Chicago Police, Fire Department moving in together to save money
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com October 6, 2011 12:06AM
Frank Lloyd Wright
Updated: November 16, 2011 9:43AM
Pack it up: Sneed has learned the Chicago Police Department is getting a new roommate: The Fire Department.
◆ To wit: The Fire Department is abandoning its high-price lease on two floors of a building owned by the Illinois Institute of Technology at 10 W. 35th Street — and moving one block away into Chicago Police headquarters at 3510 S. Michigan, late next month, a source tells Sneed. Moving boxes have already arrived.
◆ Name Game: “The conjecture is the building will be renamed the Chicago Public Safety Building,” said the source.
◆ $$$$: “It’s an efficiency move . . . it was talked about when Mayor Daley was in office, but it became serious when Rahm took over,” he added.
◆ A cop/fireman rivalry? “Everyone hopes everyone will get along,” said the source.
$$$$ . . .
Them that gots, gets: A private collector in Florida paid $772,000 for an American copper urn by Frank Lloyd Wright at Leslie Hindman auctioneers this week, a record price for a Wright vessel.
Madonna is reportedly this/close to signing a deal to sing during halftime at the Super Bowl. Casual attire, anyone?
It’s coming to Chicago: Sneed hears writer Paul Pompian, who owns the screenplay rights to the book Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster’s Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago’s Murderous Crime Family, is working on developing film production of the tome with Studio City’s John Credidio.
◆ The stats: The book about the sensational “Family Secrets” mob trial, which was co-authored by Pompian along with Keith and Kent Zimmerman, included the testimony of Frank Calabrese Jr., who volunteered to wear a wire to gather evidence against his killer father. It marked an end to an old Chicago outfit era.
◆ The chat: Pompian tells Sneed Calabrese Jr. will be a consultant on the film and they’ve been in talks with best-selling author Nicholas (Wiseguy /Casino) Pileggi — who wrote the blurb for the book — about doing the screenplay.
A Romney report . . .
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s campaign has a new financier: Kenneth Langone, who also financed the birth of Home Depot.
The Knox file ...
Flotsam from the aftermath of the sensational Amanda Knox murder case in Italy.
◆ Hair scare: Donald Trump has reportedly been advising the Knox family about the money/celeb market.
◆ Play ’em: Knox apparently spent part of her recreation time each day playing her guitar in the prison chapel and painting watercolors. (Wonder what they’d fetch?)
◆ Lose ’em: Knox’s pet Lab, Ralphie, died while she was in prison.
I spy . . .
Actor Dennis “Breaking Away” Quaid at Gibsons Tuesday night . . . Rocker Roger “The Who” Daltrey spotted dining at the posh R.L. four times in recent days.
Sneedlings . . .
Congrats to Anne and Danny Wirtz on the birth of daughter Juniper Joan Wirtz, and a belated birthday wish to grandpa Rocky Wirtz. . . . Today’s birthdays: Elisabeth Shue, 48; Britt Ekland, 69, and Dr. Mary Moran, ageless.