OTL: Episode #440- Abolishing the Red Light Cameras, The latest from The Parking Ticket Geek, The story of local Bluesman Big Moose Walker

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “Big Moose” radio station WGN-AM 720) New daddy Mike Stephen learns about the movement to abolish the red light cameras in Chicago, discusses transportation issues with the Parking Ticket Geek, and gets the story of local Bluesman Big Moose Walker.   Don Bransford–  Committee member of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras The red light cameras are a pain for Chicago drivers.  We learn why a group of Chicagoans is working to get all of them removed from city streets.       The Parking Ticket Geek– OTL’s Official Parking Correspondent and Blogger at The Expired Meter We get an update on some important local transportation topics from the one and only Parking Ticket Geek.   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Big Moose Walker in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.         OTL #440 local music provided by Archie Powell and The Exports…

OTL: Episode #439- Preserving Chicago architecture, Chronicling Chicago public toilets

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “toilet-friendly” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the executive director of Preservation Chicago about their efforts to save historic buildings in our neighborhoods and learns about a project that chronicles public toilets in Chicago.   Ward Miller–  Executive Director of Preservation Chicago We discuss the importance of preserving historic architecture in Chicago and find out who made the organization’s Chicago 7 list.   Mike Stephen and Ward Miller discuss the preservation of local architecture.     Dan Schaumann– Creator of Toilography.com Pictures of local toilets can be popular!  We get the skinny on why Dan created this site that features pictures of public toilets from Chicago and beyond.  The secret two-way mirror in the men’s room at Streeter’s Tavern       OTL #439 local music provided by One of the Girls…

OTL: Episode #438- Another look at unions and IL politics, Story Week Festival of Writers, The Secret History of Chicago Music: Baby Doo Caston

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “baby-doo” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen takes another look at unions and their influence on IL politics, previews Story Week Festival of Writers, and gets the lowdown on Chicago musician Baby Doo Caston.   Frank Manzo–  Policy Director, Illinois Economic Policy Institute We heard a lot of listener feedback on the topic of influence of unions on IL politics.  This week we get another perspective on this issue.       Eric May– Author and artistic director of Story Week Festival of Writers Columbia College presents this annual festival that celebrates the written word and the art of storytelling.  We get a preview of this event that runs from March 15-21.  Eric May discusses the upcoming Story Week Festival of Writers with Mike Stephen     The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Baby Doo Caston in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.       OTL #438 local music provided by Molehill…

OTL: Episode #437- Union influence on IL politics, The attack of the Emerald Ash Borer, Previewing the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “rockin’-the-harp” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen looks at union influence on local politics, discusses the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer on our trees, and gets a preview of the 4th annual Hideout Harmonica Hoedown.   Diana Rickert–  VP of Communications for the Illinois Policy Institute We examine the role of unions in the Illinois political process.  The Institute just released a report entitled The Anatomy of Influence: Government Unions in Illinois.       Mark Cinnamon– State Plant Regulatory Official Have you noticed trees disappearing from Chicago streets?  We examine why the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer is a serious wreaking havoc with our local greenery.     Bob Kessler– Harmonica “colorist” and founder/curator of the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown We get a preview of the 4th annual hoedown, the premiere celebration of the harmonica, taking place Sunday, March 8th at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia).  Bob and Mike share a jam sesh on the 50,000-watt blowtorch too!   Bob Kessler and Mike Stephen have a harp jam in the WGN Radio studios.   OTL #437 local music provided by Bob Kessler…