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Updated: June 6, 2013 7:07AM

Sneed exclusives. . .

The women’s room. . .

The ladies are lining up!

Sneed hears Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is talking with pollsters about exploring a run for Illinois attorney general in the 2014 primary election. . . . if Attorney General Lisa Madigan decides to run for governor.

◆ The bankshot: Sneed is told Madigan is already lining up bigbucks Dem fundraisers — a k a high-priced legal eagles — to back her bid for governor in the Dem primary. “She’s running,” said a top Sneed source.

◆ The sureshot: Word is Alvarez, who was a prosecutor in the trenches for nearly 20 years before becoming state’s attorney, is putting out feelers.

◆The upshot: Watch the state ticket to be heavy in the Dem femme category if Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon decides to run for state comptroller.

The Desiree file . . .

Sneed hears Desiree Rogers , the former Obama White House social secretary who is now CEO of Johnson Publishing, is becoming the new face of Chicago tourism.

Sneed is told Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to name Rogers the new chairman of the board of Choose Chicago, the city’s non-profit convention and tourism bureau.

“She’s a brilliant move,” said a Sneed source. “She’s media savvy and has a high profile, which might have cost her the job at the White House — but will serve her effectively here. She knows everybody.”

Emanuel, who is intent on restoring Chicago’s competitive edge in the convention and tourism industry, personally picked Rogers for the job — which was held by venture capitalist Bruce Rauner until his resignation Thursday. Rauner, a Republican and a close pal of Rahm’s, is exploring a run for governor.

The Obama search . . .

State Senate President John Cullerton is chasing Barack bling.

◆ To wit: Sneed is told Cullerton has launched an intense search to locate memorabilia involving former Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s stint in the Springfield legislature — and has already got now-President Obama’s old Springfield office furniture under lock and key “in a secret location outside the State Capitol building,” a source told Sneed.

“Cullerton has also launched a hunt for Obama’s old assembly seat,” the source added.

“l figured, look, his presidential library — wherever it’s located — is going to want this stuff and we better start getting it together now and putting it aside so we can donate it later,” said Cullerton.

“This isn’t just about our old buddy Barack. It’s about a man who became president of the United States just like Abraham Lincoln and we needed to find and preserve whatever we could.”

Cullerton’s office now gives special status to Obama’s chair used during senate caucus sessions.

One mystery remains. “We are still hunting for Barack’s old assembly chair,” he said.

“I think they’ve located it, but no one wants to give it up,” said the source.

Yippee-ki-yay . . .

Giddyyap!!!! Illinois Sen. Marty Sandoval missed the vote on the gambling legislation enabling the construction of a Chicago casino — due to a horseback riding accident resulting in three broken ribs. “I should have known better,” said Sandoval. “I had never ridden a horse before and his name was ‘The Tornado.’ ” Be still my tongue.

Sneedlings . . .

It’s a time warp! Patrick Donelly, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest Hyatt hotel in the world, hosted a mega-bash Thursday to herald the jaw-dropping completion of the hotel’s $168 million renovation project. Former Mayor Richard Daley and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf joined Hyatt Hotels Corporation CEO Mark Hoplamazian — and 700 others — to celebrate the rebirth of hotel, which was built in 1974. . . Former U.S. Labor Secretary Lynn Martin spotted at top chef Kevin Hickey’s Allium restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel. . . Saturday’s birthdays: Randy Travis, 54; Lance Bass, 34, and Art Berman, 78. . . Sunday’s birthdays: Adele, 25; Brian Williams, 54, and Ald. Dick Mell, ageless.

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