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Will Donald Trump upset Lori Lightfoot’s budget?

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget includes $163 million in federal ambulance service reimbursements. The president, recently snubbed by the mayor, may decide to spike it.

President Donald Trump addresses the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention Oct. 28 in Chicago, During the address, he lambasted the city over its crime rate.
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Ka-ching, k-not?

Is this a case from the odious to the obvious?

Sneed hears Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is no fan of President Donald Trump’s, may be in line for a hot foot from our president.

  • To wit: Included in Lightfoot’s massive city budget expectation is $163 million FEDERAL dollars in ambulance service reimbursements based on the feds rewriting a section of the Medicaid formula.
  • Translation: Political insiders are betting the ranch the Trump administration will nix the cash by turning a thumbs-down to approval of the formula rewrite by the U.S. Department of Human Services.

Why? It’s pretty obvious this president, who is consistently bashing Chicago, doesn’t forget slights.

And Lightfoot’s decision NOT to greet Trump at the airport Monday, his first trip to Chicago since his 2016 election, probably stung.

As a top Dem politico noted: “Even during the dark days of Watergate, Mayor Richard J. Daley greeted Republican President Richard Nixon at the airport when he visited Chicago.

Who dat?


A Sneed reader spotted a Cadillac SUV bearing the license plate, “D LT GOV,” recently driving down Interstate 94.

Is it new Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton’s car? Nope.


Does a prior lieutenant governor need to update his plate? Just asking.

Library love . . .

From marked man to clean slate?

Question: What’s the highest debt held by any single library user since the city decided to erase all late fees three weeks ago?

Answer: $631.60.

  • Upshot: The delinquent dude still hasn’t brought back the books since the library’s no-more-late-fees policy has been in place.
  • Buckshot: He may be off the hook, but he can’t check any more books out until the library gets its stuff back.
  • Book shot: Hundreds of readers who returned long-overdue items have boosted the library system’s return rate by 240%.

Sneedlings . . .

Catch/throw/dunk! We know “Humboldt Park Alligator” retriever Frank Robb can catch — but can he throw? Watch for Robb to hit the James R. Jordan Foundation’s “Bags for Kids” Cornhole tournament Nov. 14 at the Palmer House. And Michael Jordan’s mom, Deloris, will be there to see if Robb can dunk! (He’ll be playing on the team of Appellate Court Justice Joy Cunningham.). . . . Renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who hit Chicago to address the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), spotted dining with developer Fred Latsko at Gibsons Italia to discuss a new Ingels-designed Fulton Market building they soon plan to announce. . . . Saturday’s birthdays: David Schwimmer, 53; Karamo Brown, 39; and Danny Amendola, 34. . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Kendall Jenner, 24; Colin Kaepernick, 32; and Anna Wintour, 70. . . . And a belated birthday to Rosebud’s legendary proprietor Alex Dana, ageless . . . of course!