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Drew Peterson has company in jail

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



The Peterson file . . .

Drew data: Accused wife murderer Drew Peterson, who has been in solitary confinement for 22 months in the medical section at Will County Jail, is alone no more.

† Translation: Peterson, who was jailed nearly two years ago on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, has a new neighbor.

† To wit: “The vacant room next to Drew’s has a new occupant,” said a Sneed source. “They are separate rooms but empty into a common TV room.”

† Background: Peterson’s defense team is not worried the man is a plant by the Will County state’s attorney’s office to eavesdrop or spy in exchange for a lesser sentence — because the man is set to be released in June anyway.

† Sidenote: Peterson’s son Thomas (who believes his dad is innocent) was named valedictorian of his senior class at Bolingbrook High School and hopes to go to medical school. Will he mention his father in his June commencement speech?

The Sheen file . . .

Now comes word former porn star Ginger Lynn, who hails from Illinois, is planning to auction off a trove of mementos given to her by Charlie Sheen when they were an item 15 years ago.

According to a report in the L.A. Times, one note sent to Lynn in August 1990, which she contends is a playful love letter written in rehab, states, “I’m sitting in bed writing to you from my penthouse suite at the Hotel du Cap. The view up here is incredible. I can see the Eiffel Tower, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Riverfront Stadium and I can see you as well, which happens to be my favorite sight of all.”

Her Charlie cache includes a baseball cap, a book of his poetry, a vest and a strand of pearls.

Oh, yeah, she says he never abused her and she hopes he rises again like a Phoenix.

Viva Italia!

Mixing Italian red and white with a little green on St. Patrick’s Day?

† Spoonlets: Sneed is told 18 Chicago area Italian restaurants have been certified “authentic” by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce-Midwest, which will be announced on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

† “Italy’s food is its greatest ambassador,” said IACC President Robert Allegrini. “So we’re certifying the restaurants in a special event March 17 — which is also the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.”

† A few criteria: Each restaurant must have at least one staff member who can speak to guests in Italian, the menus must be written in proper Italian, at least 20 percent of wines must be authentic to their Italian regions of origin and the head chef must meet requirements of experience and proficiency in Italian cooking.

† The list: Spiaggia Restaurant, Piccolo Sogno, Coco Pazzo, Merlo on Maple, Tocco, the Village, Volare, Pelago Ristorante, Quartino, Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, Riccardo Trattoria, Via Carducci La Sorella, Vivere, La Cantina, Ristorante Agostino, 312 Chicago, Gaetano’s and Sergio’s Cucina Italiana.

† The list, a work in progress, is expected to expand.

Fire alert!

Sneed’s Tuesday item on the fire at 33 N. Dearborn, which took place at a Bank of America branch located in the building, needs an added clarification: The high-rise building is in full compliance with city code. An investigation by the Fire Department is still ongoing, but thus far the life safety systems in the building were functioning properly, according to Fire Department honcho Tony VanBuskirk.

Sneedlings . . .

Celebrity chef Emeril LaGasse was spotted filming Tuesday at Gene & Georgetti for his new show “The Originals.” . . . Today’s birthdays: Charles Gibson, 68; Keely Smith, 79; Mickey Gilley, 75; Emmanuel Lewis, 40, and Garrett Reidy, priceless.



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