It’s Election Day — and Sneed has learned Mayor Daley, who voted early for the first time in his life, is outta the country!
† Translation: Hizzoner is taking the entire election week off!
† To wit: Sneed is told Mayor Daley grabbed his passport last Saturday and headed to the British Virgin Islands. (Not Florida for a few days, as rumored.)
† The stats: “He is in the Virgin Islands with wife, Maggie, his best buddy Terry Newman, and batch of pals —and they are sailing on some Chicago bigwig’s boat,” said a top source.
† The end shot: Mayor Daley is not due back in town until Saturday.
† The upshot: Hizzoner will not be here to celebrate Rahm Emanuel’s big win — if — he wins the election today.
The Ax man . . .
Ay! Sneed presumes former top White House adviser David Axelrod, who is advising his pal Rahm Emanuel, is hoping his 56th birthday today brings word his buddy will not face a runoff election.
Police blotter . . .
Stuff the gruff: Memo to the group of irate church ministers in high-crime areas upset Police Supt. Jody Weis isn’t planning to move more beat cops into their districts: Weis is not planning to do anything without a green light from Mayor Daley, who is in direct contact with Rahm Emanuel, don’tchaknow.
Tipsville . . .
Sneed hears Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who issued a directive to her staff to put the kibosh on aldermanic electioneering (free turkeys, massages and restaurant perks to ward residents) when the election was heading into the home stretch, has assigned “rapid response teams” to investigate complaints of voter fraud and intimidation today.
The Duong song . . .
Tears & cheers! Myra Duong was wilting in her wedding dress when Cook County Judge James F. Henry sailed to the rescue recently.
The saga: Duong, 31, her fiance, Daniel Garcia, and 14 wedding guests had shown up at the Cook County building for a wedding ceremony — only to find the doors locked due to Lincoln’s birthday.
The scene: “I just broke down and started crying,” said Duong. “The food and decorations were waiting for us back at Daniel’s house.”
The rescue: Then two men walked past the doleful group and one pointed to his friend and smiled: “He’ll marry you.” To the rescue had come Judge James Henry, who pulled out his identification, pointed them to the nearby Daley Center; helped the wedding party get past the security guards; and escorted them to a quiet corner in the lobby where the wedding was performed.
The upshot: “It was a miracle,” said Duong. “The judge was like a guardian angel.”
The backshot: It wasn’t the first time Judge Henry has come to the rescue of dashed wedding plans due to holiday closings. Only that time it was a pair of Elmhurst College students at Cafe Bionda.
Hair scare . . .
Actor John Travolta and his family were spotted in Hawaii celebrating his 57th birthday and causing a massive photo op . . . when Travolta decided to hit the beach without his famous hair weave.
† Translation: Travolta has got a bald topper.
Sneedlings . . .
Today’s birthdays: Drew Barrymore, 36; Jonathan Demme, 67; Kyle MacLachlan, 52; and David Axelrod, see above note.