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Occupy Chicago protesters go to D.C., meet with congressional aides

Occupy Chicago protesters defy police order leave Grant Park Oct. 22.  |  Paul Beaty~AP

Occupy Chicago protesters defy police order to leave Grant Park on Oct. 22. | Paul Beaty~AP

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Updated: December 4, 2011 11:00AM

Tipsville ...

Sneed is told a delegation of seven Occupy Chicago members met with congressional staffers in Washington D.C. this week to gain support for a tent city in Chicago.

“We were trying to establish a dialogue and find some allies — we don’t have too many in Chicago at the moment,” said an Occupy Chicago source who asked not to be identified. “We met with aides of Sen. [Dick] Durbin and Congressman [Bobby] Rush and talked about reforming economic policy, restricting the big business lobby and setting up a tent city,” said the source. Rush’s chief of staff, Stanley Watkins, confirmed the visit.

◆The details: The group spent about $350 in donations to fill a donated van with gasoline for the trip, paid for their own meals, crashed at a friendly local’s house and met with D.C. Occupiers to see how they successfully set up their encampment. Chicago Occupiers trying to set up camp in Grant Park have been thwarted twice thus far by Chicago police, who made hundreds of arrests.

Rice Paper . . .

Taking the veil: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s new memoir “No Higher Honor” describes a visit with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah in which he presented her with a gift: the black robe and veil Saudi women traditionally wear.

The Quinn bin ...

$$$$$: Sneed hears Gov. Pat Quinn plans to ride the Red Line Thursday, culminating in the announcement of a major commitment to improving the CTA, which faces a $277 million budget deficit next year.

◆ Backshot: At issue are job cuts, the erasure of management initiatives, work reforms and labor union concessions to shore up the deficit.

◆ Upshot: Gov. Quinn will make the announcement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CTA President Forrest Claypool and Ann Schneider , state transportation chief.

The Kennedy legacy . . .

MSNBC’s liberal news hardball player Chris Matthews is hawking his book on the late President John F. Kennedy. So here’s something that’s not in the book: JFK’s last-known mistress, Swedish-born Gunilla von Post, just died in Palm Beach, Fla., at the age of 79.

◆ Tittletattle: Post wrote a book about her six-year affair when Kennedy was still a U.S. senator, which she claimed began a month before his wedding to Jackie. Post, who auctioned off JFK’s love letters last year, stated Kennedy told her: “If I had met you one week before, I would have canceled the whole thing.” Ah, lothario love.

Black to blue . . .

The Cubs’ new main media man has the soul of a White Sox fan?

◆ Translation: Julian Green, the Cubs new veep of communications and community affairs, was raised on the South Side. “I’ve had to switchallegiances. I now bleed Cubby blue,” said Green, who formerly worked for Mayor Richard M. Daley and then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama — who are both diehard Sox fans.

About a girl . . .

Never married/new father Hugh “Four Weddings and a Funeral” Grant, who obviously prefers the latter to the former, apparently spent half an hour visiting his new daughter the day after her birth — before heading to Scotland to play in a major golf tournament. The mother is his former Chinese girlfriend, Tinglan Hong.

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Kathy Posner, 59; Dennis Miller, 58; Kate Capshaw, 58, and Roseanne Barr, 59.

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