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Updated: January 8, 2012 1:15AM

A Spigot scoop . . .

Sneed hears rumbles Patrick Thompson, grandson of Mayor Richard J. Daley and nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley, may be the first member of his generation of the Daley dynasty to run for political office.

◆ To wit: Sneed hears Thompson, who has been living in the legendary Daley family bungalow in Bridgeport, is already in the process of submitting his credentials for the Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners. He’s the son of former Mayor Daley’s sister, Pat, the eldest of the Daley clan.

◆ Hmmm: Is Uncle John Daley, a powerful Cook County commissioner, already using his dialing fingers?

A Ryan report . . .

The salt on an already large wound: Not only did former Gov. George Ryan lose his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lura Lynn, a few months back while imprisoned in Terre Haute, Ind. — but now comes word Gov. Ryan just lost his brother, Thomas, 83, who had served 20 years as mayor of Kankakee.

◆ “He and dad were very close,” Gov. Ryan’s son, Homer, told Sneed. “They were also both pharmacists. I took him down to see dad a month ago. Uncle Tom had just been diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago and decided not to go through the treatment process. Then he got pneumonia. My dad called him Friday — just before he died and got to say his goodbyes.

◆ “First we lost mom to cancer — and now Dad’s brother. Just like my parents, Uncle Tom and his wife, Stella, were inseparable. I think they all honeymooned together. The Chicago Cubs just lost a big fan.”

◆ Ryan update: Word is Ryan spends his time reading books, and working in the prison shop on signs and picnic tables.

Obamadrama . . .

It’s getting down and dirty: Several days before President Barack Obama arrived in L.A. and West Hollywood on Monday for a fund-raiser and a Town Hall meeting, the windows and a glass door of his Westside L.A. campaign office were shattered.

Obamarama . . .

In case you are interested, a fund-raiser for President Obama and the DNC next month in Chicago is a $35,800-a-plate ticket. How about them apples?

Not Hepburn?

Here’s one for the books: The new tome Spencer Tracy: A Biography, written by James Curtis, claims actress Loretta Young may have been the love of Tracy’s life, not actress Katharine Hepburn.

◆ Stats: Tracy and Hepburn may have been partners for 26 years, but Tracy’s year-long relationship with Young in the early 1930s was serious and ended because of their Catholic faith — which did not permit divorce. (Tracy was married.) According to the book, Tracy and Young even went to mass and confessions together.

Blimey . . .

Former English Prime Minister John Major, who succeeded Margaret Thatcher, was spotted dining at Chicago Cut Steakhouse Friday with his bodyguard of 30 years “They were celebrating his bodyguard’s retirement,” a Sneed source said. “Major stood up at the table and made a toast to his protector, who dined on a porterhouse steak,” the source added.

The poison Penn . . .

The story of the American hikers just released from an Iranian prison is full of unanswered questions. Like . . . did the Sultanate of Oman pay the $500,000 a head ransom fee for their release? Did actor Sean Penn actually fly to Venezuela to ask his pal, strongman Hugo Chavez, for help securing their release? Yipes!

I spy . . .

Bears kicker Robbie Gould at Gibsons Sunday after the Bears lost to the Packers . . . Actor Eddie “Playboy Club” Cibrian, who was mysteriously absent last week from the opening night Chicago debut party of his new show “The Playboy Club,” lunching at the Lux Bar Saturday.

Bunny blather . . .

This is important. Not. Kendra Wilkinson, who will be signing copies of her book Being Kendra Tuesday at Macy’s, is Hugh Hefner’s old hutch girlfriend.

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Avril Lavigne, 27; Lil Wayne, 29; Gwyneth Paltrow, 39; Meat Loaf, 64; Wilford Brimley, 77; Steve Kerr, 46.

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