Chicago’s Chances of Making the Democratic National Convention Look Better, Says Top Source


Sneed learns from a top source that the likely venue for the 2024 Democratic National Convention will be a battle between Chicago and New York.

And it looks increasingly likely that the event will come to Chicago, according to the Sneed source.

Rich Gov’s Mega Cash Treasure. JB Pritzker is believed to be a big factor in Chicago holding the convention site, according to a source familiar with DNC planning in both blue cities.

Pritzker’s notorious desire to become president one day is grist to the convention.

∞ To wit: While Atlanta and Houston also compete as congressional venues for the Dem, the concern is that both Southern cities lack the cash supply — and Atlanta may have elected a Republican governor by then. And neither is in a blue state.

“It’s hard to raise money and it’s going to cost mega-mega millions to hold a huge national political convention, big chunks of it for security and police costs,” said the source familiar with DNC planning in both blue cities. .

“Two-part money will also be key as this is a big problem for the city,” the source added. “But Pritzker also has money he’s willing to use; and it looks like Chicago, located in a solid blue state that hosted a hugely successful Dem National Convention at the United Center in 1996, has a head start.

The Buckshot: The big problem overshadowing Chicago and New York: public safety and mayors who haven’t been able to fight crime!

“Maybe crime is on the rise in New York; but Chicago’s crime has the biggest national impact on news,” the source said with both feet on the DNC happening in both cities. “It’s the proverbial fly in the ointment,” added the source.

For the sake of Chicago, will someone please call the fly swatter?

Stay tuned.

The Queen’s Way…

Photo fantastic: Thank you to Dia Weil, for returning beautiful photos of London’s historic Green Park, a 30-acre park with no formal flower beds – which has NOW been slightly transformed into a bed of lovingly placed keepsakes and plastic-wrapped flowers in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who will be buried in Westminster Abbey on Monday.


This exhibition is part of a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in London’s historic Green Park.

“It is now a quiet and reverent place, where all the flowers are composted by the Royal Park horticulturists for use elsewhere,” Weil said.

(Ironically, King Charles II’s wife, the namesake of the new King Charles III, tradition has it that all formal flower gardens in Green Park were removed in the mid-17th century, when she discovered that the King was there picking flowers for a milkmaid. that he had it in mind.)

The Webb net…

One Night to the Former Gov. to commemorate. Jim Thompson, the state’s longest-serving gubernatorial powerhouse who died in 2020 drew cheers and tears at the Four Seasons Hotel last Friday night.

That was when those closest to “Big Jim” gathered to “honor the man who was never afraid to do the right thing”.

Among the more than 300 “notable” crowds hosted by Thompson’s wife, Jayne, (accompanied by their daughter, Samantha) and legal powerhouse and K. Webb were former mayor Rich Daley; Former White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner; former Attorney General of Illinois Ty Fahner; ald. Ed Burke and outgoing judge of the Supreme Court of the State Anne Burke; former Governor George Ryan; former US ambassador to Belgium Ron Gidwitz and wife Christina; former US attorney Anton Valukas; and retired judge of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals account farmer, the man who preceded Thompson as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

“I channel his demeanor, leadership and empathy,” said Governor JB Pritzker, accompanied by his wife, MK “I always ask, ‘What would Jim do?’ he added.

“It was the days of giants,” said Webb, a former US attorney, referring to Bauer and Thompson’s tenure as tandem US attorneys.

“The statistics are astounding about how many of their assistant US attorneys would become the absolute leaders of the Chicago and national legal communities,” Webb said.

∞Webb’s Evidence: Seven became justices of the Chicago Federal District Court; three became federal judges of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; four became US attorneys for Chicago; one became the attorney general of Illinois; one became a US senator in Illinois; one became the secretary of the United States Department of Transportation; one became the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States; two became the Illinois state police director; six became the chairman or managing partner of six of Chicago’s largest law firms—some of which became international law firms; several others became judges in the state of Illinois or on appeal,” he said.

You calculate… and fill in the names as you go.

The Kelly File…

Hmmm: Now that singer R. Kelly’s sensational child porn trial has concluded with a guilty verdict — 14 years after his acquittal on similar charges in Cook County — here’s a question.

Is Kelly Really Illiterate?

Apparently not anymore.

Backshot: Kelly’s former attorneys in Chicago insisted the singer, who was awaiting a new trial on sexual charges during his stay at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, was unable to read.

Result: Kelly was spotted using a computer and taking notes during his jury trial in federal judge this month Harry “Hang Them High” linen weaver.

Kelly’s former attorneys also claimed that the only book he owned was the Bible.

Be still my tongue.


Blimey! Calum MacLeod, who was doing the television service at St. Giles’ Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, back then? the Queen Elizabeth II funeral beer arrived earlier this week, once worked at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue. Described as a “man of charm and good humor, a great storyteller of Scotland and Scotland, who possessed a great understanding of history and religion and was fond of a small sip of whisky,” MacLeod sounds like he and the Queen were in a competition. …Spotted at RL’s eatery, insurance tsar Pat Ryan and wife shirley, founder of Northwestern Hospital’s famed Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, who were honored Tuesday night by the Navy Seal Foundation with their 2022 Patriot Award. The event, where former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the featured speaker, had to be moved from the Hilton Hotel to Navy Pier to accommodate a crowded crowd. … Saturday Birthdays: NFL Star Patrick Mahomes, 27; and actor Danny Ramirez, 30. Sunday Birthdays: Actor James Marsden, 49; actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 51, and dr. Bin carson, 71.

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