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 exclusive: Rev. Pfleger wants guns banned from all archdiocese buildings ]]> Lead story image

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 Catholic congregations in Chicago, now wants guns banned from all buildings belonging to the archdiocese. “Guns shouldn’t be in our churches,” said Pfleger, the combative pastor of St. Sabina who describes himself “as the only priest in the archdiocese to be suspended twice!” “How can we be role models and a witness in the world … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:15:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Campaign to honor ‘trailblazer” Jane Byrne started here ]]> Lead story image

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 passed an ordinance Wednesday memorializing Byrne, who served from 1979 to 1983, by renaming the Old Chicago Water Tower Park to the Mayor Jane M. Byrne Plaza. Following a standing ovation by the Council, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated: “Jane Byrne was a trailblazer. It’s no accident that soon you had an African-American [Mayor Harold Washington] … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:15:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Proposal to rename Water Tower plaza for Jane Byrne advances ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:16:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Contrary to rumors, Jay-Z and Beyonce marriage isn’t in trouble ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:13:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Free Pre-K on the way? ]]> Lead story image

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 expansion of full-day kindergarten to all Chicago children,” said a mayoral source. “Roughly 1,500 4-year-old kids from low income families who qualify for the federal school lunch program have no access to half-day pre-K,” said a mayoral source. Sneed is told the mayor plans to close this gap with an investment of $6 million “by … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:25:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Timing of divorce filing stuns billionaire Ken Griffin’s wife ]]> Lead story image

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 proceedings sent shockwaves throughout the philanthropic community, which is indebted to the couple’s generosity. It also saddened close friends. Sources familiar with the situation claim that the couple, who separated last year, were in settlement negotiations as recently as Monday, shortly before Anne was due to leave on a family holiday to London with the … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:17:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed exclusive: Jay-Z, Beyonce and baby Blue Ivy dine out in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

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 pulled up in front of the restaurant, having given 30 minutes notice — and disgorged Jay-Z, Beyonce, Blue Ivy and two nannies. The group settled into a quiet booth near a window with seven bodyguards, who set up a perimeter around the table. No one bothered them while they dined on sliders, tuna tartare, steak, … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:14:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: A ‘perfect’ way to honor the legacy of Jane Byrne ]]> Lead story image

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 flood of responses to Sneed’s campaign to memorialize our nearly forgotten mayor, which included this e-mail from a Sneed reader a few days ago: “Michael, “What was the outcome of “Remembering Jane Byrne?” There was so much press about naming something after her, and then nothing (unless I missed it). Thank you. Jean Trnka” Dear … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:16:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Will Michelle Obama speak up for Shamiya on Thursday? ]]> Lead story image

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 town Thursday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. In February 2013, Obama attended the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in a Kenwood park the week after she went to Washington, D.C., to attend inauguration festivities for President Barack Obama . Michelle Obama returned to Chicago the following April to speak … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:39:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Karen Lewis angling to field aldermanic slate ]]> Lead story image

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 black Chicago aldermen who support Rahm. “She’s hoping to seize growing black discontent over Rahm’s school policies to field candidates to unseat the black aldermen who are constantly showing up at Rahm’s side in photo ops, supporting him and his policies,” said an informed Sneed source. “Karen Lewis wants to be known as the ‘Great … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:17:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed exclusive: Kwame Raoul, Emil Jones eyed as possible mayoral candidates ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:16:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Polk Bros. Foundation paying $20 mil. for naming rights at Navy Pier ]]> Lead story image

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 and improve education and health care, is the first organization to help underwrite a massive rebuilding project at the pier. The sale is the first in what pier officials hope will be a series of sponsorships. Navy Pier is the largest tourist attraction in the Chicago area, attracting almost 10 million visitors a year. Sneed … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:17:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cardinal George on border kids: ‘We need to protect these abandoned children’ ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:18:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: First lady on track to cross Beyonce’s path here ]]> Lead story image

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’s tipster is right in predicting FLOTUS will stop by the Beyonce and Jay Z concert at Soldier Field that night, as Sneed tipped last week. Michelle Obama is a fan and friend of Beyonce — and she brought daughters Sasha and Malia to catch the pop star’s concert here last summer. The Rush job … ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:09:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Rauner may wear $18 watch, but he has a $100,000 parking spot ]]> Lead story image

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! ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:16:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPD chaplain goes to bat for Chicago cop in Jeter autograph flap ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:17:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed exclusive: Off-duty Chicago cop may be in foul territory over Jeter autographs ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sneed: Wife orders Ald. Ed Burke back to work ]]> Lead story image

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. Burke, known as the dean of the City Council, underwent prostate cancer surgery. McCarthy suffered a heart attack and underwent angioplasty. Although McCarthy attended a press conference Monday, he still has more healing to do at home. And Burke’s wife, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke — who’s calling herself Nurse Ratched during her hubby’s … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:14:08 -0500