Michael Sneed has been a Chicago journalist for nearly four decades covering everything short of war.
Among the stories Sneed has reported on in her …Read More
Pssst! Why is former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. asking to go to prison before his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) — who is requesting probation? Here’s why: Because the feds don’t want to give Jackson’s wife probation — they want to send them both …Read More
The Dart game . . . Not only is Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart moonlighting, but now he wants to up the ante. ◆ Translation: Invited to be inspector general to snoop out corruption in south suburban Dolton, now he wants the same job in …Read More
A top Daley source tells Sneed: “He seemed to be heading off the campaign trail but is now in a furor over the state’s latest pension debacle.”
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The press may have focused on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s jokes about her penchant for pantsuits at the trendy Council of Fashion Designers of America gala honoring fashion designer Oscar de la Renta Monday night, but Hillary’s hairdo is the story.
The pen set. . . Pssst! He’s out! Well, almost: ◆ Translation: Here’s an update on prisoner No. 19378-424. Former Chicago Streets and San czar Al Sanchez, who was convicted as part of the Hired Truck probe and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in a …Read More
The Langert murders . . . How long does it take to forgive; to absolve the man who slaughtered your pregnant sister and her husband? How do you touch the hand of the man who pulled the trigger of a .357 Magnum; press the flesh …
Cop shop . . . Psst! Sneed hears federal indictments may be forthcoming stemming from the dramatic jailbreak at the Metropolitan Correctional Center six months ago. ◆ The big question: Could the escapees, Kenneth Conley and Joseph Banks — who stunned the city last December …
Sneed has learned a 20-year investigator for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has been stripped of his duties pending a FBI child pornography probe. Sneed is told a cadre of feds showed up at the southwest suburban home of the Cook County investigator on Tuesday morning, armed with a search warrant to seize computer files.
I know what my father did after the war; he married my mother, raised four daughters and a dog named Daisy and had a distinguished career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dad may never have talked about the war, but for a woman who would become a journalist — how strange it was I asked him so few questions.
The Metra mess. . . Finally! Metra seems to be on track. Sneed hears Sharon Austin, a former Metra ticket agent manager who Sneed claimed drew the ire of Metra police when she became their overseer, is out. ◆ Translation: Austin, who was Metra’s senior …
Sneed is told little has changed at Metra since Sneed’s March story exposing ill-equipped Metra police officers. Sneed blasted Metra passenger safety based on complaints by Metra police that their cars were junk,their radios unusable, and officers were not qualified to use their weapons for three years due to a lack of ammunition for their new guns.
Our irrepressible State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka broke out her irrepressible black and white faux skunk slippers Wednesday while passing out 1,120 slices of Eli’s cheesecake to lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, media mavens, and Springfield Capitol visitors. Topinka says she wears them because “being the state’s fiscal officer is like being a skunk at the picnic.”
By George! Former Gov. George Ryan, who has been on his best behavior since he was released from a six-year federal prison term in January, is doing it by the book — he’s penning his memoirs. “It’s going to be a no holds barred book …Read More
The loss of the DePaul University Blue Demons basketball team at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena now that plans are to build a $173 million basketball arena at McCormick Place “did not shatter me,” said Stephens. “But new legislation dealing with expansion of convention business at McCormick Place will impact us and something should be provided to benefit our convention center in Rosemont,” he told Sneed.
Sneed is told that Attorney General Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder’s days are numbered. Sneed hears President Barack Obama, who is this/close to Holder, has set his sights on Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as a possible replacement “when the heat dies down on the latest hot-button scandals to hit the U.S. Justice Department,” said a top White House source.
White Sox Executive Veep Kenny Williams is covering all bases in his fiancee’s battle against breast cancer. “I am proud to be engaged to one strong and brave woman and my intention is to be with her any way she needs me to be,” said Williams, whose fiancee, CNN’s “Early Start” anchor Zoraida Sambolin, announced Tuesday she has breast cancer and is planning to have a double mastectomy later this month. Williams, who helped steer the Sox into a World Series win, tells Sneed the disclosure of Sambolin’s cancer on CNN Tuesday morning was prompted by an op-ed piece in
Michael Sneed has learned a street gang directive ordering a hit squad to kill law enforcement officers was intercepted by the Cook County Sheriff’s Intelligence unit. The deadly order, which came via the Cook County Jail grapevine, claims the leadership of the Satan Disciples street gang has called for the formation of an assassination unit that would be assigned the deadly mission.
The Jackson file . . . Father & son: As the July 1 sentencing date approaches for corruption and tax-evasion convictions against former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, Sneed is told the couple are feeling at least some relief. …
Sneed is told Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is shaking up the police department by getting rid of “legacy” top brass. ◆ Translation: Top cop holdovers from Mayor Richard Daley’s regime are retiring — through decision or force— and going bye bye. ◆ Job changes: Although Chief of Patrol Joe Patterson, whom McCarthy appointed, has opted to retire — Sneed is told Chief of the Bureau of Detectives Tom Byrne is leaving as well as Tina Skahill, chief of special functions.
The Boston Strangler. . . It’s grisly. Finding somewhere to bury the body of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has taken an unusual turn. Translation: Sneed hears rumbles that Secretary of State John Kerry’s office is being asked to assist and/or give advice on the possibility of Russia accepting the body of Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with the Boston police.