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Emanuel wants to rename Cultural Center after ‘Sis’ Daley

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Top tip . . .

Scoop time: Sneed has learned Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel plans to rename the Chicago Cultural Center after Eleanor “Sis” Daley, the mother of Mayor Daley.

“He wanted to commemorate the Daleys’ commitment to the city and one way to do that is by recognizing Sis Daley’s role in preserving the building that now serves as a cultural center for all Chicagoans,” said an Emanuel source.

“She is credited with saving the building from the wrecking ball — which was later transformed from the old central library into the Cultural Center,” the source added.

Ironically, Mrs. Daley, wife of the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley, did not want the building named after her.

Mrs. Daley, who died in 2003 at her Bridgeport home just shy of her 96th birthday, felt she wasn’t special enough to warrant a building named after her and was quoted as saying so. She felt having a wonderful family, which included seven children, was enough.

Police blotter . . .

Hmmm: Sneed hears Chicago Police Cmdr. Frank Gross, the department’s movie coordinator, might be in hot water again. Gross was reprimanded by former Police Supt. Jody Weis after video footage surfaced of officers posing for a photo with a handcuffed, kneeling college student arrested in the 2009 G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh.

† The buckshot: Sneed is told Gross had drawn the ire of the new police interim regime for putting in for $19,000 in overtime for his work during the filming of the movie “Transformers 3,” which was shot in Chicago amongst mucho publicity last year.

† The backshot: The Chicago cops in the controversial video, which included Gross, used personal time to serve as part of the G-20 summit security detail.

† The flipshot: “I was on personal time during the filming of the Transformers movie during July and August of last year,” Gross said. “Paramount paid the city more than $160,000 for the filming of that movie and out of that came the $19,000 I was paid for working during off-duty time. It didn’t cost the city any money.”

† The buckshot: Is Gross in line for a new job title?

Serving herself?

Sneed is told an employee of the Hackney’s restaurants in Glenview was charged with embezzling nearly $200,000 between 2008 and 2010. Shawn Dragman, 52, who started as a waitress there 25 years ago before taking on bookkeeping duties for the eateries, is accused of running a check depositing scheme. Bond was set at $50,000.

The Blago bin . . .

Sneed hears esteemed New York scrivener Jimmy Breslin, who is writing a book on impeached ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is losing his reserved media spot in the Blago retrial — and will be replaced by a regular local media person.

† Backshot: During Blago’s first trial, wife Patti and friends usually helped Breslin, 80, come sit with the family . . . er, that is when Breslin showed up, which wasn’t often.

The Quinn bin . . .

Gov. Quinn, who recently signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, has figured out how to honor actor Martin Sheen’s worldwide dedication to ending state-sponsored executions.

† Translation: Quinn plans to send Sheen, who entreated Quinn to pass the legislation, one of the pens he used to sign the bill.

Royal rubbish . . .

† The Brit press reports dozens of criminals will be enlisted to drag out the wire brushes and detergent to clean up London’s subways and sidewalks before Kate Middleton marries England’s Prince William in April.

Woe be us . . .

Radio legend Garrison Keillor, 68, confides to the AARP Bulletin that he’s planning to find a replacement to headline his hit “Prairie Home Companion” radio show so he can retire in two years.

A seedy story . . .

Blimey & Begorrah: Sneed’s item on Michelle Obama receiving a packet of shamrock seeds from the Irish Taoiseach to be planted on White House grounds was incorrect. No seeds were given.

Sneedlings . . .

Sunday’s birthdays: Kathy Ireland, 48; Holly Hunter, 53; Spike Lee, 54; William Hurt, 61; Bobby Orr, 63, and Pat Riley, 66 . . . Monday’s birthdays: Matthew Broderick, 49; Kevin Federline, 33; Gary Oldman, 53, and Rosie O’Donnell, 49.

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