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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (right) talks with his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad on July 4, 2009. | Khalid Mohammed~AFP Getty Images

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Updated: September 19, 2013 10:01AM



The Biden beat. . .

Sneed is told Beau Biden, Delaware attorney general and son of Vice President Joe Biden, was sent via helicopter to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wednesday night from an Indiana summer home due to a medical scare.

Sneed has learned Biden, 44, was treated by a doctor at Northwestern and left town Thursday.

“He’s okay,” said a source, who refused to comment further.

It was unknown whether Biden was transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, where he was treated for a stroke in 2010, for observation.

Biden was reportedly alert when he arrived in Chicago.

Upping the ante. . .

$$$$Sneed hears the Simon & Schuster publishing company has listed Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir on her years as Secretary of State -- as yet untitled and due out in June 2014 -- at $40 a copy.

The Kwame corner. . .

The big question: Will State Sen. Kwame Raoul, who replaced now-President Barack Obama in the state senate, run for governor in the Dem primary and split the vote by siphoning off the African-American and Hispanic votes?

◆ Here’s the deal: If Raoul does run, it’s because he got the green light from his boss, powerful Senate President John Cullerton, who is no fan of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Barack bits. . .

Reggie Love, President Obama’s former “body man”, pitched a few POTUS tidbits to a lunchtime gathering at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs a few weeks ago. To wit:

◆ Typically on the weekends, Obama will work a half-day.

◆ On the day of the Osama bin Laden raid, Obama said he couldn’t just sit down in the White House Situation Room and watch the entire thing. So Obama, Love, and two others played what Love guessed was 15 games of spades in the private dining room.

Ernie’s pile. . .

Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks has been busy going back in time.

His good buddy, Grant DePorter, an avid baseball fan, collects newspapers and has been sifting through the pile looking for stories on the legendary baseball player dating back to the 1950s.

“Ernie never saw half the stuff,” said DePorter. “So [Wednesday] for an hour he went through it, all the way up to 1977 when he went to the [Baseball] Hall of Fame.”

“He kind of relived his life,” DePorter added.

“I didn’t know about my life, when I played,” Banks told Sneed. “When you played, this was your life.”

◆ Translation: Banks was shocked to see a headline by the late Sun-Times sports reporter Bill Gleason, which read: “Banks is an apostle of love”.

“That just touched me so much, I felt like crying,” Banks said. He plans to frame it.

Meanwhile, Ernie tells Sneed: “I haven’t started on the [Medal of Freedom] speech, I am going to do that. It’s a good idea. I will start working. I know Barack, yeah. I am going to present him with a Cub cap.”

I spy. . .

After the first preseason home game, Chicago Bears lineman J’Marcus Webb stopped by Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse downtown Thursday. . . Cubs pitcher James Russell had dinner at Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier Thursday. . . and Finesse “SNL” Mitchell was at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie for dinner on Wednesday.

Listen up!

Cops and firemen may be like fire and ice, but the mix is striking up the band!

◆ Translation: Six bands, all including working firemen or police officers, will battle it out in a Chicago Police Department/Chicago Fire Department “Rock the Badges” battle of the bands Sept. 7 at the Copernicus Center Theater in Chicago to raise funds for families of fallen police officers and firefighters.

Sneedlings. . .

Congratulations to Lynneand Fred Greenburg on 45 years of marriage. . . Saturday’s birthdays: Sean Penn, 53; Robert De Niro, 70, and Belinda Carlisle, 55. . . Sunday’s birthdays: Rosalynn Carter, 86, Edward Norton, 44, and Robert Redford, 77.



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