OTL: Episode #363- IL politician term limits, A marathon pre-game, The Bike Index could save your bicycle

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 “marathon” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of term limits for IL politicians, checks in with an upcoming marathoner, and learns about a massive bicycle registry called the Bike Index.   Brian Costin– Director of Government Reform, IL Policy Institute We learn about the push to enact term limits for IL politicians.         Erik Nybo– Marathoner who’s going the distance Mike chats with Erik as he is about to embark on yet another marathon…and it’s not the marathon you might think.   Erik Nybo in action.   Seth Herr– Founder of the Bike Index Registering your bike is very important.  Seth wants to create a massive bike registry that’s easy to use and will help cyclists in the long run.  We get the lowdown this week.  Also, check out their Kickstarter page.       OTL #363 local music provided by The VanGoghs…   This week marks the 7th anniversary of Outside the Loop!  Thank you so much for your continued support!

OTL: Episode #362- Chi Raq documentary on city violence, A parking warning, A family doesn’t buy anything for a year

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 “watch where you idle your car” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the director of a film about the culture of violence in Chicago, shares his downtown parking woes, and checks in with a family that isn’t purchasing anything in 2013.   Will Robson-Scott– Director of Chi Raq We discuss this documentary on the culture of violence in some of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.         A bogus parking ticket–  Mike tells the story of how his dad received a parking ticket while Mike was idling the car, waiting to pick him up.  Friend of OTL, The Parking Ticket Geek, recently featured Mike’s story in a column.   OTL Host Mike Stephen with a bogus ticket.  Photo courtesy of dnainfo.com.     Joe Basilone– Co-owner of Thrift & Thrive resale shop Could you go a whole year without buying anything?  That’s what Joe and his family are attempting in 2013.  We check in with him once again to see how it’s going.       OTL #362 local music provided by Speck Mountain…  

OTL: Episode #361- Chicago’s stop and frisk laws, Pressbox laundry, City bike laws you should know

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 “frisky” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke about the CPD’s stop and frisk policy, learns about Pressbox laundry, and talks bicycle law with a Chicago lawyer.   Mick Dumke– Senior writer at the Chicago Reader Mick discusses the legality of the Chicago Police’s stop and frisk policies and if they are effective in reducing crime.  Check out his article HERE.         Drew McKenna– Co-founder of Pressbox We learn about this new and convenient way to do laundry and dry cleaning in Chicago.       Matt Willins– Founder of Willens Law Offices There are some little-known laws when it comes to bicycling in Chicago.  We discuss these and other bike-related issues.       OTL #361 local music provided by Moxie Motive…  

OTL: Episode #360- Will Guzzardi running again in the 39th, Goose & Fox Pop-Up Supper Club, Parking Ticket Geek update on speed cameras

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 “fully-geeked for parking in Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to Will Guzzardi about running for IL State Rep once again, learns about the Goose and Fox Pop-Up Supper Club, and checks in with the Parking Ticket Geek about speed cameras and much more.   Will Guzzardi– Candidate for the Democratic nomination for IL State Representative (39th) A couple years ago Will ran for this position and came up just 125 votes short.  He’s back at it again and we find out where he stands on statewide and local issues.         Greg Combs– Chef and proprietor of Goose & Fox We hear about this local pop-up supper club that prides itself on excellent food as well as a down-to-earth atmosphere.       The Parking Ticket Geek– Blogger at TheExpiredMeter.com The Geek discusses red light cameras, city sticker violations, and much more.       OTL #360 local music provided by Project Film…