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Michael Sneed biography

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

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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.

Sneed: Free Pre-K on the way?

Sneed exclusive . . . The eraser set . . . The Pre-K way: Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is this/close to rolling out a plan to fund free preschool enrollment for 4-year-olds from low income families. “Watch for the mayor to build on his …

Sneed: Timing of divorce filing stuns billionaire Ken Griffin’s wife

Sneed is told that billionaire CEO Ken Griffin stunned his estranged second wife, Anne Dias Griffin, by filing for divorce Wednesday just before the courts closed while she and their three children were en route out of the country. News of the powerhouse couple’s divorce …

Sneed exclusive: Jay-Z, Beyonce and baby Blue Ivy dine out in Chicago

It was a family night out. Sneed hears Jay-Z and Beyonce dined at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Wednesday night with baby Blue Ivy. They’re in town ahead of their “On The Run” tour stop at Soldier Field on Thursday. About 5 p.m. Wednesday, two SUVs …

Sneed: A ‘perfect’ way to honor the legacy of Jane Byrne

The forgotten mayor . . . An icon is about to be honored. The selection of a fitting city monument to honor the legacy of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the city’s only female mayor, is coming to a close. It’s also the answer to a …

Sneed: Will Michelle Obama speak up for Shamiya on Thursday?

The Shamiya tragedy . . . Sneed is wondering if the tragic death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover with friends Friday in West Garfield Park, will be addressed by first lady Michelle Obama when she hits …

Sneed: Karen Lewis angling to field aldermanic slate

The mayoral race . . . CTU chief Karen Lewis, who would like to grind Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a pulp, has pink slips she plans to pass out before she green lights a mayoral bid. Sneed is told she has plans afoot to boot …

Sneed exclusive: Kwame Raoul, Emil Jones eyed as possible mayoral candidates

Exclusive: Sneed is told that top African-American business and civic leaders are scheduling a meeting in August with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who has formed an exploratory committee, but a top source tells Sneed that Raoul should be regarded as a “bona fide contender.”

Sneed: Polk Bros. Foundation paying $20 mil. for naming rights at Navy Pier

A new moniker is added to the historic Navy Pier. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has sold naming rights to Navy Pier’s front entranceway for $20 million to the Polk Bros. Foundation. The foundation, which provides grants to nonprofits that work to reduce poverty …

Cardinal George on border kids: ‘We need to protect these abandoned children’

Sneed exclusive: Cardinal Francis George is offering a helping hand to the hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in Chicago from the nightmare of their Central American countries. The archdiocese has asked the federal government to allow it to feed and provide housing for them. He says their situation calls “for a compassionate and merciful response.”

Sneed: First lady on track to cross Beyonce’s path here

The lady is back in town! Hey Bey! Hey Jay! Sneed is told first lady Michelle Obama will be in town July 24 for a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser at the Waldorf Astoria — which leads us to this item: ◆ It’s a good bet …

Sneed: Rauner may wear $18 watch, but he has a $100,000 parking spot

Sneed hears uber wealthy GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who is putting his campaign throttle in full gear, also paid piles of cash for a parking space. How about $100,000 for one parking space!

  • CPD chaplain goes to bat for Chicago cop in Jeter autograph flap

    Sneed’s report Wednesday about a Chicago cop in hot water for allegedly soliciting autographs on sports memorabilia for charity from New York Yankees ace Derek Jeter after a White Sox/Yankees game in May at U.S. Cellular Field has a new twist.

  • Sneed exclusive: Off-duty Chicago cop may be in foul territory over Jeter autographs

    Sneed has learned that a Chicago cop is in dugout doo-doo for allegedly soliciting autographs on sports memorabilia — which he claimed was for a police charity fundraiser — from New York Yankees star Derek Jeter during the Chicago White Sox-Yankees battle at U.S. Cellular Field in May.

  • Sneed: Wife orders Ald. Ed Burke back to work

    Tea for two . . . Health update: What do powerful City Council Finance Committee chief Ald. Ed Burke (14th) and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have in common? Here’s what. Both men, who recently underwent surgery and hospitalization, are doing tip-top in the recovery department. …Read More

  • Sneed exclusive: Ryan opens up, talks about praying for Willis children

    At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning, former Gov. George Ryan officially became a free man and opened up publicly for the first time about the tragic deaths of the Willis children — and how he prays for them daily.

    Ald. Ed Burke unveils ideas to honor former Mayor Jane Byrne

    On the eve of his prostate cancer surgery, Ald. Ed Burke did not forget to honor the forgotten legacy of an ailing former Mayor Jane Byrne. Burke, who had rescheduled his cancer surgery to accommodate a Wednesday City Council meeting — he hasn’t missed a …