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Sneed: Is Toni testing the waters?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle during an event Douglas Park Chicago Oct. 13 2012.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle during an event at Douglas Park in Chicago on Oct. 13, 2012. | Sun-Times Library

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Updated: May 11, 2014 10:03AM



The big buzz . . .

Is Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle dodging — or doing?

Sneed hears speculation that Preckwinkle is considering a run for mayor may be growing legs.

Barring being drafted by the African-American community to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel — which she ostensibly would find hard to refuse — Sneed is told Preckwinkle, 67, who assured Emanuel months ago she wasn’t running, is now being encouraged to rethink her political future.

◆ To wit: “She is being urged by some of her political advisers to run, but finding the campaign financing to go against Rahm’s money machine is a huge factor . . . and her age,” said a Preckwinkle insider.

“She’s a smart lady, but she also has an ego,” the source added.

◆ Tough shot: If Preckwinkle decided to run, she would have only four months to pull off a Harold Washington miracle. The mayoral race in 2015 is only four months after her re-election bid in November.

◆ Kickshot: “You should see how Toni is treated when she attends Dem ward meetings recently . . . like she was the queen of the Nile,” said the source. “At the 11th Ward meeting Tuesday night, bouquets were being tossed at her right and left.”

◆ Lob shot: Karen Vaughan, Preckwinkle’s new press secretary, told Sneed on Wednesday afternoon: “She is still reaffirming her commitment to running for re-election.”

Stay tuned.

The police blotter . . .

Hold the presses! Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, the bulldog from the Bronx who stars in the CNN series “Chicagoland,” must be champing at the bit over a May Chicago magazine expose authored by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson — now online — practically accusing McCarthy’s regime of cooking the books on crime statistics and using “magic ink” to make cases disappear.

◆ Response: “For the third year in a row Chicago Magazine has published a lengthy article attacking the Chicago Police Department with a series of false claims, inaccurate suggestions, misleading information and unsubstantiated allegations,” police spokesman Adam Collins said. “In order to prove their false hypothesis, the Chicago Magazine reporters offer misleading or flat-out inaccurate information about a series of open investigations, crime data, CPD strategies and purported intimate conversations that never happened. The claims the article makes are baseless and without merit.”

All in the family . . .

New Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo Sr., who smoked a peace pipe Tuesday during a “get to know ya” breakfast with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Meli Cafe on Wells Street, gave hizzoner a book, “Dreams for Kids: Changing Lives One Person At A Time,” by author Tom Tuohy, and inscribed it: “Thanks for the openness.”

◆ Sweet shot: Angelo is the brother of River Forest oral surgeon Dr. Patrick Angelo Jr., who has been called the “Angel of Lower Wacker Drive” for making deliveries of food — like McDonald’s hamburgers and coffee — to the homeless who sleep on Lower Wacker Drive for more than 12 years.

Hill swill . . .

Hair scare: Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new memoir on her days as President Barack Obama’s secretary of State will be released June 10 by Simon & Schuster. No jacket title or design yet . . . but there is speculation the lady who experiments with hairstyles will sport a new ’do.

Sneedlings . . .

Calendar date: If you want to know how the birds are faring this spring, check out author David Allen Sibley’s book-signing at Wild Birds Unlimited in Glenview at 11:30 a.m. Thursday . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Omar Sharif, 82; Haley Joel Osment, 26, and Mandy Moore, 30.



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