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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 gets kudos from Archbishop Cupich for anti-violence work

The Pfleger file . . . Praise the Lord . . . and pass the crozier! Sneed hears new Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, the anti-violence prelate who wants his shepherds to smell like their flock, may be handing off his symbolic shepherd’s crook to pastors …

Sam Adam Jr. forms exploratory committee to run for state’s attorney

Michael Sneed exclusive: Sam Adam Jr., the colorful attorney who represented ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his first corruption trial, is aiming to challenge Anita Alvarez.

Sneed: Reflections on life, death and rebirth

Resurrection. After months of championing the memory of a mayor the city had all but forgotten, Jane M. Byrne, it was ironic I’d be out of the country when she died. I also missed watching the final goodbye to a feisty, unforgettable woman I had …

Sneed: Byrne loved Chicago, and in the end, Chicago loved her back

In the end, former Mayor Jane M. Byrne knew the city she loved — but that almost forgot her — loved her back. A year ago, the legacy of Byrne, the city’s only female mayor, was all but a footnote assigned to the dustbin of …

Sneed: Obama invites Jackie Robinson West team to White House, shares some advice

Batter up, Obama! Sultans of swat: Sneed hears that President Barack Obama — who met privately with the national champion Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team Sunday after a Chicago State University rally for Gov. Pat Quinn — had a surprise and a serious …

Sneed: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation raises $1M to buy vests for cops

Cop shop . . . Watch for Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to be handed $1 million Tuesday to buy 2,000 bulletproof vests for Chicago’s finest. “One bullet can change the life of a Chicago Police officer,” said former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline, the …

Sneed: City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is pulling the plug on her job

Sneed exclusive . . . Sneed hears rumbles City Treasurer Stephanie Neely may be this/close to pulling the plug on her job and opting to leave City Hall for a more lucrative job in the private sector.

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 …