Lisal Mading saying 'no' to mayoral run
BY MICHAEL SNEED Sun-Times Columnist
Let's end the speculation.
Sneed hears Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told her staff Wednesday morning she will definitely "not" be running for mayor of Chicago.
?Translation: Madigan, who has a hard time using simple declarative words such as "No" to the press, apparently was eyeing a mayoral bid. The Chico camp . . .
Tit-for-tat tittletattle from Tinseltown: While leading mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel hits Hollywood tonight to raise bigbucks, mayoral hopeful Gery Chico is hosting a Hollywood party of his own.
?To wit: Chico is tossing a campaign party at the Hollywood Grill, a 24/7 "greasy spoon" diner in Wicker Park.
?Quoth Chico: "I'm sure Hollywood is very exciting; I'd rather be in our neighborhoods."
Grab the bazooka!The Quinn bin . . .
Click. Click. Nix pix. Sneed hears failed U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias felt Gov. Quinn was so toxic weeks before the election, he steered away from posing in pix with him until just before the election.The Brady beat . . .
?A roomful of foxes: Sneed is told GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Brady got machine-gunned by suburban women voters deluged by direct mailings last week highlighting his "socially-right-wing-not-exactly-pro-female agenda," according to a GOP source.
?A roomful of boxes: The phalanx of stern, high-powered GOP attorneys who huddled over each box of absentee ballots in the bowels of the Cook County Building at 10 p.m. election night wanted to make sure security (one cop) was in place and the security camera was running. "They already knew Bill Brady's race had come down to those boxes," said an elections board source. "We've never had such scrutiny."Baar 'em . . .
Judy. Judy. Judy: Newly elected state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, unable to celebrate her victory Wednesday morning with her favorite cup of java from Grumpy's coffee shop in Riverside, opted for a cuppa at a mini-mart, sent the dog-sitter home, and settled into a nap with rescue pups Jack, Nora and Bella. Zzzzzz.$$$$$ . . .
Singer Christina Aguilera reportedly netted $1 million for one hour of warbling at a Halloween party tossed at the San Diego estate of investment guru Charles Brandes.
?In other words: Aguilera was paid $16,666 a minute, according to TMZ.$ . . .
Singer Nancy Sinatra, daughter of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra, gave $4,662 to California Gov.-elect Jerry Brown's campaign, according to various reports.Sneedlings . . .
Knot news: Scott Cisek, who managed both Cook County Board President-elect Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Assessor-elect Joe Berrios' campaigns, was so excited he popped the marriage question during Berrios' victory celebration Tuesday night. Mallory Sorenson said "Yes." . . . Today's birthdays: Ralph Macchio, 49; Markie Post, 60; Yanni, 56, and Matthew McConaughey, 41.