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Thursday, April 29, 1999

Hillaryville . . .
Sneed is told by a top Dem source that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to announce in September that she will run for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.

Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Scoopsville! . . .
Sneed has learned Gov. Ryan's son of "Build Illinois" infrastructure project includes big bucks for a massive Chicago lakefront seawall project proposed by Mayor Daley.

Tuesday, April 27, 1999

Hmmm . . .
Kwit quit: Sneed hears several members of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas' office have quit or given notice recently . . . including Cash Management Director Alan Kwit and Elena Balcer, wife of Ald. James Balcer (11th). Is Maria mercurial? Nawwwwww.

Sunday, April 25, 1999

Two sports titans headed for showdown
New Yawk Squawk: Sneed hears New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who owns 50 percent of the Maywood and Balmoral racetracks, is battling with racetrack titan Dick Duchossois big time.

Friday, April 23, 1999

The job market . . .
Sneed hears rumbles former state Sen. Bill Marovitz, who is married to Playboy exec Christie Hefner, will be appointed to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board by Gov. Ryan.

Thursday, April 22, 1999

Tipsville . . .
Believe it or not! A painting bought for $29 by a retiree at a garage sale in Wausau, Wis., is expected to fetch $500,000 at a Christie's auction in New York next month.

Wednesday, April 21, 1999

Scoopsville . . .
Sneed hears rumbles that Ryan Harris murder suspect Floyd Durr, who has been in Cook County Jail for months on unrelated charges of rape, will be charged this week in connection with the Harris murder.

Tuesday, April 20, 1999

Tipsville . . .
Watch for former state Senate President Phil Rock to be appointed head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education by his old pal, Gov. Ryan.

Sunday, April 18, 1999

A visiting princess steps up to the Mike
She may be called Princess Michael of Kent, but the serenely spirited member of the British royal family who visited Chicago for the first time Friday is actually named Marie Christine.

Friday, April 16, 1999

FBI looks into contributions to 3 aldermen
Sneed hears the FBI was at the State Board of Elections last week, pulling campaign contributions for three Chicago aldermen. Is another major FBI investigation a la Silver Shovel in the offing? More to follow.

Thursday, April 15, 1999

Gidwitz wins state education post
City Colleges Board Chairman Ron Gidwitz, who has been praised and blasted for his work trying to usher the City Colleges into the 21st century, is being appointed chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education by Gov. Ryan. He resigned his City Colleges post Wednesday. Is Ryan hedging his bets with the business community? Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 14, 1999

Illinois seems to be in IRS' sights
The Sneed skinny: The IRS story--IRS audits may have plummeted nationwide, but not if you live in Illinois!

Tuesday, April 13, 1999

Here's a tip to bet on
It's hush-hush, but Mayor Daley had dinner with Rosemont Mayor Don Stephens at his Rosemont house Monday night. They were spotted chewing on casino chips.

Sunday, April 11, 1999

Cubs plan you-know-what to honor Brick
Hey! Hey! Sneed hears the Cubs' legendary announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored Monday at Wrigley Field during a pregame Opening Day ceremony. Word is something ``permanently displayed'' in the stadium will be unveiled in a tribute to Brickhouse. The Cubs have asked Jack's widow, Pat, to be on the field around 1 p.m.

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