Michael Sneed biography

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

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Sneed: Emanuel plans funding for city youth baseball, including JRW team

Dugout scoop! Play ball! Watch for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make a major announcement soon on government funding to finance city youth baseball — including the city’s Jackie Robinson West Little League Team. Sneed hears it could be part of a broader strategy for keeping …

Blago pours out heart to wife in love letter from prison

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, posted a wedding anniversary letter from her imprisoned hubby on her Facebook page. “Today is my 24th wedding anniversary,” she said. “I am sharing this message from Rod because I think it applies to everyone.”

  • Sneed scoop: Daley nephew (and grandson) to run for City Council

    Sneed Exclusive … Psst! The Daley dynasty is not dead yet. Sneed has learned attorney Patrick Thompson , who now lives in the 11th Ward home of his famous grandfather — the late Mayor Richard J. Daley — plans to run for alderman of the bastion of Daleydom. Sneed hears 11th Ward Ald. James Balcer has been told his retirement would be welcome and will announce he will be leaving office in April.

  • Sneed: Karen Lewis’ union members can’t keep facts straight

    The desk set . . . Attention! Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a former chemistry teacher, needs an eraser. Last week, Lewis, who is eyeing a mayoral bid, told the Chicago Sun-Times she would make no “rookie mistakes” about campaign finance law. It seems …Read More

  • Sneed: Gov helps Jackie Robinson West team’s coach cover his bases

    Covering all bases . . . Play ball! Sneed hears that Gov. Pat Quinn, who was awed by Little League coach Darold Butler volunteering his time to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, called Butler’s boss to make sure his job was safe because he had …Read More

  • Sneed: Rahm pulls plug on city parking perk

    The park shark . . . Rahm’s running with scissors! Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting down on free downtown parking for city employees that has been around for more than a decade. ◆ Snip snip: Emanuel recently ordered his staff to draft a …

    Sneed: Karen Lewis to discuss mayoral bid with black business leaders

    The Lewis ascendancy . . . To run or not to run? Sneed hears Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will attempt to woo black business leaders onto her mayoral bandwagon this month. Sneed is told the Business Leadership Council, a non-profit organization made up …

    Sneed scoop: FBI agents to hit Chicago streets to combat gangs

    Sneed has learned that the feds plan to dispatch 65 FBI agents to the streets in high-crime areas on the South and West Sides in an all-out battle against gang crime. The 65 feds are part of a group of 100 Chicago agents already assigned to curb gang and violent crimes. “This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street.”

    Sneed: Tom Dreesen on Robin Williams: ‘He was searching for himself’

    The Williams tragedy . . . “In my opinion, he wasn’t searching for fame and fortune. He was searching for himself.” Thus spake comedian Tom Dreesen, whose ties to Chicago run deep, on the life of comic genius Robin Williams, who hanged himself in his …

    Sneed: Obama hits the links in Martha’s Vineyard

    Love on the links . . . Let’s go turfing. President Barack Obama, who is this/close to Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett, continues to spend tee time with two of her closest links. ◆ Translation: The president, a golf devotee who is vacationing with …

    Sneed: Quinn pays Walgreens a visit

    The Quinn bin . . . Gov. Pat Quinn, our populist patron, had a unique way of saying thanks on the corner of happy and healthy this week. El Jefe went shopping. ◆ To wit: On the day it was announced the iconic Walgreens drugstore …

    Sneed: Quinn poll shows gov, Rauner neck-and-neck

    The 1 percent margin . . . Dead heat or dead meat? Sneed hears that Gov. Pat Quinn just received his latest internal poll, which has the gubernatorial election locked in a virtual tie. ◆ The poll of 600 people, taken by Quinn’s pollster Mark …

    Sneed: McCarthy’s Summer Surge to move 150 cops from desk duty to the street

    The Summer Surge . . . A phalanx of police department pencil pushers just got merged into the Summer Surge. ◆ Translation: In anticipation of an increase in violence during the August heat, top cop Garry McCarthy is dispatching a cadre of desk cops and …

    Sneed exclusive: Rev. Pfleger wants guns banned from all archdiocese buildings

    Sneed exclusive . . . The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the peacemaker priest who has been trying to get guns off the streets for years, has a new anti-gun target. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Pfleger, the firebrand pastor of one of the largest African-American …

    Campaign to honor ‘trailblazer” Jane Byrne started here

    It’s a go! It’s done! And it’s two months to the day since this column started a campaign to right a wrong: The city’s failure to honor the legacy of its only woman mayor — Jane M. Byrne. In a unanimous vote, the City Council …

    Sneed: Proposal to rename Water Tower plaza for Jane Byrne advances

    Pending formal approval Wednesday by the City Council, Chicago will finally honor the legacy of its only female mayor: Jane Byrne, who served from 1979 to 1983. The City Council Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a recommendation to rename the plaza on which the Old Chicago Water Tower sits as the Jane M. Byrne Plaza.

    Sneed: Contrary to rumors, Jay-Z and Beyonce marriage isn’t in trouble

    Based on private peeks at music moguls Jay-Z and Beyonce in Chicago last week by a top Sneed source — Big Apple tabloid reports of a marriage in trouble is balderdash. “That’s crazy,” said the Sneed source, who observed the couple arriving, eating and exiting Chicago Cut restaurant for dinner the night before their concert at Soldier Field last Thursday.