OTL: Episode #227- Chicago Police Re-Allocation, Mayor Daley in Song, Parking Ticket Geek Update

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “geeked-out” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses Chicago Police resource allocation, spins a local song about Mayor Daley, and checks in with the Parking Ticket Geek at a police station. Tracy Siska— Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project The CJP takes a look at the allocation of resources for the Chicago Police Department.  Tracy talks about this issue as well has his difficulty obtaining research data from the department.  You can find out more about his experience here. Daley: The “Good Old Boss”— The local band Baby Teeth recently completed a new EP called BOSS.  Mike spins a track off the record that’s all about Mayor Daley. The Parking Ticket Geek — Blogger at The Expired Meter and OTL Official Parking Correspondent We check in with Mr. Geek to talk about Chicago’s high gas prices, congested traffic, and see how the Geek’s Driver Survival Seminars are going. OTL #227 local music provided by Baby Teeth…

OTL: Episode #226- Benefits of Downsizing the City Council?, South Loop Transformation, Group-Buying Through City Swarm

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “city-swarmed” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen looks at how a smaller city council could save Chicago money, discusses the South Loop’s decade of transformation and learns about CitySwarm, Chicago’s newest group-buying option. Emily Miller— Policy and Government Affairs Coordinator for the Better Government Association What would happen if Chicago decreased the size of its city council?  The BGA investigates this question to see if the city could save some money.  Emily discusses what they found out. Matthew Blake— Contributing Writer for the Chicago Journal Recently, Matthew wrote an article for the CJ that examines the transformation of the South Loop area.  He joins us to describe how that neighborhood has changed over the last decade. A Slice of the South Loop Lindsay Saewitz — Founder of CitySwarm There’s a new local online deal site that combines group-buying and social interaction called CitySwarm.  Lindsay tells us how this works and how it gets Chicagoans to explore their city.   OTL #226 local music provided by Goodbye Cleveland…

OTL: Episode #225- Nonprofits Influence on the Mayoral Election, Parking Meter Increase and Biz Impact, A New Journo Initiative

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “can you believe this whole parking meter deal?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the role of nonprofits in the upcoming local elections, explores the effects of parking meter increase on local biz, and learns about a new push for journos in low-income Chicago. Tom Tresser— Instructor at DePaul University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Former Candidate for Cook Co. Board President Tom raised a question in an article on Beachwood Reporter:  “Will Chicago’s nonprofit community play a role in electing the next mayor?”  He explores his views on this question. Padraic Swanton— Director of Marketing and Communications for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Lincoln Park, like the rest of Chicago, saw area parking meter rates increase.  Padraic explains the concerns of area business owners over the higher meter rates. Thom Clark — President of the Community Media Workshop We learn about a new initiative that encourages journalism on the south and west sides of Chicago. OTL #225 local music provided by Gaberdine…

OTL: Episode #224- The Vegan Experiment, Aldermanic Websites Analyzed, Project Onward Art Program

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “experimental vegan” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a Chicagoan experimenting with being vegan, learns about a website that analyzes every aldermanic candidate’s site, and discusses the work of Project Onward in the Chicago arts community. Danielle Basci— WLUW General Manger, experimenting with being vegan during the month of January Since May of last year, Danielle has been a vegetarian (or the occasional “flexitarian”).  Now she’s trying out the vegan approach to life and is chronicling her experience on her personal blog.  We find out how it’s going and why she’s doing what she’s doing. Dan O’Neil— Creator of Aldermanicwebsites.com There’s a one-stop shop for everything you’d ever want to know about Chicago political candidates websites.  Dan tells us how he created his site and why he finds this topic fascinating. Rob Lentz — Program Director for Project Onward Rob gives us the background of his local organization that supports the creative growth of visual artists with mental or developmental disabilities.   OTL #224 local music provided by Soft Targets…