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The true players predict the future of Chicago politics

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Whats next for Chuy? Mick and Ben prognosticate on Tuesday.
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  • What's next for Chuy? Mick and Ben prognosticate on Tuesday.
Having finally got it right with our recent electoral prognostications, Mick Dumke and I are ready to take our Carnac the Magnificent act to the next level when we show up for our First Tuesdays extravaganza at the Hideout.

As you recall, that's the scene of last month's great triumph, where we correctly predicted that Mayor Rahm would be forced into a runoff.

As opposed to rolling his tanks right over the opposition and into another four years of office, as all the other experts were predicting.

Well, as you all know by now, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia—with a little help from Bob Fioretti, Dock Walls, and Willie Wilson—forced Mayor Rahm into the runoff. Just like we said.

Or, as the Notorious B.I.G. once put it: "I love it when you call me big poppa—throw your hands in the air, if you'se a true player . . . "

Actually, that line has no relevance to anything I was saying. I just felt like quoting it.

Anyway . . .

Emboldened by our success, Mick and I will be expanding into new fields of prognostication.

Mick will be handicapping this week's college basketball games. Take Northwestern and the spread over the Michigan Wolverines on Tuesday.

I will be offering stock tips—don't buy Alibaba!

And both of us will shun any discussion about how two brilliant clairvoyants could have been so dumb as to predict that journalism would be a lucrative field to enter.

As for Chicago politics, there's no end of stuff to talk about. Starting with the turnout in Tuesday's election.

Do you realize that only 32 percent of the registered voters bothered to vote? That's pathetic, people. Wilmette gets a higher turnout for elections of the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District.

We can also discuss the latest twists and turns, including activist Jack Spicer's attempt to force Toni Preckwinkle to endorse Chuy for mayor.

C'mon, President Preckwinkle, take a stand already!

And of course, there's a ton of runoffs—aldermanic and mayoral—to analyze.

Looks like Mick and I will be making more fearless predictions about the mayor's race.

On hand to help figure things out will be Mike Fourcher, founder of the Aldertrack blog, who's so addicted to Chicago politics that he mainlines ballot challenge decisions for breakfast.

Also on the stage will be the great political strategist Delmarie Cobb, who knows absolutely everything about Chicago politics. And may be even more more critical of the Chicago electorate than I am.

If such a thing is possible.

The show starts at 6:30 PM. It's $5 at the door. And the Hideout is at 1354 W. Wabansia.

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