Is Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40 Now Pay To Play?

Here are the 7 news stories after 7 to know today. Make small talk, better. The weekend weather in Chicago is going to be in the 70s!!!!


Resistance. The abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey is being met with resistance contradicting #45 recent reasons for firing him (his performance at the FBI and not about the Russia probe). Acting FBI director McCabe testified that Comey received “broad support” from the rank and file and still does to this day,” though Trump told Lester Holt “he’s a showboat. He’s a grandstander.” Now new leaks are coming out, described by Drudge as on the hour, every hour looking to sabotage the presidency. #45 had asked Comey on multiple occasions if he was being investigated and also sought a pledge of loyalty during private dinner sessions at the WH. The president’s twitter fingers were already up and at ’em this AM. In other administration news, Atty. Gen Jeff Session has sent sweeping memo to federal prosecutors instructing them to pursue the most serious charges possible against most criminal suspects, rolling back policies implemented under President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder that was aimed at reducing growing incarceration of minorities….Read more


• Following Robert Feder’s exclusive on the Steve Harvey staff memo, Entertainment Weekly spoke with Harvey who offered no apology for his demands. PageSix reports he skipped the show’s Chicago wrap party. Thursday was the last day of taping before he takes the show to L.A.

• Earlier this year, the new administration instituted a laptop ban on travelers arriving from certain Middle Eastern and African destinations, citing terrorist threats, now they are looking to extend the laptop ban to Europe and the airline industry is in a panic over how it will affect peak season travel. On Thursday, DHS Sec. John Kelly met with US airline execs to talk about this matter. The U.S. is the world’s second-largest market for spending on business travel, following China. Another scorpion was found on a United flight.

• Let’s talk about Crain’s Chicago’s 40-under-40 nomination. In previous years, people can nominate professionals under 40 within the Chicagoland area for consideration. The call out for nominations was revealed this week and with it comes a $199 price tag. Yep, in order to make sure “candidates name is presented to the top editors of Crain’s Chicago Business for consideration.” Times are tough in the media world understandably, but couldn’t they have their sales team secure an overall sponsor? Would this new policy be fair tho those that may deserve it though they don’t work for large deep pocketed corporations? Discuss.


• The prequel to Harry Potter, written by JK Rowling on a postcard has been stolen and Rowling is urging fans not to buy it. The 800 word piece that was sold in a charity auction nine years ago, was stolen in a home burglary in April.

• Jay Z has signed an epic $200M exclusive 10 year touring partnership with Live Nation which will include worldwide touring and will see Live Nation producing and promoting Jay Z concert events. Though his “recorded-music output has tailed off in recent years but he continues to tour regularly and has four shows scheduled for September, including one at his annual Made in America festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend.”


• Dior Cruise 2018 attracted the likes of Charlize Theron, Kelly Rowland, Rihanna Demi Moore, Frieda Pinto, Miranda Kerr and more to the Santa Monica desert. Solange also performed. In other fashion news, Buro24/7 founder, entrepreneur Miroslava Duma is launching a new venture fund, Fashion Tech Lab, that will focus on the fields of materials science, biotech, nanotechnology, wearable electronics and high–performance fibres and fabrics. Victoria’s Secret Museum, inside their Fifth Avenue store in New York City, has a new special exhibit celebrating the history of their grand Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”― Voltaire

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Kelly Rowland @ Dior Cruise 2018
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