It’s a shocker!
Sneed has learned Terry Meagher, 44, a 20-year investigator for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for manufacturing, producing and transporting child pornography.
Meagher was arraigned Tuesday and released on a $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty. He is represented by attorney Tom Breen.
Sneed reported last May a Cook County investigator had been stripped of his duties pending an FBI child pornography probe after the feds showed up at his home armed with a search warrant to seize computer files.
Word is the feds have been working on the case for more than a year, and the state’s attorney’s office cooperated fully with the federal investigation, a source said.
Meagher, who is married with children and was not a member of the state’s attorney’s child porn unit, surrendered voluntarily a few days ago.
In, not out! Ike Carothers, a convicted former Chicago alderman who is attempting to make a political comeback by running for an open seat on the Cook County Board, tells Sneed a recent rumor he is being tempted by a job to drop out of the race is false.
“No way, no how am I pulling out of the race,” said Carothers, who is facing a challenge by Blake Sercye, 27, who was a field coordinator for Pat Quinn’s 2010 campaign for governor and political director for Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign in 2011.
“I heard the same rumor, and it isn’t true,” Carothers added. “I’ve got 20 days until election. And I’m in to stay.”
The Ramis report . . .
Former veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan had this to tweet Tuesday about actor, director and writer Harold “Groundhog Day”/”Ghostbusters” Ramis:
“Harold Ramis RIP. I owe significant parts of my vocabulary to his work.”
The Ramis report II . . .
The comedic genius also had a very serious talent: He was a skilled fencer.
Polar Plungers . . .
Hmmmm: Now that late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon has accepted Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s challenge to join him at the annual Polar Plunge Sunday at North Avenue Beach — on behalf of the Chicago Special Olympics — will Gov. Pat Quinn join the cold bold?
“No,” said Brooke Anderson, Quinn’s communications director.
◆ Femme freeze: The cold bold thus far includes Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
The Bush brush . . .
Dogs, landscapes, and Vladimir Putin? Former President George W. Bush, who has taken up painting since leaving the White House, will debut his artistry in April at his presidential library in Texas.
◆ Palette patter: Dubya calls the paintings, which include portraits of world leaders, his personal diplomacy.
Queen Elizabeth has given her great-grandson, wee Prince George of Cambridge — the issue of Prince William and wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge — a special T-shirt emblazoned with multiple “Dorgis,” her favorite breed of dog.
In case you were wondering, a Dorgi is a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund. Now aren’t you glad you read my column.
I spy . . .
Former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle enjoying a burger and entertaining the bar at O’Brien’s Restaurant in Old Town Friday . . . filmmaker and actor Tyler “Madea” Perry stopped by Vivo for dinner Monday . . . Congressman Luis Gutierrez dined at the Italian Village Monday . . . Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by Joe’s Stone Crab in D.C. Monday night . . . and Blackhawk Patrick Kane was in for lunch at Rosebud on Rush Tuesday.
Sneedlings . . .
◆ Yum Yum: Chef Michael Lachowicz, who mans the pans at the super popular Winnetka spot, Restaurant Michael, will also tie the knot at his North Shore eatery April 26, when 100 guests will witness the marriage of Lachowicz and his fiancee, Alexis O’Gorman. The chef is cooking the wedding meal and baking the wedding cake, natch . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Erykah Badu, 43; Michael Bolton, 61, and Fats Domino, 86.