First Tuesdays with Mick & Ben

First Tuesdays with Mick & Ben

Toni Preckwinkle

Tue, October 2, 2018

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

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First Tuesdays with Mick & Ben
First Tuesdays with Mick & Ben
First Tuesdays is a monthly political talk show at the Hideout bar, hosted by Mick Dumke & Ben Joravsky. With the help of guests–elected officials, union leaders, activists, and other journalists–Mick & Ben aim to explain how the city, state, country and universe really works.

It all started like this: Pharaoh’s heart became hard, and he would not listen to them…. Wait–wrong story.

Not long ago, Tim Tuten, co-owner of the Hideout, had a moment of inspiration. Don’t laugh–it’s been known to happen.

Shortly before he led a room of strangers in a rousing karaoke version of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night),” Tuten blurted out to Mick that he and Ben should start holding a live discussion about politics: “We’ll call it First Tuesdays–cause it’ll be on the first Tuesday of every month.”

When Tim was reminded of this after the beer wore off, he still thought it was a fine idea. He offered to let Mick & Ben hold the event at the Hideout. They wholeheartedly agreed. And the rest is history…

Their first show, in April 2014, featured Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, a mayoral ally; Alderman Scott Waguespack, a mayoral critic; and former alderman Richard Mell, who proudly explained how he’d once controlled 1,000 patronage jobs, some of which required work.

Since then, our guests have included aldermen, state legislators, county officials, journalists, mayoral candidates, and union leaders. They have offered their take on who holds power around here, where your tax money’s disappearing to, what’s happening in the school system, and why on earth we haven’t legalized marijuana–among other topics.

Mick & Ben are firmly committed to occasionally taking names and kicking ass, while having fun in the process. They want you to join them on the first Tuesday of next month. And the month after that.
Toni Preckwinkle
Toni Preckwinkle
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades. She has worked with the Cook County Board of Commissioners, elected officials and county employees to implement major reform and reshape county government through fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability, and improved services

Since taking office in December 2010, President Preckwinkle has rebuilt the credibility of county government, solving for more than $1.8 billion in budget deficits and cutting $657 million in expenditures. She established the county’s first performance management initiative to demand more accountability from county operations and employees.

President Preckwinkle has developed a broad policy agenda – focusing on critical public safety reform, working to strengthen the county’s health care system, and increasing the capacity and capability of our economic development efforts.

President Preckwinkle is also president of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, a separate governmental body. The FPCC is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the country spanning 69,000 acres, which makes up 11% of the County footprint.

Before being elected Cook County Board President, Preckwinkle served 19 years as Alderman of the 4th Ward. During her tenure she worked to improve our local public schools and increase the amount of affordable housing sponsoring two Living Wage and Affordable Housing ordinances. Her independent and progressive leadership earned her the IVI-IPO Best Alderman Award six times as well as two Leon Despres Awards.

Prior to holding elected office, President Preckwinkle taught high school history for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of three.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642