Michael Sneed biography

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

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  • 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

  • Will Rauner’s shoe rules follow him to Springfield mansion?

    The Quinn bin . . . A million-dollar endorsement? Bet Gov. Pat Quinn, who is in a neck-and-neck race with his GOP opponent Bruce Rauner, leapt for joy when Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler described him as his “new best friend.” “Thank you Governor, …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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.