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Updated: July 29, 2011 12:16AM



Passing the buck . . .

Scoopsville! Sneed hears the seven members of the CPS board — all of whom are being replaced after Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel takes office May 16 — have decided to refrain from voting on a new CPS budget — and pass the fiscal mess on to Rahm’s people!

† To wit: It seems the budget, which has not been released, is worse than people thought — with a deficit that’s ballooned from $720 million to approximately $800 million.

† Translation: Sneed hears the CPS board planned to release the budget two weeks ago to enable a board budget vote in May — but when word of the fiscal fiasco got up to Mayor Daley’s office — who’s on his farewell tour of the city — the order came back: Punt!

† The Endshot: The vote will fall to Rahm’s new board.

A Beals appeal . . .

Actress Jennifer Beals, star of “The Chicago Code,” just put in a request to be part of the mayoral inaugural celebration. Stay tuned.

Cop shop . . .

Police Bulletin: Sneed hears the list of 45-plus applicants for Chicago’s next police superintendent has been whittled down to a dozen.

† House closing: Update on Sneed’s item that a house may have been part of the deal requested by Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s top cop favorite, Philly’s police chief Charles Ramsey, whose salary concerns scotched the move. “I requested help in finding a furnished place to live in Chicago, but financial help in that area was never a part of any deal or request,” Ramsey told Sneed. “It was all about salary and pension and nothing more.” So be it.

The royal coupling . . .

As Sneed prepares to haul her royal baggage to London next week to once again cover the latest Brit royal wedding, the flotsam and jetsetsam surrounding the soiree is mind boggling.

Consider:

† Frock squawk: All the flap doodle over Kate Middleton’s secret wedding dress has been resolved: According to the Daily Mail, Middleton designed it herself . . . and it was inspired by the Renaissance era . . . because Kate has a history of arts degree, don’tchaknow. And it will be minus the wedding dress flounce worn by Princess Diana, the late mother of Middleton fiance Prince William . . . Who woudda thunk it?

† Mistress mayhem: Camilla Parker Bowles, the dreaded mistress/now wife of Princess Di’s hubby, Prince Charles, is apparently “desperate” to persuade Middleton to wear a tiara! Oh, the worry of it all!

† Honeymoon hoopla: Finally, the latest rumor has “Kate & Wills” heading to Jordan for their honeymoon, where Kate once attended nursery school, and hanging out under the stars in a desert tent near the ancient ruin of Petra.

Hang ’em high . . .

Fox news anchor Bob Sirott had a special present for WBBM-Channel 2 news anchor Walter Jacobson when the two met for lunch at Petterino’s last Friday.

† The gift: Two pairs of suspenders (one blue, one yellow) that Sirott found in Jacobson’s old locker at Fox studios — where Jacobson worked six years ago.

The Obama vetting . . .

Meanwhile, President Obama — who is planning to spend a day in Ireland next month visiting the auld sod of his Eire ancestors, has been invited to a sheep shearing event in County Mayo during his whistle-stop tour.

† To wit: He’s been invited to the annual Connacht Sheep Shearing Championship in Ballinrobe on May 22 due to his “farm livestock links,” according to a report in the Irish press — which claims Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney “may have kept sheep before he emigrated to the U.S. in the 1850s, and his African family herded goats in Kenya.” Good grief.

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Brent Seabrook, 26; George Takei, 74; Joey Lawrence, 35; Carmen Electra, 39; Don Mattingly, 50; Clint Howard, 52; Jessica Lange, 62; Ryan O’Neal, 70, and Veronica Cartwright, 62.



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