Daley daughters used police guards to run personal errands
MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org September 21, 2011 10:58PM
Richard Daley with Nora (from left), Elizabeth (“Lally”), Patrick and Maggie last October. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times library
Updated: September 22, 2011 9:39AM
It’s all a matter of details.
Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel and wife Amy are being very judicious about personal use of hizzoner’s bodyguard detail . . . unlike former Mayor Richard M. Daley and wife Maggie, who reportedly used them ad nauseam.
“The Daleys’ son, Patrick, rarely used the detail, but it was a different story with the Daley daughters, Nora and Lally,” said a source.
◆ Factoids: “The detail was used to take one or the other from work/shopping/running errands/and transporting baby-sitters/ and on and on and on,” said a Sneed source. “At times, they were even used to pick up and transport Nora’s husband, Sean Conroy.”
◆ Hemorrhoids: “Somebody should check out the bodyguard bills chalked up at the Holiday Inn Express in New Buffalo, Mich., located at least three miles from the Daleys’ summer compound where the detail stayed on weekends — and were used at the Daleys’ beck and call,” the source said. “The bodyguards would sit and watch TV waiting for a call . . . and all that on the city’s dime.”
◆ A Daley detail: Sneed is told former Mayor Daley no longer uses his scaled-down detail. “He doesn’t have to,” said a source. “He works and lives and works out at his pal Judd Malkin’s 900 N. Michigan Avenue building, where the Four Seasons is located.”
◆ A detail detail: The Daleys’ three-man detail, which is now assigned to a “foot post” walking the beat at Michigan Avenue and Pearson Street, work 12-hour shifts and await word when Mrs. Daley needs hospital transport.
◆ Gulp! Sneed hears bodyguards from the late Mayor Richard J. Daley’s detail were used to clean up/dig trenches for the alewives that used to litter the beach at their Michigan compound and transport his weekend beer supply.
Former Brit tabloid editor/CNN chat show host Piers Morgan, whose ego is only matched by “Idol” idol Simon Cowell, is opening up a pub in London.
$$$$ . . .
Movin’ on up! Chicagoan J.B. Pritzker, according to the new Forbes magazine list, is now tied for richest member of the billionaire Pritzker family with his brother, Tony.
◆ Stats: The duo, each valued at $2.5 billion, dethroned their first cousin Thomas , who’d been the richest Pritzker for at least a decade. The Pritzker brothers are tied for No. 159 of the nation’s richest Americans.
◆ Chat: “J.B. and Tony’s investment firm has done well the past few years,” said a source.
Da Bears . . .
Sneed’s favorite Bears moment of the month: Seeing a car with Wisconsin license plates reading “DITKA.”
Vroom doom . . .
In case you missed it, single mother-of-eight Kate Gosselin, whose show got canceled, was last spotted being stopped on a road near her home in Pennsylvania and charged with speeding. After all, she was trying to get home to the kids.
This & that . . .
◆ A slot opens: Sneed hears Water Reclamation District President Terry O’Brien will not seek re-election when his term expires next year.
◆ A slot filled: Chicago Public Schools Chief Jean-Claude Brizard joins columnist David Brooks (my hero) and former U.S. National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers as headliners at a New York conference on innovation today.
Up, up and away!
The new Superman flick “Man of Steel” had its wrap party last week, but Sneed hears the latest reincarnation of the Superman outfit, worn by actor Henry Cavill, was kept under tight security — much the same way the Batman outfit was kept under lock and key while “The Dark Knight” filmed here in 2007.
Coo captives . . .
It should come as no surprise when Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, the American hikers who were detained in Iran on espionage charges, get married — fellow detainee Josh Fattal will be the best man.
◆ Update: Bauer, just released from Iranian custody with Fattal, reportedly proposed to Shourd (released last year) in the prison’s exercise yard. All three were arrested in 2009 and accused of crossing into Iran from Iraq.
Sneedlings . . .
Condolences to the family of Realtor extraordinaire Tom Gorman, whose beloved mother, Betty, died Tuesday after a long illness. No mother had a better son . . . Today’s birthdays: Freddie Williams, 105. Bonnie Hunt, 50; Scott Baio, 51; Andrea Bocelli, 53; Joan Jett, 53, and Tommy Lasorda, 84.