Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation raises $1M to buy vests for cops ]]> Lead story image

Cop shop . . . Watch for Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to be handed $1 million Tuesday to buy 2,000 bulletproof vests for Chicago’s finest. “One bullet can change the life of a Chicago Police officer,” said former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline, the executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. He will present the gift to McCarthy. “It goes without saying, we need to protect those who protect us,” he said. Or, as the foundation puts in perspective: “A single bullet can shatter ribs. Pierce lungs. Penetrate organs. Cause internal bleeding. Trigger a heart attack. Induce shock. … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:43:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is pulling the plug on her job ]]> Lead story image

Sneed exclusive . . . Sneed hears rumbles City Treasurer Stephanie Neely may be this/close to pulling the plug on her job and opting to leave City Hall for a more lucrative job in the private sector. ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:29:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed exclusive: Rush hospital under consideration as Ebola treatment center in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Sneed exclusive . . . Sneed is told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discussing designating one hospital in Chicago as the treatment center for patients with the Ebola virus — and Rush University Medical Center is under consideration. The CDC is concerned that the disease may not be easily contained by every hospital that has an isolation unit — although Chicago, home to O’Hare International Airport, has yet to report a confirmed case of the deadly disease that has placed the world on alert. On Monday, the CDC said it was rethinking infection control measures since a … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:23:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: CPD suspended from getting fed military equipment because of paperwork snafu ]]> Lead story image

Sneed exclusive . . . The police blotter . . . Sneed is told the Chicago Police Department has been placed on suspension by the feds. ◆ Translation: The CPD has been suspended from accessing federal military surplus supplies — guns, ordnance, armored vehicles — for the past three years by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, which distributes surplus owned by the U.S. Department of Defense, because of improper inventory paperwork. And the CPD was under suspension when the NATO Summit of 28 countries was held in Chicago in May 2012, which luckily turned out to be relatively … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:19:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed exclusive: Cook County Sheriff Office isn’t only agency with missing equipment ]]> Lead story image

Sneed exclusive . . . Where’s Elmo? Sneed hears the Cook County Sheriff’s Office isn’t the only police agency suspended from receiving federal military surplus . . . a k a guns, tanks and ordnance — for sloppy paperwork or missing equipment. So is the Des Plaines Police Department, where guns are missing, according to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. Sneed is told the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency is investigating. ◆ Translation: On Sunday, Sneed reported that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office was denied a request for bulletproof vests by the Illinois department — which distributes federal … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:22:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Tanks for asking ]]> Lead story image

Where’s Elmo? Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart would sure like to know what happened to the paperwork that proves his office returned a military tank . . . er, armored personnel carrier . . . given to his office 12 years ago. Dart claims the vehicle was military surplus given to his office (manned at the time by Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan) by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services in the aftermath of 9/11 — but returned and picked up by the Illinois National Guard when the sheriff’s office discovered it was treaded and didn’t have wheels; thereby … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:33:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Griffin divorce waged with dueling spreadsheets ]]> Lead story image

The Griffin divorce . . . The latest round in the very public divorce battle between the state’s wealthiest man, Ken Griffin, and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, did not air any dirty laundry. But it is being waged with dueling spreadsheets. Griffin, who is seeking a divorce from his wife of 11 years, filed a petition in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday seeking a judgment declaring the couple’s premarital agreement valid, binding and enforceable. The hedge-fund guru denies his wife’s claim the prenup is invalid because it was signed under duress. To think so “defies logic and common … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:50:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Bill of Rights in the works for college students hit by sexual violence ]]> Lead story image

Sneed exclusive . . . Watch for powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee, to introduce a city ordinance creating a Sexual Assault Bill of Rights for college students dealing with sexual violence on city campuses. “There is an epidemic of abusive behavior on college campuses nationwide which are under reported and/or under-resolved,” Burke tells Sneed. “This legislation could also make such sexual assault a municipal violation — not just a criminal violation — which would enable the student victims to access relief through the city Commission on Human Relations, which deals with hate crimes, … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:19:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Cash Piling Up for Rahm ]]> Lead story image

Sneed Exclusive . . . Mr. Moneybucks is on a roll. ◆ Translation: $$$$$$Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel has yet to file his latest campaign cash haul with the state Election Board, Sneed hears he raised $1.12 million in the third quarter of this year. ◆ Further translation: Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Rahm’s only serious declared mayoral opponent — and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Rahm’s unofficial challenger, appear to lag way behind, based on their most recent fund-raising filings. Neither returned Sneed’s calls for their latest fund-raising update. ◆ Ka-ching: Friends of Bob Fioretti, the alderman’s campaign committee, currently … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:33:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: CPD’s top cop pops question, gets engaged to Chicago lawyer ]]> Lead story image

Sneed exclusive . . . The “Viking” just collared the “Bronx Bulldog!” Congratulations to Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, a native of New York, on his engagement to Chicago personal injury attorney Kristin Barnette, a 5-foot-9-inch blonde of Scandinavian descent who brooks no nonsense. “When Kristin proposes, one complies,” he joked. “Look, I like keeping my private life private, but I finally met my match,” said McCarthy, whose divorce was recently finalized. “I’ve gone through some extreme life changes in the past few years: coming to Chicago, going through a long separation and subsequent divorce process which ended a 28-year … ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:17:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: What’s the secret to Valerie Jarrett’s security detail? ]]> Lead story image

Sneed exclusive . . . The Valerie shocker . . . Sneed hears White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is this/close to President Barack Obama and his family, may be the worst abuser of her Secret Service security. As the Secret Service reels from agency bumbling and the forced resignation Wednesday of its director Julia Pierson, two top sources tell Sneed Jarrett uses her security detail to go everywhere with her except the bathroom. Sneed is told Jarrett, who was assigned round-the-clock personal bodyguards presumably through executive order by Obama in 2009, “practically uses her detail as a valet … ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:40:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Health problems make it a tough go for Cardinal Francis George ]]> Lead story image

Cardinal news . . . Cardinal Francis George, a childhood polio victim who continues to battle bladder cancer, is having a tough go. Sneed is told George’s new cancer treatment not only leaves him intermittently woozy, but a fall because of a new foot infection has resulted in his inability to wear a leg brace, which he has needed since he had polio. Translation: He is now on crutches. The cardinal’s fall occurred just before he was to introduce his replacement, Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich, and it resulted in a trip to the hospital and facial bruises — “which were so … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:17:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Health scare in February figures in Holder’s decision to leave Justice Dept. ]]> Lead story image

The Holder file . . . Sneed is told that Attorney General Eric Holder, who has announced he is pulling the plug on his White House career, decided to finally do so over the Labor Day holidays. Although it has been reported that Holder, who is this/close to President Barack Obama and his chief White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, now wants to get involved in justice issues involving minorities, Sneed is told he faced a major stop sign in late February, when he was taken to a hospital in Washington, D.C., after experiencing an elevated heart rate and shortness of … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:53:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Justice Anne Burke a big fan of Bishop Blase Cupich ]]> Lead story image

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke may have had a contentious relationship with Cardinal Francis George, but her encounter with his successor — Chicago Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich — at the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union Hall on Tuesday night was anything but. ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:49:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Rev. Pfleger hopes Bishop Cupich will ban guns from archdiocese buildings ]]> Lead story image

Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich has got a firebrand on his hands . . . already. The Rev. Michael Pfleger, who was singled out for praise by Chicago’s new archbishop for his anti-violence gun stance, tells Sneed he plans to continue his battle to get guns out of church! The peace priest, who has been fighting to get guns banned from every building owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, tells Sneed he is still shocked by Cupich’s praise, which “came out of left field.” “I still can’t believe it that he singled out my name on TV,” said Pfleger, who … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:58:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed exclusive: Cardinal Francis George, Bishop Blase Cupich could share residence ]]> Lead story image

The cardinal’s story . . . Sneed is told Cardinal Francis George, whose successor is practically at the doorstep of the cardinal’s residence, has yet to decide where to hang his crozier. ◆ Translation: Sneed hears that George, who is the first cardinal in Chicago history to meet and greet his successor, had yet to make a decision where to live during his retirement when he got word a week and a half ago that his replacement had been chosen. “This could be a historic first,” said a top Sneed archdiocesan source. “Both men could wind up living together in … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:00:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Cupich cut from same cloth as Pope Francis ]]> Lead story image

The pope’s pick . . . The next leader of Chicago’s Roman Catholic flock, Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington, is being likened to the man who chose him. “In a pastoral sense, Cupich is like Pope Francis,” said Mark Rowlands, a former Roman Catholic seminarian from Columbus, Ohio, where Cupich had been president-rector of the Pontifical Josephinum College years ago. “He is a humble man. Spiritual. Not pompous,” Rowlands said. “You never got the feeling you were watching a play about a guy getting dressed up in clerical frippery. “He was approachable, a good listener . . . and … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:27:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fact-finding finished in effort to canonize Chicago’s first black priest ]]> Lead story image

Pew news . . . Sneed is told that the Chicago phase of an effort to canonize the nation’s first black Catholic priest — a Chicago priest named the Rev. Augustus Tolton — has ended. ◆ To wit: The historical fact-finding commission created by Cardinal Francis George in 2010 to investigate Tolton’s “heroic virtues” while in Chicago — one of several studies that could ultimately lead to Tolton’s sainthood — has just completed its job. “Happily, no one is fighting over the exhumation of Father Tolton’s body — like Peoria and New York, who are battling over the body of … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:55:47 -0500