Sneed: Does Emanuel have a backup plan if he loses Lucas museum?

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Hmmm.And a little pssst?

Sneed hears rumbles Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his advisers are trying to figure out how to absorb the hit if “Star Wars” titan George Lucas, who has been entertaining offers to put the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art elsewhere, decides to go . . . elsewhere.

So . . . will Emanuel summon the force?

Stay tuned.


Is the Illinois Gaming Board, under the direction of Gov. Bruce Rauner, about ready to pull the lever on the small restaurants throughout the state that operate video gaming machines?

• To wit: Ka-ching! Sneed is told the gaming board is considering a major policy change that would eliminate the ability of small mom-and-pop restaurants and pubs to bill video poker machine owners for non-alcoholic incentives to promote play (food, hats, cups.)

• Backshot: Right now, marketing dollars are evenly split between the restaurant owners (the moms and pops) and the guys who lease the machines, otherwise known as the politically powerful terminal operators.

• Buckshot: Sneed hears rumbles the terminal operators have hired an army of lobbyists to change the law, which in effect could leave the mom and pops holding the tab.

Over and out.


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Obama mama . . .

Moving with mom: Not only are the Obamas moving to one of Washington, D.C.’s wealthiest ZIP codes while their youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes high school after they vacate the White House — but first lady Michelle Obama’s beloved mother, Marian Robinson, will be moving in with them.



Obama rama . . .

Chilling out in Chilmark?

Now comes word the Obamas will spend their last summer vacation in a locale they’ve visited seven times during the president’s time in office: Martha’s Vineyard.

Word is White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, the Obamas’ BFF, will also join them during part of their three-week stay . . . as well as a cadre of Obama’s basketball court buddies to shoot hoops one last time.

The White House has yet to release the exact dates . . . and it is still unknown just what humongous, megamillion-dollar home replete with estate space for the U.S. Secret Service has been rented.

Tab blab . . .

Chump change: Chef and author Anthony Bourdain, whose hit CNN show “Parts Unknown” loves to chew the fat over his bad-boy days, dined on bun cha and beer during a chopstick chat with President Barack Obama during his Vietnam visit earlier this week.

The result: Bourdain picked up the $6 tab.

Deep Depp . . .

Well, I’ll be doggone!

Actor Johnny Depp, 52, is being divorced by his also wackodoodle wife Amber Heard, 30, after 15 months of marriage — imagine the fate of poor “Pistol” and “Boo,” their two Yorkshire Terriers!

• Hmmm: The two pups — who gained headlines after the dingy Depps breached Australian security by illegally bringing them into the country last year — are probably still in canine recovery from all the celeb exposure.

The eraser set . . .

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, Loyola University’s first lay leader in the history of the Jesuit university’s history — will receive a housing allowance and will not live in campus housing . . . unlike her predecessor, new Loyola Chancellor Michael J. Garanzini, who not only lived on campus . . . but was occasionally spotted by Sneed riding around campus on his bike!

The Vet file . . .

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) who launched the Operation Help-A-Hero on Saturday with Emanuel to aid homeless veterans, tells Sneed he will use his office at 10400 S. Western Ave. as the June depository for the donations of basic household goods from drives being conducted by all the City Council aldermen and 20 Chicago Park District locations.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy: Former Chicago Cubs players Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly, Derek Lee and Michael Barrett spotted dining Wednesday night at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place with their wives and children. . . . Today’s birthdays: Andre 3000, 41; Darin Brooks, 32, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10.

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