Mayor plans major overhaul of ethics rules at City Hall
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com December 3, 2011 12:10AM
Updated: January 5, 2012 8:17AM
Sneed has learned Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to make a major ethics announcement this week.
◆ The buckshot: Word is he is bringing in some heavy hitters to do a top to bottom scrub of ethics rules at City Hall.
Judy. Judy. Judy.
State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who tells it like it is, walked up to Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy at a luncheon last week and called him “hot stuff.” The Bronxman, who is easy on the eyes, blushed. There ya go.
Covering all bases: Emanuel told guests at the annual Irish Fellowship Club luncheon his middle name may be Israel, but son Zacharia’s middle name is Ireland.
◆ To wit: “My wife’s mother’s maiden name was Ireland,” the mayor chirped. “In this town you cover all bases.”
◆ Emanuel, who is Jewish, told the adoring crowd: “We may be of different faiths, but we’re on one destination.”
◆ He also praised late first lady Maggie Daley for her After School Matters program and stated: “I have one request for the holidays: include the Daley family in your prayers.”
Getting stung ...
... in a parking lot! After getting a tip employees at a Vets hospital were unlawfully using parking spaces set aside for disabled vets, Secretary of State Jesse White lowered the boom!
◆ Translation: White, whose office issues handicapped parking permits, ordered up a parking sting at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.
◆ The upshot: Secretary of State police checked out 125 license plates and permits and issued 10 tickets to illegal parkers ranging from $250 to $350.
“We have no authority to do more,” said a source. “But it was offensive and outrageous.”
Wow! II ...
Staff at Vincent couldn’t believe their eyes when rapper Jay-Z and wife, Beyonce, strolled into the Andersonville restaurant for an hors d’oeuvre (frites with dip) Thursday night. “They came in before we opened because they couldn’t get a table next door at Great Lake pizza,” said Vincent owner Mike Bransford.
Huh? No table? “The owner of Great Lake walked over later with a pizza for them,” explained Bransford. “They ate with two friends while four bodyguards sat at the bar and more waited outside with three black Escalades. . . . They left more than a 100 percent tip. And they were just really sweet, I waited on them myself.”
The Quinn bin ...
Hmmm. Illinois racetrack owners are sending a loud and clear message to Gov. Pat Quinn that they are not about to cut a deal to allow more casinos in Illinois in exchange for a government subsidy in the form of a special fund.
The problem? There is no guarantee racetracks will ever see the money.
◆ The big question: Does that mean the tracks will go for it if there is a guarantee? Just asking.
We hereby restore the correct name to Chris Hayes, husband of Kate Shaw, and new dad to Ryan Elizabeth. ...Today’s birthdays: Tyra Banks, 38; Jay-Z, 42; Marisa Tomei, 47; Jeff Bridges, 62, and Jerry Zordani, ageless ... Monday’s birthdays: John Daley, 65, and Little Richard, 79, and belated wishes to Brooke Anderson.