Updated: November 29, 2010 8:15PM
It's hush hush, but Sneed hears rumbles veteran Ald. Gene Schulter (47th) is hoping to fill the seat Cook County Assessor-elect Joe Berrios will be vacating at the Cook County Board of Review.
*Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans chooses who fills Berrios' seat -- at the suggestion, of course, of top Dem bosses.
*Baton passing: Although Schulter filed to run for his current aldermanic seat, he reportedly gave the go-ahead to his pal, Cook County Sheriff's adviser Tom O'Donnell, to also file for his aldermanic seat -- just in case Schulter gets the Board of Review job. Stay tuned.
Merry Merry . . .
Political media consultant Thom Serafin's boffo first-of-the-season Christmas party Tuesday night at Butch McGuire's pub lured newly elected pols Judy Baar Topinka and Dan Rutherford; mayoral hopeful Miguel del Valle; outgoing Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan and his replacement Joe Berrios as well as Sun-Times pundits Laura Washington, Steve Huntley, Rich "Capitol Fax" Miller and uber Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki. Where the foxes play, the hounds abound.
Trek twaddle . . .
Actor William "Capt. James T. Kirk" Shatner, 79, is afraid to fly-
To wit: Shatner, the legendary Star Trek star, reportedly nixed an invite to be part of Sir Richard Branson's 2013 inaugural outer space excursion . . . because he's afraid to fly.
*Quipped Brit wag Richard Kay, who claims Branson wanted Shatner aboard: Branson "has discovered that Star Trek's mission statement to 'boldly go where no man has gone before' doesn't apply to the cult show's star."
The Palin file . . .
Blah Blah Blah: Sarah Palin's every move is covered by the press .. . so it should come as no surprise she will join the likes of Oprah and Barack and Michelle Obama on Barbara Walters' "Ten Most Fascinating People" special Dec. 9.
Book beat . . .
Former City News Bureau/Law Bulletin chief Bernie Judge, 70, has co-authored his first book: Chicago's Lake Shore Drive: Urban America's Most Beautiful Roadway. Judge and co-author Neal Samors discuss their work at a City Club of Chicago luncheon Dec. 15 at Maggiano's.
Bard shard . . .
A Brit bit: The ashes of legendary Shakespearean actor Sir Ian Richardson, who died four years ago, have finally found a fitting resting place: inside the foundation of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
Bench press . . .
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney James B. Sloan is hosting the 44th annual reunion of former federal prosecutors next Thursday at the Union League Club.
*Translation: More than 140 former prosecutors, some of whom prosecuted Jimmy Hoffa, Sam Giancana, Joey Lombardo and former governors Otto Kerner, William Stratton, Dan Walker, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, are expected to attend.
Ring, ring . . .
And a hilarious Thanksgiving Eve call from an anonymous reader:
"I read in your column about how Carol Moseley Braun's family invites a stranger over for Thanksgiving every year and I thought maybe this year she could invite Rahm Emanuel.
"He has no place to stay, so I figured what the heck."
Sneedlings . . .
Today's birthdays: Roger Claar, 65; Rich Little, 72, and Tina Turner, 71.