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Sneed: N’DIGO mag chief backing Rauner says, ‘I am not a paid mouthpiece’

 Hermene Hartman  |  AP file photo

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Updated: May 19, 2014 2:02PM



Nice work if you can get it!

It’s no secret that Hermene Hartman, publisher of N’DIGO magazine, has been pitching GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner big-time in the black community.

It’s no secret Hartman announced via her magazine that she has switched to the Republican Party because “it is about the man and his plan,” and was proud to cast her vote for Rauner.

But what Hartman did not shout from the rafters was that her publishing company, Hartman Publishing, was paid a cool $51,000 by Citizens for Rauner to run four events for the candidate in February and March.

“Don’t be beating up on me, Sneed,” said Hartman, whose company received a payment of $25,000 in February and $26,000 in March for consulting.

“Why can’t I get paid?” she opined, citing Dem strategist David Axelrod as an example.

“Axelrod gets paid, doesn’t he? What’s wrong with that?” (Axelrod, who is no longer a journalist, does not write editorials in his own magazine promoting his employer.)

“Besides, the money was fees for four events and street teams to get out the vote in the primary,” she said.

“We also had to pay for food and tables and chairs.

“Besides, the African-American voter in the state of Illinois always goes for the Dem party and puts all their eggs in one basket,” she added. “Our vote is taken for granted, and it shouldn’t be.

“We have a two-party system, and one whole party is not participating.

“I believe it’s time for a change and am looking at things objectively and honestly,” said Hartman, who had just pitched Rauner’s candidacy on WVON radio.

“I am not a paid mouthpiece,” she added.”Remember, I endorsed Rahm Emanuel for mayor rather than Carol Moseley Braun.

So is more Rauner campaign money forthcoming for Hartman Publishing?

“Yes, well . . . there is nothing formal yet, let’s put it that way,” she said.

Stay tuned.

Movie news . . .

The film “A Light Beneath Their Feet,” starring actress Taryn “Orange is the New Black” Manning and Madison “Noah” Davenport is a coming-of-age story now being shot in Evanston.

◆ Directed by Valerie Weiss, the flick has been filming at Evanston Township High School.

◆ Sidenote: Sneed accidentally interrupted the filming session at Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe recently, when I pulled in for a late-night ice cream cone and stunned the film’s line producer, Carrie Holt de Lama.

◆ Write note: The film’s script writer, Moira McMahon, worked at the ice cream parlor when she was a student at Evanston’s high school!

Enjoy the ride!

Vroom! If award-winning producer David “Check, Please!” Manilow has his way, his new WTTW-Channel 11 show “My Chicago” will click on all cylinders.

Airing on April 25, Manilow’s latest vehicle is an interview show on wheels. “Our camera car picks up interesting Chicagoans and uses the city as a studio, taking them on a tour of the passenger’s life,” said Manilow, who describes the show as an organic, nonjudgmental, diverse look at fascinating people.

◆ Set shot: The show’s first guests, who all have a major connection to the city, are Special Olympics founder/Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke and best-selling author John “The Fault In Our Stars” Green. Sneed is told that other guests thus far include: Grocery magnate Bob Mariano, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

Can’t wait.

I spy . . .

Chicago Bull Taj Gibson dropped by Gibsons after his game Monday night for a late dinner with friends . . . Billy “Titanic” Zane was spotted at RL on Monday night . . . Olympic diver Greg Louganis and his husband, Johnny Chaillot, dining at Atwater’s in The Herrington in Geneva over the weekend.

Sneedlings . . .

Play ball! Secretary of State Jesse White will throw out the first pitch at Thursday night’s White Sox game against the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field to raise awareness about organ donation month. . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Liz Phair, 47; Jennifer Garner, 42, and Victoria Beckham, 40.



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