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What is Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis’ salary?

Chicago Teachers UniPresident Karen Lewis  |  Sun-Times files

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis | Sun-Times files

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Updated: September 29, 2011 12:26AM



The eraser set . . .

$$$$$: Is this a case of good for the goose, but not for the gander?

◆ Translation: Last month, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called for “transparency” about Chicago Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard’s salary and threatened to file a Freedom of Information request to get it.

◆ The turn of the screw: So how come Lewis’ salary is so secret?

◆ Explanation: Sneed inquired last week about her salary and was told “I don’t know,” by top Lewis spokeswoman Liz Brown. Her salary is not publicly listed, and Sneed was told: “She doesn’t have to do so.”

Casino chat . . .

Sneed’s bet: Word is casino legislation will be put on hold until October. It will take that long to learn how to play craps.

The Sheen machine . . .

Actor/madman Charlie Sheen and his adorables have been awfully quiet lately, and word is his Sherman Oaks Shangri-La is for sale.

Cop shop . . .

Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new bodyguard detail is moving into an old firehouse near the mayor’s Ravenswood home.

◆ The gripe: The place has been occupied by a North Side paramedic command staff, which is being reassigned. Word is neighbors are not looking forward to new parking restrictions, but . . . hey, cops will abound.

◆ Mayoral response: “The current tenant [of the mayor’s Ravenswood house] moves out at the end of month and the mayor and his family will move in sometime after they complete cleaning and maintenance,” an Emanuel spokesman said. “In terms of paramedics, they are moving to another firehouse but the move was already planned prior to this one becoming available.”

The royal set . . .

◆ Coo corner: Pippa Middleton, who is garnering more headlines than her royal sister, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is not on the royal meat market as a bevy of Brit wags are suggesting. She’s still this/close to her former beau, banker Alex Loudon . . . although Pippa apparently calls royal in-law Prince Harry ‘Captain’ (his military rank) and Harry calls her ‘Commando’ (because of rumors she was not wearing underwear on the day of the royal wedding).

◆ Canuck yuks: Meanwhile, paparazzi are salivating over sister Kate’s first North American tour in hopes the new duchess will don a 10-gallon cowboy hat that she’ll receive for the annual rodeo called the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.

Gulp!

Sneed has been getting calls wondering whether the large, tall evergreen shrubs replacing simple foliage encapsulating diners on the posh RL restaurant walkway have anything to do with a flash mob attack in the vicinity earlier this month.

◆ The answer: No.

◆ Explanation: The incredibly popular eatery is just freshening up its look, and waiters will soon be wearing new Parisian-style duds, according to restaurant sources.

◆ Fascination: RL diner addicts complain it puts a damper on those who eat at the trendy eatery to see and be seen, don’tchaknow.

Tips & twaddle . . .

◆ Snag ’em: U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch just snagged himself a valuable piece of Capitol Hill property: the large hideaway office previously used by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), who was a close pal. It has been empty since Kennedy died in 2009.

◆ Pay ’em: Arnold Schwarzenegger is paying child support already, even though no divorce has officially been filed, according to RadarOnline.com.

◆ Visit ’em: First lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters are scheduled to end their weeklong African trip — which included an unscheduled visit with South African hero Nelson Mandela — with a safari. Former first lady Laura Bush went on safari with her daughters in 2007.

Sneedlings . . .

All in the family: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, his Illinois Attorney General daughter, Lisa — plus the entire Madigan family — were spotted dining at Lincolnwood’s legendary Myron and Phil restaurant on Father’s Day . . . Today’s birthdays: Carson Daly, 38; Kurt Warner, 40; Dan Brown, 47; Cyndi Lauper, 58; Meryl Streep, 62, and Kris Kristofferson, 75.



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