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Mayor Rahm Emanuel answers questions from mediinside classroom ChopElementary school first day school after strike ended Chicago Sept. 19 2012.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel answers questions from the media inside a classroom at Chopin Elementary school on the first day of school after the strike ended in Chicago on Sept. 19, 2012. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times.

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Updated: May 23, 2014 6:25AM



The fan plan . . .

Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a cool new plan in the works.

It’s called air conditioning for every classroom in Chicago.

† To wit: Sneed is told Emanuel has now ordered the Chicago Public School system to add air conditioning to every classroom in the city that doesn’t have it . . . starting this summer.

† Backshot: Last year, at the mayor’s direction, air conditioning units were ordered for all 70 buildings incorporating students from schools that had to be closed.

† Upshot: Now, at the mayor’s direction, the 206 school buildings that do not have full air conditioning will get it within the next five years. The upgrades will be paid for through the CPS capital budget, though it’s not clear how much they will cost.

† Facts:

The Chicago Public School system includes 658 total schools housed in 530 buildings.

† 324 have full A/C.

† 44 have no A/C.

† 162 have partial A/C.

Royal musings . . .

In case you are wondering, England’s Queen Elizabeth just turned a spry 88 years old — and her newest great-grandchild and future heir, baby Prince George, just had the spittle wiped off his mouth by his mother Kate Middleton, who chose to do so with her hand. A charming common touch, what?

Get it while it’s hot!

Sneed is told 336 first-time homebuyers just snagged $45 million in mortgage help from Gov. Pat Quinn’s new affordable mortgage program, which was announced exclusively weeks ago in Sneed’s column.

† To wit: The Welcome Home Illinois program’s website has had a whopping 45,000 hits since its launch three weeks ago, providing eligible first-time homebuyers with down-payment assistance and a 30-year fixed mortgage offered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority at below-market interest rates.

Watch for Quinn to tout the results Tuesday at an affordable housing conference in Chicago, while urging potential homeowners to act fast while the program is still available.

Tit for tat?

Rumors are flying that outgoing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is being urged by pals to run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas — against an old family friend.

“She’s tough, she’s been through the grinder, and she is going back to Kansas,” said a source, “but I don’t think she will run against Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts — an old friend who blasted her for ‘gross incompetence’ after the rollout fiasco of Obamacare.”

Is payback time in the offing? “She’d like to give him a thwack, but don’t bet on it,” said the source.

Congrats to . . .

. . . Tatyana McFadden, a champion U.S. Paralympic wheelchair racer and full-time University of Illinois student, on winning the Boston Marathon for the second year in a row Monday. McFadden was born with spina bifida and adopted from a Russian orphanage when she was 6 years old. Sneed caught up with her last year, after her first Boston Marathon win was marred by the bombing near the finish line.

I spy . . .

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz spotted at Joe Fish last week . . . Hawk Patrick Kane en famille dining at Rosebud on Rush on Easter Sunday . . . After the Bulls’ loss to the Washington Wizards Sunday, Bull Nazr Mohammed dined at River North’s Siena Tavern with the Wizards’ John Wall . . . A bevy of Boston Red Sox, including Dustin Pedroia, ate at David Burke’s Primehouse this past Monday before their game with the White Sox Tuesday.

Sneedlings . . .

Tuesday’s birthdays: Jack Nicholson, 77; Peter Frampton, 64, and Amber Heard, 28.



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