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Chris Abele

Chris Abele is the Milwaukee County Executive. He was first elected in a special election in 2011, and re-elected in 2012.

Official Biography

Elected with an overwhelming 61% of the vote in a special election Chris Abele became Milwaukee County Executive on April 4, 2011. After serving one year, he ran unopposed and was re-elected to a full four year term April 3, 2012. As County Executive, Chris is focused on providing important, effective and efficient services to residents, disciplined decision-making, and making the county more sustainable. He is also focused on bringing civility back to politics. Chris wants to use his position to remind people political labels are not as important as getting things done. He’s proud to work with Democrats and Republicans on numerous issues.

Prior to his election, Chris served for seven years as CEO of the Milwaukee-based Argosy Foundation, where he remains a trustee. The foundation aims to support leaders and organizations that employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches to solving systemic problems. He’s also a highly successful business owner. He founded a successful hospital services business the he sold in 2012 and he still runs a flourishing real estate company, which owns commercial property in Wisconsin, New York and Maine.

Chris is a dedicated personal philanthropist. His philanthropic work has been primarily in arts, education and human rights. Over the past 15 years, his volunteer work has included serving on 31 local, national and international non-profit boards. He currently serves on boards at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schools that Can, and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Chris is also an active fundraiser, chairing and co-chairing campaigns that raised more than $150 million. He has received numerous awards for his effective leadership and speaks regularly on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit best practices.

County Executive Abele is proud to live in Milwaukee with his wife Miriam and their two young daughters, Lauren and Katherine.

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Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Lineup
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Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Lineup

Festival to open with Youth; Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino’s new film stars Michael Caine & Harvey Keitel. Award-winning films plentiful in Documentary Festival Favorites and Worldviews programs

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Competition Films
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Competition Films

Eight Feature Films Competing for $10,000 Cash Prize - South Milwaukee Native Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker Included

Civic Groups Fight MPS “Takeover” Plan

Civic Groups Fight MPS “Takeover” Plan

Coalition of 22 groups assails state plan giving county exec power over struggling schools.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cream City Cinema Lineup
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cream City Cinema Lineup

The Milwaukee Music Video Show debuts as new program

MCTS Driver Praised for Helping Elderly Passenger – And It Was Caught on Video
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MCTS Driver Praised for Helping Elderly Passenger – And It Was Caught on Video

This is not the first time Chris has been nominated for a commendation for his actions on the job.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Shorter Is Better Lineup
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Shorter Is Better Lineup

Presenting nearly 60 of the best festival-circuit short films and the return of the Shorter Is Better juried award

Opening of Two New Memory Cafés Continues Progress Towards a Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County
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Opening of Two New Memory Cafés Continues Progress Towards a Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County

Memory Cafés improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

Op-Ed: Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”
Op-Ed

Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”

Republican plan giving Abele power over low-performing MPS schools offers few details.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Passport: Sweden Program
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Passport: Sweden Program

Passport: Sweden proves that cold weather produces cool art

Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap
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Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap

Chairman Lipscomb Responds to Five-Year Financial Forecast

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cinema Hooligante Films
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cinema Hooligante Films

Highlighted by 35 mm Anniversary Screenings of Jaws & The Shining

Bright Cellars Closes $2 Million Seed Round
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Bright Cellars Closes $2 Million Seed Round

Bright Cellars is helping members discover what wines they love.

Amani Neighborhood and Milwaukee County to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of Moody Park
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Amani Neighborhood and Milwaukee County to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of Moody Park

A $2 million investment, the design of the new Moody Park recognizes the intergenerational diversity of the surrounding neighborhood and seeks to weave together different assets to foster community cohesion.

Construction work for The Couture could begin in 2016
Online wine retailer raises $2 million in new investments
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Online wine retailer raises $2 million in new investments

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Return of Film Feast Program
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Return of Film Feast Program

Film Feast celebrates Milwaukee’s proud food culture with eight food-related films

County Executive to Open New South Shore Terrace
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County Executive to Open New South Shore Terrace

The design of the South Shore Terrace is intended to bring the community together in celebration of Milwaukee’s natural beauty and storied history.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Rated K: For Kids
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Rated K: For Kids

All-ages program features live action, animation and 20th Anniversary of Babe: The Gallant Pig

County Executive Abele To Hold Budget Town Hall Meetings
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County Executive Abele To Hold Budget Town Hall Meetings

County Executive Chris Abele invites the community to two town hall meetings on his 2016 Proposed Budget.

2015 MFF Reveals Return of African-American-Focused Black Lens Program
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2015 MFF Reveals Return of African-American-Focused Black Lens Program

Showcasing fiction and documentary films from emerging and established directors in the black community. The Johnson Controls Foundation provides new financial support.

Will Bucks Break Their Lease?

Will Bucks Break Their Lease?

Why the new arena deal will not lock down the franchise in Milwaukee

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Sound Vision Program
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Sound Vision Program

Music film program returns with scheduled appearance by legendary DJ Marco Collins. Koss joins as new sponsor, presenting the program and donating headphones

Supervisors Weddle and Rainey Blast Chris Abele and Hector Colon Over Energy Assistance Contract
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Supervisors Weddle and Rainey Blast Chris Abele and Hector Colon Over Energy Assistance Contract

They say move to award energy assistance contract to UMOS and Community Advocates defies last week’s county board vote granting an extension to SDC.

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Passing the Gavel

MCTS Launches M•CARD Online
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MCTS Launches M•CARD Online

Passengers Can Now Buy and Refill M•CARDs from Smartphone or Computer

Abele and Lubar Help Startup Businesses

Abele and Lubar Help Startup Businesses

M7 region needs more entrepreneurs to reinvent economy.

County Executive Abele Welcomes New County Board Chair
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County Executive Abele Welcomes New County Board Chair

Congratulations to Supervisor Theo Lipscomb on being elected as the new Chair of the Milwaukee County Board.

National Night Out in The Parks
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National Night Out in The Parks

Neighborhoods Celebrate Community in Area Parks

Milwaukee County Residents Not Well-Represented in Arena Financing Plan
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Milwaukee County Residents Not Well-Represented in Arena Financing Plan

"A rose, by any other name, is still a rose"

Murphy’s Law: Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?
Murphy’s Law

Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?

Its takeover by new “Super District” running Bucks arena looks fishy.

Milwaukee County Continues Transition toward a Robust Community-Based Model of Mental Health Care
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Milwaukee County Continues Transition toward a Robust Community-Based Model of Mental Health Care

The County is seeking a provider to provide inpatient, observation and emergency services.

Consultant undershot county pension funding by nearly $20 million
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Consultant undershot county pension funding by nearly $20 million

Murphy’s Law: Why Bucks’ Entertainment District May Fail
Murphy’s Law

Why Bucks’ Entertainment District May Fail

Across the country these mega-projects have hurt cities with generic development that banishes local charm.

Battle to build The Couture could be nearing end
County Board retains power to act on O’Donnell Park sale
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County Board retains power to act on O’Donnell Park sale

Downtown employees to enjoy week of summertime perks
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Downtown employees to enjoy week of summertime perks

Milwaukee Downtown to host Downtown Employee Appreciation Week July 27 – July 31

Milwaukee Bucks, CARW not taking sides in debate over stripping County Board’s land sale power
Murphy’s Law: Abele Bids to Be King?
Murphy’s Law

Abele Bids to Be King?

Proposal increasing county exec’s authority is a naked power grab with no public discussion or hearings and dangerously unforeseen consequences.

Statement on Action Taken during Today’s Joint Finance Committee Meeting
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Statement on Action Taken during Today’s Joint Finance Committee Meeting

These legislative improvements will help Milwaukee County expand its impact on economic development and quality of life.

Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Responds to Proposals that Would Wipe-Out Public Transparency and Erase Checks and Balances in Milwaukee County Government
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Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Responds to Proposals that Would Wipe-Out Public Transparency and Erase Checks and Balances in Milwaukee County Government

Requests that Assembly and Senate Remove Item #67 in Motion #999 from the State Budget

County Executive Abele Announces All MCTS Bus Rides Are FREE on Monday
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County Executive Abele Announces All MCTS Bus Rides Are FREE on Monday

Union leaders said they will allow their members to go back on the job Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s To Blame for Bus Strike?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s To Blame for Bus Strike?

The union? Chris Abele? John Weishan? Scott Walker? A frank assessment.

Weishan Says Abele Rides in Comfort While Average Citizens Wait for the Bus
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Weishan Says Abele Rides in Comfort While Average Citizens Wait for the Bus

“Abele’s anti-worker demands have led to a strike by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998...”

County Executive Calls on Union to Restore Transit Service as soon as Possible
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County Executive Calls on Union to Restore Transit Service as soon as Possible

Throughout negotiations, the County has and will continue to remain focused on one outcome only – the best service for transit riders now and in the future.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)
Eyes on Milwaukee

15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)

Bus service continuing, but union president references more potential work stoppages. What else did he say?

Supervisor Weishan Calls Out County Executive on Selling Out Taxpayers
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Supervisor Weishan Calls Out County Executive on Selling Out Taxpayers

Weishan Calls Giving Away County Assets Irresponsible

County Executive Abele’s Statement on Today’s Ruling Allowing Couture Construction
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County Executive Abele’s Statement on Today’s Ruling Allowing Couture Construction

I appreciate Judge Foley's clear decision allowing the redevelopment of the underused Downtown Transit Center to move forward.

Love and Equality Win Again!
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Love and Equality Win Again!

County Executive Abele Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Equality

Supervisor Patricia Jursik Thanks the County Board for an Emergency Provision to Fix Pedestrian Foot Bridge
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Supervisor Patricia Jursik Thanks the County Board for an Emergency Provision to Fix Pedestrian Foot Bridge

In May, the bridge finally washed out for the last time, and it was deemed too broken to replace.

Plenty of Horne: Transit Expansion Urged
Plenty of Horne

Transit Expansion Urged

Milwaukee is far behind other cities, which will make it harder to attract young workers, experts at conference agreed.

Milwaukee County Adopts S.E.E.D. Legislation
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Milwaukee County Adopts S.E.E.D. Legislation

Supervisors override executive veto of program to eliminate “food deserts” among elderly, low-income neighborhoods in Milwaukee County

Chris Abele hires pricey security guards, upgrades to full-size SUV
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Chris Abele hires pricey security guards, upgrades to full-size SUV

Our Children “Are Not For Sale”

Our Children “Are Not For Sale”

Local coalition uses shocking ads on bus shelters and vending machines to combat human trafficking.

Q&A: Chris Abele on Ward 4, startups and what Milwaukee’s missing
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Q&A: Chris Abele on Ward 4, startups and what Milwaukee’s missing

Communication Breakdown at Milwaukee County?

Communication Breakdown at Milwaukee County?

Will Wisconsin Center District take over the Marcus Center? Frustrated supervisors grill Abele administration and get nowhere.

Supervisor Jursik Says County Arena Funding Plan is “Unconscionable”
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Supervisor Jursik Says County Arena Funding Plan is “Unconscionable”

"Bad Debt Not a Revenue Stream"

An End to Chronic Homelessness?

An End to Chronic Homelessness?

That's the aim of a new joint county/city venture led by Chris Abele.

County panel delays Park East land sale to Bucks development group
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County panel delays Park East land sale to Bucks development group

“Wisconsin Is a Hub of Human Trafficking…”

“Wisconsin Is a Hub of Human Trafficking…”

"And Milwaukee harbors its pimp school!" Government officials and civic leaders announce a marketing campaign to raise awareness of child trafficking.

New Housing Program for Homeless

New Housing Program for Homeless

Journey House program serves those aged 18-25.

Murphy’s Law: How Abele Bailed Out Walker
Murphy’s Law

How Abele Bailed Out Walker

Governor made fatal error on Bucks arena, but Abele volunteered county taxpayers to solve the problem.

Feds, state agree to Park East below-market land sales
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Feds, state agree to Park East below-market land sales

Sup. John Weishan, Jr.: Missed Opportunity for Growth with Bad Arena and Park East Plan
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Sup. John Weishan, Jr.: Missed Opportunity for Growth with Bad Arena and Park East Plan

Weishan Calls County Arena Financing Plan “Unworkable”

Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Milwaukee County
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Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will unveil a new plan to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County with Mayor Tom Barrett at the site of the new Thurgood Marshall Apartments on Tuesday, June 9.

Plenty of Horne: A Weekend of Gay Pride
Plenty of Horne

A Weekend of Gay Pride

Pridefest gets all the attention, but the Pride Parade is a true slice of Milwaukee that draws a very diverse crowd.

Cheaper to Keep Them: State and Local Arena Plan
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Cheaper to Keep Them: State and Local Arena Plan

For every dollar the state invests, state taxpayers will get a $3 return through income tax revenue

Murphy’s Law: Abele Plan for Bucks Arena Won’t Work
Murphy’s Law

Abele Plan for Bucks Arena Won’t Work

The county has nowhere near $4 million in annual debt for state to collect -- and Abele may lack the power to deliver it.

Milwaukee County to Lead Development of Bus Rapid Transit Service
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Milwaukee County to Lead Development of Bus Rapid Transit Service

County Executive Chris Abele has directed the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation to explore connecting the region’s two biggest job centers with Bus Rapid Transit service.

Arena Funding Plan on Life Support; Time for Plan B
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Arena Funding Plan on Life Support; Time for Plan B

Statement of Alderman Robert J. Bauman June 2, 2015

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors set Public Hearing on Proposal to Develop Park East Land
Murphy’s Law: Arena Plan is Massive Tax Shift to Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

Arena Plan is Massive Tax Shift to Milwaukee

County taxpayers will pay far more than predicted, as state legislators back away from the deal.

Cesar Chavez’s Birthday Becomes Minor Holiday for County Employees
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Cesar Chavez’s Birthday Becomes Minor Holiday for County Employees

Latino Civil Rights Leader to be Honored Annually on His Birthday, Resolution Allows Employees to Attend “Chavez Day of Action”

County Executive to Open New Season of Traveling Beer Garden™
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County Executive to Open New Season of Traveling Beer Garden™

Milwaukee County Parks Adds Second Tour in 2015

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Offers Free MCTS Rides for EVERYONE on April 28th
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The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Offers Free MCTS Rides for EVERYONE on April 28th

Rides on all MCTS buses will be free for everyone on April 28, 2015 thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

New Outdoor Cafe for Public Market?

New Outdoor Cafe for Public Market?

Plus, a new parking plan for the Pritzlaff Building and a huge increase in wedding bookings at the Pritzlaff. All were revealed at Third Ward ARB meeting.

YP Week: How To Become An Entrepreneur
YP Week

How To Become An Entrepreneur

Panel at The Commons offers advice, encouragement, and anecdotes.

Milwaukee County to be recognized as Silver Award winner at upcoming Well City Milwaukee event
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Milwaukee County to be recognized as Silver Award winner at upcoming Well City Milwaukee event

The wellness program at Milwaukee County was designed and implemented with best practices based on what’s worked well in other organizations.

County Executive Asks State Leaders to Build on Family Care’s Strength
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County Executive Asks State Leaders to Build on Family Care’s Strength

MCDFC’s most recent quality audit noted measures in the Quality Management Program were 100% met.

Murphy’s Law: The Secret Tax Subsidy Society
Murphy’s Law

The Secret Tax Subsidy Society

Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?

Plenty of Horne: Bucks Plan Envisions Arena Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Bucks Plan Envisions Arena Streetcar

$1 billion plan for new arena and other development would transform Park East land and tear down Bradley Center.

Plats and Parcels: The Boom in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

The Boom in Walker’s Point

A new project on South Water St. continues the pace of development.

New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims

New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims

Created by Sojourner center and UWM students, it's available to 99 percent of smartphone users.

Brewers Line Begins Service on Opening Day
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Brewers Line Begins Service on Opening Day

Getting to Miller Park to cheer on the Brewers has never been easier with the MCTS Brewers Line getting you straight to the game.

Photo Gallery: The Transportation Circus
Photo Gallery

The Transportation Circus

Story and photos on Tuesday's celebration of transit in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Joins Dane County in Call for Indiana Travel Ban
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Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Joins Dane County in Call for Indiana Travel Ban

Says Milwaukee County Taxpayer Dollars Should Not Be Spent in Indiana Due to State’s Discriminatory New “Religious Freedom” Law

Op-Ed: Don’t Sell O’Donnell Park
Op-Ed

Don’t Sell O’Donnell Park

The proposed plan is being sold as a chance to simply get bids from buyers, but it's really about selling our heritage to private developers.

Murphy’s Law: Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?
Murphy’s Law

Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?

Actually, local taxpayers will be donating $450 million. But the press won’t report the details.

Milwaukee County Unveils Street Sign for Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel
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Milwaukee County Unveils Street Sign for Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel

Wetzel was a door gunner for the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam on January 8, 1968.

MCTS Names Brendan Conway Chief Marketing and Communication Officer
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MCTS Names Brendan Conway Chief Marketing and Communication Officer

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is proud to announce the hiring of Brendan Conway as its new Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.

Milwaukee County Parks Receives EPA Grant
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Milwaukee County Parks Receives EPA Grant

$635,000 Grant for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Alverno College

Veterans’ job fair will be Thursday at War Memorial
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Veterans’ job fair will be Thursday at War Memorial

Event will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5; 80 employers expected

HOC Finds Stolen Gun in Laundry Delivered from County Jail
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HOC Finds Stolen Gun in Laundry Delivered from County Jail

The incident is under investigation, but it appears the weapon was snuck into the County jail.

Latest Pension Fix Explained
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Latest Pension Fix Explained

Supervisor Theo Lipscomb, Sr., issued the following statement regarding the latest pension fix:

Critical Projects Move Forward; Dam Included
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Critical Projects Move Forward; Dam Included

Supervisor Theo Lipscomb, Sr., issued the following statement regarding the veto of repair of Estabrook Dam:

Murphy’s Law: The County Board’s Anti-Environmental Boondoggle
Murphy’s Law

The County Board’s Anti-Environmental Boondoggle

Its Estabrook Dam decision will cost taxpayers millions and harm environment.

County Board Offered Opportunity to Save Taxpayers $10 Million
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County Board Offered Opportunity to Save Taxpayers $10 Million

Abele Asks Supervisors to Stop Pension Overpayments

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration
Friday Photos

Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job

Phil Walzak, who ran campaigns for Kohl, Barrett and Abele, is now a high-paid aide and good buddy of New York Mayor de Blasio.

County Exec Abele Announces MC Cares Program to Benefit Vets
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County Exec Abele Announces MC Cares Program to Benefit Vets

County & State Partnership Helps Veterans Transitioning from Jail

Supervisor Alexander Issues Statement on Pension Buy-In/Buy-Back
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Supervisor Alexander Issues Statement on Pension Buy-In/Buy-Back

"This problem is not an issue of left versus right, Democrat versus Republican, or even management versus unions."

Op-Ed: New Plan to Sell O’Donnell Park Is A Mistake
Op-Ed

New Plan to Sell O’Donnell Park Is A Mistake

Proposed resolution would allow county to sell O’Donnell Park for redevelopment by any private developer.

Murphy’s Law: Will County Pass Another Pension Giveaway?
Murphy’s Law

Will County Pass Another Pension Giveaway?

Board members favor a “grandfather clause” protecting retirees with illegal payments that could cost taxpayers $10 million.

County Highway Worker Hit While Helping Car Stuck in the Snow
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County Highway Worker Hit While Helping Car Stuck in the Snow

A Milwaukee County Highway Maintenance Supervisor was hit by a car around noon today near 73rd and Silver Spring Drive.

Plenty of Horne: Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party

Politicians, PR people and other notables schmoozed away. The best rumor was that Chief Flynn might be retiring.

Flip Flop Applesauce
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Flip Flop Applesauce

Dysfunction Around the Estabrook Dam Continues at Milwaukee County as Finance Committee Votes to Switch County Policy on Dam. Again.

County Executive Abele Announces New Airport Director for MKE
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County Executive Abele Announces New Airport Director for MKE

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce Terry Slaybaugh as the new airport director for Mitchell International Airport (MKE)

Second Traveling Beer Garden Tour Added for 2015
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Second Traveling Beer Garden Tour Added for 2015

More than $400,000 Raised Last Year, Money Goes to Improve Parks

Murphy’s Law: Does Milwaukee Need an Aerotropolis?
Murphy’s Law

Does Milwaukee Need an Aerotropolis?

Many cities have embraced concept of airport centered growth. Is Milwaukee falling behind?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at King Center
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at King Center

“What a Beautiful World: A Salute to Those Who Protect and Serve” is the theme of this year’s public celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Monday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

Defining Lakefront Vision Moves Forward
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Defining Lakefront Vision Moves Forward

Sale of Couture Development Approved

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Express Bus Routes Start in January
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Express Bus Routes Start in January

The good news: Three new express routes will move riders more quickly across the county. The bad: transit system running out of money.

Murphy’s Law: Is O’Donnell Purchase a Sweetheart Deal?
Murphy’s Law

Is O’Donnell Purchase a Sweetheart Deal?

Northwestern Mutual won’t sign full deed restriction for county deal, leaving it free to develop a high-rise development on lakefront land.

UW-Extension and Hales Corners Wading Pool Amendments Stand, Capital Improvements Veto Overriden By County Board
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UW-Extension and Hales Corners Wading Pool Amendments Stand, Capital Improvements Veto Overriden By County Board

Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor today issued the following statement.

Abele Proposes Budget Compromise That Will Add Transit & Deputies, Match Employee Health Care Contributions and Lower Taxes $2.2 Million
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Abele Proposes Budget Compromise That Will Add Transit & Deputies, Match Employee Health Care Contributions and Lower Taxes $2.2 Million

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced his vetoes today.

Data Wonk: Do Democrats Have a Future?
Data Wonk

Do Democrats Have a Future?

They need to get 55 percent of the vote to get back the legislature. Will any strategy work?

Photo Gallery: 51st Veterans Day Parade
Photo Gallery

51st Veterans Day Parade

Every branch of the service was represented, along with politicians, ROTC students, debutantes, Hmong police officers and military canines.

Murphy’s Law: The Tragedy of O’Donnell Park
Murphy’s Law

The Tragedy of O’Donnell Park

The proposed sale to NML suggests the city has yet to learn from its folly in building this eyesore.

Executive Order, Keystone: No on the pipeline, yes on the cops
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Executive Order, Keystone: No on the pipeline, yes on the cops

Press release from the Red Arnold campaign

County Executive Abele Reminds People That Guns Are Not Allowed at the Courthouse
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County Executive Abele Reminds People That Guns Are Not Allowed at the Courthouse

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wants to remind people that it is against the law to bring a gun to the Courthouse, even if you have a concealed carry license. In less than a month security officers have caught two people bringing guns into the Courthouse. In both instances the weapons were identified by security […]

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Criticizes Administration For “Lack of Transparency” in Budget Proposal
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Criticizes Administration For “Lack of Transparency” in Budget Proposal

Mayo Says Administration Officials Not Open About Their Decisions

Supervisor Taylor Announces Two Town Hall Meetings
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Supervisor Taylor Announces Two Town Hall Meetings

Meetings set for October 22, 2014

Equality Wins in Wisconsin
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Equality Wins in Wisconsin

Milwaukee County Immediately Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses

Charlie Fox Comments on County Executive’s Budget in Absence of District Supervisor
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Charlie Fox Comments on County Executive’s Budget in Absence of District Supervisor

Charlie Fox, candidate in the November 4 Special Election for the open 5th District Milwaukee County Board seat, attended County Executive Abele’s 2015 budget presentation.

Supervisor Gerry Broderick Says County Executive’s Proposed Budget Projects Unrealistic Savings, Places Burden on the Backs of County Employees
County Executive Abele Introduces $1.3 Billion Budget for 2015
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County Executive Abele Introduces $1.3 Billion Budget for 2015

Highlighting increases in public safety, mental health care and other critical services, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele introduced his 2015 Recommended Budget today.

Veterans Job Fair Expands to Record Number of Employers
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Veterans Job Fair Expands to Record Number of Employers

The annual fall Milwaukee County Veterans Job Fair is the largest in the events history.

Frat House Confidential: Tau Kappa Epsilon House
Frat House Confidential

Tau Kappa Epsilon House

The TKE fraternity's 1904 home has operated as a rooming house for generations, but it's now suspended and its president faces drug charges.

Supervisor Khalif Rainey Applauds Board Action on Voter ID Resolution
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Supervisor Khalif Rainey Applauds Board Action on Voter ID Resolution

Resolution Provides Free Transportation to DMV for Those Needing Photo IDs

Increased Public Safety, Expanded Mental Health Care Services and Tax Freeze Top Abele’s 2015 Budget Proposal
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Increased Public Safety, Expanded Mental Health Care Services and Tax Freeze Top Abele’s 2015 Budget Proposal

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will highlight his 2015 Budget Proposal

New Efficient Lighting Along the Lakefront
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New Efficient Lighting Along the Lakefront

The lights along Milwaukee's Lakefront are getting an upgrade, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today

Milwaukee County Offers Help to Aging Veterans
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Milwaukee County Offers Help to Aging Veterans

Free Event Tomorrow

Plenty of Horne: MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix
Plenty of Horne

MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix

A planned community gathering space instead becomes an underwhelming staircase.

Hamilton case shows need for new county investigation unit
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Hamilton case shows need for new county investigation unit

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 10, 2014

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony
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County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony

Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Governor Scott Walker, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and other local leaders will honor the victims of September 11, 2001.

Another Historic Step Forward for Marriage Equality
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Another Historic Step Forward for Marriage Equality

New Marriage Licenses Remain on Hold

Murphy’s Law: Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?
Murphy’s Law

Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?

He probably has a better chance of beating Barrett than Bob Donovan. But what exactly does Davis stand for?

Great Plan Gets Even Better!
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Great Plan Gets Even Better!

1.9 Acres of Public Space and Direct Access to Lakefront Highlights Updated Couture Plan

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground

"A beautiful day in Milwaukee" and for assembled power brokers as Northwestern Mutual's new skyscraper gets underway.

Back in the News: Clarke Blasts Abele, Bloomberg
Back in the News

Clarke Blasts Abele, Bloomberg

His rock was talk radio, he writes in Washington Times.

Data Wonk: Will Liberal Democrats Undermine Mary Burke?
Data Wonk

Will Liberal Democrats Undermine Mary Burke?

Opposition to a pro-business Democrat could help Walker win reelection.

Murphy’s Law: The Remarkable Clout of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Remarkable Clout of Sheriff Clarke

A stunning election increases his power. What does it mean for Milwaukee?

Milwaukee County Deadbeat Dad Arrested in California
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Milwaukee County Deadbeat Dad Arrested in California

Raul Cardona Owes His Children $250,000

Plenty of Horne: Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night
Plenty of Horne

Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night

Sheriff Clarke wins democratic primary. Plus: The rest of election night's winners and losers.

County Executive Abele Holds Budget Town Hall Meetings
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County Executive Abele Holds Budget Town Hall Meetings

County Executive Chris Abele invites the community to two town hall meetings on his 2015 Proposed Budget.

Senator Herb Kohl Endorses Tia Torhorst for Assembly District 10
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Senator Herb Kohl Endorses Tia Torhorst for Assembly District 10

The longtime Democratic Senator endorsed Tia because of her commitment to voters.

Murphy’s Law: Is David Clarke “Sheriff Spends a Lot”?
Murphy’s Law

Is David Clarke “Sheriff Spends a Lot”?

Attack ads blast Clarke. Another targets “dysfunctional” Marina Dimitrijevic. Who’s buying all these nasty ads?

Plenty of Horne: Ambulance Chasing Lawyer Chases Abele
Plenty of Horne

Ambulance Chasing Lawyer Chases Abele

Plus: Bud Selig’s birthday bash and where will new Journal CEO live?

County Board Committee Approves Abele’s $7K Donation to Pay for Courthouse Overtime
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County Board Committee Approves Abele’s $7K Donation to Pay for Courthouse Overtime

“It’s safe to say this is the best $7,000 I’ve ever spent.”

Murphy’s Law: The Sheer Ambition of Marina Dimitrijevic
Murphy’s Law

The Sheer Ambition of Marina Dimitrijevic

She’s running for assembly but wanted to continue as county supervisor and collect two full-time salaries.

Plenty of Horne: Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board
Plenty of Horne

Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board

Will continue after 3 decades as board chair! Did mayor and governor swap appointments to make this happen?

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Toast Opening of Red Arrow Park Beer Garden
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County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Toast Opening of Red Arrow Park Beer Garden

Veterans and Active Military Members Receive Discount

Proposed Sale of O’Donnell Parking Structure Will Benefit Entire Community
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Proposed Sale of O’Donnell Parking Structure Will Benefit Entire Community

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says he is excited about the opportunity of partnering with Northwestern Mutual in a potential sale of the O’Donnell Parking Garage.

Murphy’s Law: County Board Goes Crazy Over Referendums
Murphy’s Law

County Board Goes Crazy Over Referendums

Board wants to put 4 advisory referendum questions on the ballot, at a cost of more than $100,000. Why?

County Executive and Sheriff Working Together to Protect Taxpayers
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County Executive and Sheriff Working Together to Protect Taxpayers

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke are announcing a crackdown on employees abusing medical leave.

Anti-Marriage Equality Lawsuit Quickly Dismissed
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Anti-Marriage Equality Lawsuit Quickly Dismissed

Abele Sued Over His Support of Same Sex Marriage

Taking Politics Out of Mental Health Care
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Taking Politics Out of Mental Health Care

Newly Named Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Will Make a Difference

Eyes on Milwaukee: New 18-Story Downtown Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

New 18-Story Downtown Building Breaks Ground

The $102 million, 18-story tower at 833 E. Michigan is huge development, with no city financing. The full story, with photos and building renderings.

County Clerk Czarnezki Congratulates Same Sex Couples and Thanks Staff
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County Clerk Czarnezki Congratulates Same Sex Couples and Thanks Staff

“Judge Crabb’s decision is a giant step towards marriage equality,”

Milwaukee County Receives $1.8 Million for Fatherhood Program
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Milwaukee County Receives $1.8 Million for Fatherhood Program

Milwaukee County Child Support Services Department has received $1.8 million to continue its award winning fatherhood program.

County Executive Abele Disappointed in Marriage Decision, Vows to Keep Fighting for Equality
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County Executive Abele Disappointed in Marriage Decision, Vows to Keep Fighting for Equality

County Executive Chris Abele said he is disappointed in U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling today that halts same sex marriages.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Finally, a New Park East Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

Finally, a New Park East Plan

Ten years later, the city and county are finally on the same page. Is development in the area ready to "explode"?

Courthouse Open Saturday for Weddings, Register of Deeds Offering Birth Certificates
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Courthouse Open Saturday for Weddings, Register of Deeds Offering Birth Certificates

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, June 7th to allow couples to receive marriage licenses.

County Executive Abele Orders Courthouse Open Late to Allow Couples to Marry
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County Executive Abele Orders Courthouse Open Late to Allow Couples to Marry

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is keeping the Courthouse open late today in the wake of the historic court ruling allowing same sex couples to get married in Wisconsin.

New Partnership Will Spark Park East Development
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New Partnership Will Spark Park East Development

City, County, State, Federal Government and Private Sector Working Together

I love Wisconsin and I love Milwaukee – that is why I’m running.
Press Release

I love Wisconsin and I love Milwaukee – that is why I’m running.

Tia Torhorst Announces Campaign for 10th Assembly District

Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday
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Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday

Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium will be held on Wednesday, June 4.

Milwaukee County Unveils Program to Fight Foreclosure Crisis
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Milwaukee County Unveils Program to Fight Foreclosure Crisis

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is proud to announce the Milwaukee County Foreclosure Initiative.

Supervisor Weishan Demands Full Disclosure of John Doe Records
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Supervisor Weishan Demands Full Disclosure of John Doe Records

Says County Executive Chris Abele "Should Not Help Scott Walker Cover Up"

Murphy’s Law: Who’s To Blame For Yet Another Pension Giveaway?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s To Blame For Yet Another Pension Giveaway?

Abele wants some 200 retirees to stop getting illegal pension benefits, but board members are outraged.

Weishan to County Executive: “Where is Your Solution to the Pension Issue?”
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Weishan to County Executive: “Where is Your Solution to the Pension Issue?”

Supervisor Says County Executive Must Propose a Solution to Pension Issue

Dramatic Turnaround at Milwaukee County House of Correction
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Dramatic Turnaround at Milwaukee County House of Correction

One year after County Executive Chris Abele took over the operations of the Milwaukee County House of Correction (HOC), the facility has seen a dramatic and positive turnaround.

Celebrate Bike to Work Week with Milwaukee County
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Celebrate Bike to Work Week with Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Parks and the Wisconsin Bike Federation are teaming up for a group bicycle ride on Wednesday, May 14th.

Marquette Law School, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to host one-day conference on political polarization
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Marquette Law School, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to host one-day conference on political polarization

Marquette University Law School and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will host a one-day conference titled “Dividing Lines: Political Polarization and What it Means for Campaigns, Public Policy, and Political Engagement.”

City/County Dog Exercise Area to Open in Bay View
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City/County Dog Exercise Area to Open in Bay View

A True Partnership for the People

Back in the News: Another Journal Sentinel Purge
Back in the News

Another Journal Sentinel Purge

Veteran county reporter Steve Schultze is among those who may leave.

The Time is Now to Move Forward on Transit
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The Time is Now to Move Forward on Transit

Supervisor Mayo calls on the County Executive to take immediate action and re-open the bid for transit.

Voter Registration Resolution Passes County Board
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Voter Registration Resolution Passes County Board

Supervisor Rainey Urges County Executive to Sign Measure Designed to Increase Voter Participation

Supervisor Taylor Not Schocked That Taxpayers Were Deceived About Additional Costs of Recently Approved Living Wage Ordinance
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Supervisor Taylor Not Schocked That Taxpayers Were Deceived About Additional Costs of Recently Approved Living Wage Ordinance

Supervisor Steve F. Taylor today expressed his extreme dissatisfaction with and voted against a resolution that provides funding for three staff positions at the Milwaukee County Comptroller's Office.

House Confidential: Eyon Biddle’s Rescued Rental
House Confidential

Eyon Biddle’s Rescued Rental

The candidate for alderman lives in Triangle North neighborhood, on a block rescued by investor Yusuf Dahl.

County Executive Abele’s Statement on Milwaukee Bucks Sale
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County Executive Abele’s Statement on Milwaukee Bucks Sale

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement about the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks.

‘Food Truck Thursdays’ Return to the Courthouse
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‘Food Truck Thursdays’ Return to the Courthouse

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele welcomes back some of the best food on wheels when Food Truck Thursday returns to the Courthouse on Thursday, April 17th.

10th Street Reopening TODAY
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10th Street Reopening TODAY

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will officially reopen 10th Street in front of the Courthouse at 3pm today.

Murphy’s Law: The Extraordinary Fiscal Liberalism of David Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Extraordinary Fiscal Liberalism of David Clarke

It’s difficult to find anyone who increases his budget faster than Sheriff Clarke.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Says County Executive Is Not Being Transparent About Transit Appeal Process
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Says County Executive Is Not Being Transparent About Transit Appeal Process

Transit Ridership of Milwaukee County is "Handcuffed" by The County Executive's Demand for a New RFP Appeals Process

Jursik Says Transit Debate Too Important for Playing Russian Roulette
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Jursik Says Transit Debate Too Important for Playing Russian Roulette

"I'm from the Private Sector and I'm here to help myself."

County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care
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County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing a bill today that will create an independent board of experts to oversee Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Hospital.

New Study: Riders Want Improved Transit
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New Study: Riders Want Improved Transit

Abele Offers Plan to Add Service, Asks For County Board Support

Murphy’s Law: Will Waukesha Be Less Hostile to Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

Will Waukesha Be Less Hostile to Milwaukee?

Defeat of Mayor Jeff Scrima could mean better relations between the two cities.

Statement on Milwaukee County Board Referendum
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Statement on Milwaukee County Board Referendum

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement about the Milwaukee County Board referendum.

Supervisor David Bowen Criticizes Referendum, Supporters
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Supervisor David Bowen Criticizes Referendum, Supporters

Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen issued the following statement regarding tomorrow’s referendum on County Supervisors’ pay and benefits.

Mike Lovell Choice is Great News for Marquette and Milwaukee
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Mike Lovell Choice is Great News for Marquette and Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement about the hiring of Mike Lovell as the new president of Marquette University.

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

Obituary: The Troubled Legacy of Tom Ament
Obituary

The Troubled Legacy of Tom Ament

Former county exec’s lucrative pension plan caused scandal, transformed Milwaukee politics, and led way for Scott Walker.

County Executive Abele Praises Passage of Bills to Improve Mental Health Care and Create Jobs
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County Executive Abele Praises Passage of Bills to Improve Mental Health Care and Create Jobs

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks the State Senate for the passage of two bipartisan bills that will strengthen Milwaukee County.

Memo to County Board from County Executive Abele re: Transit
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Memo to County Board from County Executive Abele re: Transit

Memo from County Executive Chris Abele

Plenty of Horne: Wisconsin Center’s Leadership Adrift?
Plenty of Horne

Wisconsin Center’s Leadership Adrift?

Many of the board's seats are either vacant or held by legally unqualified individuals.

Supervisor Khalif Rainey is Critical of Jail Video Visitation Problems
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Supervisor Khalif Rainey is Critical of Jail Video Visitation Problems

Long Lines, Poor Communications System Decrease Jail Morale, Make Conditions Dangerous

Supervisors Say “It’s Time to Move Forward on Transit”
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Supervisors Say “It’s Time to Move Forward on Transit”

They Urge the County Executive to Issue a New Transit RFP

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

County Board’s Flawed Decision Costs Taxpayers $76 Million
Press Release

County Board’s Flawed Decision Costs Taxpayers $76 Million

The Milwaukee County Board today cost taxpayers $76.3 million by rejecting a new transit contract. MV Transportation, a nationally recognized and respected company, was awarded the transit contract last year after winning a competitive bidding process. Two of the losing bidders filed appeals with the County Board. Today, a special committee hand-picked by County Board […]

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads
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Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads

Supervisor Deanna Alexander said today that she supported efforts by Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan to reallocate funding for a downtown Milwaukee streetcar.

Long Wait Times Leave Transit Riders Out In The Cold
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Long Wait Times Leave Transit Riders Out In The Cold

With this year's record cold temperatures, transit riders have been forced to brave the cold while waiting for the bus.

“Sisters of Freedom” Display Showcased at the Milwaukee County Courthouse
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“Sisters of Freedom” Display Showcased at the Milwaukee County Courthouse

A unique art display honoring African American women from the 1800’s to present day will be on display on the third floor of the Milwaukee County Courthouse through the end of the month. "Sisters of Freedom", African American Women Moving Us Forward, is on loan from Mount Mary University.

Mayor needs to put our money (streetcar) where his words are
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Mayor needs to put our money (streetcar) where his words are

I see that our mayor has his hands out, asking Governor Walker to hand over some of the state surplus to fix Milwaukee’s crumbling roads.

Mental Health Bill Does Nothing for Patients
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Mental Health Bill Does Nothing for Patients

Where Are the Changes to the System that Make Improvements for Patients. And How Does It Improve Accountability for the Patients?

Supervisor Lipscomb Praises Passage of 2014 Ready-to-Work Investment
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Supervisor Lipscomb Praises Passage of 2014 Ready-to-Work Investment

Legislation Provides $400,000 for Extension of “R2W” Program

Bowen Thanks Colleagues for Passage of Living Wage
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Bowen Thanks Colleagues for Passage of Living Wage

Encourages County Executive to Sign Ordinance

Supervisor Jursik Criticizes Shoreline Bill
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Supervisor Jursik Criticizes Shoreline Bill

Jursik Says Shoreline Bill Washes Out Trustee Duty to Protect Public Access

County Executive Abele Statement on Shoreline Bill
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County Executive Abele Statement on Shoreline Bill

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele supports a bipartisan state bill that will be considered this week by the state Assembly to formally recognize the Milwaukee shoreline boundary that was established in 1913.

Plenty of Horne: Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party

Lots of politicians, journalists, lobbyists and others glad-handed each other and drank free beer to salute the city's 168th birthday.

County Executive Abele Greets Veterans in California
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County Executive Abele Greets Veterans in California

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will greet Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson in California on Saturday as they end their 2,700 mile walk from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.

Murphy’s Law: County Officials Delay Solving Bus System’s Woes
Murphy’s Law

County Officials Delay Solving Bus System’s Woes

Contractor chosen would save taxpayers $15 million a year. So why the delay?

Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen on the County Executive’s Opposition to a “Living Wage” Ordinance
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Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen on the County Executive’s Opposition to a “Living Wage” Ordinance

I’m disappointed that the County Executive has resorted to spreading misinformation regarding my proposal to replace poverty wages in Milwaukee County with a Living Wage ordinance.

Milwaukee County Offices and Buildings Closed Tomorrow
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Milwaukee County Offices and Buildings Closed Tomorrow

The County is closed on Tuesday.

Elections: Dan Adams’ Assembly Fundraiser
Elections

Dan Adams’ Assembly Fundraiser

He's got Abele's backing for the Milwaukee legislative seat, while Barrett backs Dimitrijevic.

Murphy’s Law: Will Taxicab Issue Ever Be Settled?
Murphy’s Law

Will Taxicab Issue Ever Be Settled?

City Attorney’s legal opinion helps clarify things, but it’s still a contentious issue.

County Executive Abele Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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County Executive Abele Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will attend a number of events Sunday and Monday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Plenty of Horne: Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?
Plenty of Horne

Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?

He's just 18, but candidate Vincent Synowicz is already mastering the slick verbal skills of a veteran politician.

Milwaukee County Proposes New Beer Garden for 2014
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Milwaukee County Proposes New Beer Garden for 2014

County Could See $100,000 a Year in Revenue

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority
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Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

Murphy’s Law: Crystal Ball for 2014
Murphy’s Law

Crystal Ball for 2014

25 predictions that are certain (well, maybe) to come true this year.

Milwaukee County Cuts Electricity Use in 2013
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Milwaukee County Cuts Electricity Use in 2013

Milwaukee County’s “Kill-a-Watt” Challenge to save money and cut electricity wrapped up a successful 2013.

County Executive Abele Meets With White House Staff on ACA & Minimum Wage
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County Executive Abele Meets With White House Staff on ACA & Minimum Wage

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is back home this morning after meeting in Washington D.C. with David Agnew, one of President Obama’s top advisors. Abele and Agnew talked about a number of topics important to people in Milwaukee County, including the Affordable Care Act, mental health care and an effort to raise the federal minimum […]

Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen Hopeful of Veto-proof Majority on Living Wage Ordinance
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Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen Hopeful of Veto-proof Majority on Living Wage Ordinance

Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen said today he remained hopeful that his “living wage” ordinance would pass the full County Board with a veto-proof majority of 12 votes after the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee delayed a vote on the measure Monday.

Murphy’s Law: Tom Ament Strikes Again
Murphy’s Law

Tom Ament Strikes Again

Author of infamous pension plan also devised a 1990 measure giving supervisors unconstitutional power over executive appointees.

Statement on County Board’s Wage Mandate
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Statement on County Board’s Wage Mandate

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released a statement today responding to the County Board’s consideration of a plan to mandate higher wages.

Murphy’s Law: The Legacy of Betty Quadracci
Murphy’s Law

The Legacy of Betty Quadracci

Her impact on local journalism and the creation of Quad/Graphics was great -- and greatly underestimated.

County Executive Chris Abele endorses Dan Adams for 19th Assembly District
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County Executive Chris Abele endorses Dan Adams for 19th Assembly District

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele proudly announced his support for former prosecutor Dan Adams’ bid for Wisconsin’s 19th Assembly District.

Statement on the Passing of Betty Quadracci
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Statement on the Passing of Betty Quadracci

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement about the passing of Betty Quadracci.

Christmas Tree Lights Up the Courthouse
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Christmas Tree Lights Up the Courthouse

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will officially light the Milwaukee County Courthouse Christmas Tree this Wednesday at 4:30pm. The 20-foot evergreen, named “Mr. Needles” by the family that donated the tree, will stand in the rotunda through the holiday season. The tree lighting will feature music from Milwaukee Public Schools’ High School of the Arts […]

Murphy’s Law: Can County Board Solve Taxicab Problem?
Murphy’s Law

Can County Board Solve Taxicab Problem?

The board's resolution got media play, but will probably accomplish nothing.

Abele’s Vetoes Lower Property Taxes, Increase Rainy Day Fund and Strikes a Compromise with Supervisors
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Abele’s Vetoes Lower Property Taxes, Increase Rainy Day Fund and Strikes a Compromise with Supervisors

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is issuing vetoes to the 2014 Budget that will lower property taxes $1.6 million while adding $2 million to the Debt Service Reserve, the County’s rainy day fund.

Plenty of Horne: Larson Aide May Run for Richards Seat
Plenty of Horne

Larson Aide May Run for Richards Seat

Plus: problems for the Bucks' Larry Sanders and redevelopment at Reed Street Yards.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Veterans Day Parade
Photo Gallery

2013 Veterans Day Parade

Politicians, patriotism and marching bands on parade, all captured in our photos.

Photo Gallery: Ground Breaking Day in the Park East
Photo Gallery

Ground Breaking Day in the Park East

A flock of public officials turned out to celebrate the Avenir, a $20.7 million, 104-unit mixed-use building that begins construction.

Wangard Breaks Ground on New Apartment Development in Park East Corridor
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Wangard Breaks Ground on New Apartment Development in Park East Corridor

Avenir apartments expected to open September 2014

Voting Underway for Courthouse Christmas Tree
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Voting Underway for Courthouse Christmas Tree

MILWAUKEE – The finalists have been picked and now the voting is underway for this year’s Milwaukee County Courthouse Christmas Tree. More than twenty trees were submitted for consideration. A panel narrowed the selection down to four trees and now your vote will pick the winner. To vote, “like” County Executive Chris Abele’s Facebook page; there, you […]

Milwaukee County Supervisors Weishan and Stamper Praise Board Veto Overide of Taxicab Resolution
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Milwaukee County Supervisors Weishan and Stamper Praise Board Veto Overide of Taxicab Resolution

Measure Designed to Lower Costs and Increase Service, Especially in Under-Served Areas

Murphy’s Law: The Nuclear Option
Murphy’s Law

The Nuclear Option

Supervisors nuke Chris Abele’s staff salaries. Will this hurt the county?

Plenty of Horne: Brookfield Square Welcomes County Buses
Plenty of Horne

Brookfield Square Welcomes County Buses

Unlike Southridge and other suburban malls, Brookfield Square actually runs ads to attract bus-riding city residents.

County Executive Abele Discusses 2014 Budget at WisPolitics Luncheon
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County Executive Abele Discusses 2014 Budget at WisPolitics Luncheon

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will discuss his 2014 Budget at the WisPolitics.com lunch on Thursday, November 7th. The event is an opportunity for County Executive Abele to talk about the priorities in his budget and the success of his past budgets in improving the fiscal condition of the County by more than $70 million. The […]

Overwhelming Support to Keep Pools Open
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Overwhelming Support to Keep Pools Open

Donor Steps Forward to Help

Murphy’s Law: Why Governments Never Cooperate With Each Other
Murphy’s Law

Why Governments Never Cooperate With Each Other

Chris Abele seeks to improve efficiency through cooperative ventures with municipal governments. Will the county board resist?

Milwaukee County’s Christmas Tree Will be Chosen by Residents
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Milwaukee County’s Christmas Tree Will be Chosen by Residents

Milwaukee County is putting out the call for the annual Courthouse Christmas Tree, this year the tree that makes the final cut will be chosen by residents.

Milwaukee County Child Support Named Agency of the Year
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Milwaukee County Child Support Named Agency of the Year

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Child Support Services (CSS) Department has been named the top Child Support Agency in Wisconsin, the first time Milwaukee County has ever won this award. “I couldn’t be more proud of Jim Sullivan and his team for winning this award,” County Executive Chris Abele said. “Last year they hit all-time records and […]

Taylor Names Thomas Harris New Chief of Staff
Press Release

Taylor Names Thomas Harris New Chief of Staff

For Immediate Release

Plenty of Horne: Why We Should Move the War Memorial
Plenty of Horne

Why We Should Move the War Memorial

Veterans are poorly served there; the War Memorial and MacArthur statue should both move to west-side Veterans Center campus.

“Flash Mob” Comes to the Courthouse
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“Flash Mob” Comes to the Courthouse

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce the Milwaukee County Courthouse will once again host a “flash mob” to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Murphy’s Law: How to Nab Bad Guys
Murphy’s Law

How to Nab Bad Guys

ShotSpotter has become a key tool for city police, but Walker says no to funding and Abele says yes.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Criticizes Move to Take Away Mental Health Authority From County Board
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Criticizes Move to Take Away Mental Health Authority From County Board

Milwaukee County Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. today said that any efforts to remove the County Board’s authority over the County’s mental health system are an attempt to place blame on the Board for mismanagement at the Behavioral Health Division.

Murphy’s Law: How to Kill a Democracy
Murphy’s Law

How to Kill a Democracy

Glenn Grothman’s proposal would shield 96% of all political donations, ending transparency in campaigns.

House Confidential: Jonathan Jackson’s Very Urban Condo
House Confidential

Jonathan Jackson’s Very Urban Condo

The Milwaukee Film Festival leader lives in a converted, 1890 cream city building with a long history.

Murphy’s Law: David Clarke the False Conservative
Murphy’s Law

David Clarke the False Conservative

Sheriff Clarke claims the right to spend as much as he wants, while the media ignores this and simply reports on his rants.

Supervisors Demand Answers From County Executive on How He Intends to Fix His $1.5 Million 2014 Recommended Budget Error
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Supervisors Demand Answers From County Executive on How He Intends to Fix His $1.5 Million 2014 Recommended Budget Error

County Executive Abele failed to introduce a zero percent tax levy increase budget.

Supervisor David Bowen Says Affordable Health Care Access Can Help Stop Violence
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Supervisor David Bowen Says Affordable Health Care Access Can Help Stop Violence

Issues Statement in Support of ACA, Saying Health Care Access Will Help Mental, Physical Healthcare Issues and Help Put a Stop to Violence

Job Fair for Military Veterans on Thursday
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Job Fair for Military Veterans on Thursday

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office are happy to announce a job fair for Military Veterans on Thursday, October 3rd at the War Memorial Center from 9am- 1pm.

Milwaukee County Residents Encouraged to Sign Up for Affordable Health Care
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Milwaukee County Residents Encouraged to Sign Up for Affordable Health Care

Elected officials, others to highlight new health care options coming Oct. 1

Murphy’s Law: The Problem of Poverty
Murphy’s Law

The Problem of Poverty

Poverty is rising faster in Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee than nationally.

Abele’s 2014 Budget Features New Public Safety Initiative
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Abele’s 2014 Budget Features New Public Safety Initiative

MILWAUKEE – – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will unveil his 2014 Proposed Budget tomorrow. The budget, which does not include a tax increase and continues to lower the County’s massive long term debt, features more than ten million dollars in new and repurposed public safety funding. The money is part of County Executive Abele’s new comprehensive […]

Op-Ed: In Defense of County Bus System
Op-Ed

In Defense of County Bus System

MTS has done a great job of running county transit and shouldn’t be replaced.

Milwaukee County Offers Help in ACA Enrollment
Press Release

Milwaukee County Offers Help in ACA Enrollment

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County is taking a proactive approach to help people understand and enroll in health plans as the Affordable Healthcare Care Act (ACA) is rolled out October 1st. The County’s core services provide an opportunity to leverage contacts with the community into enrollment. Using existing resources and staff, County Departments will help clients they are […]

Milwaukee Moves Closer to a Competitive Taxi Cab Market
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Milwaukee Moves Closer to a Competitive Taxi Cab Market

Transit Committee Approves Measure to Allow County to Negotiate an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County for Operation and Regulation of Taxicab Service

Time for County Executive to urge reallocation of streetcar funds
Press Release

Time for County Executive to urge reallocation of streetcar funds

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 11, 2013

In Milwaukee, Mayor Rybak Unveils New Ad Campaign to Attract Same-Sex Weddings to Minneapolis
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In Milwaukee, Mayor Rybak Unveils New Ad Campaign to Attract Same-Sex Weddings to Minneapolis

“I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis” campaign running in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago publications

Plenty of Horne: Who Let the Dogs Out?
Plenty of Horne

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Sheriff Clarke grabs canine units from House of Correction, endangering safety of staff, only to be forced to return them.

Historic War Memorial/Milwaukee Art Museum Deal Finalized
Press Release

Historic War Memorial/Milwaukee Art Museum Deal Finalized

Agreement unanimously approved by County Board can now move forward.

Milwaukee County Supervisors Weishan and Stamper Propose County Take-over of Regulation of Taxicab Service
Press Release

Milwaukee County Supervisors Weishan and Stamper Propose County Take-over of Regulation of Taxicab Service

Draft Measure Designed to Lower Costs, Increase Service, Especially in Under-Served Areas

Photo Gallery: East Library Groundbreaking
Photo Gallery

East Library Groundbreaking

Photos capture groundbreaking for new mixed-use development combining East Library, retail and apartments. Take that, Bayshore.

Abele Dumps County Transit Company

Abele Dumps County Transit Company

Public bidding process awards bus contract to for-profit company.

County Board Supports Cultural Institutions, Unanimously Adopts Agreement that Honors Veterans and Protects Art
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County Board Supports Cultural Institutions, Unanimously Adopts Agreement that Honors Veterans and Protects Art

The Milwaukee County Board passed two measures Thursday that will move Milwaukee County forward and provide long-term sustainability for important public institutions.

Services at the Courthouse Return to Regular Hours
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Services at the Courthouse Return to Regular Hours

All public services on the first floor of the Milwaukee County Courthouse are returning to regular hours on Tuesday, July 23rd.

Supervisors Stall $60 Million Park East Proposal

Supervisors Stall $60 Million Park East Proposal

Citing lack of "information," county committee in essence reopens the process of selecting a developer for Park East Block 22.

Courthouse Opening First Floor Services to the Public
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Courthouse Opening First Floor Services to the Public

Offices Opening at 10am

Courthouse Opening Runs Smoothly
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Courthouse Opening Runs Smoothly

The Milwaukee County Courthouse reopened today for most court services and, with the exception of a few hiccups, things ran smoothly.

County Board Will Continue With Scheduled Meetings Following Courthouse Fire
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County Board Will Continue With Scheduled Meetings Following Courthouse Fire

Public invited to meetings that will take place in alternate locations

County Board Committed to Honoring Veterans, Protecting Art
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County Board Committed to Honoring Veterans, Protecting Art

Last-minute change could be a deal breaker for two local treasures

Murphy’s Law: The Curious Case of Kimberly Walker
Murphy’s Law

The Curious Case of Kimberly Walker

The board is angry at Abele so they fired Walker. Go figure.

Op-Ed: Why Kimberly Walker Was Fired
Op-Ed

Why Kimberly Walker Was Fired

The county board had ample grounds for dismissing the Corporation Counsel.

Supervisor David Bowen Counters Supervisor Deanna Alexander’s Attention-Getting Claims
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Supervisor David Bowen Counters Supervisor Deanna Alexander’s Attention-Getting Claims

Says Alexander “Does Not Value the Truth,” Misleads Public About Board Activities

Fight for Marriage Equality in Wisconsin Will Go On
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Fight for Marriage Equality in Wisconsin Will Go On

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court voted to recognize gay marriage.

NAACP Opposes Board Removal of Corporation Counsel
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NAACP Opposes Board Removal of Corporation Counsel

The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP is adding their voice to County Executive Chris Abele’s and the many others who are urging the Milwaukee County Board not to fire the County’s top attorney.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of Sheriff Clarke

The weirder and crankier he gets, the more unlikely his reelection.

Plenty of Horne: Ahoy! Pirate Party Will Rally Downtown
Plenty of Horne

Ahoy! Pirate Party Will Rally Downtown

The Wisconsin affiliate of the populist-flavored party, organized by political activist Joe Klein, will rally on June 29th.

County Executive Abele Presents John Malan with Purple Heart Pass
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County Executive Abele Presents John Malan with Purple Heart Pass

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will honor WTMJ-TV Meteorologist John Malan’s military service during the Marcus Center’s annual Flag Day celebration on Friday, June 14th.

Free Summer Events for Military Veterans in Milwaukee County
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Free Summer Events for Military Veterans in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce that public and private agencies in Milwaukee County are once again offering active military, drilling reservists, veterans and their families free admission to a variety of entertainment venues this summer. From Summerfest to the Milwaukee County Zoo, veterans are being thanked for the service. For a […]

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Says Committee Action Shows Confusing Nature of New Law Limiting County Board’s Powers
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Says Committee Action Shows Confusing Nature of New Law Limiting County Board’s Powers

Chairman of the Transportation, Public Works & Transit Committee Says Delay of Wauwatosa Water Utility Resolution Caused by Uncertainty About Board’s Role in the Wake of Enactment of Act 14

Statement of Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Regarding the Signing of AB 85
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Statement of Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Regarding the Signing of AB 85

The bill signing is taking place in Milwaukee County when the state legislative committees that heard this bill – which targets Milwaukee County – never held a single public hearing here.

County Executive Abele Hires New Parks Director
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County Executive Abele Hires New Parks Director

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will hold a news conference today at Kosciuszko Park to introduce new Parks Director John Dargle. Dargle previously served as the head of the Fairfax County Park Authority, which is an accredited and nationally-respected park system that serves more than one million residents of Fairfax County, Virginia. As Director of […]

The Story Behind the Strike

The Story Behind the Strike

Thin reporting and overheated commentary have obscured the real story of why workers are striking against Palermo’s.

County Executive Abele Thanks Legislators for Increasing Child Support Funding
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County Executive Abele Thanks Legislators for Increasing Child Support Funding

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele applauds members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee for putting money back into the budget to support Child Support funding across the state.

Murphy’s Law: The Not-So Fiscally Conservative Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Not-So Fiscally Conservative Governor

Scott Walker hasn’t solved the state’s longterm fiscal deficit. He may actually make it worse.

Milwaukee County Offering Help to Aging Veterans
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Milwaukee County Offering Help to Aging Veterans

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office (MCVSO) and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) are organizing a free one-day event to deliver awareness of benefits to eligible aging veterans and their surviving spouses.

County Executive Abele Thanks Assembly for Passing Reform Bill
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County Executive Abele Thanks Assembly for Passing Reform Bill

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks the Wisconsin Assembly for approving the Milwaukee County reform bill.

Supervisor David Bowen Says Sheriff Clarke “Destabilizing” House of Correction, Applauds County Board Action
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Supervisor David Bowen Says Sheriff Clarke “Destabilizing” House of Correction, Applauds County Board Action

Cites Reports of Understaffing, Forced Overtime for Officers and Needless Prisoner Shuffles Between Jail and House

County Executive Abele Vetoes Board’s Plan
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County Executive Abele Vetoes Board’s Plan

Veto Cites Legal Concerns and Lack of Clarity

Murphy’s Law: The War Between Steve Schultze and Chris Abele
Murphy’s Law

The War Between Steve Schultze and Chris Abele

County exec tries to undermine county reporter because of his slanted stories.

County Executive Abele Announces Energy Saving Challenge
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County Executive Abele Announces Energy Saving Challenge

County Executive Chris Abele is announcing an Earth Day initiative to lower energy usage in county buildings, a move that will help the environment and save tax dollars.

Murphy’s Law: County Board Violates Its Own Law
Murphy’s Law

County Board Violates Its Own Law

Lobbyists have worked without board approval, which could be a cause for “discharge” of board chair Dimitrivjevic.

Murphy’s Law: Myths About a New NBA Arena
Murphy’s Law

Myths About a New NBA Arena

In their zeal to build new, publicly-funded arena, proponents are misleading the community.

Abele, Barrett and Other Milwaukee Leaders Urge Legislature to Restore Transit Funding
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Abele, Barrett and Other Milwaukee Leaders Urge Legislature to Restore Transit Funding

A coalition of Milwaukee leaders are sending a letter to lawmakers in Madison asking them to restore cuts in transit funding and requesting that they maintain the segregated Transportation Fund.

House Confidential: Sue Black’s Cape Cod Cutie
House Confidential

Sue Black’s Cape Cod Cutie

The Milwaukee Wave owner and former parks director lives modestly near the Waukesha county line.

County Executive Chris Abele’s Statement on the Passage of the Milwaukee County Reform Bill
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County Executive Chris Abele’s Statement on the Passage of the Milwaukee County Reform Bill

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele applauds the Assembly Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing’s 6-3 vote today to approve the bipartisan Milwaukee County reform bill. “I applaud the committee for passing this important piece of legislation. In nine hours of testimony yesterday they asked good and thoughtful questions. As always, I look forward to […]

County Executive Abele Hires Economic Development Director
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County Executive Abele Hires Economic Development Director

Teig Whaley-Smith, Economic Development Firm Founder and Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University, Joins Milwaukee County

County Executive Abele Asks the State to Restore Transit Funding
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County Executive Abele Asks the State to Restore Transit Funding

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele testified in front of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) today.

Back in the News: County Backdrops
Back in the News

County Backdrops

Unions have filed suit to protect the infamous backdrops, which made many county employees wealthy.

Murphy’s Law: Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

Winners and Losers

It was a good election for Scott Walker and conservatives but there were some bright spots for liberals.

Statement on Pension Backdrop Lawsuit
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Statement on Pension Backdrop Lawsuit

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement today about the lawsuit filed against Abele’s reform of the pension backdrop.

Murphy’s Law: Sheriff Clarke’s New Buddies
Murphy’s Law

Sheriff Clarke’s New Buddies

The conservative lawman and liberal county board have suddenly gotten very friendly. Why?

Murphy’s Law: Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?

The race between Rebecca Bradley and Janet Protasiewicz is hard to call.

Plenty of Horne: Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights
Plenty of Horne

Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights

Gay activist Daniel Choi comes to Milwaukee three days before his trial for protesting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Resizing the County Board
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Resizing the County Board

Supervisor Clarifies Position and Intent

New Front Door for Lakefront

New Front Door for Lakefront

Dramatic plan moves freeway ramps and creates a grand boulevard that connects downtown and the lakefront.

“Exhibit A” Criticizes the Sheriff
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“Exhibit A” Criticizes the Sheriff

Supervisor Patricia Jursik condemns Sheriff David Clarke’s name-calling and dishonesty, applauds the County Executive for appointing an interim Superintendent for the House of Correction

Hundreds of Job Openings for Military Veterans
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Hundreds of Job Openings for Military Veterans

Event Tomorrow 9am – 1pm

Veterans Job Fair Offers Hundreds of Job Openings for Vets
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Veterans Job Fair Offers Hundreds of Job Openings for Vets

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce a Job Fair for Military Veterans will be held on Thursday, March 7th at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center from 9am - 1pm.

Supervisors Meet to Highlight Local Economy
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Supervisors Meet to Highlight Local Economy

MMAC President Tim Sheehy to Present “Building a Partnership for Economic Prosperity”

County Executive Abele Names House of Correction Superintendent
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County Executive Abele Names House of Correction Superintendent

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has named Michael Hafemann as the interim Superintendent of the House of Correction (HOC) in Franklin.

VISIT Milwaukee to Present Lamplighter Award to Milwaukee Downtown BID #21
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VISIT Milwaukee to Present Lamplighter Award to Milwaukee Downtown BID #21

Annual Meeting on March 5th also features Bill Davidson with preview of the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary

Supervisor Bowen Expresses his Disappointment in the Recent Changes to 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio Format
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Supervisor Bowen Expresses his Disappointment in the Recent Changes to 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio Format

Milwaukee Black Community Loses 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio

Murphy’s Law: The Not-So-Straight Story
Murphy’s Law

The Not-So-Straight Story

Journal Sentinel coverage of county board downsizing misleads folks on both sides of issue.

Murphy’s Law: The Return of Sue Black
Murphy’s Law

The Return of Sue Black

How she got the new job. And will she run against Chris Abele?

Supervisor Mayo Challenges County Executive Claims in State of the County Address
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Supervisor Mayo Challenges County Executive Claims in State of the County Address

Milwaukee County Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. challenged several items in the State of the County speech delivered by the county executive on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Oak Creek Police Department.

County Executive Abele Applauds Gov. Walker’s Commitment to Mental Health
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County Executive Abele Applauds Gov. Walker’s Commitment to Mental Health

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele applauds Governor Scott Walker’s announcement today of a $29 million investment in mental health programs and services.

Murphy’s Law: County Lobbyists Asleep on the Job?
Murphy’s Law

County Lobbyists Asleep on the Job?

They should be working to get more state funding. But they’re too busy protecting the county board.

Plenty of Horne: Every Politician in Town
Plenty of Horne

Every Politician in Town

Well, not quite, but the City's Birthday Party had a big turnout of politicians and insiders.

Murphy’s Law: America Discovers Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

America Discovers Sheriff Clarke

Clarke appears on Piers Morgan with Tom Barrett and gets beat up by both Morgan and the mayor.

Milwaukee County Deserves Better
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Milwaukee County Deserves Better

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement today in response to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Supervisor Deanna Alexander has been intimidated by Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and other Supervisors for supporting significant reform of the County Board.

House Confidential: Brian Taffora’s Piece of Suburbia
House Confidential

Brian Taffora’s Piece of Suburbia

How dare you live in Cedarburg, said the Milwaukee County Board. So the economic development director quit rather than lose $91,000 selling his home.

Murphy’s Law: The Incomplete Story
Murphy’s Law

The Incomplete Story

How the Journal Sentinel slants the story on venture capital -- and on downsizing the county board.

County Executive Abele Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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County Executive Abele Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will attend a number of events Sunday and Monday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Murphy’s Law: Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely
Murphy’s Law

Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely

Despite Republican delays and opposition by the board, the bill has a good chance of passage.

2013 Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship Comes to Milwaukee County
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2013 Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship Comes to Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is excited to announce that the Wisconsin PGA will move its Junior Championship to Milwaukee County golf courses this summer.

Gun Violence Forum Looks for Solutions
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Gun Violence Forum Looks for Solutions

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will join Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards and U.S. Attorney James Santelle for a forum on gun violence tomorrow.

Murphy’s Law: Why We Need a Part-Time County Board
Murphy’s Law

Why We Need a Part-Time County Board

For 125 years, the board was part-time. Then Tom Ament and company nudged it up to full-time. Why?

Abele Congratulates the 101st Wisconsin State Legislature
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Abele Congratulates the 101st Wisconsin State Legislature

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement about the 101st Wisconsin State Legislature who will be sworn in tomorrow.

County Executive Abele Orders Special Elections
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County Executive Abele Orders Special Elections

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today special elections will be held to replace two County Supervisors.

Veterans Receive Purple Heart Passes
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Veterans Receive Purple Heart Passes

Pass Benefits All Wisconsin Vets Injured in Service

Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board
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Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors today approved a compromise plan that will allow Milwaukee Police Department dispatchers to begin handling all 911 cell phone calls that originate in the city – a cooperative move that will save taxpayer dollars.

Murphy’s Law: Still Defending the Infamous Pension Plan
Murphy’s Law

Still Defending the Infamous Pension Plan

County Exec Abele wants to cut back the lucrative backdrop provision. Why are supervisors delaying this?

Chris Abele Announces $50,000 Marriage Equality Challenge Grant
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Chris Abele Announces $50,000 Marriage Equality Challenge Grant

Milwaukee County Executive and long-time advocate for the LGBT Community Chris Abele recently announced a challenge grant of $50,000 for Equality Wisconsin to work on marriage equality.

County Supervisors, Others to Call for End to Poverty Wages for Janitors
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County Supervisors, Others to Call for End to Poverty Wages for Janitors

Contract for cleaning county buildings spurs concerns that public dollars fund family-sustaining jobs

County Employees Celebrate Aaron Rodgers Day by Wearing Packers Gear, Donating to MACC Fund
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County Employees Celebrate Aaron Rodgers Day by Wearing Packers Gear, Donating to MACC Fund

County Employees Celebrate 12-12-12 by Wearing Packers Gear

County Executive Helps Celebrate Hanukkah with Menorah Lighting
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County Executive Helps Celebrate Hanukkah with Menorah Lighting

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Lubavitch of Wisconsin will celebrate the Hanukkah Menorah Lighting in the Milwaukee County Courthouse Rotunda on Monday, December 10th at 11:30am.

Milwaukee County Aging Study Shows Changing Face of Population
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Milwaukee County Aging Study Shows Changing Face of Population

Extensive Study Looks at Adults 60 and Older

Mayor & Co. Executive to Announce New Way to Experience Milwaukee
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Mayor & Co. Executive to Announce New Way to Experience Milwaukee

More than 50,000 People Have Chosen a New Way to Experience Milwaukee

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues

With the closing of Moody Pool, the city's North Side now has half the number of public pools as the South Side.

Mitchell Airport Fares Among Lowest in the Nation
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Mitchell Airport Fares Among Lowest in the Nation

MKE Airfares Among Lowest in the Nation

Courthouse Tree Lighting Will Feature Santa, Singing & Sausages
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Courthouse Tree Lighting Will Feature Santa, Singing & Sausages

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will officially light the Milwaukee County Courthouse Christmas Tree this Thursday at 4:30pm.

Celebrate the 99th Annual City/County Christmas Tree Lighting
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Celebrate the 99th Annual City/County Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, and Ald. Ashanti Hamilton at Red Arrow Park

Cudahy War Memorial Tree Chosen as County Christmas Tree
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Cudahy War Memorial Tree Chosen as County Christmas Tree

The Cudahy War Memorial is donating a tree from their memorial at Sheridan Park as the 2013 Milwaukee County Christmas Tree.

Cudahy War Memorial Tree Chosen as County Christmas Tree
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Cudahy War Memorial Tree Chosen as County Christmas Tree

MILWAUKEE –The Cudahy War Memorial is donating a tree from their memorial at Sheridan Park as the 2013 Milwaukee County Christmas Tree. “We are honored that the Cudahy War Memorial has offered this tree and we hope it will become a reminder this holiday season of the sacrifice all Veterans make for this county,” Milwaukee County […]

Milwaukee County Board Raises Taxes $6.3 Million
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Milwaukee County Board Raises Taxes $6.3 Million

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors was given the unique opportunity today to make history and decrease taxes for Milwaukee County residents; instead they choose to raise taxes to pad their own benefits and support their own pet projects.

Murphy’s Law: The High Cost of the County Board
Murphy’s Law

The High Cost of the County Board

We could save millions and improve efficiency by cutting the county board and its huge staff.

Milwaukee County Board Adopts 2013 Budget
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Milwaukee County Board Adopts 2013 Budget

Board Overrides 23 of 25 Budget Vetoes from County Executive, Prepares to Implement Business of the People of Milwaukee County

Sup. Taylor Welcomes County Executive Abele’s Veto of the Resolution Abolishing Economic Development Director Position
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Sup. Taylor Welcomes County Executive Abele’s Veto of the Resolution Abolishing Economic Development Director Position

Milwaukee – Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor today issued the following statement concerning the Milwaukee County Executive Abele’s veto of the County Board Resolution abolishing the position of Economic Development Director: “I commend County Executive Chris Abele for his veto on the abolishment of the position of Economic Development Director. There is no doubt […]

Abele Urges Board to Sustain Vetoes That Save $6.3 Million
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Abele Urges Board to Sustain Vetoes That Save $6.3 Million

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed vetoes today that will offer better public safety, better service and save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Abele’s Vetoes Lower Taxes $6.3 Million
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Abele’s Vetoes Lower Taxes $6.3 Million

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will sign vetoes today that, if upheld, will lower property taxes for every resident in Milwaukee County.

Veterans Day Ceremony Will Honor WWII Hero
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Veterans Day Ceremony Will Honor WWII Hero

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office are pleased to announce a unique award ceremony at the War Memorial Center on November 10, 2012.

Chair of Committee on Economic and Community Development Calls on County Exec To Stabilize Economic Development Leadership
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Chair of Committee on Economic and Community Development Calls on County Exec To Stabilize Economic Development Leadership

Recognizing the importance that the business community places on certainty, the Chair of the Milwaukee County Board Committee on Economic and Community Development (ECD) is asking the County Executive to shore up the County’s leadership on economic development by adhering to Milwaukee County residency requirements.

United County Board Approves 2013 Budget on 13-5 Vote
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United County Board Approves 2013 Budget on 13-5 Vote

Two-thirds back plan to improve public safety, lessen impact on taxpayers

House Confidential: Marina Dimitrijevic’s Bay View Beauty
House Confidential

Marina Dimitrijevic’s Bay View Beauty

Traditional architecture meets Space Age vinyl in the 21st Century dwelling of the Milwaukee County board chair.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s Right in County Budget Battle?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s Right in County Budget Battle?

County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic trashes Abele’s budget. But did she improve it?

County Board Junks Bus Fare Proposal

County Board Junks Bus Fare Proposal

Proposal to kill transfers and cut fares suddenly lost its supporters.

Milwaukee County Parks Prepares For Effects from Hurricane Sandy
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Milwaukee County Parks Prepares For Effects from Hurricane Sandy

The Milwaukee County Parks Department is preparing the Lakefront for expected impacts from Hurricane Sandy.

An Open Letter to the Residents of Milwaukee County
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An Open Letter to the Residents of Milwaukee County

It’s time to set the record straight and, once again, to call on the Milwaukee County Executive to focus on collaboration.

Milwaukee County Board Raises Taxes While Sacrificing Service Level, Public Safety
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Milwaukee County Board Raises Taxes While Sacrificing Service Level, Public Safety

The Milwaukee County Board’s Budget Committee has voted to put politics above the interests of the community.

Global Rating Agency: Milwaukee County is on a Better Path
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Global Rating Agency: Milwaukee County is on a Better Path

In another sign that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is putting the County on the right path, Fitch Global Rating Agency has upgraded Milwaukee County’s bond rating from Negative to Stable.

County Board Votes Against Taxpayers and For the Status Quo
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County Board Votes Against Taxpayers and For the Status Quo

The Milwaukee County Board’s Budget Committee voted 9 - 0 today to raise taxes on Milwaukee County citizens.

Plenty of Horne: New Journalists in Town
Plenty of Horne

New Journalists in Town

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service could be the future of journalism.

Green Bay Packers Partner with Milwaukee County Parks
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Green Bay Packers Partner with Milwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce a new partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks, United Way, the Green Bay Packers, and the NFL.

County Executive Abele Named to Bipartisan Debt Commission
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County Executive Abele Named to Bipartisan Debt Commission

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has been appointed to the Wisconsin Campaign to Fix the Debt committee.

County Executive Welcomes “Flash Mob” to the Courthouse
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County Executive Welcomes “Flash Mob” to the Courthouse

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce the Milwaukee County Courthouse will be the spot of a “flash mob” to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of blind and visually impaired people.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Public Policy Forum Praise Abele’s Budget
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Public Policy Forum Praise Abele’s Budget

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the nationally respected, non-partisan, Public Policy Forum have both praised Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s 2013 Budget proposal.

Murphy’s Law: Should Chief Flynn Resign?
Murphy’s Law

Should Chief Flynn Resign?

The city is divided over the chief. But is it all his fault?

Murphy’s Law: Too Many Cops in Milwaukee County?
Murphy’s Law

Too Many Cops in Milwaukee County?

The high cost of a huge sheriff’s budget and 19 local police departments.

Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures
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Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures

Twelve members of the Milwaukee Common Council today sent a letter (attached) to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic asking that specific changes be made into law regarding procedures and practices in the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. The 12 Council members are urging changes in the Medical Examiner’s […]

Rush to Judgement

Rush to Judgement

Whew. A county committee quickly approves a barely-vetted proposal for a new hotel.

Murphy’s Law: The Mighty County Board
Murphy’s Law

The Mighty County Board

A doormat a decade ago, the board is now far more powerful -- much to Chris Abele’s chagrin.

How will Milwaukee Police Department handle extra work?
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How will Milwaukee Police Department handle extra work?

I’m disappointed the Mayor didn’t find it necessary to brief more Council members on his plans.

Murphy’s Law: The Latest Journal Sentinel Purge
Murphy’s Law

The Latest Journal Sentinel Purge

Some big names could be leaving the ever-shrinking newspaper.

Murphy’s Law: Rich Park, Poor Park
Murphy’s Law

Rich Park, Poor Park

Milwaukee County Parks is increasingly a two-tier system, with the worst maintained parks in poor areas.

Murphy’s Law: Can Tammy Beat Tommy?
Murphy’s Law

Can Tammy Beat Tommy?

She wouldn’t have a chance against the old Tommy, but the newer edition could be beat.

Murphy’s Law: Abele Under Fire
Murphy’s Law

Abele Under Fire

Has the Johnny Thomas situation poisoned relations between the county exec and county board?

Murphy’s Law: The Tragedy of Chris and Sue
Murphy’s Law

The Tragedy of Chris and Sue

How the friendship of Abele and Black turned into bitter enmity.

Beer Gardens Back at Pere Marquette

Beer Gardens Back at Pere Marquette

It was off after Sue Black's firing. Now it's back on.

Murphy’s Law: Myths About Black’s Firing
Murphy’s Law

Myths About Black’s Firing

Strip away the myths and you begin to see why Abele dumped her.

Why Was Sue Black Fired?

Why Was Sue Black Fired?

The development is a shocker as Abele was a friend and supporter of the highly regarded parks director.

County Executive Abele Announces National Search for New Parks Director
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County Executive Abele Announces National Search for New Parks Director

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is announcing a national search for a new Parks Director to replace Sue Black. Black is no longer with Milwaukee County.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Olympics
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Olympics

Why Milwaukee isn't likely to ever to host the Olympics, and why it would have been nice if Chicago did.

House Confidential: Chris Abele’s Castle
House Confidential

Chris Abele’s Castle

The County Executive calls the largest house in Milwaukee home.

Downtown Employee Appreciation Week kicks off Monday
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Downtown Employee Appreciation Week kicks off Monday

Monday marks the start of the 7th Annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week, July 30 – August 3.

County Board Approves Negotiations for The Couture

County Board Approves Negotiations for The Couture

Proposed 44-floor building for lakefront stays on track

Photo Gallery: The Couture Press Conference
Photo Gallery

The Couture Press Conference

Developers and politicians unite behind the podium to unveil 44-story project.

The Chatter: Abele vs County Board — Again
The Chatter

Abele vs County Board — Again

Someone leaked the info on Abele's plan for a 44 story lakefront tower, leaving him apologizing to the board.

44-Floor Tower Proposed for Lakefront

44-Floor Tower Proposed for Lakefront

A new 44-story tower proposed for Milwaukee.

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

Some aldermen want to dump DCD head Rocky Marcoux, but Mayor Barrett disagrees.

The Chatter: Will Allen Goes Viral
The Chatter

Will Allen Goes Viral

From ABC News to Colbert, everybody is celebrating Will Allen.

The Chatter: The Trial of Chris Abele
The Chatter

The Trial of Chris Abele

Sued by Shepherd Express editor Lou Fortis, Abele goes on the stand for allegedly stealing a film festival.

Murphy’s Law: The Farley Fiasco
Murphy’s Law

The Farley Fiasco

Is the County board punishing Abele’s aide Patrick Farley for whistle blowing?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Did Donovan Make Bauman Soil His Pants?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Did Donovan Make Bauman Soil His Pants?

Another week, another Ald. Donovan anti-streetcar press conference. Plus: will the Bucks get a new owner and new arena? And: East Side zoning changes and the return of the Downtown Trolley loop.

The Chatter: Will Abele Run for Mayor?
The Chatter

Will Abele Run for Mayor?

That's one way to consolidate city and county government, by grabbing both executive positions.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More

Eyes on Milwaukee this week focuses on the committee appointments by Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines, Supervisor Haas' efforts for a Milwaukee County attraction pass, the restaurant coming to The Moderne, and more.

Suburbs Overwhelmingly Want to Reduce Size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Suburbs Overwhelmingly Want to Reduce Size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Almost all of Milwaukee County's suburbs had a referendum questions that asked for voter's opinions on reducing the size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and reducing the position to part-time during Tuesday's election. In every community it was asked, voters overwhelmingly voted to reduce the number and pay of supervisors, but what would that achieve?

Kohl’s, The Moral of the Story

Kohl’s, The Moral of the Story

For over a year the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and various regional entities worked together in attempt to bring Kohl's corporate headquarters to downtown Milwaukee. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful. Some have been quick to judge saying the moral of the story is, the city is a failure, and Mayor Barrett can't get the job done. Now, it is true the city didn't win, this time, but is the moral of the story, failure?

The North End Phase Two Groundbreaking Photos

The North End Phase Two Groundbreaking Photos

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the corner of Pleasant and Water streets today for the Portrait and Silhouette buildings at The North End, collectively known as Phase Two of The North End. A number of public officials were on hand representing the large number of public funding sources required to get the project off the ground (or more aptly, in the ground) with the state of private financing for development.

2011 Milwaukee: A Year in Review
2011 Milwaukee

A Year in Review

As the US economy continued it slow recovery from the Great Recession, Milwaukee was left with a couple of failed development projects to complete or redefine, a changing real estate market, the opportunity to make small infrastructure changes, and questions about the future of transit.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Transit

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Transit

Chris Abele was recently elected to fill the remainder of Governor Scott Walker's term as Milwaukee County Executive. That gives Abele less than one year to accomplish anything as Milwaukee County Executive before he must seek re-election. Given the relatively short time for which Abele is assured to be in office, what can the newly-elected County Executive hope to achieve when it comes to transit?

The Roundup: Plale Recall Drive Begins
The Roundup

Plale Recall Drive Begins

Can a group of south side political activists pull themselves together enough to acquire 13,212 signatures to force a recall election against Sen. Jeff Plale? Rep. Jon Richards said he doubts it. “This thing is going nowhere,” says Rep. Josh Zepnick. “These people are so lazy! They’ve taken out a newspaper ad asking people to […]

The Roundup: My Campaign Blog
The Roundup

My Campaign Blog

Two hundred fifty bucks or a free press pass?

The Roundup: Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money
The Roundup

Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money

Acting Mayor Pockets $7,500 with no explanation

The Roundup: Clark Picks Up Two State Endorsements
The Roundup

Clark Picks Up Two State Endorsements

Two of Wisconsin’s elder statespeople jumped on the Wesley Clark for President bandwagon recently. Former alderman, secretary of state and attorney Vel Phillips, who most recently issued the oath of office to Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt says she backs the Arkansas general for president. With her support, she joins such black leaders as Charles Rangel […]