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 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 engages in conversation from the Allstate Skyline Studio at WGN Radio.

Mike Stephen discusses why some black millennials are staying in the city, gets an update about the impact of TIF districts on neighborhoods, and learns about the issues surrounding the proposed landmark district in Pilsen.  Mike and Producer Collin talk about dive bars and landmarks as part of the OTL Wrap Party.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Caroline Campbell.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses some of the issues with the implementation of the state’s automatic voter registration law, learns the Secret History of local Blues lap steel guitar player Freddie Roulette, and drops by The Lantern in Lake Forest for another stop on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Boyo Talk. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.