Odds on a city casino?


Arlington Heights 4/25/12Richard Duchossois, owner of Arlington Park Race Track, poses for a portrait on the paddock at the track in Arlington Heights on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media

Casino Chat …

Chips ahoy?

Sneed hears Gov. Pat Quinn, who is sitting on Chicago casino legislation due to placement of slot machines at racetracks, had a “nice” chat recently with Arlington Racetrack impresario Dick Duchossois.

â—†The scene: The Kentucky Derby.

â—†Hmmm: Is a Chicago casino in the near future, which will make Mayor Rahm Emanuel very happy?

â—†The script: “Gov. Quinn is wholly focused on repairing our pension and Medicaid systems right now to restore fiscal stability to Illinois,” said a Guv’s spokesman.

The NATO file …

Sneed hears the Chicago Host committee has decided the Illinois National Guard will NOT be a presence during the NATO summit because the city doesn’t want military uniforms possibly inciting protestors.

â—†The upshot: Sneed is also told the city is opting to request an additional influx of even more U.S. Secret Service agents.

Rahm ’em …

Did you know Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a 4×6 foot garden plot at the Montrose Green Community Garden?

Did you know he and his family filled their plot with organic soil on Mother’s Day?

Did you know he requested their produce be donated to the Common Pantry on the city’s North Side?

Now you do.

Bust a move …

A tale of two first ladies:

â—†First Lady Michelle Obama jams out to the music of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Beyonce when she exercises, according to a recent article in Women’s Health magazine.

â—†Former First Lady Hillary Clinton told Sneed years ago she stomped in time to singer Carly “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain” Simon’s music to relieve frustration.

The Quinn Binn …

Hmmmm: Wondering where Gov. Pat Quinn keeps his underwear?

Check out the statement issued Monday by GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady:

â—†“In 2010, Governor Pat Quinn said: ‘My clothes are at the governor’s mansion in Springfield – even my underwear is there. I think that establishes residency, doesn’t it?’”

â—†“In 2011, Quinn stayed only 40 nights in Springfield.”

â—†“For the sake of everyone working in his Chicago office, I really hope the Governor was lying about where he kept his underwear.”

â—†Backstory: Brady’s colorful comments followed a central Illinois TV report claiming Quinn spends little time in the Executive mansion despite earlier reports he was going to move into the mansion – which costs Illinois taxpayers nearly $500,000 a year.

(Gov. Blago got criticized for not spending any time there.)

â—†The flip side: Methinks Quinn is spending more time in Chicago because he does have a personal life called Monica Walker, an investment guru.

The Edwards Trial …

Bored or beleaguered? Former Dem presidential contender John Edwards apparently lets loose major yawns during his federal fraud trial – which seems to have devolved into a sexual tabloid case.

The Clooney corner …

Actor George Clooney, who hosted the largest political fund-raiser in U.S. history, attracted so many stars he joked: “We have Iron Man, Spider Man and Batman in the room. We should let the Secret Service take the night off.”

â—†P.S. Clooney’s girlfriend, former wrestler Stacy Keibler, nixed an invite to the wedding of a female wrestler pal in order to attend the Clooney extravaganza.

Cherchez La Femmes…

A NATO note: France’s new First Lady – er, mistress, Valerie Trierweiler – who will accompany her significant other, new French president Francois Hollande to the NATO Summit here – has been described as a tough journalist who shares the same sobriquet (nickname) as another famous former mistress: Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, who Princess Diana once described and the third person in her marriage.

â—†Translation: Both Camilla and Valerie are known as the “Rottweiler.”

â—†Singer/ex-model Carla Bruni, 44, the former First Lady of France – may be worth $30 million plus, but she will be a working mom. Word is she plans to revive the public concert end of her show business career.

â—†The kicker: Her hubby, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, once told the press he hoped to go on a lucrative US lecture circuit like Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.

â—†The squelch: His English is shaky.

Sneedlings …

Tuesday’s birthdays: Jamie Lynn Sigler, 31; Madeleine Albright, 75; Tom O’Gorman, ageless, and Steve DeAngeles, priceless and peerless.

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