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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: Arrests in teen fatal shooting came quick because of cooperating witnesses

The twin tragedy . . . The arrest of four teens for the weekend shooting murder of 15-year-old Demario Bailey, who was killed in front of his beloved twin brother, Demacio — could bring a quick resolution to a puzzling, senseless crime. ◆ Translation: A …

Sneed: The Royal Mane

Whew! Bless the tresses: England’s Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are being accompanied on their U.S. tour this week by an entourage of only seven assistants . . . compared to the usual 20 who attend to William’s father, Prince Charles, when he is …

Sneed: Hillary is one lucky lady; invited to lead St. Pat’s Parade

Begorrah! Top tip: Sneed is told former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been invited to lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! She has yet to accept. But she hasn’t said no. Could this be the classic political backdrop for Hillary, who hails from Park …

Sneed exclusive: Quinn may appoint ex-aide to Illinois Sports Facilities Authority

Batter up! Sneed hears a knuckle ball may be pitched Monday at the next meeting of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, enabling Gov. Pat Quinn to make a last-ditch appointment before he leaves office. Sneed has learned that Sports Facilities chief Kelly Kraft, who was …

Sneed: Quinn still wants $10-an-hour minimum wage passed

Ka-ching! Gov. Pat Quinn is gobsmacked. Why not. Sneed hears that powerful Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s decision Wednesday not to call the state’s minimum wage bill during this week’s veto session — which Quinn wanted big-time — was intended to do Mayor Rahm Emanuel …

Sneed: Emanuel to kick off his campaign Saturday at the Cinespace soundstage

Rahm ’em . . . Big place for a big noise! But no movie stars. Sneed hears that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going to kick off his campaign at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Near West Side’s Cinespace soundstage, where “Chicago Fire” is being filmed. …

Sneed: Of all the gin joints . . .

The stuff of dreams . . . Dateline: Casablanca, Morocco — The salon was mythical; the joint was called Rick’s; and gin wasn’t the only booze served.

Sneed: Alvarez to personally prosecute men charge in boy’s murder

Sneed has learned Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has decided to personally prosecute the four men charged in the murder of Antonio Smith, 9, the youngest victim of gang violence this year.

Sneed: Rauner has educators up in arms over idea of university budget cuts

Report & distort? Hey, did someone slip overalls in Gov.elect Bruce Rauner’s chowder? ◆ To wit: Rauner, whose election rhetoric pledged to enhance education statewide, has educators up in arms after news broke this week that he asked the Illinois Board of Higher Education to …

Sneed: Rauner getting a fixer-upper: governor’s mansion

Mansion expansion? Dave Bourland, the Lord of the Manor, is waiting. Curator and director of the 159-year-old governor’s mansion in Springfield, Bourland is eager to meet its next occupant — Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, who plans to renovate the historic home with private funds. “I’m looking …

Sneed: Cupich eyeing women for top leadership positions

Advised by a cadre of concerned priests and laity to clean out the old wood at the chancery, Sneed hears the Chicago’s new archbishop is eyeing the installation of women in top leadership positions.

Sneed: Rev. Pfleger gets kudos from Archbishop Cupich for anti-violence work

The Pfleger file . . . Praise the Lord . . . and pass the crozier! Sneed hears new Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, the anti-violence prelate who wants his shepherds to smell like their flock, may be handing off his symbolic shepherd’s crook to pastors …

Sam Adam Jr. forms exploratory committee to run for state’s attorney

Michael Sneed exclusive: Sam Adam Jr., the colorful attorney who represented ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his first corruption trial, is aiming to challenge Anita Alvarez.

Sneed: Reflections on life, death and rebirth

Resurrection. After months of championing the memory of a mayor the city had all but forgotten, Jane M. Byrne, it was ironic I’d be out of the country when she died. I also missed watching the final goodbye to a feisty, unforgettable woman I had …

Sneed: Byrne loved Chicago, and in the end, Chicago loved her back

In the end, former Mayor Jane M. Byrne knew the city she loved — but that almost forgot her — loved her back. A year ago, the legacy of Byrne, the city’s only female mayor, was all but a footnote assigned to the dustbin of …

Sneed: Obama invites Jackie Robinson West team to White House, shares some advice

Batter up, Obama! Sultans of swat: Sneed hears that President Barack Obama — who met privately with the national champion Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team Sunday after a Chicago State University rally for Gov. Pat Quinn — had a surprise and a serious …

Sneed: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation raises $1M to buy vests for cops

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 …