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Sneed: Blago getting his holiday wish

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich with his wife Patti outside his home before reporting prisColorado March 2012.  |  Sun-Times

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich with his wife, Patti, outside his home before reporting to prison in Colorado in March 2012. | Sun-Times Library

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Updated: January 6, 2014 1:09PM



The Blago beat. . .

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is getting what he wants for Christmas.

◆ Translation: A visit from his family.

Sneed is told the imprisoned former governor’s devoted wife, Patti, and two daughters, Amy and Annie, are planning to visit “Dad” sometime “around the first of the New Year,” at the Colorado federal prison where Blago has been imprisoned on corruption charges since March 2012.

“They’ve visited him since his imprisonment,” said longtime Blago friend and attorney, Shelly Sorosky. “They’ll go again sometime after Christmas this year.”

◆ Gift ’em: Christmas presents for Blago might be a problem: Prisons have strict rules about gifts. “The only gift Rod wants — other than his freedom — is to be with his family,” said a source.

◆ Pet ’em: “They all still live in the same house. The pets are still the same. Nothing has changed, especially their love for him.”

◆ Blago’s lawyers just filed their final appeal of his 14-year prison sentence — setting the stage for oral arguments next week before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

◆ So why did Blago’s attorneys wait until one hour before deadline Monday to file their final arguments?

“That’s when we finally got it all done,” chirped Sorosky.

The spigot ticket. . .

Gulp! Is it true one of the Dem-slated candidates for Water Reclamation District commissioner, Tim Bradford, didn’t get his statement of candidacy fully notarized? Signed, but not stamped?

Obamarama. . .

Ho ho ho. What’s at the top of President Barack Obama’s bucket list after he leaves the White House? Hosting ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10 list is what POTUS is chirping.

Obama drama. . .

Par for Omar: Just in time for Christmas, a federal immigration judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s uncle Onyango “Omar” Obama, 69, who has been living here illegally for decades, will not be deported to his native Kenya.

◆ The rationale: The elder Obama was granted the right to apply for a green card (and eventually for citizenship) because he arrived here before 1972.

◆ The kicker: Last year, the White House said Obama had never met his uncle; but during the immigration hearing this week, Omar Obama claimed his nephew had stayed with him for three weeks when he attended Harvard Law school.

Hill swill. . .

Is Hillary Rodham Clintonheading for another headache in advance of a probable presidential bid?

Sneed hears a Tinseltown tip in the Hollywood Reporter that the presumably shelved biopic “Rodham” may be back on track is causing a re-jangling of Clinton nerves.

Where’s the beef?

Now comes word Jay-Z and wife Beyonce are going vegan. . . but only for the 22 days before Christmas.

◆ The rapper, who celebrated his 44th birthday Wednesday, wrote online the couple were planning a “spiritual and physical cleanse.”

◆ The numbers game: Jay-Z points out the digits in 22 add up to four — a significant number for Jay and Bey, who both have birthdays on the 4th, married on April 4, 2008, and even have the Roman numeral for four tattooed on their ring fingers.

Good grief. Who thinks up this stuff.

Chew stew. . .

Gag ’em: Nigella Lawson, the famous foodie who became an international sensation when a pic was snapped of her rich hubby grabbing her by the throat at the posh Scott’s eatery in London, had this to say in a London court Tuesday, according to the Brit press:

◆ “I will tell you what happened. Someone walked by with a very sweet baby in a stroller and I said, ‘I’m so looking forward to having grandchildren’ and he grabbed me by the throat and said: ‘I’m the only person you should be concerned with, I’m the only person who should be giving you pleasure.’”

Sneedlings. . .

I spy: Blackhawks Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson stopped by Chicago Cut after their game Tuesday night. . . Thursday’s birthdays: Frankie Muniz, 28; John Daley, 67, and Paula Patton, 38.



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