Michael Sneed biography

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

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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 …

    Sneed: The Force is with Chicago: City lands George Lucas museum

    Bravo! Chicago is a lock for George Lucas’ museum. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has won a fierce competition with Los Angeles and San Francisco to house a first-of its-kind interactive museum housing movie mogul George “Star Wars” Lucas’ formidable collection of artwork and movie memorabilia! Shortly …


    A former Chicago firefighter, who once detested Mayor Jane Byrne for reneging on a promise that ignited the city’s only firemen’s strike (which began Valentine’s Day, 1980) — is now willing to climb a ladder for her. ◆ Translation: A letter from former Chicago Fire …

    Sneed: Bill Clinton to visit kids at early learning center on South Side

    Clinton’s tyke hike . . . Sneed has learned that former President Bill Clinton, who hits the glitzy Paris Club on Friday night to fuel $$$$ into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign coffers, is also taking a tyke hike to Englewood. ◆ Translation: It’s hush-hush, but …

    Sneed: 11-year-old thrilled her dad and daddy finally getting married

    The family circle . . . It’s going to happen. Dad and Daddy are finally getting married. And their 11-year-old daughter, Braiden, whose fourth-grade essay on same-sex marriage was included in the legal briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last year — is getting …

    Sneed: Love letters for former Mayor Jane Byrne

    The forgotten mayor . . . It’s about time! Letters in support of Sneed’s quest to honor former Mayor Jane Byrne, the city’s only female mayor, keep pouring in. Like this one, from City Clerk Susana Mendoza: “I want to thank Michael Sneed for her …

    Sneed: Is Rauner’s best pal an Everyman — as gov hopeful purports to be?

    How high can Rauner fly? Is GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner’s uber-rich best pal Ken Griffin, who made headlines last week for stuffing a cool $2.5 million into Rauner’s campaign chest, an Everyman like Rauner purports to be? No. ◆ Unless, like the average working …