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Sneed: Hillary Clinton reaps $450,000 fee for speech

Hillary Clintgives keynote address for Greenbuild International Conference Expo Liacouras Center PhiladelphiNov. 21 2013.  |  Elizabeth Robertson~PhiladelphiInquirer viAP

Hillary Clinton gives the keynote address for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Nov. 21, 2013. | Elizabeth Robertson~Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

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Updated: December 27, 2013 6:20AM


Little Miss Moneybags.

Probable Dem presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is lugging home big simoleons these days.

◆ To wit: Sneed hears rumbles that Hillary may have outstripped her loquacious hubby Bill in the speech department by taking home a hefty $450,000 fee for addressing the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Global Financial Leadership Conference last week in Naples, Fla.

The Trotter story . . .

The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Monday that legendary chef Charlie Trotter’s untimely death earlier this month was the result of a stroke, which Sneed reported first on Nov. 6.

According to a statement released by Dr. Stephen Cina, the medical examiner: “Neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to his death. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to indicate that recent travel contributed to his death, though there was evidence of a prior stroke.”

Sneed reported that Trotter, who was found unresponsive in his Lincoln Park home by his son, had suffered an earlier stroke in January.

◆Backshot: Trotter, who had become somewhat reclusive since shuttering his legendary eatery, had accepted an invitation to keynote a culinary conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the weekend before his death — and complained of not feeling well soon after his return home.

Scoop du smokestack!

It’s a historic transit tip and the story of the little engine that could.

◆ Sneed hears Car 553, America’s last subscription private parlor car, will chug back to life again Tuesday as it continues its consumer cooperative, which started in 1929!

All abroad the Union Pacific/Metra North Line train No. 341 at 5:03 p.m., which will transport some swell swells from Chicago to Lake Forest.

The poultry pardon . . .

Last year’s Cobbler is dead.

So are Courage, Apple and Liberty — all the gobblers pardoned from the White House Thanksgiving table by President Barack Obama.

This year, two Tom turkeys, raised in Minnesota, are being driven to Washington, D.C., in a truck. The driver reports the birds like listening to Lady Gaga.

Yep. They both reportedly “gobble” every time the driver plays Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

The primo national turkey flapping in the West Wing on Wednesday, who will be named Sven, Ole, Gunnar, Viking, Gobblynob or Butterfluff when pardoned, will be selected at the last minute and has been trained to be unflappable in the presence of POTUS.

◆ Backshot: The tradition of sparing turkeys dates back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy sent a turkey from the National Turkey Federation back to the farm, declaring, “We’ll just let this one grow.” President George H.W. Bush was the first to grant a turkey an official presidential pardon in 1989.

Brit brrrrr . . .

Baby blabble: Britain’s Prince Harry, whose trip to the Antarctic for charity has been confined to a South Pole base camp because of snow and high winds, claims his brother — new daddy Prince William — is envious of the trip because “I managed to get away from his screaming child.” Ouch!

Abbey blab . . .

Brit actress Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on the hit Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey,” claims she received bereavement cards after her character’s husband, Matthew Crawley, was killed off on the show.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy: Brody Jenner, reality star and son of Bruce Jenner, spotted at the Grid on Friday night. . . . Tuesday’s birthdays: Tina Turner, 74; Scott Adsit, 48, and Roger Claar, ageless, who also is celebrating his 27th year as mayor of Bolingbrook.

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