Dogs sniff around City Council chambers after testimony about pests
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org January 30, 2013 9:12PM
George Ryan | AP
Updated: March 2, 2013 11:50AM
Getting bugged . . .
Oh, whadda exclusive. Sneed has learned two bedbug-sniffing dogs were quietly brought into City Council chambers Tuesday following testimony by victims of the voracious pests.
The victims, some of whom lived in senior citizen housing, were so dramatic during their testimony — they nearly displayed torso damage.
“The Sergeant-at-Arms’ office ordered the dogs to make sure no bedbugs got into the chambers,” said a source, who claims he watched them prance into City Hall around 6 p.m.
The Ryan report . . .
It was 11:24 a.m. Wednesday when former Gov. George Ryan was presented with the golden urn containing the ashes of his beloved wife, Lura Lynn.
The long-awaited reunion with his wife wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Not in an urn. Not without the warmth they had shared for 55 years of marriage.
The aging former governor was apparently ensconced in his favorite chair in the living room of his old Victorian house in Kankakee when the urn was presented to Ryan by one of his grandchildren.
“Oh, my God, they brought in the urn,” former Gov. Jim Thompson, Ryan’s attorney, stated abruptly while on the phone chatting with Sneed.
“I’m hanging up,” he said.
I do not know whether Ryan wept or how he reacted to the presentation of all he held sacred in life: the woman he courted while walking miles to her farmhouse and back; the woman who once greeted me with her hair in rollers after an overnight in the “ghost’s room” in the Springfield Executive Mansion; the woman who kept him grounded, raised his six children, was always at his side and died an agonizing death from pulmonary fibrosis and cancer while he was in prison.
Ryan’s family is keeping quiet. Big Jim Thompson and attorney Andrea Lyon, who fought long and hard for George — and were with him at his Kankakee home Wednesday — are keeping mum.
It is now George’s time to be alone with his family and Lura Lynn . . . and then to get on with life without her.
The Gacy case . . .
Sneed hears the lead detective on Sheriff Tom Dart’s continuing DNA probe of possible victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy is heeding advice given to Sneed by former Gacy defense attorney Robert Motta.
◆ To wit: Frank Bilecki, a spokesman for Dart, said the detective thought Motta’s idea to look at the state’s list of witnesses who were never called — 30 or 40 people — and try to identify some of them as possible victims was a great plan.
◆ The detective is now poring over the massive number of DNA samples submitted by people trying to find out whether their missing relative was a Gacy victim, though once he finished, Bilecki said it was likely he would move on to the witness list.
I spy . . .
And it’s a big one: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, majority leader of the House of Representatives, had dinner at Chicago Cut on Monday night and took time to shake the hands of the myriad diners who recognized him on his way out.
The Rahmsters . . .
Brace yourself: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his irksome super-agent brother, Ari “Entourage” Emanuel, plan to join their brother, Zeke, in hitting the hustings to pitch Zeke’s book, “Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family.” (A more apt title, perhaps: “Brothers Kookoonuts” — a veiled reference to “The Brothers Karamazov” by Dostoevsky.)
◆ The kicker: According to Zeke’s book, their father used to say: “Rahm always tries to get the maximum for the minimum.”
◆ P.S. The boys — and their book — are featured in the March issue of Vanity Fair.
Sneedlings . . .
Thursday’s birthdays: Justin Timberlake, 32; Minnie Driver, 43, and Ernie Banks, 82.