Sneed: Is Sean Penn visit related to El Chapo?

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Reservations, please?


Decked out in a black jacket, actor Sean Penn  — whose interview with the notorious drug lord El Chapo hit the stratosphere two months ago — showed up unannounced at David Flom’s Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Sunday night.

The actor, the former husband of two famous blondes — Madonna and actress Robin Wright — and who recently dated the very blonde actress Charlize Theron, was accompanied by a young blonde.

“She was beautiful, quite young, unidentified . . . and the recipient of frequent kisses,” chirped a restaurant patron.

Penn did not request a special table, was seated in a corner booth with a river view, and “seemed quite relaxed,” the source said.

“He seemed quite comfortable being with the public and not hiding in a private corner away from everybody.”

“They dined on oysters, sea bass and a steak,” the source said. “Only one drink apiece and sparkling water.”

A mystery why Penn was in town, there was speculation it might have something to do with the El Chapo case and Penn’s role in his arrest of the drug lord shortly after Penn’s interview in Rolling Stone magazine.


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• Backshot: Chicago is hoping to try the drug kingpin in Chicago once he is extradited from Mexico. The U.S. attorney’s office here has produced the most results since bringing its case against El Chapo and his Sinaloa cartel associates in 2009.

• Click. Click. Penn left after posing with eatery hostess Natalie Scumaci and ahead of a pack of eatery photo seekers.

There ya go.


Grab the Excedrin: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who has taken a few days off to be with her family since losing the Dem primary Tuesday, has a new headache on her hands.

• Translation: Paying back a reputed $400,000 campaign loan.


The archbishop’s story . . . 

Who was that man?

Sneed hears Archbishop Blase J. Cupich’s sermon was abruptly interrupted during 9 a.m. mass at Old St. Pat’s Catholic Church last Saturday by a man who had scurried down the aisle in an attempt to hand him what looked like a note.

It sent the security details of combatants Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner, who were in front-row seats at the mass honoring the historic Irish church in advance of St. Patrick’s Day, into a scramble!

It also pitched a church usher into high gear to stop the guy.

The unidentified man, who caused a calm Archbishop Cupich to pause during his sermon, was then escorted from church.

“I don’t know what happened to the guy who got way too close for comfort to the archbishop, but ironically Cupich’s homily was about peace and civility and given the morning after the riots at Donald Trump’s UIC rally,” a churchgoer who witnessed the event said.

Running with Rauner . . . 

Sneed has also learned during the “good news” segment of the archbishop’s mass, when people hug and hand shake as a sign of peace, Rauner practically broke into a jog to deliver a public hand shake to his old nemesis Mike Madigan!

Lotta good THAT did.

The police blotter . . . 

A female top cop for Chicago?

Hmmm. Might be a great idea.

Recent Chicago mayors are notorious for driving their traditionally male top cops nuts, dousing them with temper tantrums and telephone calls.

The men historically toe the line.

However, Mayor Emanuel’s relationship with two of the city’s most powerful women — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle — is contentious.

They ignore him, don’t like him and pretty much do what they want.

Would a female top cop make Emanuel toe the line?

Food for thought.

The Hastert file . . . 

Up stethoscope! News an independent medical expert will be appointed by Federal Judge Thomas Durkin to assess the health of ailing former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is set to be sentenced April 8 in a hush-money case amid whispers of a sexual scandal, prompted Sneed to contact a close, personal Hastert friend, former Kendall County State’s Attorney Dallas Ingemunson.

Health update: “I talked to him yesterday (Wednesday) and he was doing okay. I think he’s doing better, but not much has changed since I saw him last a few weeks ago,” said Ingemunson, who described him as a man who is basically wheelchair-bound and could only walk upstairs to his bedroom with help.

I spy . . .

Da Bears’ Head Coach John Fox, spotted dining at Chicago Cut Steakhouse with 12 close pals Saturday night . . . Chicago Blackhawks center, Dennis Rasmussen, stopped in C Chicago for dinner Tuesday night with his father, stepmother and father’s friend . . . Country star Brett Young, also spotted at C Chicago on Wednesday night.

Sneedlings . . . 

Watch for the premier screening of the documentary “Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA,” directed by Robert Greenwald at 7 p.m. Friday at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, 1210 W. 78th Place. . . . Today’s birthdays: Adam Levine, 37, Queen Latifah, 46, and Vanessa Williams, 53.

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