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Timing is right for Penny Pritzker to join Obama’s Cabinet

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Updated: March 2, 2013 12:11PM



The Pritzker card . . .

Is this a sign Hyatt hotel heiress/Obama fund-raiser Penny Pritzker will soon join President Obama’s Cabinet?

◆ To wit: President Barack Obama’s executive order creating his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which he created in January 2011, just ended Thursday.

◆ To wit II: Pritzker, who is also a close Obama pal, has been on the jobs council since its creation.

◆ Translation: Is this subtraction from her Obama duties a prelude to her joining his Cabinet as commerce secretary or becoming Obama’s first secretary of business — a post he stated he wanted to create back in October?

Stay tuned.

Bedbug update . . .

Whew! The bedbug-sniffing dogs quietly brought into the City Council chambers on Tuesday to sniff out possible pests after testimony by victims of the voracious critters — came up empty!

◆ “And it didn’t cost the city a penny,” said Christina Butler, City Hall’s sergeant at arms, who was told one dog was used.

“Following the discussion of the bedbug prevention ordinance, a man offered to demonstrate his bedbug-sniffing dog for free — and I agreed to let him make a quick pass through the council chambers.

“It was a good idea,” she said. “The carpeting would be a natural place for bedbugs to hide. I thought I don’t want the public or any of my aldermen coming in and carrying them home.”

“Two hours into the testimony I was itching like crazy. The testimony was psychologically making me itch. I had to get up!”

Rock squawk . . .

Ah, a little trivia twaddle involving Liz Lemon, the TV writer portrayed by comedian Tina Fey in the hit “30 Rock” show, which had its finale Thursday.

◆ The framed photos behind Liz Lemon’s desk were stills from a documentary about Second City made in the ’90s featuring a number of local alums, including the late Jim Zulevic.

Hair scare . . .

Truss talk: Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who wears his hair in a ponytail, claims he doesn’t like first lady Michelle Obama’s bangs.

◆ “I adore Madame Obama. . . [but] frankly, this doesn’t suit her. The fringe was a bad idea, it’s not good,” Lagerfeld said during a recent appearance on a French talk show.

Look who’s talking.

The ink well . . .

The Fourth Estate just got tapped again: Former Sen. John Kerry hired online politics editor Glen Johnson of the Boston Globe to be a senior State Department adviser when he takes the helm as secretary of State. Johnson has been a reporter for close to 30 years, according to the Boston Globe.

Ring. Ring.

$$$$$$$$: So who paid for President Obama’s second inaugural? Telecommunications giant AT&T donated $3 million to Obama’s recent inauguration, according to the Washington Post.

◆ Translation: This is the one of the largest political donations from a corporation — and it comes after Obama lifted restrictions on corporate donations in place for his first inauguration in 2009.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy . . . Cubs legend Ernie Banks celebrated his birthday a day early at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse on Wednesday. . . . Friday’s birthdays: Lisa Marie Presley, 45; Pauly Shore, 45, and Lauren Conrad, 27.



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