OTL: Episode #346- TIF Illumination, Representation Without Taxation

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 “illumination” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the TIF Illumination Project, Looks back on the future of music predictions, and discusses how some big businesses avoid paying taxes.   Tom Tresser– Educator, organizer, and co-founder of CivicLab TIF reform is an important topic and Tom is in the thick of it.  Check out tifreports.com and a series of public events to learn more about how TIFs work.  You can also sign a petition to put TIFs on property tax bills.     Looking back at the future of music– Mike discovered an interview he recorded in the old WLUW studio with writer Lou Carlozo from 2001.  In this this clip they discuss when the future of music could be.  We see if what they talked about came true. The old WLUW studio circa 2000.   Celeste Meiffren– Filed Director for the IL Public Interest Research Group IL PIRG’s report, Representation Without Taxation, shows how some Fortune 500 companies exploit loopholes and distort the tax code to avoid billions of dollars in taxes.  Celeste discusses the report.   OTL #346 local music provided by Sonia Khaleel…  

OTL: Episode #329- Chicago TIF reform, Movers and Shakers in the local performing arts scene

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 “in a TIF” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks TIF reform with Tom Tresser and discusses the movers and shakers in Chicago’s performing arts scene. Tom Tresser– Educator, organizer, and co-founder of CivicLab TIF reform is an important topic and Tom is in the thick of it.  Check out tifreports.com and a public event at the Chopin Theater (1543 W. Division) on February 12th to learn more about how TIFs work.       Brian Hieggelke – Editor and publisher of NewCity Brian discusses NewCity’s Players 2013 List- The 50 People Who Really Perform in Chicago.     OTL #329 local music provided by The Jordan Years…  

OTL: Episode #282- Cleaning up TIFs, Hideout Harmonica Hoedown preview

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 “harmonica hoedown” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses ways to improve Chicago’s TIF program and then talks to two local harmonica players about the upcoming Hideout Harmonica Hoedown (complete with a fun on-air harp jam session).   Celeste Meiffren– Field Director at the Illinois Public Interest Research Group IL PIRG recently put out a report called Cleaning Up Tax Increment Financing.  Celeste talks to us about this report. Bob Kessler and Jim Conway— Chicago harmonica studs These two harp players are just part of the great lineup at the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown coming up on Sunday, February 19th at The Hideout.  They drop by the OTL Bunker to preview the event and to jam on some tunes with Mike.     OTL #282 local music provided by Joe Filisko and Eric Noden…  

OTL: Episode #233- Where Does TIF $$ Go?, The Vegan Stephen Recap, Story Week Fest of Writers

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 “vegan for a week” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns where Chicago’s TIF money has been going, recaps his week as a vegan, and learns about the Story Week Festival of Writers. Ellyn Fortino— Columbia College Senior and Reporter for ChicagoTalks.org Ellyn was part of an investigative team that tracked where exactly Chicago’s TIF money ended up.  We hear what her team discovered. The Vegan Stephen Recap— Mike and his wife decided to go vegan for one week.  We hear an audio recap of the Vegan Stephen Experiment. A Lovely Vegan Meal Randy Albers— Chair of Columbia College’s Fiction Writing Department and Founding Producer of the Story Week Festival of Writers This local week-long series of events celebrates the written word.  We get the lowdown from its founder. OTL #233 local music provided by yourfeetstoobig…