Tea for two . . .
Health update: What do powerful City Council Finance Committee chief Ald. Ed Burke (14th) and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have in common?
Both men, who recently underwent surgery and hospitalization, are doing tip-top in the recovery department.
Burke, known as the dean of the City Council, underwent prostate cancer surgery. McCarthy suffered a heart attack and underwent angioplasty.
Although McCarthy attended a press conference Monday, he still has more healing to do at home.
And Burke’s wife, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke — who’s calling herself Nurse Ratched during her hubby’s recovery — tells Sneed she has ordered him back to work. Like . . . now.
◆ Translation: Stay tuned for a possible office visit Tuesday by Burke, who has been working with top aides by phone from home.
The Beyonce beat . . .
A FLOTUS notice!
Sneed hears White House whispers first lady Michelle Obama may hit town July 24 to catch songstress Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z at Soldier Field during the Chicago stop of their “On The Run” tour.
◆ Backshot: It wouldn’t be the first time the first lady has come home to see Bey. Last July, Obama and her daughters saw Beyonce’s tour stop in Chicago.
◆ Moneyshot: The Obamas don’t need to go to concerts to see Beyonce, or even hear her sing: Queen Bey attended Michelle’s 50th birthday party, many fundraisers and that infamous inauguration when B lipsynced “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Cub rub . . .
Despite the team’s chronic losing streak, Chicago-bred actor Jeremy “Mr. Selfridge” Piven is a lifelong Cubs fan; and he thinks it’s time to forgive Steve Bartman, the mystery man who interfered with a foul ball during a Cubs playoff game in 2003. (After he was identified, Bartman went into hiding amid a barrage of death threats.)
◆ Quoth Piven to TMZ: “I think forgiveness is a powerful thing.” Now ain’t that enlightening.
The Palin file . . .
Former 2008 GOP veep candidate Sarah Palin, whose TV presence is now limited to the Sportsman Channel, may be angling for a spot on the popular daytime talk show “The View” now that co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are leaving — but Sneed bets the uber-liberal Barbara Walters, the show’s executive producer, would nix such a pick.
The Obama pay scale . . .
$$$$The 2013-2014 White House staff salaries were just made public, and here’s a tip on who got the zenith in new compensation.
◆ Wow: The biggest raise went to Chase Cushman, a scheduler, whose paycheck went from $68,000 a year to $130,000 a year when he became deputy assistant to the president. Time is money.
◆ What price advice: Valerie Jarrett, the Obamas’ BFF in the White House, gets paid $172,200.
A sad note . . .
Jane O’Connor Kerr, a pioneer in women’s leadership of the fine arts in Illinois and a founder of the Chicago City Ballet, died July 1 in her home in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 101.
A wonderfully giving woman and mother of five children, including three dear friends, Paul, Meg, and Bill O’Connor, Jane spent the Chicago chapter of her life involved in a cacophony of cultural, civic and Catholic projects — while raising her children with her husband, the late, legendary TV commentator Len O’Connor.
Jane’s later years were spent in Tucson with a late-in-life marriage to Donald R. Kerr. Blessings to her family. Jane was a blessing to us all.
The book beat . . .
The Chicago connection: Author Laurence Gonzales, a former commercial airline pilot, hits the Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to launch his new book: “Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival.”
◆ Backstory: Twenty-five years ago, the United Airlines flight was bound for Chicago when it crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, and plastered images of a plane engulfed in flames pinwheeling down the runway all over the news. Remarkably, 184 of the 296 passengers survived.
Sneedlings . . .
Tuesday’s birthdays: Kevin Bacon, 56; Anjelica Huston, 63, and Raffi, 66.