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Sneed: Quinn wants his second term to be his last

Close up Chicago Daily News article ball park thwould become Wrigley Field from Feb. 21 1914. | Provided photo

Close up of a Chicago Daily News article on a ball park that would become Wrigley Field from Feb. 21, 1914. | Provided photo

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Updated: May 28, 2014 6:40AM



Sneed exclusive . . .

Gov. Pat Quinn has decided his second elected term in office will be his last.

◆ Translation: Although the state has no term limits, Sneed is told Quinn will not run again in 2018 if he wins re-election this year.

Hmmm. Is Quinn just playing tag team to GOP gubernatorial opponent Bruce “I want to drive the career politicians nuts” Rauner’s vocal support of term limits?

◆ Answer: Quinn’s decision not to seek a third elected term is not surprising: He led the charge for term limits for both constitutional officers and state legislators in 1994, the year he spearheaded a petition drive that collected nearly half a million signatures for legislative term limits.

“He adheres to the United States constitutional dictum that no person shall be elected to the office of president more than twice,” said a Sneed source.

◆ The numbers game: Ironically, if Quinn wins re-election, he will have served nine years in office − rather than just two four-year terms.

◆ History note: As the state’s lieutenant governor, Quinn replaced Gov. Rod Blagojevich in Jan. 2009 following Blago’s impeachment for corruption and was elected to office in 2010.

Quinn, a populist at heart, has bucked the establishment for years.

A major advocate of same sex marriage, Quinn made headlines 30 years ago spearheading the referendum to create the Citizens Utility Board to protect consumers from rate hikes. Naysayers said it couldn’t be done.

Blasted by some critics as a political odd duck, Quinn’s populist persona also led him to suspend the paychecks of legislators in the dog days of summer last year, following their failure to solve the pension crisis.

His move was eventually ruled unconstitutional, but they got the message.

Sneed exclusive II . . .

It’s election time! Sneed has learned former President Bill Clinton, the Dems favorite stumpster, is heading to Chicago June 20 to headline a fund-raising event for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election.

The Field of Dreams . . .

It’s ironic.

Plans by the owners of the Chicago Cubs to give Wrigley Field a facelift have been stymied by irate rooftop owners and a few cranky neighborhood groups.

They kvetch. They complain. They holler.

But it wasn’t always so.

Back on Feb. 21, 1914, a petition against creation of the ballpark failed! (Check out the old Chicago Daily News clip on the petition failure.)

Property owners surrounding the future site of the legendary stadium, which turned 100 years old this week, supported the creation of a new ballpark — which was originally named Weeghman Park — before chewing gum magnates the Wrigley family renamed it in 1927.

“They had the consent of the majority of the property owners on Waveland and Sheffield Avenues, which was the frontage property housing the rooftop owners,” said a baseball historian.

“They wanted a baseball stadium in their midst. Nobody was shouting from the rooftops they didn’t want it!”

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig pledged his support to the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, this week by stating: “They’re trying to preserve this. Preserve something that’s 100 years old.”

Stay tuned.

A kind gesture . . .

Sneed is told the cremation of Edward Beaudion’s skeletal remains — bones that were originally suspected to belong to a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, will be a gift from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

◆ Backstory: The ashes of Beaudion, missing since 1978, will eventually be buried alongside his parents. “A number of mortuaries volunteered free cremation services,” said a spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who initiated the DNA testing of Beaudion, whose skeleton was found in 2008 in a southwest suburban forest preserve.

Sneedlings . . .

Congratulations to Chef Michael Lachowicz and his bride Alexis O’Gorman on their wedding . . . Saturday’s birthdays: Channing Tatum, 34; Carol Burnett, 81, and Jet Li, 51 . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Casey Kasem, 82; Cory Booker, 45, and Nigel Barker, 42.



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