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The exterior yard building where mass murderer John Wayne Gacy's mother once lived where police officials recently dug but found

The exterior of the yard of the building where mass murderer John Wayne Gacy's mother once lived and where police officials recently dug but found no bodies there. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: March 27, 2013 12:10AM

The Gacy file. . .

$$$$ The unsuccessful search for possible victims of mass murderer John Wayne Gacy buried near his mother’s Northwest Side apartment building — which Sneed exclusively reported was quietly conducted last Wednesday — did not cost Cook County taxpayers an arm and a leg.

◆ Translation: The majority of the tab, which included the FBI’s cadaver dogs, was picked up by the FBI. “It only cost the county $4,000 for an infrared diagnostic bill and overtime for several Cook County sheriff’s deputies,” a Sneed source said.

“Although initial reports showed absolutely nothing — and are expected to yield nothing — core samples taken from the basement are still awaiting FBI analysis,” a sheriff source said.

The much ballyhooed Gacy search, which was done without alerting the press, stunned Gacy case watchers who had criticized a Chicago police search of the same area in 1998 as sloppy.

Stay tuned.

The Pritzker file. . .

Is it safe to assume President Obama will finally install Hyatt hotel heiress/ real estate guru Penny Pritzker as his U.S. Commerce Secretary now that he’s back from Israel?

The women’s room. . .

Is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano thinking about a possible bid for president in 2016?

◆ To wit: It’s safe to say Napolitano would never entertain the thought if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to run for the nation’s top spot.

But Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, wasn’t ruling out a potential bid when asked about it Tuesday at a breakfast event held by the Christian Science Monitor. Instead of saying no, Napolitano said she was too busy keeping U.S. borders safe.

Now there’s an answer.

Knot-tying . . .

Wedding words: The passage of a gay marriage bill — if that were to happen in Illinois — would not mean a lot of change in the marriage license department.

“It would be a pretty seamless transition actually,” said a spokesman for Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office, which hands out marriage licenses.

Once civil unions became possible in June 2011, Orr’s office changed their computer database to allow the entry of two partners — instead of a bride and a groom.

“It’s not like you would apply for a heterosexual marriage or a gay marriage — you would just apply for a marriage license,” said Orr’s spokesman.

The bunny hutch. . .

The sexual abacus: Bunny hutch mogul Hugh “Playboy” Hefner, who recently wed a woman 60 years younger, claims he takes marriage seriously.

◆ Translation: Hef claims he has slept with over a thousand women — but he was faithful to each of his three wives. There ya go.

I spy. . .

Actor Gary “CSI” Sinise, who played Lieutenant Dan in the hit film “Forrest Gump”, dined at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Monday night — even taking the time to do a few lines from the movie for a Lieutenant Dan fan who kept shouting his name . . . “Chicago Fire” producer John Roman stopped by Rosebud Steakhouse on Friday, along with actors Jason Beghe and Jon Seda from the hit show. . . Former Chicago Blackhawks/current LA Kings center Colin Fraser stopped by Joe’s Stone Crab Sunday night.

Sneedlings. . .

Calendar date! Social scrivener Candace Jordan, who is as sweet as her name, is being honored at a fund-raiser April 24 by the Stanley Paul Foundation/Apparel Industry Board at the Casino to benefit the Stanley Paul-Raelene Mittelman Scholarship fund, providing scholarships for fashion design students . . . Headline grabbers: Former Gov. Jim Thompson and former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, senior members of the Winston & Strawn law firm, were named in the National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. It’s based on clout, leadership, legal results and media penetration, natch . . . Sneed must have been smoking British posies: actor Damian Lewis is not related to Mayor Boris Johnson of London . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Mariah Carey, 43; Quentin Tarantino, 50, and Fergie, 38.

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