Mayor Daley’s moving on. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: August 27, 2011 12:33AM
Sneed has learned Mayor Daley has set up his new office at 900 N. Michigan, a site which once housed the doctor’s office where his father, Richard. J. Daley, died of a massive heart attack in 1976. (A new building has since been built at the address.)
† All in the family: Sneed is also told Mayor Daley has set up shop with his son, Patrick, who has an MBA and speaks at least three languages fluently. Although the duo has had a loving relationship, it has also been an uneasy one.
To wit: The younger Daley has expressed frustration conducting business in the glare of his father’s influence. Patrick subsequently ran a business in Russia after leaving the military, where he served in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan. Sneed hears the pair might be considering attracting foreign investment for American infrastructure projects.
Tipsville II ...
Protect ’em: Sneed has also learned Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel will have fewer bodyguards than Mayor Daley.
† The stats: Emanuel will have approximately 17 police officer bodyguards — compared with the 22 on Daley’s detail.
† It’s a wash: Daley will be assigned five officers already serving on his detail to stay with him — for an unspecified period after he leaves office.
† New brass: Mayoral bodyguard Brian Thompson, an African-American patrolman who was elevated to commander status months ago, will lead Emanuel’s detail. (Thompson will not be the first African American to head a mayoral detail; Mayor Harold Washington tapped Howard Saffold to run his security team in the 1980s.)
† Phew! Let’s hope Emanuel’s bodyguards won’t have to haul bags of recycled garbage from his vacation compound in Michigan back to Chicago like Daley’s bodyguards did. (Is it a measure to keep prying eyes off private paperwork?)
† The big question: Will Daley’s post-mayoral security detail still have to haul his trash?
† Back to the beat: Word is 10 of Daley’s bodyguards will be re-assigned to do regular police work in Chicago neighborhoods — but must go through the training academy again before doing so.
Question ’em . . .
It’s a shocker: Emanuel dispatched a questionnaire to prospective city employees last week that contained incredibly personal queries.
† The shockers: Questions involved alimony, tax debt, social networking, parking tickets, lawsuits and basically anything that could embarrass the mayor.
† No surprises: If there is controversy in your past, Rahm wants to know. He asks: “Have you ever been publicly identified, in person or by organizational membership, with a particularly controversial national or local issue? If yes, please describe.’’ And: “Is there anything in your background, which if made public, would cause embarrassment to the Mayor-elect?’’
† He also wants to know about “associations’’ or if candidates for a job have any potential opposition: “Have you ever had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used, even unfairly, to impugn or attack your character and qualifications for a position in the Mayor-elect’s administration? ... Do you know of any person or group who might take overt or covert steps to attack, even unfairly, your appointment? If yes, please identify and explain the basis for the potential attack on a separate sheet.’’
† The kicker: From peyote to pixie dust — the new mayor also asks about drug use: “In the last five years, have you illegally used any controlled substance; for example, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, hashish, narcotics (opium, morphine, codeine, heroin, etc.), amphetamines, depressants (barbiturates, methaqualone, tranquilizers, etc.), hallucinogenics (LSD, PCP, etc.) or prescription drugs? If yes, explain.’’
The Blago beat . . .
Hmmm. Could the perpetually cash-strapped former Gov. Rod Blagojevich — who’s done everything but play the hurdy gurdy for a quick buck — end up selling off his wardrobe for cash?
† A history note: Blago and his wife spent $400,000 on clothes while he was in office, according to federal prosecutors.
† The big question: Could it end up being an eBay bonanza to pay lawyer’s fees or just dud duds souvenirs?
Woof words . . .
Congrats to Arno the bomb-sniffing Chicago Police dog who retires Monday, along with his handler, George Livergood, after a 17-year career at O’Hare Airport. Arno has met and taken pictures with five presidents after searching their planes for explosives and is the oldest active bomb-sniffing dog in the country. Christmas cards from Livergood detailing the duo’s adventures will be missed.
Congrats to Chicago Police Officer Brian McVey and fiancee Laura Shuler on their recent engagement. ... The Chicago Marathon is sold out but Special Olympics Chicago chief James “Skinny” Sheahan can help disappointed runners: He’s offering 60 race slots to those who agree to raise money for his charity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 360-1158 for more info. ... Today’s birthdays: Steve DeAngeles, 49; Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 30; Emmitt Smith, 42; George Brett, 58 and Madeleine Albright, 74 ... Monday’s birthdays: Megan Fox, 25; Jason “Wee-Man” Acuña, 38; Tori Spelling, 38; Tracey Gold, 42; Janet Jackson, 45; Debra Winger, 56 and Pierce Brosnan, 58.