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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: Is Toni testing the waters?

The big buzz . . . Is Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle dodging — or doing? Sneed hears speculation that Preckwinkle is considering a run for mayor may be growing legs. Barring being drafted by the African-American community to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel …

Sneed exclusive: Unpopular tax plan may reappear

The tax ax . . . Sneed hears rumbles that a City Council proposal to levy a lease tax on office buildings may be in the mix of suggestions to restore two of the city’s pension funds to fiscal health. Oy! “Former Mayor Jane Byrne …

Sneed: Quinn torpedoes Emanuel

Rahm may be a tough cookie, but he got bitten in the butt by Quinn’s refusal Monday to back Rahm’s plan to solve the city’s pension crisis on the back of Chicago’s property tax payers.

Sneed: People rush to get in on ground floor of loan program

Home hustle . . . Sneed hears the run for Gov. Pat Quinn’s subsidized mortgage program has already become a sprint. ◆ Translation: Since Sneed exclusively tipped the Welcome Home Illinois Loan Program’s launch last Sunday, $5.2 million has already been reserved to finance applicants’ …

  • Sneed: For Patti Blagojevich, ‘this year is especially heartbreaking’

    The good wife . . . About two weeks ago, Patti Blagojevich marked an anniversary without a celebration; the completion of her husband’s second year in a federal prison outside of Denver. Since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s incarceration on corruption charges in 2012, his wife …Read More

  • Sneed: Behind the scenes of Obama’s visit to Chicago

    O on the go! . . . Running in real time . . . . . . with President Barack Obama in Chicago on Wednesday. ◆ About 4 p.m.: Gov. Pat Quinn, leaving behind his omnipresent sidekick “Betsy the briefcase,” to greet Obama on the …Read More

  • Exclusive: Obama to dine with Emanuel, Axelrod between DNC fundraisers Wednesday

    Forks up! Consider President Barack Obama’s meal deal Wednesday at a private dinner for three in the backroom confines of the popular Chicago Cut steakhouse: ◆ The president will drink only water brought into the restaurant by his staff. ◆ The president’s food can be …Read More

  • Sneed: Quinn to launch state mortgage program for first-time home buyers

    Sneed exclusive . . . Gov. Pat Quinn is throwing out the welcome mat! Sneed has learned Quinn plans to announce a new state-subsidized mortgage loan program Monday for first-time Illinois home buyers. “This program is not for millionaires,” Quinn told Sneed. “This is for …

    Sneed: A papal White House Visit?

    Although President Obama hasn’t issued the pope a formal White House invitation, he did suggest such a visit with the pontiff, who has yet to visit the U.S., when he gave him a box of seeds.

    Sneed: GOP pols, black ministers fight for Rauner money

    Follow the money . . . Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! Hmmm. Does Sneed smell a whiff of napalm? ◆ Translation: A big-bucks brouhaha is brewing between South and West Side Republican committeemen and powerful black ministers being courted by GOP gubernatorial candidate …

    Sneed: Rauner backs incumbent in battle over Cook County GOP leadership

    County heat! Bruce’s next battle! The Grand Old Party has got a grand old fight on its hands. ◆ Translation: Sneed hears a tug-of-war is being waged over leadership of the Republican Party in the Democratic bastion of Cook County. ◆ GOP gubernatorial primary winner …

    Sneed: Judge Evans finds job for court official dubbed ‘worst’ by ex-underling

    Out of Order! Overruled, undermanned, and bench-pressed! The big question still remains! Why does Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans continue to employ Jesus Reyes, the man he appointed in 2005 to run the probation nightmare on 26th Street? In an unprecedented move …

    Sneed: Top state court’s verdict means less power for chief county Judge Evans

    In an unprecedented move, the Illinois Supreme Court is appointing an administrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County to overhaul the pre-trial services and adult probation department, citing a “gradual erosion of a management and leadership structure.” The judicial shake-up is the result of …

  • Sneed: Evans seeks to calm jury pool as verdict on his stewardship nears

    Out of Order! Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans is trying to stave off Judgment Day. Sneed’s blast Wednesday of Evans’ stewardship over a sloppily run court system — which is being audited by the lllinois Supreme Court — hasn’t stopped him from …Read More

  • Sneed: Circuit Court Chief Tim Evans keeps fired probation chief as adviser

    Out of order! In a foxy attempt Monday to stave off the bazooka he knew was coming this week, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans suddenly dismissed his acting adult probation chief, Jesus Reyes — whom he appointed in 2005. ◆ To wit: …Read More

  • Vortex taking toll on wildlife

    The Polar Vortex hex! Ducks are dying, opossums are starving, and songbirds are having a helluva time. Due to one of the worst winters in recent history and the onslaught of the Polar Vortex, one local animal wildlife rehab center tells Sneed its seen a …Read More

  • Sneed: Hush-hush vetting of candidates to replace Cardinal George has begun

    News from the pews . . . The countdown has begun. Sneed is told a hush-hush process of vetting candidates to select a replacement for Cardinal Francis George, now undergoing chemo for a third bout of cancer, is already underway. George turned in his perfunctory …