Journal.
◆ Don’t get your shorts in a bunch: Romney will make an appearance in D.C. Friday to attend a luncheon honoring him and his wife, Ann.
Three generations of Cubs players occupied separate tables at Joe’s Stone Crab last Thursday: former second baseman Glenn Beckert, National Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks and current Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano... Puck place: A troupe of Chicago Blackhawks hit Chicago Cut Steakhouse Tuesday after their win over St. Louis. Translation: They were in great spirits during the celebratory dinner because they had just beat the Blues. Get it? Forget it. St. Pat’s chat... Begorrah! Sneed hears Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly
Begorrah! Sneed hears Notre Dame football coach Brian Kellywill be the grand marshal of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, and Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Conor Dwyer will be the guest of honor.
Tress talk: Are the slick bangs of actress Kerry Washington, who stars in “Django Unchained,” the inspiration for first lady Michelle Obama’s new do? Check it out.Sneedlings...
Watch for Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford, co-anchors for NBC5 news, to emcee the first-ever fund-raiser for the James Tyree Foundation on Feb. 28 at Mesirow Financial, 353 N. Clark. ... Friday’s birthdays: Alicia Keys, 32, Maria Kirilenko, 26, and Dean Jones, 82.