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Gravedigger charged in Burr Oak scandal hired at Homewood cemetery

7-9-09 Maurice Dailey charged Burr Oaks Cemetery Alsip cemetery grave robbing plot. Cook County Sheriff's police provided photo.

7-9-09 Maurice Dailey charged in the Burr Oaks Cemetery in Alsip cemetery grave robbing plot. Cook County Sheriff's police provided photo.

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Updated: May 21, 2012 8:27AM



Bury ’em ...

Sneed has learned a gravedigger awaiting trial on the charge of “dismembering a human body” in the Burr Oak cemetery scandal — was subsequently hired as a gravedigger at the site of last week’s cemetery shocker!

◆ To wit: Gravedigger Maurice “Bear” Dailey, one of three Burr Oak gravediggers charged with dumping human remains in order to resell plots, was hired at the Homewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in south suburban Thornton township.

◆ Translation: The Homewood cemetery was where authorities found 11 caskets containing corpses in storage last week after they were scheduled to be buried.

◆ Quoth Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who uncovered the cemetery dirt: “Part of the legislation that I helped push, after the Burr Oak scandal, required background checks on prospective cemetery employees. Almost a year to the day — this legislation was diluted by the state Legislature.”

Top tip ...

Pssst! Sneed is told not to be shocked if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quits the job and hits the hustings for President Barack Obama — IF the female gender gap now favoring Obama begins to head in GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s direction.

Horse Cents ...

... and Dung Data:Rita Crundwell, the comptroller of Downstate Dixon, who was accused this week of misappropriating more than $30 million from city coffers to finance a lavish lifestyle, is also a top notch horse breeder — who assigned the following names to three of her quarter horses:

“Good I will be”

“Hope I’m Fabulous”

“Iron Enterprise”

Toilet talk ...

Potty patter: X Factor’s Simon Cowell not only has botox injections and intravenous vitamin injections, but he insists on using only BLACK toilet paper in the bathrooms of his Los Angeles and London homes, according to an upcoming unauthorized biography entitled “Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell.”

The Kirk Controversy ...

Here’s an update on stroke victim U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who has been dealing with questions about how well he is progressing.

◆Attorney Joe Morris tells Sneed Kirk just called to thank him for his support on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” show Monday.

“The Senator’s speech was clear and unslurred,” said Morris. “He was very upbeat and chipper. I detected only the slightest sign of fatigue as he spoke.”

Here’s what Kirk told Morris:

◆ How’s Kirk doing? “I’m rockin’ at the RIC”. (Rehab Institute of Chicago.)

◆ What’s Kirk doing? “I’m lying in bed thinking up ways to screw Iran.”

◆ And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who gave Kirk a shout-out during the PM’s recent speech at AIPAC in Washington, even called Kirk at the RIC. “He told Kirk he’s pleased with how Kirk is spending his forced bed rest,” Morris said.

Hawk Squawk ...

◆Charge ’em: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, a mega Blackhawks fan, bumped into irate Hawks boosters after the game Tuesday at the United Center who jokingly asked her to consider battery charges against Phoenix Coyotes’ bad boy Raffi Torres for his cheap shoulder-to-the-chin shot to Blackhawks player Marian Hossa.

◆U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a die hard Hawks fan, had this to say about the nasty hit, which drew no penalty: “As the founder and Chairman of the United States Congressional Hockey Caucus, it is inappropriate for me to discuss lousy, incompetent, inept, disgraceful officiating. I will, however, ask Chairman Issa to have the House Oversight Committee investigate how the NHL officials at last night’s Hawks vs. Coyotes game could have their Lasik surgery go so wrong.”

I spy ...

Chicago Bear Jay Cutler and pregnant fiance Kristin Cavallari dining at Gibsons Steakhouse Monday ... ditto new Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman ... Chicago Bulls Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver at different tables at Chicago Cut Steakhouse last week.

Sneedlings ...

Right on! Congrats to stellar news vet Bernard M. Judge, whose journalistic handle is a mile long, on his Illinois Supreme Court appointment as a commissioner of the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission. ... Thursday’s birthdays: Maria Sharapova, 25; Hayden Christensen, 31; Kate Hudson, 33; James Franco, 34; Ashley Judd, 44; Suge Knight, 47; Al Unser, Jr., 50; and Michael Madigan, 70.



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