‘An honor to serve’

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Attorney Dan Webb named special prosecutor to investigate the death of David Koschman at Cook County Criminal Courts, Monday, April 23, 2012 . | John H. White~Sun-Times.

Plastic place …

The ties that bind: Huh???? Sneed couldn’t help but notice that PLASTIC ties are being used on hundreds of trees in the city and suburbs bearing signs touting the benefit of urban trees by the Morton Arboretum in celebration of Arbor Day.

Plastic?

â—†The dippy flip side: “The plastic will be recycled,” said an Arboretum spokesman. “We just needed something durable to keep the signs in place.”

The Webb Net …

The selection of former U.S. Attorney Dan K. Webb as a special prosecutor in the David Koschman case is a thumbs up to justice.

â—†To wit: “Mike, I consider it an honor to serve,” said Webb, a close friend for 35 years.

It will be a new challenge for Webb, who has now been appointed four times as a special prosecutor since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office 20 years ago.

What Webb isn’t saying is what his friends know: The Koschman case will break the boredom of handling a big chunk of the nation’s largest and most complicated cases.

â—†Back story: Koschman died in 2004 after being punched in the face by former Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew, Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, during a confrontation in the Rush Street night life district.

“This case will have its challenges because it is seven years old, but I like that type of challenge.”

Webb, an avid jogger, has literally “run” all over the country in his legal career representing major companies like Microsoft, General Electric, Cisco, Verizon, Monsanto … and clients such as Gov. George Ryan, U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and William Cellini.

“I take a pair of running shoes with me no matter where I go,” said Webb. “It’s my salvation. It helps me stay focused.”

So don’t be surprised if you see Webb, who once had to cross examine President Ronald Reagan, jogging the streets of Chicago while focusing on the Koschman case.

He’s got a lot of ground to cover.

The Zimmerman Case …

The state of Florida may have to cough up the bucks to pay for the protection of accused Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman while he awaits trial.

â—†Why? It’s ugly on the internet with Zimmerman death threats, which has already resulted in Zimmerman wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Gulp!

Slaking a thirst? Mayor Rahm Emanuel called White Sox pitcher Philip Humber following his perfectly pitched game Saturday against the Seattle Mariners and said:

“Let me know when you need a beer.”

Lobe life …

The real bling thing? Following her sham marriage, could Kim Kardashian’s fealty to new beau Kanye West be seen on her ears?

â—†To wit: She was spotted in gold “KW” earrings Saturday in New York.

The Quinn Bin …

Former President Jimmy Carter, a 2002 Nobel Peace prize winner in town for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the UIC, singled out Gov. Pat Quinn Monday to personally thank him for abolishing the death penalty in Illinois.

â—†Quinn’s response: “Mr. Lincoln would be proud of your human rights work!”

Rahm ’em …

â—†Rahm’s palm: Wheelchair bound Ethel Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy clan, grabbed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand at the Nobel summit Monday, stood up and proclaimed: “I don’t know of anyone stronger and tougher than you.” Rahm’s response: “You, too.”

â—†Rahm’s mom: Wonder why former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and actor Sean Penn visited Von Steuben High School Monday morning: It’s where Marsha Emanuel, Rahm’s mom, went to high school. Natch.

Zipping the Lip …

It looks like the mouth that roared is getting the White House door slammed in her face.

â—†To wit: Politically outspoken actress Susan Sarandon told an audience at the Tribeca Film festival in New York she was denied recent security clearance to visit the White House.

â—†The stunner: The uber liberal actress is a big fan of President Obama. Go figure.

I spy …

CNN’s Piers Morgan at the posh RL eatery … Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, minus new flame Jenny McCarthy, at Joe’s On Weed with brother, Casey, attending a Jake Owen concert … Former St. Louis slugger Mark McGuire dining at Rosebud steakhouse Sunday night … Ditto actor Vince Vaughn dining with Blackhawk Dave Bolland at Rosebud later in the evening.

Sneedlings …

Tuesday’s birthdays: Kelly Clarkson, 30; Jean Paul Gaultier, 60; Chipper Jones, 40; Cedric the Entertainer, 48; Barbra Streisand, 70; Richard M. Daley, 70, and Eric Bogosian, 59.

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