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Feeling lucky? Well, we're not, just realistic. That's why we're predicting these winners in these key races when the counting's done. And no, they're NOT endorsements. --Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke


President: Barack Obama. Going out on a wing with this one.

First Congressional District: Bobby Rush. Maybe next time opponent William “Dock" Walls should go for water rec.

Third Congressional District: Daniel Lipinski. My daddy really is bigger than your daddy.

State senate's Fifth District: Rickey Hendon. Too many “white” candidates split the vote.

State senate Seventh District: Heather Steans. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

State senate 20th District: Mick: Rich Bradley. Ben: Iris Martinez. Really, what difference does it make?

State house 26th District: Not incumbent Elga Jeffries, that’s for sure.

State house 40th District: Deb Mell. She's running unopposed, but her dad, Dick, is still sweating it.

Water Rec: Frank Avila, Diane Jones, Mariyana Spyropoulos. Avila wins because of his son Frankie’s wheeling and dealing (and general competence); Spyropoulos wins because of her dad’s deep pocket book (nice mailings!); and Diane Jones wins because Rickey Hendon got her on everyone’s palm card (Hmmm...).

Cook County state’s attorney: Howard Brookins Jr. He's got the worst credit rating but strongest base. 

Recorder of Deeds: Ed Smith. Because he actually wants the job. Oh -- and another thing: the mayor wants it.

Board of review: Joe Berrios. As the saying goes: the Stroger-Berrios tax machine rolls on.

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