Updated: July 31, 2011 12:15AM
Top tip . . .
Sneed hears Cortez Trotter, the city’s first African-American Fire commissioner and former head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications — is emerging as a serious contender for Chicago’s next top cop.
†Backstory: It’s been reported Philadelphia police chief Charles Ramsey is Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s top choice and the favored choice of former Police Supt. Jody Weis. (Now there’s a night-and-day endorsement, huh?)
Top Tip II . . .
Watch for new Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey to introduce an ordinance this week overhauling the way Cook County handles burials for the poor and unknown.
†To wit: Sneed is told Fritchey plans to introduce Cook County Board legislation Monday canceling its contract at Homewood Memorial Gardens — which has had the county contract for indigent burials since 1980 — in the wake of gruesome burial discoveries uncovered by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
†Translation: Fritchey also wants the medical examiner to start entering DNA into a national database for missing persons and to send an employee to oversee the burials — two things he was shocked to learn aren’t done now.
The Peterson file . . .
Accused wife murderer Drew Peterson’s son, Thomas — a senior and valedictorian of his class at Bolingbrook High School, has been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania — where he hopes to study medicine.
†Translation: Thomas Peterson, 18, who proclaimed his belief his father is innocent of killing his mother, Kathleen Savio, in a letter sent to Sneed earlier this year — plans to pay for his education with money from the life insurance policies of his late mother.
†$$$: Sneed is told Thomas and his brother, Kristopher, were named the beneficiaries of Savio’s insurance policies, which which were placed in a trust fund for them after she died.
†The backshot: His father is awaiting trial on charges he murdered Savio.
Letter bin . . .
A reader remembrance sparked by Sneed’s item that former Mexican President Vicente Fox inconspicuously dined in Chicago last Saturday.
“I flew out of DFW on the Monday after the Superbowl. While waiting for my flight, I saw this familiar older man strolling around the terminal, eating a frozen yogurt. It was Vicente Fox. No entourage, no bodyguards - just he and his wife. Within a minute, he was recognized by some Mexican nationals and was swamped with handshakes and picture requests. The man was incredibly gracious and attentive to all.”
Royal Blat . . .
How times change: While headlines about England’s royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton are growing like mushrooms after rain; the impending nuptials in Monaco between actress Grace Kelly’s son, Prince Albert, and South African Charlene Wittstock — nearly a month later — seem to be garnering nothing but a yawn in comparison.
Sneedlings . . .
Congrats to “Lawyers Lend-A-Hand” award winners Thomas A. Demetrio, James A. Morsch and Judge Michael B. Hyman. Not only were they founding fathers of a program to mentor inner city youth, but they fostered bonds that can never be broken. Bravo ... Condolences to the family of Anne Kaplan on the death of her beloved husband, Burt . . .Today’s birthdays: Jennie Garth, 39; Picabo Street, 40; Eddie Murphy, 50; David Hyde Pierce, 52; Alec Baldwin, 53; Wayne Newton, 69 and Jane Goodall, 77 . . .Monday’s birthdays: Craig T. Nelson, 67; Robert Downey, Jr., 46; Nancy McKeon, 45; David Blaine, 38; Jamie Lynn Spears, 20; Maya Angelou, 83 and Howie Mendelsohn and Phil Stefani, both ageless and priceless.