Sneed: Will Rauner try to make a deal on Obama library legislation?

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at a news conference in Chicago on March 20, 2015. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

The Obama library . . .

Let’s make a deal?

Will GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner try to leverage legislation passed last week clearing the way to use parkland if Obama chooses Chicago for his presidential library and museum?


Hmmm. Will Rauner require political chits in exchange for signing the legislation, which will create thousands of new construction jobs?

Pssst! Sneed has learned President Barack Obama personally called people involved with the bill with a note of thanks for its passage.

Getting Zopped . . .

Sneed is told that Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp, who is being urged to run for the U.S. Senate against GOP Sen. Mark Kirk, is now polling and reaching out to top political and business leaders.

• To wit: “Andy is aggressively doing her due diligence to make sure such a run is not a fool’s errand,” a top Dem source said. Zopp, a graduate of Harvard, has a resume that reads like a corporate bible.

• The upshot: A cadre of top Dem leaders were very concerned about an absence of African-Americans on the recent state Dem ticket, besides perennial vote-getter Secretary of State Jesse White . . . and emphasize that Barack Obama will not be on the next ticket.

• The buckshot: U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a wounded Iraq war veteran, has already tossed her hat in the ring against Kirk. “She has a great story,” the source said. “But it is not the only story.”

Stay tuned.

Tipsville . . .

It’s transition time!

Sneed hears rumbles there may be a change at the Chicago Housing Authority.

Is CHA chief Michael Merchant exiting?

• Backshot: Merchant replaced Charles Woodyard after City Hall felt he wasn’t moving fast enough on CHA transformation plans.

The color blue . . .

When first lady Michelle Obama unveiled the new Obama state china service Thursday, with the signature “Kailua Blue” inspired by her husband’s native Hawaii — she was wearing what appeared to be Kailua Blue nail polish.

Daley schmooze . . .

Just like old times: Former Mayor Richard M. Daley and his brothers Bill, Mike and John — along with Rich’s old buddies, were spotted celebrating his 73rd birthday at Hugo’s Frog Bar on Saturday night.

AmBush ’em . . .

Former President George W. Bush, who got along well with Russian President Vladimir Putin, got into a dogfight once with the Soviet strongman.

• To wit: Bush told a private gathering in Las Vegas recently when Putin met Barney, the nation’s former first dog, Putin told Dubya his own dog was “bigger, stronger and faster.”


A photo of Chicago Police officers playing football with some kids in North Woodlawn became very popular on social media. | Provided photo

Click! Click!

A recent photo of Chicago’s finest has gone viral.

Not only is the picture of three Chicago cops playing pickup football with kids in a North Lawndale vacant lot all over the Internet, it has gotten more than 30,000 “likes” on the CPD Facebook page.

• Sneed’s pickup: Mayor Rahm Emanuel called to thank the police officers and “was happily surprised to learn one of the officers, Pete Kalenik, was once his congressional intern in his Chicago office,” according to a Rahm source.

I spy . . .

NFL legend Terry Bradshaw was spotted gearing up for the 2015 NFL Draft at River North hot spot Chicago Cut on Monday night.

Sneedlings . . .

Wednesday’s birthdays: Jerry Seinfeld, 61; Daniel Day-Lewis, 58, and Michelle Pfeiffer, 57.

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