(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “neighborhood friendly” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen plays anchor behind the OTL News Desk, discusses the pros and cons of the new Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, learns about some NW Side neighborhoods, and looks at the funding of local online journalism.

The OTL News Desk

From setting the record for most people wearing Groucho glasses in one place to the new local tax on booze, intrepid anchor Mike Stephen has the latest.

Tracy Siska Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project

Recently Gov. Quinn signed legislation that established the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission; a response to torture authorized under Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  What are the pros and cons of this commission?  Tracy joins us to give us his views.


Dan Kelly – Local writer and author of Chicago Revenant: Dunning/Schorsch Village

Dan writes for this occasional feature on GapersBlock.com.  This is the first in a series of Chicago Revenants and for his maiden voyage Dan went to the Northwest Side of the city to profile some neighborhoods.  He reports back to us what he discovered.

Mike Doyle – Scribe of ChicagoCarless.com

Mike explains what he sees as the flaws of current funding system used to back various local blogs and profiles the upcoming Community Blogging and Online Media event.  He also wrote about the funding issue here.

OTL #153 local music provided by The Artist Formerly Known As Vince