OTL: Episode #272- Crime data in districts slated to close, Evil Squirrel Comics fundraises, A home brewers paradise at Brew Camp

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 “always-brewing” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses crime data in the wake of scheduled police station closings, previews Evil Squirrel Comics fundraisers, and visits the local apothecary for home beer brewing, Brew Camp.   Tracy Siska— Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project The CJP recently published the crime data from the three police districts slated to close in 2012.  Tracy discusses the data. The 13th District station that’s closing next year, one of three stations.  Photo courtesy of the Chicago Justice Project.     Shawn King– Owner of Evil Squirrel Comics This Rogers Park comic shop planned on shutting its doors soon, but the community said “no!”  We learn about the series of “Save the Squirrel” fundraisers happening next week.     Whit Nelson— Co-owner of Brew Camp Brew Camp is a home brewer’s dream.  We pay a visit to this local brewer’s apothecary near Damen and Lincoln.   Brew Camp.  Photo courtesy of thrillist.com. OTL #272 local music provided by Save the Clocktower…

OTL: Episode #258- Chicago Justice Project update, Future of Division and Ashland, Apps For Metro Chicago competition

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 “down with Pizza Hut” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets a Chicago Justice Project research update, discusses the future of the old Pizza Hut site on Division and Ashland, and talks Chicago apps that benefit residents.   Tracy Siska— Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project The CJP has some new analysis of the Chicago Police Board and the City Council’s Committee on Police and Fire Departments.  We discuss what this new research means. Eleanor Mayer– Program Manager of Special Service Area #33 in Wicker Park We’ve all seen the abandoned Pizza Hut on the corner of Division and Ashland in Wicker Park.  It’s finally gone and now the question of what to put in its place remains.  We discuss the future of this property. The old Pizza Hut Site on Division and Ashland. Katie Auerbach— Project Manager of the Apps For Metro Chicago contest There is an ongoing competition happening in the city where participants create apps using data provided by local governments and agencies.  We get the lowdown on how these apps benefit Chicagoans.   OTL #258 local music provided by About the Mess…

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 #204- Analyzing Local Media Portrayal of Violence, Chi Underground Library Benefit, Inside the Haymarket Pub and Brewery

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 “working class” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the local media portrayal of violence in Chicago, previews the Chicago Underground Library’s benefit, and goes inside the future home of the Haymarket Pub in the West Loop. What’s in a name?—  Recently, Independent candidate for Cook Co. Assessor, Forrest Claypool, purchased JoeBerrios.com.  Berrios is Claypool’s opponent in the race.  Have you purchased your name’s site?  Looks like MichaelStephen.com is up and running already.  Apparently they have good eats! Tracy Siska— Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project In this blog post, Tracy analyzes local media portrayal of Chicago violence.  He discusses the conclusions of his analysis this week. Nell Taylor— Co-Founder of the Chicago Underground Library This non-profit organization collects all independent and small press media in Chicago.  They’re having a benefit coming up on August 27th.  We get the details. John Neurauter, Pete Crowley, and Chris Buccheri— The Triumvirate Behind the Haymarket Pub & Brewery We go inside the space that will soon house Chicago’s newest brewpub with an interactive and working class feel. The Future Home of the Haymarket Pub and Brewery OTL #204 local music provided by Joel Paterson/The Modern Sounds…