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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: 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?”

  • Sneed: Is Wallenda’s high-wire act legal without a net?

    Getting wired: Adrenaline junkies eager to watch high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda navigate two Chicago skyscrapers without a net will now get their chance on Nov. 2. Or will they?

  • Sneed: All you need is Paul

    A Mellody note . . . Leave it to Mellody: Fiscal guru Mellody Hobson, the dynamo wife of “Star Wars’” stellar George Lucas, sent a special-delivery package at warp speed to ex-Beatle Paul McCartney recently. ◆ The package: A plank of wood. ◆ The item: …

    Sneed: Vote could show Scots feel some pigs more equal than others

    The Scottish secession . . . Queen Elizabeth wants to stay out of it. Actor Sean Connery wants it to happen. And the British royal family is fretting about whether they’ll lose the use of Balmoral Castle as their Scottish hideaway from duty during parts …

    Sneed: Lawyer in Bali to advise teen whose mom’s body was stuffed in suitcase

    Mack attack! Heather Mack, the pregnant Chicago teen incarcerated in Indonesia since she was declared a suspect in the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, is now being advised by a Chicago area lawyer on how to protect her unborn baby’s future. Attorney Vanessa …

    Sneed exclusive: Almost $100M in unpaid sales taxes on gas recovered

    Beep! It’s a fraud sweep! Attorney General Lisa Madigan is putting metal to the gas pedal. ◆ Translation: Sneed is told an ongoing joint investigation and enforcement effort between Madigan’s office and the Department of Revenue has resulted in the recovery of almost $100 million …

    Sneed: Diana Ditka says Ray Rice’s wife wrong to blame press

    A knockout punch . . . The indomitable Diana Ditka, wife of legendary Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka, is known for her kindness — and her candor. So Sneed — appalled by the way kid gloves were used by the NFL on the K.O. punch …

    Sneed: Pfleger says he’s getting hate calls after gun shop protest

    Pfleger is flummoxed! The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the South Side pastor who led an anti-violence gun protest against Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale on Saturday, says the ugliness hasn’t stopped. Still flummoxed over being compared to the murderous ISIS group — which recently beheaded two …

    Sneed: Illinois chapter of NRA sets sights on Rev. Pfleger

    Sneed hears that the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who has been trying to get guns off the streets for years, has now got a powerful gunsight trained on him. ◆ To wit: The Illinois State Rifle Association, the Illinois chapter of the NRA, is now comparing …

    Sneed: The flip side of billionaire’s divorce drama

    The Griffin divorce . . . It’s the latest chapter in a Chicago billionaire’s divorce drama. An explosive response Tuesday by Anne Dias Griffin to the abrupt divorce filing by her billionaire hubby Ken Griffin last month — alleging her premarital agreement was signed under …

    Hedge-fund billionaire’s wife says she was coerced into signing pre-nup

    MICHAEL SNEED: In an explosive response to the divorce filing from her husband, billionaire investor Ken Griffin, Anne Dias Griffin filed a petition demanding the couple’s premarital agreement be dissolved because it was signed under duress.

    Sneed: How Mayor Byrne helped Emerald Society start pipe band

    The forgotten mayor . . . The bagpipes are on board. Though a date has yet to be set to officially rename the Old Water Tower Park after the city’s only woman mayor — Jane Byrne — she says she will be there, and the …

  • Sneed: Will Karen Lewis button down campaign with some history?

    The blue button . . . The blue button is back! Could the resurrection of the late Mayor Harold Washington’s 1983 mayoral blue campaign button . . . turn Mayor Rahm Emanuel red? Could the legendary blue button, which became an inspiration for Barack Obama’s …Read More