Betty in Chicago
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.
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.
John and Elizabeth Edwards