What are the impact of property taxes on Chicago neighborhoods? (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen explores the impact of property taxes on certain Chicago neighborhoods with Geoff Smith of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, discusses the environmental legislative agenda of Illinois with Jennifer Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, and gets an update on the environmental justice story of the Damen Silos. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Mike Stephen talks to outgoing Ald. John Arena (45th) about local political issues, discusses the proposed state progressive income tax and budget with David Merriman of the Fiscal Futures Project, and learns about the work of Sunrise Movement Chicago.  The local music this week is powered by The Tentatives. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #558- Taxing online video games, Chicago Tree Project, The Secret History of Bonemen of Barumba

Mike Stephen talks with:   Entertainment Software Association senior vice president Rich Taylor about how Chicago taxes our online video gaming experience;   Chicago Sculpture International board president Emily Moorhead about turning dying trees into sculptures via The Chicago Tree Project; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about tribal postpunk oddballs the Bonemen of Barumba for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we tell the tale of Mike raiding Andy’s garage for supplies for his new house!   This week’s local music is provided by The Addisons.   OTL host Mike Stephen raids producer Andy Hermann’s garage for tools for his new house!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.