The police blotter . . .
Police Supt.Garry McCarthy just got a ribbing.
Well, sort of.
Sneed is told McCarthy, who returned to full-time patrol duty during the July 4 weekend after a full recovery from a heart attack last June, was put back on part-time patrol duty because of some injured ribs . . . a day later.
Sneed hears doctors cleared McCarthy to return to patrol that weekend, and he took a group of reporters along — but after the shift hewas involved in a spill while boating.
Sources tell Sneed McCarthy, who is built like a Bronx bulldog, suffered two cracked ribs while riding on a wave runner commanded by his wife, Kristin.
A police spokesman verified McCarthy injured his ribs in a boating accident. “[McCarthy] needs department clearance to return to full-time patrol — and is not officially allowed to do so until that happens,” he added.
“The superintendent loves going on patrol,” said a police source. “It’s something he is adamant about doing. He is looking forward to officially being cleared to do so.”
Archbishop Blase Cupich, who requested to go on patrol with McCarthy through some of the city’s most violent neighborhoods, is waiting for a green light. Cupich invited McCarthy to dine with him recently to discuss the city’s gun violence imbroglio.
Hill swill . . .
Hey! Hey! Did you know Dem presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton once played on a softball team named the Good & Plenties, which sported pink and white uniforms?
Now you do.
Trump ’em . . .
Versions of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s white trucker cap, which made hat headlines when the Trumpster hit the Tex-Mex border last week, are now being marketed in Chicago by foxy PR maven Bernie DiMeo.
“Hi Michael – Since your column itemon Friday, Chicago-based Rocco Shirts has started selling ‘Make America Great Again’ caps, T-shirts and bumper stickers.
“Until Trump has his own site selling campaign items I think we’ll do very well,” said DiMeo, who claims he owns Rocco Shirts.
P.S. Trump sold his baseball caps at his merchandise store in New York, which reportedly sold out in two hours, according to one report.
The party set . . .
It was just too, too . . . Chicago style.
The annual over-the-top summer bash tossed by financial guru Richard Driehaus and his wife, Inese, at their Lake Geneva, Wis., estate Saturday drew the swells and the swooners stunned by the couple’s Chicago theme.
• Translation: Comedian Martin Short entertained. Inese wore a golden frock sprouting feathers designed by Mira Couture. Richard Hunt, Bob and Joan Clifford, Ald. Ed Burke and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, Iris and Dan McCaffery and Steve and Peggy Lombardo were amongst the gathering bopping to the Chicago beat . . . and, let it be noted, Citadel magnate Ken Griffin, the state’s richest man, was amongst the throng eating Chicago hot dogs with his latest arm candy.
A horse, of course!
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) had a brush with the law recently.
• Translation: Reilly, who sponsored a life-size horse statue for the Horses of Honor project, which benefits the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation — painted the horse himself!
• Explanation: He splatter-painted the statue, which is named for an officer killed in the line of duty, with red, blue and gold paint. Look for it at 535 N. Michigan Ave. next week.
I spy . . .
Where did Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels dine the night before he threw that no-hitter against the Cubs? Why, Gibsons on Rush . . . of course.
Sneedlings . . .
Begorrah! Having a great time dining at Chris and Sheila Kennedy’s home in Hyannis Port, Mass., Monday were the Irish Fellowship Club’s Peggy Lombardo, Kathy Taylor, Lynn McKeaney, Maureen Connors, Tom Laughlin, Eamonn Vaughan, Martin Healy, Jim Coyne, Austin Kelly and Tim Cavanagh . . .Thursday’s birthdays: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 68; Terry Crews, 47, and Lisa Kudrow, 52.
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