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Occupy Chicago protesters want Pritzker help

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators calling themselves Occupy Chicago teamed with Midwest Anti-War demonstrators as they marched through south loop Saturday afternoon.

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators calling themselves Occupy Chicago teamed with the Midwest Anti-War demonstrators as they marched through the south loop Saturday afternoon. The march coincides with the start of the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war and called for the end to U.S. military action there. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 19, 2011 8:41AM

The Occupy try ...

Huh? The Occupy Chicago movement is trying to get the ultra-rich Pritzker hotel family on their side?

◆ Park ’em: The protesters of the Occupy Chicago movement tell Sneed they are looking for a new green space to occupy and hope to set up shop in Pritzker Park — since their attempt to occupy Grant Park resulted in mass arrests Saturday night. (Pritzker Park is located across from the Harold Washington Library)

◆The kicker: The group is reaching out to the billionaire Pritzker family for support, according to an Occupy Chicago source.

◆$$: At last peek Monday, the group had collected $9,985 from online donations to be used on tents, portable toilets, etc.

A Jobs Report ...

He’s here. He’s there. He’s everywhere.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was amongst the select group attending a private funeral service for Apple founder Steve Jobs Sunday at a Stanford University chapel.

“They met in 1992. And they used to talk all the time,” Said a Rahm source. Of course, former President Bill Clinton — who also seems to be everywhere — was there, as was legendary singer Joan Baez, whom Jobs dated back in his rebel days. Bono played.

Obamarama ...

President Barack Obama is delivering his jobs bill message via a $1.1 million bus code named “Ground Force One,” which is an armored behemoth with blacked out windows. (He used it to travel the Midwest in August.)

Bench Press ...

Appellate Court Judge Joy Cunningham, who is running for the Illinois Supreme Court, saw red last week.

◆ Witness ’em: While waiting at a red light last Thursday at Clark Street and Montrose Avenue at about 11:20 p.m., Judge Cunningham quickly copied down the license plate number of a red Camry which had taken off after hitting a bicyclist. She also called the police and waited with the cyclist until help arrived.

◆ Sign ’em: So it should come as no surprise the cyclist, John Gilmour, wanted to sign Cunningham’s nominating petition after he found out she was a candidate. “He said he wanted to help someone who had helped him,” said a source.

Singh’s song...

Singh’s sign: Fauja Singh, the 100-year-old Brit who just became the world’s oldest marathon runner after finishing a race in Toronto, runs ten miles a day.

◆Back story: The Punjab, India, born runner took up the sport 11 years ago after his wife and son died. He told his trainer finishing the Toronto race “will be like getting married again.”

◆So what’s his secret to a long and healthy life: “Be stress free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running.”

◆So what gives him stamina: Ginger curry and tea.

I spy ..

Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spotted dining at Rosebud Prime Steakhouse Saturday night, protected by a five-man U.S. Marshals detail spread around the room. She was with a party of nine.

Sneedlings ...

Congrats to Lee Malone, who is celebrating her 50th year working at Skidmore Owings & Merrill architectural and engineering firm. She’s been the main receptionist in their Chicago office since 1961. ... Today’s birthdays: Mike Ditka, 72; Zac Efron, 24; Freida Pinto, 27; Bristol Palin, 21; Lindsey Vonn, 27; Wynton Marsalis, 50; Erin Moran, 51, and Martina Navratilova, 55.

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