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Sneed: Are Chicago cops protecting Chicago cops at O’Hare?

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Updated: April 29, 2013 12:10PM

The gravy train. . .

Memo to Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, who istrying to keep the murder rate down:

How about eliminating the use of Chicago cops at O’Hare airport in order to put them back on the street?

◆ The buckshot: Sneed is told the Aviation Security officers at O’Hare International Airport, a state-certified police agency qualified each year to carry guns, are not allowed to carry their weapons while working — and are required to call Chicago police officers assigned to O’Hare if they need backup.

◆ The upshot: “It’s a shocking and unnecessary display of overlapping — mixed in with patronage and seasoned like a gravy train,” said an aviation cop who is a retired Chicago policeman.

◆ Sling shot: “It’s a joke! Despite the fact we are trained at the Chicago Police Academy, need to pass state exams to become officers, and are tested each year to qualify to carry firearms — and despite the fact we are assigned to all checkpoints entering the airport as well as vehicle stops and searches — we need to call the Chicago police if we need backup!” the source added.

“It’s like sending the Chicago cops to protect Chicago police,” added the veteran cop, who claims at least 25 percent of the aviation patrol is made up of retired Chicago police officers.

◆ The kicker: “Although we are not issued guns, we are qualified to carry guns when we are off duty,” added the source.

◆ The solution: “Arm the certified aviation police and you can put over 100 Chicago police back to street duty,” he said.

◆ The response: The Chicago Department of Aviation has yet to respond to requests for comment.

Tipsville. . .

The Obama dance card: Sneed hears Deborah A. P. Hersman, who heads the National Transportation Safety Board, is expected to be named President Barack Obama’s new U.S. Transportation Secretary.


Sneed wasn’t smoking posies after all! Brit actor Damian “Homeland” Lewis may not be related to London Mayor Boris Johnson, but Lewis told the BBC his great-great grandfather, great-grandfather, a great-uncle, and his grandfather were all Lord Mayors of London — an ambassador-like position charged with promoting London financial and professional services.

The Daley file. . .

Smoke — but no cigar?

It looks like former U. S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, who was rumored to have lowered his sights on running for governor when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan expressed interest the job, just put on his boxing gloves.

◆ To wit: Daley just authored an op-ed newspaper piece expressing amazement at our “dysfunctional” state government and it’s record on pensions. That government of course includes Gov. Patrick Quinn and Lisa’s dad, powerful House Speaker/state Dem leader Michael Madigan.

◆ Upshot: Ouch.

Tiger tales. . .

Legendary golfer Tiger Woods, who just returned to No. 1 in the golf world ranking, had this to say to the Brit press: “It’s been a few years since I’ve felt this good!” Is it a coincidence that his return to his No. 1 happened at the same time his relationship with pro skier Lindsey Vonn heated up? Betcha. Betcha.

The squink patrol. . .

The NBC three: “Today” show host Hoda Kotb wasn’t the only member of the peacock family to adopt one of the scruffy, homeless Chicago PAWS pets on her show Wednesday morning . . . a three-month-old Cockapoo named “Goldfish.”

◆ Bow wow! Three dogs were adopted by NBC staff — but the three-year-old Maltese/Shih-Tzu named “Reeves,” who was also featured on the show, will be heading back to Chicago permanently to the North Shore’s Witten family, who had been fostering the PAWS pooch before his trip to New York.

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