Mike Stephen and a lovely CTA bus.

Mike Stephen discusses the idea of the CTA being free for riders, learns about the empowering work of Girls on the Run Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of local Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Adjacent Cruise. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses rehabilitating ex-gang members with Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, learns about the progress of the state’s environmental protection policies with the executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, and explores the transportation platform of the new mayor-elect of Chicago with John Greenfield of Streetsblog Chicago. AND Mike and Collin debut a new segment: The OTL Wrap Party. Yay!  The local music on this week’s show comes from Pyramid Scheme. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen chews the fat with: John Greenfield, transportation columnist, Streetsblog Chi and Chicago Reader; Leo Babeu and Katya Gordon of KTWH-LP, and; Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues guitarist Joe Carter for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music. Local music this week is powered by Groovy Louie and the Time Capsules. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #410- A look at IL unions, Riding the perimeter of Metra, Innovation at Fulton Fest

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 “are you on the clock?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the economic impact of government unions in Illinois, talks to the guy who biked the entire perimeter of the Metra rail lines, and previews Fulton Fest.   Paul Kersey– Director of Labor Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute How much are Illinois government unions costing taxpayers?  We explore the impact of these unions on our state’s economic future.       John Greenfield– Editor of Streetsblog Chicago Recently John biked the entire perimeter of Metra’s rail lines in order to better understand our region.  He also wrote an article about it.  We find out what he learned from his 4-day trek.     John’s bike route around the Metra lines.     Liz Valentine– Co-organizer of Fulton Fest We get a preview of this festival that showcases the Nearwest Side’s innovation.  It takes place Friday, August 22, from 2-7pm on Fulton between Damen and Hoyne.           OTL #410 local music provided by The Lemons…