Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of eliminating townships in Illinois.

Mike Stephen talks with ProPublica Illinois reporter Mick Dumke about  City Council committee patronage and politics, explores the idea of the state doing away with townships, and discusses the possibility of an increase in taxes on electric vehicles.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Warped Wonder.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen wonders why so few Chicago high rise buildings recycle.

Mike Stephen learns about recent problems with Chicago’s recycling program, discusses the clean energy efforts of Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of Deerfield punkers The Mentally Ill.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Mush. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen welcomes The Black Oil Brothers into the WGN Radio studio.

Mike Stephen talks to My Block, My Hood, My City founder Jahmal Cole about his continued work to unite Chicago and welcomes The Black Oil Brothers back into the studio for some live jamz and to talk about frontman Timmy Ryan’s almost near-fatal accident.  The boys from the band join Mike and Collin for an extended OTL Wrap Party and discuss the possible impact of the Lincoln Yards development on the local music scene.  The local music on this week’s show comes from The Black Oil Brothers, duh!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed. 

Mike Stephen loves pens.

Mike Stephen learns about the new Chicago Tool Library, previews the upcoming Chicago International Pen Show, and dives into the Secret History of Des Plaines garage-rockers The Infinitives.  This week’s local music is brought to you by The Unswept. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.