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Lindsay Lohan friend fears she’s on a ‘downward spiral’

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Updated: November 25, 2012 11:44AM

Sadly, the latest “act” in the storyline that is Lindsay Lohan’s real-life drama is sounding an awful lot like some earlier scenes we have witnessed during the actress’ time in the public eye.

A longtime, very close friend of Lohan’s says she is deeply worried — as are many others in LiLo’s personal and professional group of associates. “Lindsay’s behavior is again mimicking the hard partying she long did in L.A.,” this source says. “The only thing that’s changed is she’s now doing it in New York — and, at least for now, it appears that she isn’t using [drugs and alcohol].”

The source is a fan of Lohan’s new beau, personal trainer Josh Chunn, “but I don’t know if he’s strong enough to stand up to Lindsay and get her back on track.”

While Lohan has been cleared of charges in that hit-and-run mini-accident from September (when she bumped a guy while attempting to park outside a Manhattan hotel), her days since then continue to be marred by unflattering headlines.

Whether Lindsay’s battling her mom,

Dina Lohan — with whom she’s now reconciled — or fighting with her father, Michael Lohan — with whom she finally may be permanently estranged — my source stressed Tuesday, “it’s looking more and more like Lindsay is on another downward spiral. … I am very, very worried about her — yet again.”

Speaking of Michael, the frequently troubled patriarch of the Lohan clan — long splitsville with Lindsay and her siblings — continues to push his plan to have a non-family member be named conservator be appointed to manage Lindsay’s life and affairs.

RAHM … RELAX: When Blackhawks president John McDonough received the USO’s Salute to Leadership Award last week, he incorporated a shout-out to Harry Caray’s CEO Grant DePorter in his acceptance speech — joking that he was announcing DePorter’s candidacy for mayor of Chicago.

Unfortunately, a number of people in the room thought McDonough was serious — including a guy who approached DePorter, gave him his card and said he wanted to be part of his campaign!

The veteran restaurateur and civic leader wants to make it

very clear: “There is no chance I will ever run for mayor. … I am too big a fan of Rahm [Emanuel].”

LOCAL LIGHTS: Evanston’s own Jake Johnson has teamed up with Max Winkler to co-write “The B Team,” a proposed series bought by Fox, which airs Johnson’s sitcom “New Girl.” says it’s “about five regular underdogs who, sick of getting screwed over, come together and form a real-world version of ‘The Avengers.’ ”

They don’t possess any superpowers, so the wannabes use their own natural skills to defeat the powerful bad guys.

Chicago native Abby Lee is the lead producer for the upcoming Broadway return of the 1982 Tony-nominated musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes” this coming spring. The new production will be directed by Tony winner John Doyle (“Sweeney Tood”). No surprise, Lee’s parents — top Chicago divorce attorney Jim Feldman and his artist wife, Sheila — are bursting with pride.

TV TALK: Adam Rifkin, who grew up on the North Side and is a graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts, is the writer, director, executive producer and star of “Reality Show,” a darkly satirical eight-episode miniseries that debuts on Showtime at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

Rifkin plays Mickey Wagner, a failed reality show producer who plans his comeback by putting an unsuspecting family under round-the-clock surveillance. The family is boring, so Wagner throws drama in their paths — including cheating, boozing and work problems. Sounds like “The Truman Show” with a nasty twist!

COAST-TO-COAST: We’ve laughed for years at the clever TV commercials Walter E. Smithe Furniture’s owners have aired in the Chicago market, but as of Tuesday night the Smithes “went national” as Tim and Walt Smithe were seen on the Style Network’s “Giuliana & Bill” reality show — helping new dad Bill Rancic pick out furniture at the Smithes’ Lincoln Park store.

OUT SICK: Because of illness, M. Ward has canceled his Thursday night concert at Park West. Refunds will be made at point of purchase.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Justin Bieber thrilled fans outside the Peninsula on Tuesday — handing out candy to the crowd of girls gathered near his tour bus at Rush and Superior. … Just up the street on Tuesday, President Bill Clinton had lunch at Gibsons. … New “Saturday Night Live” player Cecily Strong was back in town and checked out the Second City Touring Company’s “Best of …” show. … Design star Nate Berkus stopped in RL for lunch Tuesday. … Bulls players Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer were greatly entertained at Studio Paris the other night as comedian Bill Bellamy impromptu emceed — joining fave Hollywood DJ Mr. Best as he spun for the crowd. … Dennis DeYoung, former frontman and founding member of Styx, was spied dining at Riva on Navy Pier. … Author Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow was thrilled to run into Cherry Jones (here to see “Sweet Bird of Youth” with Diane Lane at the Goodman). They chatted about the recent Broadway revival of “The Heiress,” starring Jessica Chastain — the same role for which Jones won a Tony, and a performance Chaplik-Aleskow fondly remembered. … After being honored at the Black Perspectives Tribute at the Chicago International Film Festival, Oscar nominee Viola Davis joined 100 guests at the Wit Hotel, enjoying light bites from the State & Lake Chicago Tavern. … Meanwhile, actor, writer and director Travis Fine — here supporting his film “Any Day Now” (with Alan Cumming and Frances Fisher ) at the festival — enjoyed dinner at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie with marketing guru Mark Stein. … Blackhawks Adam Burish, Patrick Kane, Brian Campbell, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp stopped by the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital to boost Friday’s “Chicago vs. the World” hockey game at Allstate Arena, which will raise funds for the RMcDH.

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