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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.


† 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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