Betty in Chicago

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Scoopsvill­e . . .

Sneed hears for­mer Cicero Pres­i­dent Betty Loren-Mal­tese, who has been liv­ing in a Las Ve­gas, Nev., half­way house since be­ing re­leased from fed­eral prison last Au­gust, is now be­ing trans­ferred back to Chicago.

† The back­shot: It was Loren-Mal­tese, who suf­fered from a gam­bling ad­dic­tion, who re­quested to be trans­ferred to Las Ve­gas — rather than Chicago — when she got out of prison.

† The up­shot: Sneed is told Mal­tese is now be­ing trans­ferred/or has been trans­ferred to a Sal­va­tion Army Com­pre­hen­sive Sanc­tion Cen­ter at 105 S. Ash­land Ave., which is ad­min­is­tered by the Fed­eral Bureau of Pris­ons.

† The buck­shot: The rea­son for the trans­fer is un­clear, but ru­mor is it was not Mal­tese who re­quested it. Her fam­ily no longer re­sides in Chicago — and her mother and daugh­ter, Ash­leigh Rose, 12, now live with Mal­tese’s sis­ter in Alabama — a sit­u­a­tion that Mal­tese finds in­tol­er­a­ble.

† The de­ci­sion: The or­der re­turn­ing Mal­tese, who served nearly seven years in prison on fed­eral cor­rup­tion charges, to Chicago, was is­sued Jan. 22.

† At last glance: Loren-Mal­tese had filed a fed­eral law­suit against a slew of peo­ple who

Here’s Sneed’s read on the dis­clo­sure of El­iz­a­beth Ed­wards’ le­gal sep­a­ra­tion from her er­rant hus­band, for­mer Dem pres­i­den­tial hope­ful John Ed­wards.

† To wit: Ed­wards’ de­ci­sion last week to an­nounce he had fa­thered the child of his mis­tress, Rielle Hunter, was made AF­TER El­iz­a­beth de­cided to legally split ear­lier this year.

† The ques­tion? What’s un­clear is if Mrs. Ed­wards de­cided to split be­cause her hus­band had de­cided to pub­licly ad­mit he fa­thered the child.

† It’s ugly: Some un­kind words have been used to de­scribe Mrs. Ed­wards: In the book Game Change, she is de­scribed as “an abu­sive, in­tru­sive, para­noid, con­de­scend­ing crazy woman.”

† It’s ugly: Surely any­one who is given a deadly can­cer prog­no­sis, dealt with in­fi­delity and be­trayal, and deal­ing with the nev­erend­ing re­minder a son was lost for­ever in a freak ac­ci­dent — gives some­one an ex­cuse to be all those things.

Hair scare . . .

Get the brush: John Ed­wards’ “nat­u­rally thick and lus­trous hair” is detailed in the new book The Politi­cian.

† Quoth au­thor An­drew Young: “. . . his hair was a fix­a­tion with him. He in­sisted on us­ing just one kind of sham­poo — HairTec Thick & Strong Sham­poo for Fine, Frag­ile Hair,” said Young, who claims he or Ed­wards paid out of pocket for the ex­pen­sive hair­cuts in­stead of list­ing them pub­licly as cam­paign ex­penses. Young blamed “new, in­ex­pe­ri­enced staff” for charg­ing two $400 hair­cuts to Ed­wards’ cam­paign com­mit­tee.

Soles for souls . . .

It’s a cool de­vel­op­ment. A Jan­uary shoe drive by the Cook County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment for peo­ple liv­ing in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries — has been redi­rected.

† Trans­la­tion: In the mid­dle of the “Share Your Soles” or­ga­ni­za­tion drive, the Haitian earth­quake hit.

† Re­sult: On Mon­day, all 3,100 pairs of shoes were headed to Haiti.

Hmm.

Is CNN’s Camp­bell Brown not head­ing for a con­tract ex­ten­sion? Just ask­ing.

Sneedlings . . .

Ac­tor Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man din­ing at Bos­ton Blackie’s on Grand Fri­day . . . To­day’s birthdays: Eli­jah Wood, 29; Nick Carter, 30; Joey Fa­tone, 33; Sarah McLach­lan, 42; Ni­co­las Sarkozy, 55; Alan Alda, 74; Dan Jedlicka, 67, and Mikhail Barysh­nikov, 62.

Betty Loren-Mal­tese

John and El­iz­a­beth Ed­wards

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