Fed grand jury looking at prison guards in December MCC jailbreak
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com May 29, 2013 9:24PM
Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi watches the Rolling Stones perform Tuesday night at the United Center. Provided photo.
Updated: July 2, 2013 7:21AM
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 by slipping out of their MCC cell window on a rope of bedsheets — have had inside help?
Sneed hears a federal grand jury is trying to determine whether prison guards may have been complicit in the escape of the prisoners, who hailed a cab and headed out of the loop after scaling down the wall.
◆ Backshot & upshot: Banks was arrested days later, but Conley, who managed to hide out in a southwest suburban apartment building near relatives until he was arrested hobbling down the street on a cane, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for a bank robbery in Homewood.
Cop shop II . . .
Sneed has learned that an employee of the Chicago Police pension board entered an office on the 16th floor and dove out the window to a tragic end last weekend.
Gina Tuczak, the pension board’s acting executive director, tells Sneed: “We cannot comment on personnel matters.”
A source tells Sneed the employee’s death had nothing to do with pensions.
Cop shop III . . .
New York/New York . . . Sneed hears Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, the bulldog from the Bronx, will now be dealing with another New Yawker hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as his new liaison with the Chicago Police Department: Janey Rountree, the gun-control point person for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is Rahm’s new deputy chief of staff.
The eat beat: Catherine DeOrio, the new grub host on WTTW, tells Sneed she celebrated her new job by picking up “an order of Italian beef, extra juicy, with sweet and hot peppers, fries and lemon Italian ice from Johnnie’s in Elmwood Park” en route to telling her parents she had won the coveted role as the new “Check, Please!” host.
“We ate it while drinking champagne,” chirped DeOrio.
◆ Eat stats: The munch maven tells Sneed she loves bucatini pasta, pork neck gravy, wild boar ragu — and her favorite restaurant is Avec.
The Pelosi file. . .
Mick’s the trick!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi got some “satisfaction” in row 7 of section 113 Tuesday night at the United Center, where she and her husband, Paul, were spotted rockin’ & rollin’ at the Rolling Stones concert — accompanied by three Secret Service agents.
◆ Fright sight: “She was smiling and clapping and singing along to “Satisfaction” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. . . and got especially excited when Mick Jagger came close to our side of the stage. Her face just lit up!” said a Sneed source.
◆ Quoth Pelosi during a visit to the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board Wednesday before heading to a Dem party fund-raiser with President Barack Obama:
“And he’d [Jagger] come to the edge of the stage, you know, on the side, and so I decided that I was going to do everything with my feet that he did with his feet,” she said, while stomping her feet. “Unbelievable, such a spectacular performance. They said it’s the equivalent of running 10 miles, what he does in the night.”
You go, girl!
The Liberace file. . .
He called him “Boober.” That’s what piano player legend Liberace was affectionately called by his toy-boy beau, Scott Thorson, the subject of the hit HBO movie starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson. The “Boober” part apparently got left on the cutting-room floor.
I spy. . .
The buddy system: Sen. Mark Kirk and state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka catching up at lunch at Petterino’s on Tuesday . . . and actor John Cusack dined at Hugo’s Frog Bar on Sunday.
Sneedlings. . .b
Thursday’s birthdays: Cee Lo Green, 39; Wynonna Judd, 49; Gale Sayers, 70, and happy belated to Larry Wert, ageless and priceless.