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Toni Preckwinkle | Sun-Times files

Toni Preckwinkle | Sun-Times files

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Updated: November 16, 2011 12:09PM

Protect ’em ...

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is trying to cut county spending, was spotted checking out the low cost gimcracks and geegaws at the Antique (flea) Market at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake Sunday.

◆Hmm. She was accompanied by a bodyguard, which raised eyebrows because she came under scrutiny earlier this month for raises she gave her three bodyguards despite county cutbacks.

◆She purchased a lapis ring and some books for her grandchildren. Preckwinkle’s shopping followed an appearance at the Schaumburg Democrats’ Brunch.

◆Hey, danger can happen anywhere.

$$$$$ ...

What price education? Heading a list of the nation’s most expensive colleges is Sarah Lawrence College in New York, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended — and University of Chicago, where President Barack Obama taught. Tuition at Sarah Lawrence is $45, 212 and the University of Chicago is charging $42,041. The list was just compiled by Forbes magazine.

Tragedy after tragedy ...

Sneed has learned Will Caviness, the Greensboro, N.C., firefighter who collapsed 500 yards from Chicago’s Marathon finish line Sunday — was the second fireman from his department to die in bizarre circumstances in the last three months.

◆To wit: Fire Capt. Jackie Spoon was killed in July when he became trapped under a 1,250 pound lawn mower while trying to change the mower’s blades at home, according to Greensboro Deputy Fire Chief Clarence Hunter. “It’s just an unusual set of circumstances that we’re having to cope with, and it’s just unfortunate,” Hunter told Sneed.

The McCartney Wedding ...

Nuptial notes in the wake of the London wedding of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and American businesswoman Nancy Shevell this weekend.

◆Posey Place: Beatrice, the eight year old daughter of McCartney and his despised ex-wife Heather Mills, was the flower girl at the wedding.

◆The day before their wedding, McCartney and Shevell, who is Jewish, visited the Liberal Jewish Synagogue near his home to mark Yom Kippur.

◆No surprise: The last people to leave the celebration following the wedding was party princess model Kate Moss and Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood.

◆No kidding: The wedding banquet was vegetarian.

◆No way: The new Mrs. McCartney, who hails from New England, will now be addressed as “Lady McCartney.”


Brit wag Richard Kay claims Osama Bin Laden’s niece, Wafah Dufour, who lives in London, not only jettisoned the Bin Laden name awhile back ... but is a rock singer now sporting bubblegum pink hair.

I spy ...

Former Bears punter Brad Maynard dining at Harry Caray’s Thursday...White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf spotted lunching with former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry Saturday at Gibsons.

Sneedlings ...

Happy 36th wedding anniversary wishes to Bill and Hillary Clinton...Today’s birthdays: Joan Cusack, 49; Michelle Wie, 22; Artie Lange, 44; Luke Perry, 45; Steve Young, 50; Elmore Leonard, 86; Mike Alvarez, 31, and belated wishes to Carol Marin.

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