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Ex-Streets and San czar Al Sanchez out of prison, in halfway house in Chicago

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Updated: July 17, 2013 6:58PM



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 federal prison in Downstate Marion in February 2011, is out of the hoosegow and serving the rest of his sentence in a halfway house in Chicago.

The garbage set . . .

Is more union trouble heading the Rahmster’s way?

◆ To wit: City sanitation Laborers Union chief Lou Phillips, a big backer of labor-rule changes by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, just lost his bid for re-election. (Phillips backed grid collection vs. the old ward system.)

◆ The flip side: New union Business Manager Ron Robinson won by one vote! (Or was it two?)

Tornado alley . . .

To serve & protect: Illinois State Trooper Adam Miklaszewski, 31, tells Sneed that while he was waiting to “serve,” he got a call from his wife, Erica, telling him it was time.

She told him they were going on a mission — a personal trek to bring comfort and supplies to the tornado-tossed victims of Oklahoma twisters.

◆ Upshot: Armed with truckloads of supplies donated after news of their trip spread via email, the Miklaszewskis and their St. Isaac Jogues Church buddies, John and Kristin Meyer, headed to Moore and Shawnee, Okla., four days after the devastation claimed dozens of lives.

“When the first Oklahoma tornado hit last Monday, Kristin and my wife were texting. When I got home from work, my wife informed me we were going.”

◆ Backshot: “Our original plan was to go to Moore,” Miklaszewski said, but when they arrived in the Oklahoma City suburb they heard about the damage in nearby Shawnee, which got hit first. “It received very little publicity when Moore got hit the next day,” he said. “So they were left high and dry after the first responders left to go to Moore.”

“It was utter devastation at a trailer park in Shawnee where one family lived on five lots,” he added. “They had one storm shelter, which was 4 foot by 5 foot, where 21 people huddled,” he said. “One person got killed while running to the shelter; there was no time to mourn, so they had to leave him. The door lock on the shelter was broken, so someone used their shirt to hold the door shut.”

“While we’re there helping them, they wanted to pay for our gas to go home, it was like, ‘No, we’re here to help you!’ ”

◆ The final shot: “We were looking for an opportunity to serve. We’ve been so blessed in life, just doing it, it wasn’t that hard to do. . . . You really come through feeling this is the way we should be to each other.”

The jewel fief . . .

The sparkler set: Martin Katz, known as the jeweler to the stars, brought his dazzling self to Chicago on Monday to address ritzy Worth magazine’s annual summit at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

◆ Backshot: Katz, based in Beverly Hills, was the genius behind what became a club of jewelers loaning dazzlers to stars walking the red carpet. Katz and his wife, Kelly, are from Chicago.

◆ Statchat: The whimsical wizard of twinklers has loaned jewels to more than 500 celebs, and his dazzling designs have appeared on Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Felicity Huffman, Nicole Kidman,Jennifer Lopez . . . and the model wearing his $5 million jewel-encrusted bra for a Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

◆ Backchat: And to think it all began when actress Sharon Stone wore his diamond choker necklace to the 1992 premiere of her hit film “Basic Instinct.”

Sneedlings . . .

I spy: Actress Jane Seymour, who always looks smashing, stopped by RL for lunch Friday . . . and Chicago Bear Jay Cutler stopped by Chicago Cut after the Rolling Stones concert Friday . . . Tuesday’s birthdays: Angelina Jolie, 38; Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 85, and Evan Lysacek, 28.



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