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Michael Sneed has been a Chicago journalist for nearly four decades covering everything short of war.

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Sneed exclusive: Rush hospital under consideration as Ebola treatment center in Chicago

Sneed exclusive . . . Sneed is told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discussing designating one hospital in Chicago as the treatment center for patients with the Ebola virus — and Rush University Medical Center is under consideration. The CDC is concerned …

Sneed: CPD suspended from getting fed military equipment because of paperwork snafu

Sneed exclusive . . . The police blotter . . . Sneed is told the Chicago Police Department has been placed on suspension by the feds. ◆ Translation: The CPD has been suspended from accessing federal military surplus supplies — guns, ordnance, armored vehicles — …

Sneed exclusive: Cook County Sheriff Office isn’t only agency with missing equipment

Sneed exclusive . . . Where’s Elmo? Sneed hears the Cook County Sheriff’s Office isn’t the only police agency suspended from receiving federal military surplus . . . a k a guns, tanks and ordnance — for sloppy paperwork or missing equipment. So is the …

Sneed: Tanks for asking

Where’s Elmo? Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart would sure like to know what happened to the paperwork that proves his office returned a military tank . . . er, armored personnel carrier . . . given to his office 12 years ago. Dart claims the …

Sneed: Griffin divorce waged with dueling spreadsheets

The Griffin divorce . . . The latest round in the very public divorce battle between the state’s wealthiest man, Ken Griffin, and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, did not air any dirty laundry. But it is being waged with dueling spreadsheets. Griffin, who is …

Sneed: Bill of Rights in the works for college students hit by sexual violence

Sneed exclusive . . . Watch for powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee, to introduce a city ordinance creating a Sexual Assault Bill of Rights for college students dealing with sexual violence on city campuses. “There is an epidemic …

Sneed: Cash Piling Up for Rahm

Sneed Exclusive . . . Mr. Moneybucks is on a roll. ◆ Translation: $$$$$$Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel has yet to file his latest campaign cash haul with the state Election Board, Sneed hears he raised $1.12 million in the third quarter of this year. ◆ …

Sneed: CPD’s top cop pops question, gets engaged to Chicago lawyer

Sneed exclusive . . . The “Viking” just collared the “Bronx Bulldog!” Congratulations to Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, a native of New York, on his engagement to Chicago personal injury attorney Kristin Barnette, a 5-foot-9-inch blonde of Scandinavian descent who brooks no nonsense. “When …

Sneed: What’s the secret to Valerie Jarrett’s security detail?

Sneed exclusive . . . The Valerie shocker . . . Sneed hears White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is this/close to President Barack Obama and his family, may be the worst abuser of her Secret Service security. As the Secret Service reels from …

Sneed: Health problems make it a tough go for Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal news . . . Cardinal Francis George, a childhood polio victim who continues to battle bladder cancer, is having a tough go. Sneed is told George’s new cancer treatment not only leaves him intermittently woozy, but a fall because of a new foot infection …

Sneed: Health scare in February figures in Holder’s decision to leave Justice Dept.

The Holder file . . . Sneed is told that Attorney General Eric Holder, who has announced he is pulling the plug on his White House career, decided to finally do so over the Labor Day holidays. Although it has been reported that Holder, who …

Sneed: Justice Anne Burke a big fan of Bishop Blase Cupich

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke may have had a contentious relationship with Cardinal Francis George, but her encounter with his successor — Chicago Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich — at the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union Hall on Tuesday night was anything but.

Sneed: Rev. Pfleger hopes Bishop Cupich will ban guns from archdiocese buildings

Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich has got a firebrand on his hands . . . already. The Rev. Michael Pfleger, who was singled out for praise by Chicago’s new archbishop for his anti-violence gun stance, tells Sneed he plans to continue his battle to get guns out …

Sneed exclusive: Cardinal Francis George, Bishop Blase Cupich could share residence

The cardinal’s story . . . Sneed is told Cardinal Francis George, whose successor is practically at the doorstep of the cardinal’s residence, has yet to decide where to hang his crozier. ◆ Translation: Sneed hears that George, who is the first cardinal in Chicago …

Sneed: Cupich cut from same cloth as Pope Francis

The pope’s pick . . . The next leader of Chicago’s Roman Catholic flock, Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington, is being likened to the man who chose him. “In a pastoral sense, Cupich is like Pope Francis,” said Mark Rowlands, a former Roman Catholic …

  • Fact-finding finished in effort to canonize Chicago’s first black priest

    Pew news . . . Sneed is told that the Chicago phase of an effort to canonize the nation’s first black Catholic priest — a Chicago priest named the Rev. Augustus Tolton — has ended. ◆ To wit: The historical fact-finding commission created by Cardinal …Read More

  • Sneed: Trump has no beef with Rahm, glad his sign will be one-of-a-kind

    “The mayor’s new sign ordinance will ensure nobody else will have a sign like mine,” Donald Trump said. “Isn’t that what everybody would want?”