Sneed: Ed Burke’s son not looking to follow his dad into politics

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Ed and Travis Burke at the Democratic National Convention. | Mark Brown

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All in the family . . . 

Following in his father’s footsteps?

Well, sort of.

• Translation: Travis Burke, 20, an Illinois delegate to the Democratic National Convention — who gained centerstage when the Sun-Times’ Mark Brown discovered he was the son of powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th) — is not on a fast track to go into politics . . . yet.

• However, Sneed is told Travis passed the police exam recently — and has his eye on becoming a Chicago Police officer like his dad — who began his stint as a Chicago cop during the 1968 Democratic Convention.

“Really, my inspiration is to help kids and make a difference in the city’s growing violence,” Travis told Sneed.


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Chris Kennedy, the only member of the JFK dynasty who lives in Chicago [North Shore], who recently ran afoul of a scrum of reporters at the DNC quizzing him about another possible gubernatorial bid, told Sneed recently:

“Let’s just say right now I want to continue to live in Illinois and to raise my children and my grandchildren here — and to be around when Illinois delegate Travis Burke heads into a leadership of his own.”

• Ya think? It would be naive to think Travis wasn’t born with more than a spoonful of clout.

Check out the side-by-side shots of Travis as a baby with former vice president Al Gore and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin when Travis became Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke and Ed’s foster child. And the pic of Travis with his dad.

Dick Durbin, Ed Bruke, Travis Burke and Al Gore. | Photo provided by Meaghan Cleary

Dick Durbin, Ed Bruke, Travis Burke and Al Gore. | Photo provided by Meaghan Cleary

Click. Click. Pop. Pop.

Pop star Nick Jonas and his buddies hit hot seafood spot Ocean Cut late Tuesday night, minus his pop co-star Demi Lovato following their Allstate Arena concert.

It was the “start of a long night out in Chicago,” quipped Jonas, who stated he was planning to hit the Cuvee nightclub later.

Jonas, who recently called it quits with actress Kate Hudson and is reportedly linked to actress Lily Collins — daughter of singer Phil Collins — was “definitely flying solo and enjoying his night out with the boys,” according to a Sneed source.

The eatery put on Jonas’ personal Spotify playlist, while he and his crew spent the night laughing, joking and stuffing themselves with Branzino and steak after their high-energy performance.

It’s get-back time!


The war goes on?

Still fuming over what he considers a smear campaign conducted by his 2016 Dem primary opponent, incumbent State Rep. Mike Madigan — Chicago business consultant Jason Gonzales is planning to announce a “response” Monday.

• Backstory: Voters were left to choose between Madigan, arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois — and Gonzales, a high school dropout who grew up in Carpentersville, and went on to become a successful business consultant after receiving degrees from Duke, MIT and Harvard. He also received a pardon from Gov. Pat Quinn in 2015 stemming from a felony conviction for admittedly using a credit card illegally as a teen.

• Back shot: It was a rare primary battle for the 22nd District seat occupied by Madigan, who has held a seat in the General Assembly since 1971. Gonzales ran as a Democrat, although he had secured the support of many Republicans and supporters of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Reel estate . . . 

Top tip: Former mayor Richard M. Daley, the scion of Bridgeport, is pulling up stakes again. Word is he’s moving to a place on North Lake Shore Drive whose address sounds like a tax return.

Get it? Forget it.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy: Ohio Gov. John Kasich spotted at Gibsons on Rush on Thursday night and being greeted by nearby tablemate, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley. GOPer Kasich, a Donald Trump foe, also hit Coco Pazzo eatery to raise money for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who is also a Trump detractor. . . . Grammy-award winning songwriter Kenny Loggins, spotted Wednesday night at Gibsons. . . . Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon at Hugo’s Frog Bar last week. . . .  Saturday’s birthdays: Gerri Halliwell, 44; Marisa Miller, 38; and Amanda Letrich, 25. Sunday’s birthdays: Mike Trout, 25; Charlize Theron, 41; and Francesca Eastwood, 23.

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