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Source: Rod Blagojevich ‘can’t sleep without drinking’

Rod Blagojevich enters car after attending his corruptiretrial Dirksen Federal Building Thursday June 2 2011 Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

Rod Blagojevich enters a car after attending his corruption retrial at the Dirksen Federal Building Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 17, 2012 8:13AM

The Blago Beat ...

Hmmmm. Is former Gov. Rod Blagojevich actually addicted to a substance requiring a prison rehab program?

A top Blago source tells Sneed the answer is “Yes” and the substance is . . . alcohol.

“It’s not drugs,” said the source.

◆ The backshot: “Rod can’t sleep without drinking,” the source said. “So he drinks himself into a condition to do so, and it became an addiction. Considering what he has been through for the past few years, it became a problem. He’s not addicted to sleeping pills or anything like that.”

◆ Fact: Federal Judge James Zagel, the judge who sentenced him to 14 years in jail on corruption charges, has also recommended a prison rehab program.

◆ Fact check: Considering good behavior, Blago would serve 12 of his 14 years; then subtract another year for going through the nine-month rehab program. He’d also serve the last six months of his sentence in a halfway house.

◆ Translation: Blago could be out of prison in 101/2 years.

The Blago Beat II ...

Is it ironic or intentional that Blagojevich’s new prison date March 15 is the infamous “Ides of March,” the day Julius Caesar was assassinated?

The Blago Beat III ...

Hair scare: Blago’s legendary coif will not cost him the $35 fee from his friendly barber, Peter Vodovoz, if he goes to Colorado’s Englewood federal prison. Haircuts are free. The inmate barbers are paid 12 to 27 cents an hour. No hair dryers permitted.

Aloha ...

First Lady Michelle Obama and the two first daughters are heading to Hawaii today on a 17-day vacation without dad — until the budget battle gets resolved.


What!!!! President Barack Obama, who claims his favorite TV shows are “Homeland” and “Boardwalk Empire” . . . is not glued to Starz’s Chicago mayoral series “Boss”???

Date night ...

Fright night? In case you missed it, GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s daughter, Mary Anne, 26, claims she went on a date once with basketballer Kris Humphries, the guy who became Kim Kardashian’s ex. They saw the film “Elf.”

Dumb & Dumber ...

Sneed’s dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks award goes to Sargon Jassim for allegedly striking a business deal Friday with a prostitute in Morton Grove to let her rent a room in his name for client use.

◆ The kicker: When Jassim, 38, reportedly returned to the hotel room later in the day, the prostitute had vanished along with the hotel room’s television — leaving him stuck with the bill.

◆ The idiotshot: When Jassim, who lives in Morton Grove, went to the local police station to file a complaint — he was promptly arrested and charged with promoting prostitution.

Bow Wow ...

The Canine connection: Talk show host/rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, has 12 dogs. I don’t think she includes the hubby on that list.

Sneedlings ...

Congrats to Heather and Tom Guillen on the birth of daughter Hazel. Grandad/Judge Thomas Mulroy is wearing a pink tie . . . Today’s birthdays: Benjamin Bratt, 48; William “The Refrigerator” Perry, 49; Lesley Stahl, 70, and Gov. Pat Quinn, 63.

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