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Updated: May 17, 2014 6:43AM

The marriage map . . .

Sneed is told the number of applications for Cook County gay marriage licenses is about to hit 1,000 — and 20 percent of them are from 23 states outside Illinois.

“We’ve had 950 license applications thus far and expect 1,000 by Friday,” said Courtney Greve, a spokeswoman for Cook County Clerk David Orr.

“We also expect the numbers to go up because of planned summer weddings and the 60-day period it takes to get a license,” she added.

The stats:

◆ The femme factor: More female than male couples applied for licenses, although the difference wasn’t much.

◆ The location factor: One-third of the license applications came from Illinois counties other than Cook and nearby states.

◆ 192 couples came from other states. The most were from Indiana, with 45; then Michigan, 27; Kentucky, 23, Wisconsin, 21, and Ohio, 19.

◆ The congrats chat: Wednesday marks Orr’s 35th year in public office. Orr, who served as Chicago’s mayor for eight days in 1987 after Harold Washington died, was sworn in as 49th Ward alderman in 1979.

Grub & gaming . . .

Ka-ching! Sneed hears legendary Chicago Bear Mike Ditka is opening up a new eatery at the Arlington Park racetrack in July.

◆ Specifically: The restaurant will be on the first floor of the Trackside Arlington International Off-Track Betting facility on the grounds of the Arlington International Racetrack.

Grub & gab . . .

Gov. Pat Quinn braved the snow and dined with visiting former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell at Kiki’s Bistro on Monday night after Rendell’s rave review of the French cuisine and posed for pix with owner Kiki Cuisance, the diminutive Frenchman.

Pinging the pong . . .

It ain’t being televised downstate.

◆ Translation: If you want to watch WGN’s perky lottery lady Linda Kollmeyer, who has been part of the Illinois Lottery’s daily drawings on WGN-Channel 9’s news at 9 p.m. for more than two decades, you will be able to so only in Chicago. She’ll still be on nationally at midday.

“The WGN superstation format has changed. It won’t be televised downstate . . . It just wasn’t economic to continue to do so,” a WGN source said.

◆ Mug shot: Hey, as Linda would say: “Ya gotta step outside your comfort zone. Be bold. Be courageous.”

◆ Lob shot: “If the lottery ever goes to a virtual drawing, wouldn’t it be fun if we used an avatar of Kollmeyer in perpetuity picking numbers as part of the drawing process,” Lottery Director Michael Jones said.


The Pitt stop . . .

Now comes word that actor Brad Pitt will play Gen. Stanley McChrystal when he was commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan — before his career got tubed following publication of a Rolling Stone magazine article in which the general criticized the Obama administration.

◆ Backshot: The movie version is based on a book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” which is an expansion of the Rolling Stone article written by journalist Michael Hastings. McChrystal was subsequently fired for his comments and Hastings was killed in a car accident.

The eat beat . . .

Good grief!

The animal activist group PETA seems to have finally hit the overdone button in seeking publicity.

Serial killer/cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home in Ohio was floated as possible vegan restaurant — no animal products, no meat, no dairy — by PETA!

◆ No dice: PETA couldn’t get the zoning it needed: Apparently it was something to do with the plumbing of the building . . . so the animals would have been safe, but not the people.

A Mormon memo . . .

A group of Mormon femmes seeking the ordination of women and “their full integration into the governance” of their church may have been denied entry to a church priesthood session being held in Salt Lake City recently — but Sneed still gets a kick out of the civilized fashion in which they were turned away.

◆ To wit: Attorney Kate Kelly, a member of the “Ordain Women” group, told the press a church representative “welcomed each individual, gave her a hug and then denied her entrance.”

How about them apples?

Sneedlings . . .

Wednesday’s birthdays: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 67; Ellen Barkin, 60, and Martin Lawrence, 49.

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