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Megyn Kelly grabs lunch with DuPage Republicans

While the rest of the city was recovering from Thanksgiving, 600 movers and shakers—mostly Republicans from DuPage County—were at the Westin in Lombard yesterday for Daniel Goodwin's annual holiday lunch.

Goodwin, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher who is principal and chairman at Inland Real Estate Group in Oak Brook, holds the invitation-only, private luncheon for his friends. It always features a name-brand speaker (George W. Bush and Bruce Rauner in 2014), and this year that speaker was Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who is promoting her new book, “Settle for More.”

If your invitation got lost in the mail, don't fret. Here's a recap of what you missed.

* Selfie ops with World Series champion Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber, David Ross and Pedro Strop. The three hung out in a roped-off corral before lunch, smiling for photos with dozens of guests. Also on hand: Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, who is reportedly being considered for deputy commerce secretary in the Trump administration.

Wayne Messmer, former Cubs public-address announcer, delivering “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” before lunch was served. Messmer, who has performed the national anthem for Blackhawks, Bears and White Sox games, delivered straight by-the-book performances of both songs.

* Lunch with 140 politicians. According to Goodwin, elected officials made up a quarter of the lunch bunch. Goodwin called on two, Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb (R) of Indiana, to stand and be recognized.

* Mass-autographed copies of Kelly's book, $32.39.

* Holcomb's 40-minute interview with Kelly, on a stage that held two Christmas trees, two American flags and a menorah. Kelly, careful to the point of near blandness, said she thought the media had learned “very little” during the campaign; that she hoped the “magnanimous Trump, not the thin-skinned, petty Trump” would inhabit the Oval Office; that she would have loved to have interviewed Hillary Clinton during the election cycle; and that Steve Bannon, Trump's pick for chief strategist, tops her interview wish list.

* A two-minute video about New Directions Housing, Goodwin's nonprofit that provides affordable housing for people who need it, and a gentle ask to contribute. Rodger Brown, New Directions president, said the luncheon, which is primarily a social function and not a fundraiser, usually brings in about $50,000 for New Directions.

Crain's Chicago Business

 By LISA BERTAGNOLI

November 29, 2016

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