Sneed: Illinois Senate GOP wants to cut state budget by 20 percent
BY MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org March 14, 2011 7:40PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
The tax ax . . .
Tipsville: Sneed hears Illinois Senate GOPers plan to unveil their plan to cut almost $7 billion (20 percent) out of the state’s $33 billion budget in Springfield this week.
“Nothing is off limits,” a Republican source told Sneed. “And that includes education.”
† Why the cuts? It’s a move to cut the state’s tax increase.
† Translation: “It is essential the state income tax — which Gov. Quinn passed — ends four years from now when his term of office is done,” said the source.
The last hurrah . . .
St. Pat’s chat: Mayor Daley reportedly dissolved into tears at the farewell lovefest at his annual St. Pat’s party at the Cultural Center last Thursday night, which was described as “a wonderful evening.”
†Nix notes: Meanwhile, Sneed is told out-of-town Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had to turn down an invite to the Irish Fellowship Club’s annual gala Friday night by Rahm’s buddy Tom Meagher Jr. — as well as Ald. Ed Burke’s invite to attend an Irish American Partnership fete that morning.
Police blotter . . .
Former GOP Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica’s son Marko, 30, was arrested this weekend for allegedly battering an off-duty police officer outside a Brookfield bar.
† Stats: Peraica was outside the Irish Times bar early Saturday morning when an off-duty Brookfield police officer confronted him about knocking over a bar sign. According to court records, a fight ensued and Peraica allegedly hit the officer over the head with a ceramic dinner plate he took from the bar.
† Peraica, who was charged with aggravated battery and misdemeanor theft, formerly worked as a clerk at the Cook County Circuit Court clerk’s office.
The Libya file . . .
While Libya’s revolt — steered primarily by the country’s young — turns into chaos and confusion en route to their last stand in the city’s eastern stronghold of Benghazi — and the world’s eyes (via the media) have been redirected to Japan — don’t be surprised if President Obama shows his muscle in the midst of the Japanese diversion this week against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi .
The Beckham brigade . . .
The name game: Soccer star David Beckham and fashionista wife Victoria Beckham, who have three sons, are expecting their first daughter this summer. The Beckhams are very close to actor Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes . . . and have been invited to the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Is “Kate” a name high on the Beckhams’ list of names for the new baby?
I spy . . .
† Actress Julia Roberts walked in unannounced for lunch at RL’s eatery Saturday with her best friend, Paige Sampson. “I’m in town just to see my dearest friend,” she told a Sneed source — “and she came in without security.” Sneed is told the Shannon Rovers Irish bagpipe band was hastily transported from Mayor’s Daley’s annual St. Pat’s luncheon to serenade Roberts at the eatery. Begorrah!
† Celebutante Nicole Richie and hubby Joel Madden also arrived unannounced at RL eatery Sunday and waited for a corner table. Dad Lionel Ritchie had suggested the eatery to the couple. . . . Teen singer Taylor Momsen was decked out in an all-black outfit while lunching at Gibson’s eatery last week.
Hawk squawk . . .
Gulp! What was served to eat and drink at the Stanley Cup lovefest at the White House honoring the Chicago Blackhawks last week tossed by President Obama and first lady/anti-obesity campaigner Michelle Obama? Why, bottled water and apples, of course!
† The reception was bipartisan: GOPer U.S. Reps. Bob Dold and Randy Hultgren; Dem U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, who is a hockey addict; and Illinois state Sens. Don Harmon, Jeff Schoenberg and Kirk Dillard. Also in attendance: Jack Sandner and Tom Tully.
Sneedlings. . .
Congrats to Bridget and Michael Kennedy on the birth of Thomas Michael . . . Today’s birthdays: Fabio, 52; Judd Hirsch, 76; Bret Michaels, 48; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 78, and Margo Howard, ageless.