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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 exclusive: Almost $100M in unpaid sales taxes on gas recovered

Beep! It’s a fraud sweep! Attorney General Lisa Madigan is putting metal to the gas pedal. ◆ Translation: Sneed is told an ongoing joint investigation and enforcement effort between Madigan’s office and the Department of Revenue has resulted in the recovery of almost $100 million …

Sneed: Diana Ditka says Ray Rice’s wife wrong to blame press

A knockout punch . . . The indomitable Diana Ditka, wife of legendary Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka, is known for her kindness — and her candor. So Sneed — appalled by the way kid gloves were used by the NFL on the K.O. punch …

Sneed: Pfleger says he’s getting hate calls after gun shop protest

Pfleger is flummoxed! The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the South Side pastor who led an anti-violence gun protest against Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale on Saturday, says the ugliness hasn’t stopped. Still flummoxed over being compared to the murderous ISIS group — which recently beheaded two …

Sneed: Illinois chapter of NRA sets sights on Rev. Pfleger

Sneed hears that the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who has been trying to get guns off the streets for years, has now got a powerful gunsight trained on him. ◆ To wit: The Illinois State Rifle Association, the Illinois chapter of the NRA, is now comparing …

Sneed: The flip side of billionaire’s divorce drama

The Griffin divorce . . . It’s the latest chapter in a Chicago billionaire’s divorce drama. An explosive response Tuesday by Anne Dias Griffin to the abrupt divorce filing by her billionaire hubby Ken Griffin last month — alleging her premarital agreement was signed under …

Hedge-fund billionaire’s wife says she was coerced into signing pre-nup

MICHAEL SNEED: In an explosive response to the divorce filing from her husband, billionaire investor Ken Griffin, Anne Dias Griffin filed a petition demanding the couple’s premarital agreement be dissolved because it was signed under duress.

Sneed: How Mayor Byrne helped Emerald Society start pipe band

The forgotten mayor . . . The bagpipes are on board. Though a date has yet to be set to officially rename the Old Water Tower Park after the city’s only woman mayor — Jane Byrne — she says she will be there, and the …

Sneed: Will Karen Lewis button down campaign with some history?

The blue button . . . The blue button is back! Could the resurrection of the late Mayor Harold Washington’s 1983 mayoral blue campaign button . . . turn Mayor Rahm Emanuel red? Could the legendary blue button, which became an inspiration for Barack Obama’s …

Will Rauner’s shoe rules follow him to Springfield mansion?

The Quinn bin . . . A million-dollar endorsement? Bet Gov. Pat Quinn, who is in a neck-and-neck race with his GOP opponent Bruce Rauner, leapt for joy when Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler described him as his “new best friend.” “Thank you Governor, …

Sneed: Emanuel plans funding for city youth baseball, including JRW team

Dugout scoop! Play ball! Watch for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make a major announcement soon on government funding to finance city youth baseball — including the city’s Jackie Robinson West Little League Team. Sneed hears it could be part of a broader strategy for keeping …

  • Blago pours out heart to wife in love letter from prison

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, posted a wedding anniversary letter from her imprisoned hubby on her Facebook page. “Today is my 24th wedding anniversary,” she said. “I am sharing this message from Rod because I think it applies to everyone.”

  • Sneed scoop: Daley nephew (and grandson) to run for City Council

    Sneed Exclusive … Psst! The Daley dynasty is not dead yet. Sneed has learned attorney Patrick Thompson , who now lives in the 11th Ward home of his famous grandfather — the late Mayor Richard J. Daley — plans to run for alderman of the bastion of Daleydom. Sneed hears 11th Ward Ald. James Balcer has been told his retirement would be welcome and will announce he will be leaving office in April.

  • Sneed: Karen Lewis’ union members can’t keep facts straight

    The desk set . . . Attention! Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a former chemistry teacher, needs an eraser. Last week, Lewis, who is eyeing a mayoral bid, told the Chicago Sun-Times she would make no “rookie mistakes” about campaign finance law. It seems …Read More

  • Sneed: Gov helps Jackie Robinson West team’s coach cover his bases

    Covering all bases . . . Play ball! Sneed hears that Gov. Pat Quinn, who was awed by Little League coach Darold Butler volunteering his time to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, called Butler’s boss to make sure his job was safe because he had …

    Sneed: Rahm pulls plug on city parking perk

    The park shark . . . Rahm’s running with scissors! Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting down on free downtown parking for city employees that has been around for more than a decade. ◆ Snip snip: Emanuel recently ordered his staff to draft a …

    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.”