Thursday, March 08, 2012
Rosie O’Donnell Show & G8 leaving City of Chicago... Rahm getting dick slapped left and right...but he probably enjoys that!
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday sloughed off the two latest blows to Chicago’s civic ego — Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin’s wisecrack about mobster Al Capone and the Rosie O’Donnell Show’s possible move to New York.
O’Donnell’s move would be, by far, the bigger blow. It threatens to turn the Harpo Studios complex that talk show diva Oprah Winfrey built and made famous into a ghost town. That could have a deleterious ripple effect on the Near West Side, just as Oprah’s presence there helped rebuild the neighborhood.
Although Rosie’s return to her hometown is not official yet, Emanuel talked about it Thursday as if the move were a fait accompli.
He was standing next to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose gain is Chicago’s loss. They were together for an international conference on sustainability.
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