Sneed: Ald. Burke pushing ordinance to ban guns where booze is served
By Michael Sneed July 17, 2013 5:22PM
A clock marks the official time for the news pool's betting pool outside St. Mary's Hospital, London. MICHAEL SNEED/SUN-TIMES
Updated: August 19, 2013 3:49PM
Sneed exclusive . . .
Booze and bullets . . .
Sneed has learned Ald. Ed Burke, a former Chicago cop, plans to introduce a City Council ordinance Friday tightening the state’s new concealed-carry law.
◆ The buckshot: Burke wants firearms prohibited from establishments in Chicago that serve alcohol.
“Simply put, alcohol and firearms do not mix,” Burke told Sneed. “They clearly present a very dangerous combination.”
◆ The upshot: The state law allows all businesses — with the exception of those where more than 50 percent of their gross receipts come from serving alcohol — the authority to either prohibit or allow concealed weapons on their premises. This ordinance would require all Chicago businesses serving alcohol to outlaw guns or lose their business license.
Under the ordinance, these Chicago businesses must post signs prohibiting guns near their entrances, though current or retired law enforcement and the business owners would still be allowed to carry guns inside.
The Burke action follows Wednesday’s unanimous City Council votes to increase fines for bringing guns near schools and students’ travel routes, and expand the specific weapons included in the city assault weapon ban. Burke will introduce the measure to the City Council Committee on Finance in advance of the July 24 council meeting.
Grabbing Gidwitz . . .
Whoa!!! GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner snagging Ron Gidwitz as finance chairman and co-chair of his campaign is a big get! Gidwitz has always been a magnet for money in the GOP fundraising depot. This has to be a huge disappointment to Rauner’s GOP primary foe, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, who lost the last gubernatorial primary battle for a handful of votes. Ouch.
Dateline: London . . .
Blimey! While the Brits’ royal baby watch continues, Queen Elizabeth weighed in Wednesday on her great-grandchild’s overdue date.
Quoth the Queen: “I would very much like it to arrive soon. I am going on holiday.” Britain’s monarch is set to head on vacation to Balmoral Castle next week.
Lines from London . . .
The press is calling it the “Great Kate Wait.”
The wait on the overdue arrival of royal superstar Kate Middleton’s first child is being conducted on a gritty concrete strip of land outside a hospital maternity wing by reporters pulverized by a heat wave.
It has become a comedic stage of its own; a place you don’t want to be, but have to be.
“I’ve been here the longest,” said Associated Press cameraman Steve Padwick, who tells Sneed he was the first to stake out his baby watch territory.
Hovering under an umbrella shielding him from being scorched, Padwick has served 17 days on the baby watch.
“I’m wagering 22 pounds on the birth date being Monday, July 22,” he chirped.
“Why not? That’s my birthday.”
To while away the boredom and add fun to the humdrum, the hospital news pool is conducting their own betting pool, which jokingly lists the following caveats: “The midwives’ decision is final! It is guaranteed to be born on a day ending in a Y.”
“I was around when the baby’s father, Prince William, was born at this hospital,” said Padwick. “The excitement is still the same. But it’s the longest wait we’ve ever had . . .. Although we are being treated to guerrilla marketing with free Kit Kats and Haagen Dazs ice cream.
“It would be nice, however, if someone would bring around some barbecue chicken once in a while.”