National convention

Chicago’s chances of seeing the Democratic National Convention get better and better


Sneed learns via a top source that the likely site of the 2024 Democratic National Convention is becoming a battle between Chicago and New York.

And it seems increasingly likely that the event will take place in Chicago, according to the Sneed source.

The rich governor’s mega silver mine. JB Pritzker is seen as a big factor in Chicago snagging the convention site, according to a source familiar with DNC planning in the two blue cities.

Rumor has it that Pritzker’s desire to one day run for president gives water to the convention rendezvous.

∞ Worth knowing: Although Atlanta and Houston have also been feuding as Dem convention sites, the worry is that the two southern cities don’t have the cash pool – and Atlanta may have elected a governor Republican 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 put on a huge national political convention, much of it for security and policing,” the source familiar with the DNC’s planning said in the two blue cities.

“Bipartisan money will also be key because it’s a big deal for the city,” the source added. “But Pritzker also has money he’s ready to use; and it looks like Chicago, located in a solid blue state that hosted a hugely successful Democratic National Convention in 1996 at the United Center, has the edge.

The Buckshot: The big problem overshadowing Chicago and New York: public safety and mayors who have failed to stem crime!

“Crime may increase in New York; but the Chicago crime had the biggest national news impact,” said the source with both feet in DNC business in both cities. “It’s the proverbial fly in the ointment,” the source added.

For the love of Chicago, could someone summon the flyswatter?

Stay tuned.

The Queen’s Path…

Fantastic photo: Many thanks to Dia Weil, for sending back lovely photos of London’s historic Green Park, a 30-acre park with no formal flower beds – which has NOW been somewhat transformed into a bed of keepsakes and flowers lovingly placed in honor of the deceased Queen Elizabeth II, who will be buried at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

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

“It is now a quiet and respectful place, where all the flowers will be composted by the gardeners of the royal park to be used elsewhere,” Weil said.

(Ironically, according to tradition, the wife of King Charles II, the new namesake of King Charles III, had all of Green Park’s formal flower gardens removed in the mid-1600s, when she found the King to pick flowers for a milkmaid he had his eye on.)

The Webb Network…

A night to commemorate the former Gov. Jim Thompson, the state’s longest-serving governor, who passed away in 2020, drew cheers and tears Sept. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

That’s when those closest to “Big Jim” came together to honor “the man who was never afraid to do what was right.”

Among the “notable” crowd of more than 300 people hosted by Thompson’s wife, Jayne, (accompanied by their daughter, Samantha) and legal power Dan K. Webb were former mayors Rich Daley; former White House chief of staff Sam Skinner; former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner; Aldus. Ed Burke and outgoing Justice of the State Supreme Court Anne Burke; former governor George Ryan; former US attorney Fred Foreman; former US Ambassador to Belgium Ron Gidwitz and wife Christina; former US attorney Anton Valukas; and retired judge of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Bill Bauer, the man who preceded Thompson as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

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

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

“The statistics are astounding on how many of their US associate attorneys were to become the absolute leaders of the Chicago and national legal communities,” Webb said.

∞Webb’s evidence: Seven became a federal district court judge in Chicago; three became judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit; four became Chicago’s United States Attorney; one became attorney general of Illinois; one became a U.S. senator from Illinois; one became secretary of the US Department of Transportation; one became chief of staff to the president of the United States; two became the director of the Illinois State Police; six became president or managing partner of six of Chicago’s largest law firms – and some of them became international law firms; several others became Illinois state courts or appellate judges, he said.

You do the math…and fill in the names while you’re at it.

The Kelly file…

Hmmm: Now this singer R.Kelly’s sensational child pornography trial ended in a guilty verdict – 14 years after he was acquitted on similar charges in Cook County – here’s a question.

Is Kelly really illiterate?

Apparently not anymore.

Backshot: Kelly’s former lawyers in Chicago have insisted the singer, who was awaiting a new trial on sex charges while at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, was unable to read.

Outcome: Kelly was spotted using a computer and taking notes during her jury trial this month before the Federal Court judge Harry “Hang ‘Em High” Leinenweber.

Kelly’s former lawyers also claimed that the only book he had in his possession was the Bible.

Always be my language.


Whore ! Calum McLeod, who did the television service at St. Giles Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, when the Queen Elizabeth II Funeral beer arrived earlier this week, once worked at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue. Described as “a charming, good-humored man, a great storyteller of the Scots and Scotland, who possessed a great understanding of history and religion, and loved a little glass of whisky”, MacLeod sounds as if he and the queen would have been a match. … Spotted at the restaurant of RL, the insurance czar pat ryan and wife Shirley, founder of Northwestern Hospital’s famed Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, who was honored Tuesday night by the Navy Seal Foundation with its 2022 Patriot Award. The event, where the former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the featured speaker, had to be moved from the Hilton Hotel to Navy Pier to accommodate an overflowing crowd. …Saturday birthdays: NFL star Patrick Mahomes, 27 years old and actor Dany Ramírez, 30. Sunday Birthdays: Actor James Marsden, 49; actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 51, and dr. Ben Carson, 71.