Daley’s plan to honor his dad
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org December 20, 2011 2:36AM
** ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2010 AND THEREAFTER ** FILE - In this Oct. 30, 1974 file photo, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, left and his son, Richard M. Daley, sit together with their arms folded during a political rally in Chicago. The younger Daley announced Sept. 7, 2010 that he would not seek re-election as mayor. His departure marks a turning point in Chicago _ the passing of a long chapter in history in which a father and son have been in charge 42 of the last 55 years. They've wielded enormous power, shaped a glittering skyline and at one time or another, decided everything from who ran for Congress to who collected quarters from the municipal parking meters. (AP Photo/File)
Updated: January 21, 2012 8:03AM
In memoriam ...
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has been in Palm Springs with close friends since the recent death of wife Maggie, is back in town to pay homage to another beloved member of his family.
◆ To wit: He’ll be attending a mass at the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Bridgeport on Tuesday in honor of the death of his father, Mayor Richard J. Daley — who died 35 years ago on this date.
◆ Backshot: “It’s the way we celebrate it every year,” said the late mayor’s son, Cook County Commissioner John Daley. (It is usually followed by a family Christmas party.)
◆ Backstory: Daley died of a heart attack in his doctor’s Michigan Avenue office.
◆ Minus One: The mass also will be attended by the close-knit Daley clan, which includes the late mayor Daley’s daughters Mary Carol Vanecko and Patricia Martino and son, Michael. White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is sidelined in Washington dealing with tax-cut legislation.
Sneed has heard from at least two top sources that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put the $2.5 million arm on major Chicago corporations to help defer the taxpayers’ cost of schmoozefest/security surrounding the G-8/NATO summit conference coming here in May.
◆ To wit: “Rahm’s raised mega mega cash (sponsorship donations) for the event, which has drawn some criticism for being an expensive prestige event — more than anything else,” the source said.
◆ $$$$: Rahm’s secret weapon: Sneed hears the genius behind Rahm’s fund-raising ability is Anne Olaimey, whom he met in Little Rock during Bill Clinton’s first presidential run. “She’s been with him a long time,” said a top Rahm source.
Leak squeak ...
Is this a joke? The latest rumble: Convicted felon Bill Cellini, who is seeking a new trial, is planning to travel to Dubai over the holidays? Nawwwwww. Doesn’t his conviction preclude such a move?
Quote ’em ...
“Star Wars” guru George Lucas and his sweetheart, Ariel’s Mellody Hobson, just dispatched Christmas cards emblazoned with a quote from the late Steve Jobs, which includes this advice: “Your time is limited. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Dress ’em ...
◆ Garb gab: Former study abroad student/Italian murder suspect Amanda Knox has not swapped jail garb for finery; she was spotted shopping at a Salvation Army store in Seattle last weekend.
◆ The Mitt man: Word is GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is dressed in jeans in his family Christmas card photo.
◆ Pix place: The lovely Christmas frock worn by first daughter Sasha Obama in the recent White House Christmas Portrait cost nearly $75.
Press pals ...
Golly. It should come as no surprise that Bill Daley had a book signing party to pitch liberal MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews’ tome Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero at Daley’s Chicago digs.
His Airness ...
The Un One: Recently deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il’s successor/son, Kim Jong Un, who’s believed to be in his late 20s, was obsessed with basketball and spent hours doing meticulous pencil drawings of Michael Jordan, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Congrats to Sun-Times federal courts reporter Natasha Korecki and husband Bob McCoppin on the birth of son Cormac McNulty. . . . Today’s birthdays: Billy Bragg, 54; Peter Criss, 66, and belated wishes to Rose Ann Gurgone, 75.