Follow @sneedlingsThe tower of power . . .
Sneed hears whispers the Trump Tower will become the regional White House whenever the president-elect visits Illinois, which Donald Trump did quietly last Monday morning before he headed on his last voter swing to Michigan.
“Donald Trump likes huddling in a private suite in his own hotel when he’s in town,” a source who was there said.
In attendance at the Trump hotel early Monday morning before his historically stunning election upheaval:
• A “very energized” Trump, who had just been told they were going to “bring it off,” a top GOP source said.
• Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is rumored to become a member of Trump’s cabinet.
• Retired Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach Bobby Knight, a huge Trump supporter.
• A gaggle of big-time GOP donors recruited by former Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Ron Gidwitz, who has been the state’s big “go to” money guy for Trump — and is now Trump’s big “go to” guy in Illinois. (Sneed is told donors dropped $750,000 plus at the Trump hotel breakfast get-together.)
Sneed’s sources claim Trump did not discuss the Chicago City Council stripping the honorary “Trump Plaza” designation outside the 98-story Trump International Hotel & Tower on the Chicago River.
“But you can quote me as saying that was one stupid move by the City of Chicago’s aldermen to remove the Trump Plaza label,” said Gidwitz. “Not real smart.”
Trump also quietly hung out at Trump Tower in Chicago before he was driven to Mayor Roger Claar’s boffo luncheon fundraiser in Bolingbrook last month — anxiously asking “when are we going to get there?” all the way to the suburb’s golf club.
Follow @sneedlingsDaughter Ivanka also stayed at the Trump Tower before she headed to a private fundraiser tossed by Shelley and Bill Farley at their posh Lake Shore Drive digs.
• The big rumble: Grumbling among the Trump Tower condo owners and health club users about security concerns.
“It’s a bit intimidating and distracting when the Secret Service agents accompanying the Trump family are all about guarding the Trump Tower doors and stopping elevators,” a top GOP source said.
It also must be a bit distracting having protesters demonstrating in front of Trump Tower on Wednesday after his surprise election!
Garb barb . . .
First lady-in-waiting Melania Trump, who frequently opts for high fashion WHITE or light-colored garb on the campaign trail, wore a BLACK ensemble during her first White House visit Thursday.
A choice based on her mood?
Hair scare . . .
Dear Donald, my president-elect.
Sneed needs an answer.
On June 30, 2015, you told Sneed via a phone interview you will jettison your famous windswept hairdo if elected president.
“If I’m working for the people, I will only have time to comb my hair back,” Trump chuckled.
Is it the 1960s revolution all over again?
It sure felt like it when the millennial revolution arrived via text Wednesday night from my niece, Kathleen Klaver, a recent transplant from South Dakota’s rural Trump country working on her master’s degree here at Loyola University.
Protesting outside Trump Tower!
“Distracted in class after the election,” said Kathleen. “Checked out social media. Took an option to get out of a test — and headed out,” she said. “I just couldn’t concentrate. So imagine what it felt like when this small-town girl wound up on Michigan Avenue in the midst of a huge movement!
“It was exhilarating. Everyone was holding hands. Strangers holding hands for human rights, morals, equal rights. It felt so unified and hopeful after the devastation of his election.
“I mean, women were chanting: “Our Body. Our choice!” And the men were chanting back: “Your body. Your choice.”
Sneedlings . . .
I spy: Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop spotted at the Chicago Sports Museum with friends Tuesday. . . . Congratulations to Karen Fratto and Mike Larson on their Sept. 24 marriage at St. Jerome Church. . . . Today’s birthdays: Leonardo DiCaprio, 42; Demi Moore, 54, Stanley Tucci, 56, and Chicago labor lawyer Jim Franczek, 70.