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Updated: December 24, 2011 8:09AM

Casino capers . . .

Hmmmm: Is a Chicago casino this/close to becoming a done deal?

Sneed hears Gov. Pat Quinn is eyeing a plan to give racetracks a slice of the gaming legislation pie in order to get legislation passed giving Chicago its casino.

◆ Translation: Instead of including slot machines for racetracks in the new gaming bill, Quinn is considering giving racetracks an “impact fee coming directly from the casinos,” according to a top Sneed source.

◆ To wit: Sneed hears Quinn is telling folks privately he doesn’t want to revisit the new gaming bill, which includes a Chicago casino, until 2012 — so he can work out some “kinks.”

◆ The kinks? Negotiating the impact fees.

◆ The three amigos: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton are anxious to get the deal done — but want slot machines at racetracks included in the bill.

◆ The wild card: Quinn’s office just unleashed an analysis showing the state and city get a better deal without “racinos” (racetrack casinos).

◆ The big question: Will Emanuel get the cha-ching he wants and get his Chicago casino after all?

It sure looks like it.

The Quinn bin . . .

Change is a comin’: Sneed hears Gov. Quinn’s legislative director Lindsay Hansen, who is expecting a baby, is being replaced by former State Rep. Gary Hannig, who served in the legislature for 30 years and knows its inner workings. Hansen is being reassigned.


Actor James “The Rockford Files” Garner may have played a “Maverick” as a TV star, but he has no appetite for Chicago maverick/actor Bill “Caddyshack” Murray.

◆ To wit: Garner thinks Murray is a disgrace on the golf course. In his new memoir, The Garner Files, Garner slams Murray’s antics on the links — especially during the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

◆ Quoth Garner: “He thinks he’s mocking the whole thing by dressing like a slob and putting with the wrong end of the putter, but he’s only making an ass of himself. He should have been banned from the tournament years ago after he tried to dance with that old lady in the bunker, and she fell down. I don’t care if she didn’t mind — I did. I’m glad I was never paired with him, because I would have refused to play.”

Tooth talk . . .

President Barack Obama’s body man, Reggie Love, tells ESPN his soon-to-be former boss has no trouble flossing his teeth in front of him. Picture it. No, don’t.

Testosterone talk . . .

Vroom Vroom: Britain’s Prince Harry, who is in the USA learning to fly an Apache helicopter, drove from Arizona to Las Vegas this week atop a rented Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The Blago beat . . .

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Dec. 6 sentencing will occur four days before his birthday — and three days shy of the three-year anniversary of his arrest by FBI agents at his Ravenswood Manor home.

Sneedlings . . .

Ring. Ring. State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s cell phone launch at the Thompson Center — to enable overseas soldiers to connect with their families — netted 294 phones dropped in the collection boxes...Today’s birthdays: Miley Cyrus, 19; Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 24; Johnny Mandel, 86; Bruce Hornsby, 57, and belated wishes to Giovanni DeNigris.

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