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Updated: October 26, 2012 2:19PM

Bench Press...

Sneed hears rumbles former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald may be this/close to joining a prestigious law firm in Chicago.

A Sneed source, who claims Fitzpatrick has narrowed his choices down to three firms, stated: “Everyone has been after him to join their firm. I’m told he should be making his decision within the next week or so.” ◆Backchat: Close friends have speculated in the past Fitzgerald would become legal counsel for a large corporation.

Stay tuned.

The Ryan Report...

Former Gov. George Ryan, who is nearing the end of his 6½ year sentence, has hit a brickyard wall again.◆Translation: Ryan was just denied an early release appeal rehearing by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The next step is to go to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask them to reverse the Court of Appeals,” said former Gov. Jim Thompson, Ryan’s attorney.

“We are going to represent him until there is no court left,” Thompson told Sneed.◆Backshot: Ryan, whose release date is July 2013, qualifies for a work release program allowing him to leave prison early next year and move to a halfway house in Chicago.◆Upshot: “He’s a tough guy despite his personal tragedies...losing his wife and brother while in prison,” said Thompson. Ryan’s son, Homer, tells Sneed: “Dad spends his time reading books, working in the prison shop and walking miles each day. But I know the first thing he’ll do when and if he gets out is to visit Mom’s grave and take care of the house. He’ll be 79 years old when he comes home.”

The gift horse...

So what did TV anchor Ron Magers and radio host Roe Conn do with all they moola they won after their horse “Third Chance” won the $65,000 prize at Arl ington Park on Saturday? ◆Answer: The duo bought ice cream for 500 racing fans at the park.

Trouble afoot...

Don’t tell former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, but her shoe collection isn’t getting any love.

Driven into exile with her dictator husband 26 years ago, Imelda was forced to leave behind more than 1,000 pairs of shoes at her palace, which garnered worldwide headlines. ◆Update: The shoes were taken in boxes to the National Museum of the Philippines, where they were forgotten until water seriously damaged the museum floor where they were housed. Damaged by mold and termites, efforts are now under way to preserve the footwear.


President Barack Obama may no longer drive himself, cook for himself or keep his own schedule, but Sneed hears the Commander in Chief still ca rries his Illinois driver’s license. ◆To wit: While on a campaign stop in Milwaukee Saturday, Obama stopped in to Usinger’s Famous Sausage to pick up s ome lunch and a few sausages for the road. ◆Money Shot: To pay, Obama pulled out a giant wad of $20 dollar bills...and a photo shot of Obama’s open wallet shows the top of his Illinois driver’s license.

I Spy...

Divot data: Ryder Cup USA Team captain Davis Love III as well as golfers Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson all spotted dining at separate tables at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard Sunday night...Furyk was back Monday at Harry Caray’s, as was McIlroy. Players Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson also stopped by...WGN Radio’s Garry Meier and his wife enjoyed brunch in the outdoor cafe at O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar in Old Town Sunday afternoon... Comedian George Lopez, in town for the Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble, was spotted at Quartino for a late dinner Sunday night.


Comedian Tom Dreesen, the pride of Harvey who also appears (briefly!) in the new Clint Eastwood flick “Trouble with the Curve,” is taping a “Late Show with David Letterman” segment to air Friday...and bringing along the clip! Can’t wait...Get well wishes to Don Wade, the popular host of the morning show on WLS-AM 890, who will be off the air for at least a month to receive treatment for a growth on his brain...Tuesday’s birthdays: Michael Douglas, 68; Barbara Walters, 83; Heather Locklear, 51, and Scottie Pippen, 47.

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