OTL: #579- Teamwork Englewood, The Stamp King of Chicago, Chi Hack Night

This week Mike Stephen chats with:   Perry Gunn, the executive director of Teamwork Englewood;   Chicago’s “Stamp King” Charles Berg about ChicagoPEX 2017 and   Emily Drevets, organizer and Master of Ceremonies for Chi HackNight.   This week’s tasty local music was powered by WC and the Fam! Mike looks into bettering Chicago by using public data at Chi Hack Night. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #506- City Council oversight from Project Six, Re-imagining city garages, The Secret History of Off Broadway

Mike Stephen talks with:   former Chicago Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan about Project Six, a new independent organization created to provide City Council oversight;   Future Firm architects and partners Ann Lui and Craig Reschke about their “Rebel Garages” plan to remake our city alleys into places of commerce and meeting spaces; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) power poppers Off Broadway for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the new “towing bill of rights” recently passed by the Chicago City Council.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by James Rawson.   OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen re-imagine Mike’s East Village rebel garage for a special show taping in 2014.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #461- The new Cabrini Green documentary, Mick Dumke on Chicago politics, Making food carts legal in the city

Mike Stephen talks with:   Filmmaker Ronit Bezalel about her 20-years-in-the-making documentary 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green;   Chicago Reader senior writer Mick Dumke about his new job at the Chicago Sun-Times, House Speaker Michael Madigan’s not-so-public schedule, and Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a marijuana decriminalization law; and   Illinois Policy Institute managing editor Hilary Gowins about her Crain’s Chicago Business op-ed on legalizing Chicago food carts (see also NoCronies.com).   This week’s local music is provided by Mystery Crash.   OTL host Mike Stephen reflects on the fantastic question he just asked a guest.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #459- Chicago Police shootings, Divvy’s fare increase, The real Six Corners gets some love

Mike Stephen talks with:   Better Government Association senior investigator Andrew Schroedter about his recent “Fatal Shootings By Chicago Police: Tops Among Biggest U.S. Cities” report;   Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield to get “More Deets on the Divvy Funding Situation;” and   Six Corners Association interim executive director Kelli Wefenstette about what her organization is doing to revitalize the historic Milwaukee/Irving/Cicero shopping district.   This week’s local music is provided by Andrew Wallace Lothian — support his Debut Full-Length Album Indiegogo campaign!   OTL host Mike Stephen is noticeably less excited after Divvy announced a rate increase for their bike sharing system.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.