State Sen. Kirk Dillard to announce gov bid at home of Gov. Oglesby
By Michael Sneed July 1, 2013 9:04PM
FILE JUNE 24: George Lucas and Mellody Hobson married June 22, 2013 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. SAN ANSELMO, CA - JUNE 20: Film director George Lucas (L) and his fiance Mellody Hobson (R) look on during the unveiling of bronze statues of "Star Wars" character Yoda and Indiana Jones that are displayed at the new Imagination Park on June 20, 2013 in San Anselmo, California. Bronze statues of the "Star Wars" character Yoda and Indiana Jones were unveiled at the new 8,700 square foot Imagination Park in downtown San Anselmo that was donated by "Star Wars" creator and San Anselmo resident George Lucas. Lucas donated the property, paid for park plans and demolition of the existing structures. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 95729364
Updated: August 3, 2013 6:40AM
Sneed exclusive . . .
The Oglesby connection . . .
It ain’t gonna be in Springpatch!
Watch for GOP gubernatorial hopeful state Sen. Kirk Dillard to break political tradition by formally announcing his candidacy in Decatur — rather than the traditional state Capitol in Springfield.
◆ Press shot: “I’m choosing a real town of working people to pitch my candidacy,” said Dillard, who tells Sneed the site will be the ancestral home of the late Gov. Richard J. Oglesby, who served three times as governor of Illinois.
◆ Backshot: “Gov. Oglesby was the man who nominated Abraham Lincoln for president and who coined the term ‘rail-splitter’ to describe Lincoln,” said Dillard, who plans a July 15-16 state fly-around.
◆ Sneedshot: Of course, it just so happens Dillard’s wife, Stephanie, is the great-great-granddaughter of Oglesby — her mother, Victoria, was an Oglesby.
◆ Mugshot: Oglesby is the only governor whose portrait hung twice in the state Capitol Building.
There ya go.
Kim’s whim . . .
The mouse house: Media mogul-ette Kim Kardashian gave Kanye West, the father of her child, two Apple mouses for Father’s Day; one signed by Steve Jobs and one signed by Steve Wozniak — both Apple founders.
Be still my tongue.
Booze blues . . .
Gulp! Callista Gingrich, the uber-blond wife of former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, just lost the contest to become the face of Stevens Point Brewery’s beer “Drop Dead Blonde” — despite her hubby’s campaigning efforts. The winner? Who cares.
Dem gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley just got a big Bloomberg boost!
◆ To wit: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a principal founder of the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” group, just gave a $5,300 private donation — the max that can be given — to Daley’s campaign war chest, now tabbed at $800,000.
◆ Backshot: Bloomberg, who cited Daley’s leadership and desire to crack down on illegal guns as reason for his support, was instrumental in getting his gun group to help elect U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, an anti-gun candidate, to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Mellody file . . .
A working girl: Financial exec Mellody Hobson, who married “Star Wars” creator George Lucas in California last week — and then hosted a mega-wedding reception in Chicago on Saturday night — was up bright and early Monday morning in her role as regular contributor on “CBS This Morning” before leaving on her honeymoon!
◆ Paint complaint: Sneed chuckled at knucklehead criticism over the city popping for the paint on a grungy underpass leading to the couple’s tented wedding reception at Promontory Point on Saturday night. The underpass shuttle took an eyeblink to travel; the price for a few buckets of paint already was included in the city budget.
◆ To wit: Hobson, a St. Ignatius alum, wanted the party specifically on the South Shore and was given few June booking choices because of her late-December betrothal. The result: a beautifully biracial, multicultural, gender-inclusive event we need to see more of in the city. Happiness, Mellody.
Lewinsky lore . . .
A black-lace nightgown once owned by former President Bill Clinton’s White House intern sweetie Monica Lewinsky was posted this week on the Nate Sanders online auction site.
◆ The kicker: It’s one of 32 items that Lewinsky gave to her former high school teacher and lover Andy Bleiler in the ’90s, were examined as potential evidence in Clinton’s impeachment and then ended up with Bleiler’s ex-wife — who is now selling them!
Former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Zay Smith just got good news: His QT column, which disappeared from the Sun-Times a few years back, has landed in a new location: The Week magazine. Congrats.
Sneedlings . . .
Tuesday’s birthdays: Lindsay Lohan, 27; Larry David, 66, and Jerry Hall, 57.