Mike Stephen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Illinois’ finances, learns about the work of Beyond Hunger during the pandemic, and discovers the Secret History of the jazz fusion group The Ashby Ostermann Alliance. In the OTL Wrap Party segment Mike and Producer Collin try to remain positive during the pandemic and, in an OTL first, make a Demolition Man reference. The local quarantine music this week comes from The DeFunked. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
Mike Stephen keeps the Winter Tavern Tour going and visits the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville, learns about Illinois’ pathway to renewable energy, and discusses the state’s finances in the wake of the state budget address this week. The Golden Horse Ranch Band brings us the local tunes! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
Mike Stephen learns the powerful story of living with a personality-changing brain tumor from local author Mary Ellen Aschenbrenner, gets an update on TIFs in Chicago from civic educator Tom Tresser, and discusses the efforts to revitalize the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. Check out the OTL Wrap Party towards the end of the show so you can let us know what you’d do if you were in charge of TIF money in Chicago! This week’s local music is brought to us by Vo Era. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
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Mike Stephen discusses the trend of planning mega-developments in Chicago, gets an analysis of the new state budget, and learns the Secret History of 80s rockers Dead Freddie. This week’s local music is brought to you by To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.