After making an announcement about job growth and economic development in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the lack of values by gangs who waged a gun battle where a 7 year old girl was shot in Chicago as she sold lemonade with her mother. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times
Updated: January 22, 2013 10:04AM
Rahm ’em . . .
It’s crackdown time!
Sneed is told that Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t waiting for federal or state governments to act on gun control.
◆Translation: The mayor, who supports a ban on assault weapons, is planning a crackdown on suburban gun shops that sell to “straw purchasers” — people who buy guns for those who can’t legally own them — and it could include police stings on suburban gun shops.
◆To wit: Although there are no gun shops in Chicago, a top mayoral source tells Sneed that Rahm has ordered Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and the city corporation counsel’s office to begin using the “city’s own authority” to stem such gun sales by shops outside the city.
◆Backshot: The mayor is not only reeling from the slaughter of innocents in the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., but he is also waging a battle against gang violence in Chicago.
◆The scatter shot: Sneed hears the mayor has asked police and city lawyers to quickly determine just how powerful that authority may be — and what he needs to get it.
◆Statshot: There may be no gun shops in Chicago, but gangs don’t have to go far to find them. A Sun-Times report published earlier this year found that most guns recovered in crimes in Chicago were originally bought in Cook County — and the No .1 supplier of those guns is a suburban shop.
◆Badshot: Illinois just became the 50th state to allow concealed weapons after the statewide ban on them was struck down in court.
Rahm ’em II . . .
The apocalypse: Mayor Emanuel en famille are leaving on vacation Saturday, the day after the world is scheduled to end.
The O-pocalypse . . .
Oh oh Oprah doesn’t want you to go hungry, if the world is actually ending today.
◆To wit: On her magazine’s website, the talk show queen offers a special selection of recipes that freeze well and feed a crowd “whether the world is really ending — or whether you’re just having a busy week.” There ya go.
Smoke ’em . . .
To mark the fifth anniversary of Smoke Free Illinois — the program banning smoking indoors — on Jan. 1, Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John J. Cullerton, State Sen. Terry Link and newly elected Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough will celebrate with a news conference at Poag Mahone’s Irish pub in the Loop.
◆Note: In rough Irish translation, “poag mahone” means “kiss my arse.”
Janitor jolt . . .
Sticks & stones: Looks like Service Employees International Union boss Tom Balanoff has found a quiet place from whence to lead his union’s protest over the new O’Hare International Airport janitorial contract with United Maintenance Company. He has been on vacation in Australia for weeks.
Mitt’s bit . . .
In case you didn’t get one, former GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s family Christmas card is color-coordinated: Pink for granddaughters; sea green for grandsons — and a standout black shirt for the patriarch.
I spy . . .
Hoop scoop: Basketball baron Michael Jordan donned a bright red holiday sweater during the Friday night opening of the new upscale sports bar Municipal . . . Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Wednesday’s opening night performance of “The Book of Mormon” . . . The Chicago Bears’ Israel Idonije headed to HUB 51on Monday night for dinner with his family . . . The Green Bay Packers’ Jerel Worthy was at Tavern on Rush this past Saturday . . . The Cubbies’ Theo Epstein was spotted Monday taking in a biz lunch at Crosby’s Kitchen in Lake View . . . and retired All-Star baseball player Sandy Alomar Jr. hit the Local on Saturday night.
Sneedlings . . .
Best wishes and health to film critic superstar Roger Ebert, who has not been feeling well lately. Ebert recently fractured his hip . . . Friday’s birthdays: Jane Fonda, 75; Ray Romano, 55; Julie Delpy, 43, and belated wishes to John Jankowski, 83.