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Plan to redo state gambling board in the works

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

Slot shots …

Pssst! Sneed hears a gaming bloodbath may be afoot to bring a casino to Chicago.

â—†To wit: Sneed hears whispers a state legislative plan is being eyed which could result in the dismissal of the Illinois gaming board – the firing of its board chairman, Aaron Jaffe – and the caveat that a new board chairman couldn’t be anyone appointed in the past.

â—†The backshot: Gov. Pat Quinn just reappointed Jaffe the state’s top gaming regulator. Jaffe has been a thorn in the side of pro-gambling lawmakers who want a Chicago casino – along with slot machines at racetracks.

â—†The buckshot: “Quinn tells everybody Jaffe’s done a good job helping to prevent ethics corruption in the gaming industry,” the source said. “But he’s thoroughly impossible to deal with on all fronts.”

â—†The upshot: At last peek, Quinn was standing firm against putting slot machines at racetracks, which seems to be the only thing preventing state legislation placing a casino in Chicago from getting a green light.

Stay tuned.

Pen patter …

Writer Salman Rushdie, who was targeted for destruction for having written “The Satanic Verses,” has a different first name: Ahmed.

Rahm ’em …

Hang ’em: This guy doesn’t miss a beat. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hanging new paintings in his City Hall digs composed by Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art students.

Hoop scoop …

Lockout love: Desperate Bulls fans can seek solace at the Thomspon Center Wednesday where they can view and take a pic with the Bull’s six NBA championship trophies from the 1990s. Former Bulls tall man Bill Wennington will be on hand.

China capers …

Foxy Loxy: I suppose it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to capitalize on former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s formidable China connections.

â—†Translation: Sneed has learned Daley’s law firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, is this/close to opening an office in China.

â—†The stats: Daley, who traveled on “city” business trips to China before he left office – and whose brother, White House chief of staff Bill Daley, deflected an offer to be U.S. Ambassador to China shortly after President Barack Obama took office – will be on hand when it opens after the first of the year. Natch.

Reaganantics …

Play it as it lays: Veteran actress Piper Laurie’s memoir “Learning to Lie Out Loud” contains this titillating tidbit about former President Ronald Reagan – before he met wife, Nancy, and after he divorced wife, Jane Wyman.

â—†It’s all about timing: Laurie claims it took 40 minutes to lose her virginity to Reagan when she was 18 and he was 39 – and he was playing her father in a film! Gadzooks.

The go-between …

Mayor Emanuel’s go-between working with the Occupy Chicago folks is Felicia Davis, a former Chicago cop.

â—†Job status: Davis, who is now Rahm’s his first deputy chief of staff dealing with public safety, is African American, has five children, a culinary degree and two dogs. And according to a Gallup personality test two of her key strengths are relating to others, and winning others over. There ya go.

Sneedlings …

Belated 50th wedding anniversary wishes to George and Rose Bonomo … Wednesday’s birthdays: Tiffany LaMantia, 40; Oksana Baiul, 34; Lisa Bonet, 44; Dwight Gooden, 47; Martha Plimpton, 41, and Marg Helgenberger, 53.