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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: 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.

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 …