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Sneed: South Side man arrested for threatening to kill Burke

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Burke’s law

Sneed hears a 48-year-old South Side man has been arrested for threatening to kill Ald. Ed Burke (14th).

Timothy J. Hercog was charged with felony intimidation of a public official and is scheduled to appear in bond court today.

According to a police report, Hercog left three messages at Burke’s South Side office between Feb. 20 and Feb. 23. In one message, Hercog reportedly said he wanted to kill Burke; in another one he allegedly told the alderman he “better keep his bodyguards” and that he hopes

Rahm Emanuel takes them away. (Before he was elected, Emanuel said as mayor he would strip Burke of his controversial police bodyguards.) Authorities traced Hercog’s phone number to his home and he was taken into custody at the 2nd District police station.

Fire alert!

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is making nice-nice to his former firemen foes.

† Translation: Sneed is told Rahm, who is carrying an olive branch in his iron fist, paid a surprise visit to several North Side firehouses Thursday morning to assure firefighters (whose union voted not to endorse him) he wanted to save their pensions.

† Pension check: “Rahm said he hated gambling, but he is in favor of a Chicago casino because it could be one way to shore up our pensions,” said a Chicago firefighter.

† Backcheck: “He showed up unexpectedly at 9 a.m., drank a cup of coffee, and spent about 30 minutes assuring us of his intention because he saw firsthand what happened to the autoworkers’ pensions and he didn’t want that to happen to us.”

†The kicker: “He also showed up with what looked like a security detail, and we chuckled because he’s not even mayor yet — and he wants to take away bodyguards from other politicians,” the firefighter added.

Knot news . . .

Gird for the herd: The Brit press reports more than a million visitors/tourists are expected to hit London during the time of the Prince William/Kate Middleton wedding at the end of April. Blimey!

The Libyan file . . .

To those of you watching the revolution unfold in Libya, where I spent 10 days last month, pick up the beautifully penned novel In the Country of Men, written by Hisham Matar.

† Booknote: It’s the story of a young Libyan boy whose pro-democracy father was arrested during the early days of the Gadhafi regime.

† Samaritan sidenote: Just before landing in Benghazi, Libya — which is apparently now in the hands of the freedom fighters, a Libyan passenger saw me reading the Matar book and told me to “hide it deeply” in my luggage because the book was “forbidden” in his country.

This & that . . .

Actress Jennifer Aniston is selling her Beverly Hills home for $42 million; former ice skater Tonya Harding had her first child Saturday — a boy.

The Quinn bin . . .

Actress Jennifer Beals, whose “Chicago Code” TV show is filmed locally, was spotted dining Wednesday with Gov. Quinn at the 437 Rush eatery. Her hubby, Ken Dixon, was also in attendance.

† The subject: the environment.

† The kicker: Quinn told her the first movie his son, Patrick, ever saw was her film “Flashdance.”

Sneedlings . . .

Congrats to DePaul University student Sarah Gorecki, 21, on being named queen of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Natch. She’s the niece of Kathy Taylor, executive director of the Irish Fellowship Club . . . Friday’s birthdays: Sean Astin, 40; Carrot Top, 46; Tom Courtenay, 74; Bob Schieffer, 74; Jerry Reinsdorf, 75; Rose Farina, ageless; Sally Jessy Raphael, 69 . . . Saturday’s birthdays: Kevin Cunningham, ageless; Erykah Badu, 40; Michael Bolton, 58; Fats Domino, 83, and Fritzy Konstantelos, ageless.

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