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MKE County: Daily New COVID-19 Cases Remain High
MKE County

Daily New COVID-19 Cases Remain High

There was one death due to COVID-19 this past week.

Health Care Safety Company Wins Summerfest Pitch Competition

Health Care Safety Company Wins Summerfest Pitch Competition

St. Louis-based Kwema produces a panic-button badge reel for health care workers.

Transportation: North Avenue Bridge Project Finished
Transportation

North Avenue Bridge Project Finished

Say goodbye to those pesky detours as Milwaukee County finishes job.

MKE County: County Executive Crowley Has COVID-19
MKE County

County Executive Crowley Has COVID-19

Crowley took office one month into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airport Adds Two New Flights

Airport Adds Two New Flights

Delta adds another flight to New York, Air Canada brings back a flight to Toronto.

MKE County: Downtown Roller Rink Looks Unlikely
MKE County

Downtown Roller Rink Looks Unlikely

Board struggles to find funding, plan lacks true budget and rink won't be ready for this summer.

Kaul, Evers Sue to Challenge 1849 Abortion Ban

Kaul, Evers Sue to Challenge 1849 Abortion Ban

Suit says 1849 law superseded by later laws, names GOP legislative leaders as defendants.

Transit System Adds 24 Bus Stop Murals

Transit System Adds 24 Bus Stop Murals

New partnership with city and MPS creates interactive murals to stimulate early childhood development.

Abortion Rights Protest Calls for Supporters to Organize

Abortion Rights Protest Calls for Supporters to Organize

Activists call on abortion rights supporters to organize political opposition to abortion bans, abortion opponents.

DA Chisholm Won’t Prosecute Abortion Cases

DA Chisholm Won’t Prosecute Abortion Cases

District Attorney John Chisholm signs joint statement committing not to prosecute "those who seek, provide, or support abortions."

Outside An Abortion Clinic The Morning Roe Was Overturned

Outside An Abortion Clinic The Morning Roe Was Overturned

Women face harassment as they arrive for procedures they can no longer access.

How To Travel To Summerfest Without A Car

How To Travel To Summerfest Without A Car

9 options for getting to the Big Gig.

MKE County: Parks May Convert Roads to Bike, Pedestrian Trails
MKE County

Parks May Convert Roads to Bike, Pedestrian Trails

Plan would convert 1.3 miles of Little Menomonee and Lincoln Creek parkways.

Yacht Club Replacing Docks in McKinley Marina

Yacht Club Replacing Docks in McKinley Marina

Milwaukee Yacht Club planning $4.5 million replacement, redesign of docks.

MKE County: Cost of Youth Offenders Keeps Rising
MKE County

Cost of Youth Offenders Keeps Rising

Number sent to costly state prisons nearly doubled since March, imperiling county's alternative youth justice programs.

Bus Stop Murals Tell Story of Gun Violence

Bus Stop Murals Tell Story of Gun Violence

Voices of Gun Violence seek to raise awareness of how gun violence impacts Milwaukee community.

MKE County: New COVID-19 Cases Down Slightly This Past Week
MKE County

New COVID-19 Cases Down Slightly This Past Week

But, the number of cases are still remain within the larger trend showing a plateau.

MKE County: Committee Approves McKinley Beach Restoration
MKE County

Committee Approves McKinley Beach Restoration

$712,000 would fund effort to fix dangerous swim conditions. Beach could re-open by 2024.

MKE County: Domes Project Returns to Reality
MKE County

Domes Project Returns to Reality

$66 million plan to fix domes, redevelop Mitchell Park is shot down, leaving the facility's future a question mark.

West Allis Starbucks Workers Push For Union

West Allis Starbucks Workers Push For Union

Fifth Starbucks in state to join a nationwide movement by workers at company's cafes.

MKE County: Coggs Building Could Be Razed
MKE County

Coggs Building Could Be Razed

New analysis finds razing and then constructing new building the most feasible redevelopment option.

MKE County: Plan Expands Alternative To Youth Prisons
MKE County

Plan Expands Alternative To Youth Prisons

County would spend $4.1 million in ARPA funds to expand local alternative to state prisons.

MKE County: County Sees “Plateau” In New COVID-19 Cases
MKE County

County Sees “Plateau” In New COVID-19 Cases

Case numbers remain much higher than they were in late March and early April.

Transportation: MCTS Will Change 9 Bus Routes
Transportation

MCTS Will Change 9 Bus Routes

Changes based on rider feedback to 2021 system redesign, to achieve still more frequency, and trim less-used routes.

MKE County: County Creates New Youth Commission
MKE County

County Creates New Youth Commission

Giving 20 young people public service experience and a chance to help shape youth-related policies.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Show Slight Decrease
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Show Slight Decrease

There were two deaths due to COVID-19 this past week.

Summerfest To Provide Shuttle Service

Summerfest To Provide Shuttle Service

Private service will be twice as expensive and provide fewer stops than now cancelled public option.

Sisu Cafe Opening In Bay View

Sisu Cafe Opening In Bay View

Coffee house, cafe and bakery with breakfast and lunch items, soups, salads.

Pabst Theater Group Workers Win Union Election

Pabst Theater Group Workers Win Union Election

94% of bargaining unit votes to be represented by union.

Harbor District’s Riverfront Restaurant Plans Fall Opening

Harbor District’s Riverfront Restaurant Plans Fall Opening

The Bridgewater Modern Grill will be "upscale," with massive patio, seating for 245 patrons.

Festa Italiana Returning But Downsized

Festa Italiana Returning But Downsized

Organizers had canceled annual festival at Summerfest, will hold it at Italian Community Center.

MKE County: New COVID-19 Cases May Be Plateauing
MKE County

New COVID-19 Cases May Be Plateauing

Vaccination levels have also plateaued in Milwaukee County.

Los Tres Amigos Restaurant Planned for Walker Square

Los Tres Amigos Restaurant Planned for Walker Square

Restaurant, being opened by three friends, will serve traditional Mexican fare.

MKE County: July 3 Fireworks Return!
MKE County

July 3 Fireworks Return!

After a two-year hiatus, fireworks return to Milwaukee's lakefront.

MKE County: Seasonal Worker Shortage Hurts Parks System
MKE County

Seasonal Worker Shortage Hurts Parks System

Decades of staff cuts forced parks to rely on a now-disappearing seasonal workforce.

MKE County: Supervisors Want Action On McKinley Beach
MKE County

Supervisors Want Action On McKinley Beach

After recent drowning, they back $500,000 plan to reconstruct beach, improve safety.

Triskele’s Restaurant For Sale

Triskele’s Restaurant For Sale

Restaurant opened in 2008 and was known for dishes like mussels and mac and cheese.

Cheba Hut Coming to Bay View

Cheba Hut Coming to Bay View

Milwaukee's second location of national chain offering sub sandwiches, cocktails and marijuana lingo.

MKE County: Downtown Roller Rink Looks Feasible
MKE County

Downtown Roller Rink Looks Feasible

Downtown BID offers help, parks report says temporary structure needed to protect Red Arrow ice rink.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Rising Again
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Rising Again

1,968 new cases of COVID-19 this past week.

MKE County: Lifeguard Shortage Limits Pool Openings Again
MKE County

Lifeguard Shortage Limits Pool Openings Again

No lifeguards at beaches in 2022, limited pool openings.

MKE County: Youth Incarceration Alternatives Running Out of Money
MKE County

Youth Incarceration Alternatives Running Out of Money

Community-based programs are critical to keeping youth out of juvenile detention facilities.

3 More Charged In Downtown Shooting That Left 17 Injured

3 More Charged In Downtown Shooting That Left 17 Injured

A criminal complaint indicates the shooting stemmed from a personal dispute. Six arrested to date, including those who were shot.

Walker’s Point Hemp Store Becoming Cafe

Walker’s Point Hemp Store Becoming Cafe

Canni Hemp Company will become a cafe that offers events and non-alcoholic drinks made from the Kava plant.

MKE County: Milwaukee County Jail Only 56% Staffed
MKE County

Milwaukee County Jail Only 56% Staffed

Sheriff's office struggles to staff jail, projects overtime deficit for 2022.

MKE County: Crowley, Nicholson Seek To Revive Youth Commission
MKE County

Crowley, Nicholson Seek To Revive Youth Commission

Crowley served on it as a teen. Commission will review county policies, programs for youth.

AsianRican Foods To Open on Lincoln Ave.

AsianRican Foods To Open on Lincoln Ave.

Combining Asian and Puerto Rican food, egg rolls and empanadas.

MKE County: County May Fund Suburban Affordable Housing
MKE County

County May Fund Suburban Affordable Housing

Housing division proposal would invest $15 million in federal ARPA funds.

Sunshine Cafe Planned for Near South Side

Sunshine Cafe Planned for Near South Side

Sunshine Cafe would be a traditional American breakfast and lunch spot.

Transportation: Federal Funds Could Finance Transition to Electric Buses
Transportation

Federal Funds Could Finance Transition to Electric Buses

Milwaukee County seeking grants to purchase 32 battery electric buses.

Dream Social Lounge Planned for King Drive

Dream Social Lounge Planned for King Drive

New bar and entertainment venue planned just north of Downtown.

Japanese Style Pub For Walker’s Point

Japanese Style Pub For Walker’s Point

Red Maple will replace old dive bar Ollie's at 100 W. Maple St. As for its style, 'think Godzilla.'

Transportation: Goodbye to Freeway Flyers, Festival Service?
Transportation

Goodbye to Freeway Flyers, Festival Service?

Fiscal crisis, labor shortage could mean a permanent end for these transit services.

Ziggy’s Goodway Cafe To Open On N. 27th St.

Ziggy’s Goodway Cafe To Open On N. 27th St.

Longtime friends plan takeout restaurant with home cooking. 'We don’t do anything frozen.'

Transportation: No Good Options For County Transit
Transportation

No Good Options For County Transit

Facing huge shortfall, MCTS can only balance budget with harmful or unpopular changes, report finds.

Former Uber CEO Behind New Downtown Food Hall/Ghost Kitchen

Former Uber CEO Behind New Downtown Food Hall/Ghost Kitchen

A permit issued by the City of Milwaukee ties the new business to Travis Kalanick's CloudKitchens startup.

Tulum Latin Gastro Pub Opens in Bay View

Tulum Latin Gastro Pub Opens in Bay View

Dishes influenced by the food of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and the Caribbean

Daiquiri Bar Opening in Deer District

Daiquiri Bar Opening in Deer District

The first Midwest location for Fat Tuesday, a national daiquiri bar franchise.

MKE County: Nicholson Shuffles Board’s Leadership
MKE County

Nicholson Shuffles Board’s Leadership

Chairwoman resets board's balance of power, and punishes a rival, with new committee assignments.

Dontre Hamilton Memorial Unveiled

Dontre Hamilton Memorial Unveiled

A memorial bench for Black man killed by police officer installed in Red Arrow Park.

Sticky Rice Expanding to Brady Street

Sticky Rice Expanding to Brady Street

Thai-Lao takeout spot in Riverwest plans second location with sit-down dining on Brady St.

Transportation: New MCTS Mobile App Launches Friday
Transportation

New MCTS Mobile App Launches Friday

Friday, April 29 at 8 a.m. the Ride MCTS app will no longer be used by transit system.

Oak Creek Starbucks Union Wins Election

Oak Creek Starbucks Union Wins Election

Oak Creek becomes first Starbucks in Wisconsin to successfully unionize.

New Event Space In Walker’s Point

New Event Space In Walker’s Point

New venue called Vieux will replace Points View Boite bar at 1619 S. 1st St.

Bartolotta Opening Concession at McKinley Marina

Bartolotta Opening Concession at McKinley Marina

The Roundhouse in McKinley Park will sell light snacks, drinks and some boating items.

Cocktail Lounge Planned for Downtown

Cocktail Lounge Planned for Downtown

A specialty cocktail bar planned for Century Buidlng at 228 W. Wells St.

Transportation: No MCTS Brewers Bus Line in 2022
Transportation

No MCTS Brewers Bus Line in 2022

Service canceled due to driver shortage.

Bernie Sanders Supports Pabst Unionization

Bernie Sanders Supports Pabst Unionization

Pabst Theater Group CEO Gary Witt donated to Sanders' presidential campaigns.

Downtown Ghost Kitchen’s First Food Purveyor Coming

Downtown Ghost Kitchen’s First Food Purveyor Coming

MilTex to serve soul food, diner favorites and bar food classics, plans May opening.

Scardina Specialties New Deli is Official

Scardina Specialties New Deli is Official

The owner of the beloved Riverwest deli has officially secure a new home for it.

Captain Hook’s Fish and Chicken Planned For Wisconsin Avenue

Captain Hook’s Fish and Chicken Planned For Wisconsin Avenue

Fish and chicken restaurant will specialize in fried seafood.

Pabst Theater Group Refuses Union Recognition

Pabst Theater Group Refuses Union Recognition

Theater group says it will only recognize union after an NLRB election.

Curry Hut Coming To Oklahoma Avenue

Curry Hut Coming To Oklahoma Avenue

New Indian restaurant on far southwest side will offer fast-service curry and Indian comfort food.

MKE County: Crowley Signs Paid Parental Leave Bill
MKE County

Crowley Signs Paid Parental Leave Bill

Bill expected to have small fiscal impact and big payoff for families and social equity.

MKE County: County Board Races Finally Settled
MKE County

County Board Races Finally Settled

Preliminary results show Deanna Alexander won 8-candidate, write-in race in District 18.

Dining: New Jamaican Restaurant On MLK Drive
Dining

New Jamaican Restaurant On MLK Drive

Grand opening for Pepperpot's second location on MLK Dr. is Tuesday, April 12.

Evers Signs Legislation Funding Lincoln Hills Replacement

Evers Signs Legislation Funding Lincoln Hills Replacement

New state-run facility is first step in neglected juvenile corrections reform.

Boutique Wine Shop Planned for Walker’s Point

Boutique Wine Shop Planned for Walker’s Point

Thelma Carol Wine Shop will be like a library for wine and liquor with a tasting room.

Delta Adds Nonstop Flights To NYC

Delta Adds Nonstop Flights To NYC

New flights to-and-from East Coast latest in expanded offerings at Milwaukee airport.

MKE County: Election Shakes Up County Board
MKE County

Election Shakes Up County Board

Five of 18 supervisors will be new. Longtime Sup. John Weishan, Jr. upset by Peter Burgelis. A sixth new face could be coming.

Pabst Theater Group Workers Want A Union

Pabst Theater Group Workers Want A Union

Workers at its five venues organizing with Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers.

MKE County: County Faces Drastic Budget Decisions
MKE County

County Faces Drastic Budget Decisions

County is short $87 million over the next five years, could force massive cuts in service.

Broken Bat Gets Rid of Tipping

Broken Bat Gets Rid of Tipping

Baseball-themed brewery hikes wages, tells customers tipping no longer expected.

MKE County: County Sees Minor Uptick In New COVID-19 Cases
MKE County

County Sees Minor Uptick In New COVID-19 Cases

Increase of 80 cases of COVID-19 in Milwaukee County compared to the week prior.

Vote Tuesday: County Board Candidates
Vote Tuesday

County Board Candidates

Seven districts out of 18 have competitive races. See who is on your ballot.

Former Public House Tavern Available For Lease

Former Public House Tavern Available For Lease

Building no longer for sale. But the bar is once again available to lease.

MKE County: County Board Says Send In The Goats
MKE County

County Board Says Send In The Goats

In perhaps his last act as a supervisor, Jason Haas secures funding for a county goats program.

MKE County: Supervisor Race Has Only Write-In Candidates
MKE County

Supervisor Race Has Only Write-In Candidates

Seven candidates for District 18, including incumbent, not on ballot, must get write-in votes.

MKE County: Voting Seminar Held At House of Correction
MKE County

Voting Seminar Held At House of Correction

HOC inmates learn about their voting rights, get to pose with Bucks championship trophy.

MKE County: COVID-19 Levels Still Going Down
MKE County

COVID-19 Levels Still Going Down

Weekly new cases of COVID-19 continue to drop.

NLRB Upholds Colectivo Union Election

NLRB Upholds Colectivo Union Election

Colectivo's second attempt to appeal the results of the 2021 election have failed.

Daiquiri Bar Planned Near Deer District

Daiquiri Bar Planned Near Deer District

S’lush Daiquiri Bar and Event Space planned for 1110 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.

MKE County: County Set to Pass Paid Family Leave
MKE County

County Set to Pass Paid Family Leave

8 weeks paid leave for employees has support of board and county executive.

MKE County: Dangerous McKinley Beach Can Be Fixed
MKE County

Dangerous McKinley Beach Can Be Fixed

Parks committee reviews preliminary solutions, with price tag ranging from $250,000 to $4.9 million

MKE County: State Youth Corrections Failures Hit Home
MKE County

State Youth Corrections Failures Hit Home

County detention center overcrowded. Judges have few options. Less money for prevention.

MKE County: Crowley, Nicholson Sign Museum Deal
MKE County

Crowley, Nicholson Sign Museum Deal

Deal commits county to $45 million in funding support for public museum replacement.

Hookah Bar Planned for Brady Street

Hookah Bar Planned for Brady Street

Pass Me Da Hookah will sell wine and beer along with hookah.

MKE County: COVID-19 Downward Trends Continue
MKE County

COVID-19 Downward Trends Continue

But wastewater sampling is showing an uptick in the amount of virus present.

Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Fentanyl Test Strips

Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Fentanyl Test Strips

Milwaukee legislators led charge to legalize them as a way to save lives.

MKE County: Red Arrow Park Could Be Summer Roller Rink
MKE County

Red Arrow Park Could Be Summer Roller Rink

Parks will develop a plan to operate a roller rink for when winter ice skating shuts down.

Evers Gives Milwaukee $20 Million for Public Safety

Evers Gives Milwaukee $20 Million for Public Safety

Majority of ARPA funding to county will go toward court system's case backlog.

MKE County: Board Okays $45 Million for New Museum
MKE County

Board Okays $45 Million for New Museum

With little discussion, a 14-4 vote for $45 million in bonds and likely property tax increase.

MKE County: Will Museum Drop ‘Public’ From Name?
MKE County

Will Museum Drop ‘Public’ From Name?

Attorney says maintaining a 'public museum' is a financial necessity. Museum officials say 'public' in name confuses people.

MKE County: County Would Hike Property Taxes for Museum
MKE County

County Would Hike Property Taxes for Museum

Financially strapped county would spend up to $63 million over 15 years for new museum.

MKE County: Will In-Person Visits Return to Jail, HOC?
MKE County

Will In-Person Visits Return to Jail, HOC?

They were ended in 2014. Proposal asks Sheriff and HOC to study reinstating them.

MKE County: COVID-19 Still In Decline
MKE County

COVID-19 Still In Decline

County had one reported death due to COVID-19 during the past week.

Transportation: County BRT Delayed to 2023
Transportation

County BRT Delayed to 2023

Global supply chain issues delay technology, buses needed for new service.

Latin Gastropub Planned for Bay View

Latin Gastropub Planned for Bay View

Tulum Latin Gastropub would serve Latin American and Caribbean dishes in former Odd Duck space.

Transportation: MCTS Missed 7,487 Service Hours in 2021
Transportation

MCTS Missed 7,487 Service Hours in 2021

Staff shortage stressing bus system, problem of unmet service hours continuing in 2022.

Falcon Bowl Owners Seek A Proprietor

Falcon Bowl Owners Seek A Proprietor

Riverwest Investment Co-op releases RFP for new operator of bar and bowling alley.

MKE County: County Experiencing Low Level Of COVID-19
MKE County

County Experiencing Low Level Of COVID-19

Only 2.7% of tests came back positive for COVID-19 in the county this past week.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Coworking, Event Space Planned for Bronzeville
Eyes on Milwaukee

Coworking, Event Space Planned for Bronzeville

Nonprofit would offer low-cost co-working and events at intersection of MLK Drive and North Avenue.

Transportation: Freeway Flyer Buses Suspended Indefinitely
Transportation

Freeway Flyer Buses Suspended Indefinitely

County transit system announces suspension will continue, with no date for their return.

Arabic Bakery On South Side Will Expand

Arabic Bakery On South Side Will Expand

Wisconsin's first full-service Arabic baker, Bread House, plans new location on S. 27th Street.

Caribbean Cocktail Bar For Brady Street

Caribbean Cocktail Bar For Brady Street

The second location for Concoctions will add Jamaican finger foods to the menu.

MKE County: COVID-19 Declining to Levels Not Seen In Months
MKE County

COVID-19 Declining to Levels Not Seen In Months

The daily new case average reaches lowest point since July 2021.

Western-Style Saloon Coming to Historic Third Ward

Western-Style Saloon Coming to Historic Third Ward

Saloon, as it's to be called, will replace Campsite 131.

Milwaukee Has 9 James Beard Award Semifinalists

Milwaukee Has 9 James Beard Award Semifinalists

Milwaukee restaurants, chefs and restaurateurs among those honored by prestigious awards.

MKE County: Crowley Declares 2022 ‘Year of the Youth’
MKE County

Crowley Declares 2022 ‘Year of the Youth’

State of the County speech cites victories against pandemic and efforts to achieve equity, but notes huge challenges ahead.

Scardina Deli Plans Return To Riverwest

Scardina Deli Plans Return To Riverwest

Scardina Specialties, closed in 2021 when its building condemned, would reopen in bigger space on Locust St.

Poll Gives Milwaukee Schools Poor Rating

Poll Gives Milwaukee Schools Poor Rating

41% said schools getting worse. Yet 71% gave a good rating to the schools their own children attended.

Another Starbucks Faces Union Campaign

Another Starbucks Faces Union Campaign

Employees at Starbucks in Plover announce union drive, following lead of workers at Oak Creek store.

MKE County: County Gets $50 Million for Rent Assistance
MKE County

County Gets $50 Million for Rent Assistance

U.S. Treasury allocated additional funds provide emergency aid for low-income renters.

MKE County: COVID-19 Still At High Levels, But Declining
MKE County

COVID-19 Still At High Levels, But Declining

Massive peak in cases from Omicron variant taking some time to come down from.

MKE County: Bridge Repairs Shutting Down North Avenue Bridge
MKE County

Bridge Repairs Shutting Down North Avenue Bridge

County-owned bridge example of crumbling infrastructure in backlog of projects.

New Restaurant, Tavern For Turner Hall

New Restaurant, Tavern For Turner Hall

Turning Tables Tavern and Eatery will be a teaching kitchen and help aspiring restaurateurs.

County Board District 12 Election Preview

County Board District 12 Election Preview

Four candidates, with no incumbent, running for south-side county supervisor seat. Here are their views.

County Board District 3 Election Preview

County Board District 3 Election Preview

Incumbent supervisor faces two challengers in district including city's East Side and half of Walker's Point.

Oak Creek Starbucks Workers Unionizing

Oak Creek Starbucks Workers Unionizing

A 'complete lack of respect for us as human beings,' letter from workers to CEO charges.

MKE County: COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Deaths Declining
MKE County

COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Deaths Declining

Testing shows that there is still significant disease in community, but trends are headed in the right direction.

MKE County: Board Approves Climate Change Plan
MKE County

Board Approves Climate Change Plan

Led by Sup. Haas, board approves plan to annually analyze, adapt to local impacts of global climate change.

Transportation: County Transit Updating Fare System
Transportation

County Transit Updating Fare System

New system provides more ways to pay, with fare caps for riders.

Pizza Shuttle To Become Employee Owned

Pizza Shuttle To Become Employee Owned

Employees that stick with the company will have chance to become part-owners.

Army Corps, MMSD Revitalizing Honey Creek

Army Corps, MMSD Revitalizing Honey Creek

6,700 feet of concrete lining will be removed from stream bed.

MKE County: Board Okays New Jail Phone Call Policy
MKE County

Board Okays New Jail Phone Call Policy

Amended resolution slowly lowers cost of phone and video calls for jail and HOC inmates.

MKE County: Weekly COVID-19 Cases Declining
MKE County

Weekly COVID-19 Cases Declining

Despite a lessening burden of new cases, the number of hospitalizations and deaths remains the same.

Upscale Indian Restaurant Coming to Historic Third Ward

Upscale Indian Restaurant Coming to Historic Third Ward

Named Saffron, it's planned to open this summer on N. Water St.

‘Phobruary’ Returns to Silver City

‘Phobruary’ Returns to Silver City

The annual event celebrating local restaurants and hot Vietnamese noodle soup returns in person.

MKE County: Board Debates Free Jail Phone Calls
MKE County

Board Debates Free Jail Phone Calls

Studies show it reduces recidivism. But could cost millions, with complicated practical details.

City Offering $100 Vaccine Incentive

City Offering $100 Vaccine Incentive

Health Department offers $100 gift cards to any city resident getting first vaccination.

Pressroom MKE Opening on South Side

Pressroom MKE Opening on South Side

Journal Sentinel press operator will open bar at 3105 W. Forest Home Ave.

Milwaukee Film Offers Black History Month Screenings

Milwaukee Film Offers Black History Month Screenings

6 feature-length movies, 2 short film series and 3 public events to celebrate the month.

MKE County: Crowley Reorganizes Budget Office
MKE County

Crowley Reorganizes Budget Office

County Executive moves strategic planning into the budget office, seeking long-term improvements in racial equity.

MKE County: Milwaukee Likely Past Omicron Peak
MKE County

Milwaukee Likely Past Omicron Peak

Cases down significantly, but fallout of rising hospitalizations and deaths from the surge continues.

MKE County: Reimagining Kosciuszko Community Center
MKE County

Reimagining Kosciuszko Community Center

Parks developing plans for redeveloped Kozy, but elected officials still haven't funded a new air conditioning system.

MKE County: County Distributing 575,000 N95 Masks
MKE County

County Distributing 575,000 N95 Masks

Distributing masks to municipalities and community service organizations.

MMSD Gets $42 Million Loan For Stormwater Projects

MMSD Gets $42 Million Loan For Stormwater Projects

Low-interest federal loan will help fund sewerage district's green infrastructure projects.

MKE County: County Implementing Vaccine Booster Mandate
MKE County

County Implementing Vaccine Booster Mandate

Mandate applies to workers in high-risk settings like the jail or behavioral health.

MKE County: Supervisors Push Federal Review of State Funding
MKE County

Supervisors Push Federal Review of State Funding

Is huge decline in state aid to county a violation of residents' civil rights?

MKE County: Board Will Consider Raise for Sheriff
MKE County

Board Will Consider Raise for Sheriff

Proposed raise, effective at start of next sheriff's term in 2023, may face board opposition.

Photo Gallery: 3rd Street Market Hall Opens
Photo Gallery

3rd Street Market Hall Opens

Long awaited food hall opens with a handful of vendors.

MKE County: COVID-19 Deaths Rising in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Deaths Rising in Milwaukee

In Milwaukee County, 55 people died from COVID-19 during the past seven days.

MKE County: One Board Seat Will Have a Blank Ballot
MKE County

One Board Seat Will Have a Blank Ballot

Dist. 18 Sup. Russell Antonio Goodwin, Sr. didn't get enough signatures to be listed on Spring 2022 ballot.

Union Blasts Colectivo For Stalling Negotiations

Union Blasts Colectivo For Stalling Negotiations

Company files for a second review of the election won by the union in August.

Carmen Schools Staff Organizing Union

Carmen Schools Staff Organizing Union

Organizers cite staff burnout, pay and working conditions as issues at the private, MPS chartered schools.

Transportation: MCTS Suspends Freeway Flyers
Transportation

MCTS Suspends Freeway Flyers

Staff shortage causes cancellation of 8 routes. Should return by March, transit system says.

MKE County: Omicron Drives County’s Worst Pandemic Surge
MKE County

Omicron Drives County’s Worst Pandemic Surge

'Staggering' surge in cases, hospitalizations 'unprecedented' for Milwaukee, official says.

Milwaukee Restaurants Requiring Vaccine Proof

Milwaukee Restaurants Requiring Vaccine Proof

Two restaurants recently announced strict vaccine requirements.

Bay View Wine Store Moving Into BV+ Building

Bay View Wine Store Moving Into BV+ Building

Nonfiction Natural Wines moving a couple blocks north on Kinnickinnic.

Los Doggos Mexican Food Will Return

Los Doggos Mexican Food Will Return

Food cart upgrading to food trailer, with Mexican hot dogs, Sonora-style tacos and more.

MKE County: County Seeks Federal Grant for Flooded Trail
MKE County

County Seeks Federal Grant for Flooded Trail

Flooded area in Root River Parkway submerges trail for most of the year, requires realigning

MKE County: Parks Finishes New Kegel-Alpha Trail Plan
MKE County

Parks Finishes New Kegel-Alpha Trail Plan

Proposal for controversial trail modifications in Mangan Woods in Greendale finalized.

MKE County: 9 Supervisors Unopposed For 2022
MKE County

9 Supervisors Unopposed For 2022

Deadline is one week away and nearly 70% of districts have just one candidate running.

Local Vermouth Producer Offers Six Packs

Local Vermouth Producer Offers Six Packs

Locally sourced Lasdon Vermouth sold in two-ounces bottles to keep vermouth fresh.

MAM Union Ratifies First Labor Contract

MAM Union Ratifies First Labor Contract

After nearly a year of negotiations, union secures wage increases and worker protections.

MKE County: County Will Expand Addiction Prevention, Treatment
MKE County

County Will Expand Addiction Prevention, Treatment

Recent $71 million legal settlement provides funding for this.

MKE County: County Nets $71 Million From Opioid Lawsuit
MKE County

County Nets $71 Million From Opioid Lawsuit

That is county's portion of national lawsuit in which Milwaukee played key role.

MKE County: Three Candidates for Board’s New Hispanic Districts
MKE County

Three Candidates for Board’s New Hispanic Districts

Incumbents unopposed in most districts but a majority Hispanic district will be contested.

Sabrosa Now Runs Skylight’s Restaurant

Sabrosa Now Runs Skylight’s Restaurant

Sabrosa offering pre-show food service and catering for events at Broadway Theatre Center.

MKE County: New Cases of COVID-19 Still Rising
MKE County

New Cases of COVID-19 Still Rising

Deaths and hospitalizations also higher this week.

Riverwest Residents Buy Falcon Bowl

Riverwest Residents Buy Falcon Bowl

The bar, bowling alley and event space was purchased by the Riverwest Investment Cooperative.

MKE County: Warning Lights Flashing on Youth Justice?
MKE County

Warning Lights Flashing on Youth Justice?

Former county official warns that state's youth justice system is unsustainable, could lead to abuses.

Mobile Hot Beef Sandwich Trucks Coming

Mobile Hot Beef Sandwich Trucks Coming

Electric, truck-like food trailers will sell Italian beef or 'Little Beefy' sandwiches.

MKE County: 87% of County Employees Vaccinated
MKE County

87% of County Employees Vaccinated

Excluding public safety workers. Vaccination rose 15% among county employees after mandate was instituted.

Indian Restaurant Opening on South Side

Indian Restaurant Opening on South Side

Indian Bar and Grill opening on S. 76th St. in the former Shah Jee's location.

MKE County: Land Sale Could Finance Parks Repairs
MKE County

Land Sale Could Finance Parks Repairs

Board's finance committee approves using $1 million from sale of County Grounds land.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Rising
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Rising

Boosters driving increase in daily doses of vaccine being administered.

MKE County: House of Correction Targets Recidivism
MKE County

House of Correction Targets Recidivism

Program would begin preparing inmates for reentry into community on day one of their sentence.

MKE County: Committee Approves Goats Proposal
MKE County

Committee Approves Goats Proposal

Unanimous vote for studying use of goats to clear invasive species and perhaps create a “Goatapalooza.”

MKE County: COVID-19 Indicators Point to Increasing Disease Burden
MKE County

COVID-19 Indicators Point to Increasing Disease Burden

New cases were on the rise throughout the month of November.

Public Museum Needs $45 Million From County

Public Museum Needs $45 Million From County

Without it, private donors may not support plan for new, $240 million museum facility.

Daily Bird Officially Opening Riverwest Cafe

Daily Bird Officially Opening Riverwest Cafe

The coffee shop, which started as a pop-up, will open in former Fuel Cafe space.

Transportation: Federal Funds For Trails Increasing
Transportation

Federal Funds For Trails Increasing

State legislators, advocates excited by potential for more bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Restaurant to Replace Troubled VIP Lounge

Restaurant to Replace Troubled VIP Lounge

Restaurant Jerez plans to move into space at 828 S. 1st St., replacing shuttered bar.

New Restaurant And Bar For Downtown

New Restaurant And Bar For Downtown

The Lunchroom planned for 804 N. Milwaukee St., along with a margarita bar.

MKE County: County Chases Grants It Once Overlooked
MKE County

County Chases Grants It Once Overlooked

New office created by County Executive Crowley winning grants it once 'left on the table.'

MKE County: How Did County Finance $1.2 Billon Annual Budget?
MKE County

How Did County Finance $1.2 Billon Annual Budget?

The money comes from many sources, with only 25% coming from the property tax.

Busy Beestro Opening in Bay View

Busy Beestro Opening in Bay View

Delivering 'healthy, high-end meals' to customers too busy to cook or shop for food.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Recent uptick in cases has continued this past week.

Former Riverwest Public House Building for Sale

Former Riverwest Public House Building for Sale

Mixed-use building is listed for $549,900.

DOJ Suit Targets Notorious Local Landlord

DOJ Suit Targets Notorious Local Landlord

Milwaukee landlord Youssef Berrada and his firm charged with 15 violations of state law.

MKE County: COVID-19 Rising in Milwaukee County
MKE County

COVID-19 Rising in Milwaukee County

Latest data shows increased transmission of COVID-19.

Sheriff Lucas Won’t Run for Reelection

Sheriff Lucas Won’t Run for Reelection

His Chief Deputy Denita Ball announces run for sheriff since Lucas is running for mayor.

MKE County: Board Adopts 2022 Budget of $1.2 Billion
MKE County

Board Adopts 2022 Budget of $1.2 Billion

Rising sales tax revenue plugs budget deficit. Federal ARPA funds largely saved for future investments.

MKE County: Report Shows Slight Uptick in COVID-19
MKE County

Report Shows Slight Uptick in COVID-19

Though transmission rate stays below 1.0.

MKE County: Proposal Aims To Recruit More Lifeguards
MKE County

Proposal Aims To Recruit More Lifeguards

Major lifeguard shortage closed pools in 2021.

MKE County: KK River Oak Leaf Expansion Planned
MKE County

KK River Oak Leaf Expansion Planned

Bike trail would run between S. 27th St. and S. 16th St. on the south side of the river.

MKE County: Board Adopts New Supervisory Map
MKE County

Board Adopts New Supervisory Map

After jettisoning their independent process, the board adopted a new map during a marathon meeting Friday night.

MKE County: County Board Committee Backs Redistricting Maps
MKE County

County Board Committee Backs Redistricting Maps

After rejecting independent redistricting committee, supervisors pick two maps they like.

MKE County: COVID-19 Declining Countywide
MKE County

COVID-19 Declining Countywide

Key indicators of disease all point to a sustained decline in COVID-19.

MKE County: Send In The Goats?
MKE County

Send In The Goats?

Sup. Haas wants goats to clear overgrown foliage, invasive species in parks. 'The goats would go home at night.'

Daily Bird Moving Into Old Fuel Cafe In Riverwest

Daily Bird Moving Into Old Fuel Cafe In Riverwest

Pop-up coffee shop will have brick-and-mortar cafe on E. Center St.

MKE County: Board Takes Over Redistricting, Rejects Independent Effort
MKE County

Board Takes Over Redistricting, Rejects Independent Effort

Board rejected third and final map from its Independent Redistricting Committee.

MKE County: Independent Committee Submits Final Map for Supervisor Districts
MKE County

Independent Committee Submits Final Map for Supervisor Districts

But independence of the Independent Redistricting Committee is now in question, as county board could face lawsuits.

MKE County: COVID-19 Disease Remains At High Level
MKE County

COVID-19 Disease Remains At High Level

The surge that began more than two months ago persists.

Day Without Immigrants Strike Advocates Pathway to Citizenship

Day Without Immigrants Strike Advocates Pathway to Citizenship

The annual action organized by Voces de la Frontera calls on Democrats to pass a pathway to citizenship in spending bill.

MKE County: COVID-19 Case Burden Remains High
MKE County

COVID-19 Case Burden Remains High

Despite the disease trending down at nationally.

MKE County: So Much For An Independent Redistricting Process
MKE County

So Much For An Independent Redistricting Process

County committee rejects its own independent redistricting committee's recommendations.

MKE County: Hispanic Districts Key to Board Redistricting
MKE County

Hispanic Districts Key to Board Redistricting

Current Hispanic districts potentially run afoul of 1965 Voting Rights Act.

MKE County: New Map For Supervisor Districts Submitted
MKE County

New Map For Supervisor Districts Submitted

But independent committee made no effort to protect incumbents. How will board vote?

State DHS Approves COVID-19 Booster

State DHS Approves COVID-19 Booster

Senior citizens who got Pfizer shot should get booster, as should some groups with underlying conditions or greater exposure.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Rise Again
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Rise Again

Disease surge that began in midsummer shows no sign of receding.

MKE County: Parks Wants ‘Emergency’ Designation For Oak Leaf Sinkhole
MKE County

Parks Wants ‘Emergency’ Designation For Oak Leaf Sinkhole

Needs emergency authorization to quickly repair bike trail sinkhole and prevent flooding.

MKE County: Future of Two Golf Courses in Question
MKE County

Future of Two Golf Courses in Question

Fate of Doyne and Noyes golf courses unclear, given financially hobbled parks system.

MKE County: Board Gets Messy With Vaccine Mandate
MKE County

Board Gets Messy With Vaccine Mandate

Board muddies county executive order with procedural issues, duplicative legislation.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Still High in Milwaukee County
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Still High in Milwaukee County

The latest surge is producing cases among children nearly on par with the largest surge of the pandemic.

MKE County: Saga Of The Domes Continues
MKE County

Saga Of The Domes Continues

Years after task force report and consultant analysis, county officials finally reviewing the options.

Jill Biden Visits Marvin Pratt Elementary

Jill Biden Visits Marvin Pratt Elementary

First Lady offers support for in-person schooling and vaccine mandates in discussion at north-side school.

A Big Week For The Near West Side

A Big Week For The Near West Side

Groundbreaking for The New State, new mural unveiled and a week-long celebration, Near West Side Week.

MKE County: Children Are Rising Share of COVID-19 Cases
MKE County

Children Are Rising Share of COVID-19 Cases

Report shows hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 have increased.

Transportation: BRT Construction On Schedule
Transportation

BRT Construction On Schedule

Crews have poured concrete and run utility lines for a number of BRT platforms.

Transportation: MCTS Targets Bus Driver Shortage
Transportation

MCTS Targets Bus Driver Shortage

With bonuses, pay bumps, job fairs and better marketing, but still short of workers.

MKE County: Proposal Limits Cost of Jail Visits, Food
MKE County

Proposal Limits Cost of Jail Visits, Food

Sup. Clancy proposes free phone, video calls and limits on commissary charges for food.

MKE County: Vaccine Mandate Announced for County Employees
MKE County

Vaccine Mandate Announced for County Employees

Mandate covers all county employees, except those in the sheriff's department.

MKE County: COVID-19 Holding At High Levels
MKE County

COVID-19 Holding At High Levels

243 people hospitalized in county, hospital beds at 95% capacity, staff shortages an issue.

Transportation: Evers Replaces GOP Transit Cuts With Stimulus Funds
Transportation

Evers Replaces GOP Transit Cuts With Stimulus Funds

Milwaukee County Transit System receives $19.7 million.

MKE County: Supervisor Pushes Vaccine Mandate
MKE County

Supervisor Pushes Vaccine Mandate

Ryan Clancy pushing County Executive Crowley to enact vaccine mandate for county workers.

Brady Street Pet Parade Will Return

Brady Street Pet Parade Will Return

On October 3rd. Organizers expect a "ridiculously cute turnout."

Janitors Union Gains $15 Minimum Wage

Janitors Union Gains $15 Minimum Wage

New wage floor as of 2022. Union also secured wider-ranging labor power in the cleaning industry.

Colectivo Workers Win Union Election

Colectivo Workers Win Union Election

After a tie in March, final ballots tip election in union's favor. But negotiations could be tough.

MKE County: COVID-19 Transmission Going Down
MKE County

COVID-19 Transmission Going Down

But disease levels and case numbers are still high. And hospitalizations are rising.

Milwaukee Mitchell Airport Recycling Runway Concrete

Milwaukee Mitchell Airport Recycling Runway Concrete

The airport is currently in the middle of a $10.6 million runway resurfacing project.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rising in State

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rising in State

Milwaukee's rise may have hit a plateau, but low vaccination rate continues to cause state and local surge.

Colectivo Union Bid Depends on Seven Ballots

Colectivo Union Bid Depends on Seven Ballots

Election was a tie, with seven ballots contested, which will be counted on August 23.

How Does The Eviction Moratorium Work?

How Does The Eviction Moratorium Work?

Latest order only covers areas with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission. That includes Milwaukee, for now.

MKE County: Supervisors Create Independent Redistricting Committee
MKE County

Supervisors Create Independent Redistricting Committee

An historic first. But six retired judges must act fast to create new legislative maps.

MKE County: 102 Hospitalized With COVID-19 Last Week
MKE County

102 Hospitalized With COVID-19 Last Week

The past week saw more than 1,500 new cases.

Bounce Milwaukee Guarantees Union For Employees

Bounce Milwaukee Guarantees Union For Employees

Labor agreement with Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH) guarantees representation.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Rapidly Increasing
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Rapidly Increasing

The county's weekly case rate is 18 times higher than one month ago.

Milwaukee Health Care Systems Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination

Milwaukee Health Care Systems Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination

Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora, Ascension and Children's Wisconsin are all instituting vaccine requirements for personnel.

Milwaukee Sees ‘Extreme’ COVID-19 Transmission

Milwaukee Sees ‘Extreme’ COVID-19 Transmission

Hospitalizations statewide have quadrupled over the past month.

Poll Shows Barnes Leads Among Milwaukee Democrats

Poll Shows Barnes Leads Among Milwaukee Democrats

Getting 39% of Milwaukee County Democratic vote. Alex Lasry polled at only 4%.

Transportation: MCTS Freeway Flyers Return
Transportation

MCTS Freeway Flyers Return

Express service between suburbs and Downtown will return, but with fewer trips.

MKE County: COVID-19 Metrics Show Disease Surging Countywide
MKE County

COVID-19 Metrics Show Disease Surging Countywide

Weekly new cases have increased eleven-fold over the past month.

MKE County: Parks Planning Oak Leaf Trail Projects
MKE County

Parks Planning Oak Leaf Trail Projects

Seeking federal grant money to build new ramp and modernize bike paths.

MKE County: County Plans Youth Culinary Institute
MKE County

County Plans Youth Culinary Institute

Complicated plan envisions institute working with and funding culinary group based in Atlanta.

Officials Urge a Return to Mask Wearing

Officials Urge a Return to Mask Wearing

Dangerous Delta variant leads to rising cases. Local officials recommend masks at indoor public places.

Transportation: Beerline Trail Extension Could Get Federal Funds
Transportation

Beerline Trail Extension Could Get Federal Funds

County Department of Transportation seeking $1.6 million for trail expansion.

MKE County: Plan Offers Vaccine Incentive for Jail, HOC
MKE County

Plan Offers Vaccine Incentive for Jail, HOC

Committee okays $50 payment for any inmate or PTO for any staff member who gets vaccinated.

MKE County: Pay Raise, Bonuses Proposed to Address Lifeguard Shortage
MKE County

Pay Raise, Bonuses Proposed to Address Lifeguard Shortage

Starting wage would be $15 an hour. Returning guards could earn additional $900 in bonuses next year.

MKE County: City COVID-19 Transmission Higher Than Suburbs
MKE County

City COVID-19 Transmission Higher Than Suburbs

A higher percentage of suburban residents have received the vaccine than the city.

Real Estate Firm Revitalizes Holton Street Building

Real Estate Firm Revitalizes Holton Street Building

Former home of the Jazz Oasis also getting a mural by local artist Tia Richardson.

Jack Daniels and Bucks Commission Local Murals

Jack Daniels and Bucks Commission Local Murals

Murals by three local artists and former-Milwaukee Buck-turned-artist Desmond Mason.

Unions Seek $15 Wage for All Janitors

Unions Seek $15 Wage for All Janitors

They want $15 starting wage, uniform standards for all janitors, sanitation workers in the county.

MKE County: County Continues Rent Assistance, Adds Legal Help
MKE County

County Continues Rent Assistance, Adds Legal Help

County spends millions on assistance and adds right to counsel for those facing eviction.

Food Truck Festival Coming to McKinley Park Saturday

Food Truck Festival Coming to McKinley Park Saturday

Park'd Pop-Up Pub & Grub will have food trucks and a 1960's milk truck dispensing beer.

MKE County: COVID-19 Transmission Surging Countywide
MKE County

COVID-19 Transmission Surging Countywide

The number of new cases in the county this past week is more than double what the county saw the previous week.

Transportation: County Pursues Funding to Replace 64 Buses
Transportation

County Pursues Funding to Replace 64 Buses

Hundreds of MCTS buses are coming due for replacement in upcoming years.

Transportation: Final Bus Route Changes Begin in August
Transportation

Final Bus Route Changes Begin in August

As of August 29, 60% of MCTS routes will be high frequency, with fewer stops and faster times.

COVID-19 Rising, Delta Variant Blamed

COVID-19 Rising, Delta Variant Blamed

A tripling in new cases per day and positivity rate in Milwaukee, reflecting national trend.

Bucks, NBA Donate to Running Rebels

Bucks, NBA Donate to Running Rebels

The 1,772nd project for NBA Cares program goes to local youth program, wins praise from local officials.

MKE County: County May Stay in Coggs Building
MKE County

County May Stay in Coggs Building

In May, a report showed the Coggs building could become a money pit.

Transportation: Amazon Route a Success, MCTS Reports
Transportation

Amazon Route a Success, MCTS Reports

Route to Amazon MKE2 facility providing an average of 100 riders per day.

MKE County: County May Sue Airport Concessionaire
MKE County

County May Sue Airport Concessionaire

HMSHost runs five restaurants at airport and owes more than $2 million in rent.

Transportation: MCTS Struggles With Bus Driver Shortage
Transportation

MCTS Struggles With Bus Driver Shortage

Situation causing turnover, stress and a loss of 2,400 hours of bus service so far in 2021.

Milwaukee Public Museum Project Receives State Grant

Milwaukee Public Museum Project Receives State Grant

$150,000 grant supports site clearing, environmental investigation.

MKE County: COVID-19 Remains Low in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Remains Low in Milwaukee

Latest data does show a slight increase in transmission in city of Milwaukee.

MKE County: Sheriff Projects $3.9 Million Overtime Deficit
MKE County

Sheriff Projects $3.9 Million Overtime Deficit

Sheriff blames understaffing. Finance Committee does not accept his report.

Transportation: Buses Returning To Full Capacity
Transportation

Buses Returning To Full Capacity

All county buildings also return to full capacity. But masks still required on buses and in buildings.

MKE County: State Cuts to County Transit Go Deep
MKE County

State Cuts to County Transit Go Deep

Legislature cuts Milwaukee's funding by $32.7 million over next two years. Impact could be devastating.

Milwaukee Legislators Push Legalizing Fentanyl Test Strips

Milwaukee Legislators Push Legalizing Fentanyl Test Strips

Community advocates working with addicts say test strips would save lives.

MKE County: COVID-19 On the Decline
MKE County

COVID-19 On the Decline

COVID-19 at historically low levels in Milwaukee area.

MKE County: Board Approves Mental Health Crisis Team
MKE County

Board Approves Mental Health Crisis Team

Partnering sheriff's deputies and mental health professionals. But some supervisors opposed creating new Sheriff's Deputy positions.

MKE County: Board Approves Lucille Berrien Park
MKE County

Board Approves Lucille Berrien Park

Lucille Berrien was an open housing activist, the first Black woman to run for mayor and a foster mother to more than 120 children.

MKE County: How Will County Spend Stimulus Money?
MKE County

How Will County Spend Stimulus Money?

With $183 million in ARPA funding and more flexible guidelines, county could replace some lost revenue.

Barrett Addresses Downtown Violence

Barrett Addresses Downtown Violence

Fights and shootings occurring at large gatherings outside Water Street bars

MKE County: State Funding Vital to Milwaukee Public Museum Accreditation
MKE County

State Funding Vital to Milwaukee Public Museum Accreditation

$40 million in state funding will help museum meet goals laid out by accreditation commission

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases at Historic Low
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases at Historic Low

But transmission of COVID-19 rose in early June.

MKE County: Child COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Rising
MKE County

Child COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Rising

Disease burden declines as the number of vaccinations increases.

Transportation: Summerfest Bus Service Canceled
Transportation

Summerfest Bus Service Canceled

Downtown shuttle and park and rides are canceled for 2021.

Transportation: Bus Rapid Transit Construction Beginning Soon
Transportation

Bus Rapid Transit Construction Beginning Soon

The Milwaukee County Transit System held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the long planned project.

Transportation: Variable Speed Limits Causing Freeway Crashes?
Transportation

Variable Speed Limits Causing Freeway Crashes?

Sheriff, county, WISDOT analyzing whether abrupt changes in speed limits are unsafe.

MKE County: County On Track for Emissions Goals
MKE County

County On Track for Emissions Goals

Surprising progress in goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

MKE County: Lifeguard Shortage Closes County Pools
MKE County

Lifeguard Shortage Closes County Pools

Bradford beach will go without guards and only four pools are opening.

MKE County: Drug Overdose Effort Wins Federal Grant
MKE County

Drug Overdose Effort Wins Federal Grant

County medical examiner and medical college get $1.2 million grant to help confront crisis of drug overdose deaths.

Marquette Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination

Marquette Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination

Beloit College and Lawrence University will also require vaccinations.

MKE County: Supervisor Proposes Renaming Lindbergh Park for Lucille Berrien
MKE County

Supervisor Proposes Renaming Lindbergh Park for Lucille Berrien

Berrien is a long-time activist that was involved in the fair housing marches of the 1960's.

MKE County: Milwaukee Has Lowest Case Count Since Early Pandemic
MKE County

Milwaukee Has Lowest Case Count Since Early Pandemic

The rate of vaccination among Black and Hispanic residents increased during past month.

Transportation: Mitchell Airport Traffic Rebounds Dramatically
Transportation

Mitchell Airport Traffic Rebounds Dramatically

Passenger traffic up 1,368% in April compared to the same month last year.

Surveys Show Return to Pre-Pandemic Activity

Surveys Show Return to Pre-Pandemic Activity

MMAC surveys find rising consumer confidence, more workers returning to offices.

Transportation: County May Change Electric Bus Policy. Again
Transportation

County May Change Electric Bus Policy. Again

Department of Transportation doesn't want to pursue diesel hybrid-electric buses.

Milwaukee Ends Its Mask Mandate

Milwaukee Ends Its Mask Mandate

City mask mandate and capacity restrictions discontinued as public health order allowed to expire.

MKE County: Parks Seeks Funding for South Shore Breakwater
MKE County

Parks Seeks Funding for South Shore Breakwater

$1.3 million needed for "immediate repair" to badly damaged breakwater.

MKE County: COVID Going Down, Vaccinations Up
MKE County

COVID Going Down, Vaccinations Up

Once children aged 12 to 15 years became eligible, county's vaccination rate began to rise again.

MKE County: County Wants Zero Youth in State Juvenile Prisons
MKE County

County Wants Zero Youth in State Juvenile Prisons

Milwaukee County is attempting to have zero Milwaukee youth in state facilities by the end of 2021.

Milwaukee Area Mass Vaccination Clinics End This Week

Milwaukee Area Mass Vaccination Clinics End This Week

The federally-run Wisconsin Center clinic and the county-run Kosciuszko Community Center will administer their last shots this week.

Transportation: MCTS Coats Air Filters With COVID-19 Fighting Spray
Transportation

MCTS Coats Air Filters With COVID-19 Fighting Spray

County Executive David Crowley hopes treatment will provide more security for bus riders

MKE County: Board Approves Dontre Hamilton Memorial
MKE County

Board Approves Dontre Hamilton Memorial

Memorial bench and plaque in Red Arrow Park to honor man killed by a police officer.

MKE County: COVID-19 Declining in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Declining in Milwaukee

Local data shows declining cases and community suppression of COVID-19.

MKE County: Proposal Funds Attorneys For Tenants Facing Evictions
MKE County

Proposal Funds Attorneys For Tenants Facing Evictions

Supervisor Ryan Clancy pushes "Right to Counsel" program to serve 14,000 households.

MKE County: County Launches At-Home Vaccinations
MKE County

County Launches At-Home Vaccinations

A COVID-19 vaccine program for those unable to leave home. And the county updates mask rules.

MKE County: Bradford Beach Pavilion Badly Water Damaged
MKE County

Bradford Beach Pavilion Badly Water Damaged

Upper deck of pavilion being repaired after engineers report warned of safety concerns.

MKE County: Coggs Building Could Be Abandoned
MKE County

Coggs Building Could Be Abandoned

Century-old building on 12th and Vliet a victim of deferred maintenance, too expensive to restore, may be sold.

MKE County: Lake Park Bridge Needs $1 Million More
MKE County

Lake Park Bridge Needs $1 Million More

Cost now at least $3.4 million to repair historic footbridge designed by Olmsted.

City Mask Mandate Ends June 1st

City Mask Mandate Ends June 1st

Following new CDC guidelines, city will allow its health order to expire.

Transportation: United Airlines Adds Flights From Mitchell
Transportation

United Airlines Adds Flights From Mitchell

New non-stop flight running daily to Washington D.C. with departure and return trips.

MKE County: County Jail Gets National Accreditation
MKE County

County Jail Gets National Accreditation

Sheriff says accreditation from National Commission on Correctional Health Care was "years in the making."

Is a Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic Coming to Your Neighborhood?

Is a Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic Coming to Your Neighborhood?

In the coming days, there will be several pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics around Milwaukee.

MKE County: New COVID-19 Cases Decreasing
MKE County

New COVID-19 Cases Decreasing

Transmission of the disease is going down in the city of Milwaukee.

MKE County: Federal Funds Huge for Eviction Prevention, Housing
MKE County

Federal Funds Huge for Eviction Prevention, Housing

County on track to have lowest level of street homelessness ever recorded, housing director said.

Bucks Partner with SC Johnson on Plastic Recycling

Bucks Partner with SC Johnson on Plastic Recycling

1 million plastic cups a year will be recycled into packaging for SC Johnson products.

MKE County: Wilson Park ‘Car Garden’ Approved
MKE County

Wilson Park ‘Car Garden’ Approved

27th Street BID would create unique garden with plantings, paths and shells of classic cars and trucks.

MKE County: Committee Okays Three Acre Solar Farm
MKE County

Committee Okays Three Acre Solar Farm

We Energies to install 540 kilowatt array on unused land at Oakwood Park Golf Course in Franklin.

FDA Approves Vaccine for Kids 12 to 15

FDA Approves Vaccine for Kids 12 to 15

The CDC still has to review the authorization and make recommendations for its use with this age group.

Black Husky Hosting Vaccine Clinic

Black Husky Hosting Vaccine Clinic

Bring a friend that hasn't been vaccinated and both of you will get a free beer at Riverwest brewery.

Transportation: Southwest Adding Flights From Milwaukee
Transportation

Southwest Adding Flights From Milwaukee

A new non-stop flight to Miami and expanded service to other Florida cities.

Transportation: Next Phase of Bus Route Changes Begin June 6th
Transportation

Next Phase of Bus Route Changes Begin June 6th

MCTS is implementing a newly designed transit system over three phases in 2021.

MKE County: County Funds Credible Messengers Program
MKE County

County Funds Credible Messengers Program

Program is intended to connect at-risk youth with mentors and social services.

MKE County: COVID-19 Transmission Rising Slightly
MKE County

COVID-19 Transmission Rising Slightly

Cases and transmission are higher in the city than the suburbs.

Developer Plans Hotel, Apartments Project

Developer Plans Hotel, Apartments Project

McClendon Capital Group may purchase last parcel of Park East land owned by county.

MKE County: Parks Face Huge Lifeguard Shortage
MKE County

Parks Face Huge Lifeguard Shortage

County down 83 guards from two years ago, must cut pool and beach hours. 'It's a tragedy.'

MKE County: County Faces Financial Disaster
MKE County

County Faces Financial Disaster

By 2027 structural deficit will leave zero dollars to spend on parks, transit, other local services.

Dontre Hamilton Memorial Proposed for Red Arrow Park

Dontre Hamilton Memorial Proposed for Red Arrow Park

A Dontre Hamilton Memorial Bench would be installed in the downtown park.

MKE County: Local COVID-19 Curve Flattening Among Adults
MKE County

Local COVID-19 Curve Flattening Among Adults

Meanwhile, cases continue to rise among children, particularly in the city.

Transportation: MCTS Selects BRT Construction Contractor
Transportation

MCTS Selects BRT Construction Contractor

The transit system is executing a contract with Zenith Tech, a firm based in Waukesha.

City Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Wednesday

City Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Wednesday

Milwaukee also using more community clinics to make vaccinations more convenient.

MKE County: Board Approves Overtime Oversight Policy
MKE County

Board Approves Overtime Oversight Policy

New policy will likely bring the sheriff's office before the board to explain overtime expenditures.

Get a COVID-19 Vaccine At the Nomad

Get a COVID-19 Vaccine At the Nomad

The Brady Street BID is hosting a pop-up clinic there next week.

MKE County: COVID-19 Increasing in the City
MKE County

COVID-19 Increasing in the City

The rising rate of COVID-19 is most pronounced in the Black community.

Sherman Park Could Get New Basketball Court

Sherman Park Could Get New Basketball Court

Dallas-based Nancy Lieberman Charities has offered to fund a "dream court."

MKE County: Board’s Bike Trails Resolution Fails
MKE County

Board’s Bike Trails Resolution Fails

A proposed ordinance change would have given the board final authority over major trail alterations.

Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict

Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict

Local activists, members of The People's Revolution celebrate, call for further efforts to achieve justice.

MKE County: Nicholson Boots Weishan Off Committee
MKE County

Nicholson Boots Weishan Off Committee

Board's leader takes away both his transportation chair position and committee membership. "It's unheard of."

MKE County: Board To Consider Climate Change Policy
MKE County

Board To Consider Climate Change Policy

Supervisors will vote on a carbon neutrality policy and a single-use plastics ban.

Evers, Advocates Discuss Justice System Reform, Legalizing Pot

Evers, Advocates Discuss Justice System Reform, Legalizing Pot

Evers budget includes major reforms and legalizing medical and recreational marijuana.

MKE County: Children Contributing to Rising COVID-19
MKE County

Children Contributing to Rising COVID-19

Particularly in the city of Milwaukee.

Vaccination Numbers Going Down

Vaccination Numbers Going Down

Fewer people in Milwaukee and Wisconsin are seeking the vaccine.

MKE County: Supervisors Push To Be Bike Trail Czars
MKE County

Supervisors Push To Be Bike Trail Czars

Parks committee approves resolution giving it approval power over bike trails maintenance, alterations.

Evers Promotes Juvenile Justice Reform

Evers Promotes Juvenile Justice Reform

Governor uses local nonprofit Running Rebels as example of successful community alternatives to incarceration.

City Won’t Enhance Current COVID-19 Restrictions

City Won’t Enhance Current COVID-19 Restrictions

A week ago the health department anticipated rolling back current health order.

County Jail Staff Wore White Supremacist Symbols

County Jail Staff Wore White Supremacist Symbols

Staff wearing "Punisher" symbol and Spartan helmet, both used by far-right groups.

MKE County: Parks Planning Three Acre Solar Farm
MKE County

Parks Planning Three Acre Solar Farm

We Energies would install a solar array on unused land at Oakwood Park Golf Course.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Rising Among Children and Adults
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Rising Among Children and Adults

High level of vaccination among vulnerable age groups has deaths at all-time low.

Walk-In Vaccine Clinics Open to Everyone

Walk-In Vaccine Clinics Open to Everyone

Clinics at North Division and South Division high schools are now open to all city residents 16 years or older.

Colectivo Union Election Is a Tie Vote

Colectivo Union Election Is a Tie Vote

The vote is 99 to 99. But 16 ballots are challenged, will require an NLRB ruling on them.

Brewers Join COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

Brewers Join COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

Public service announcements feature Brewers players asking everyone to get vaccinated.

Transportation: 27th Street Study Seeks Public Input
Transportation

27th Street Study Seeks Public Input

Regional planning commission expands public comment period to April 18th.

MKE County: Wilson Park Garden Project Delayed
MKE County

Wilson Park Garden Project Delayed

Parks still hasn't inked agreement after two months. Supervisors tell department to move quicker.

MKE County: COVID-19 Still Rising in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Still Rising in Milwaukee

Major indicators of disease continue to point to growing COVID-19 in Milwaukee.

FEMA Will Run Wisconsin Center Vaccinations

FEMA Will Run Wisconsin Center Vaccinations

Federal pilot program will administer 3,000 vaccinations a day, seven days a week.

Colectivo Union Election Finishes

Colectivo Union Election Finishes

NLRB to tabulate results April 6th. Could create largest unionized coffee chain in U.S.

General Population Eligible for Vaccine April 5th

General Population Eligible for Vaccine April 5th

State opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older a month ahead of schedule.

City May Reimpose COVID-19 Restrictions

City May Reimpose COVID-19 Restrictions

With cases rising, worried health department officials reevaluating current health order.

Evers Plans $2.5 Billion In Business Aid

Evers Plans $2.5 Billion In Business Aid

Governor vetoes bill giving Legislator say over how federal pandemic aid, saying it will cause delay.

16% of State Fully Vaccinated

16% of State Fully Vaccinated

State continues to ramp up vaccination. Milwaukee pushing resources into community clinics.

MKE County: Board Changes Pot Possession Fine to $1
MKE County

Board Changes Pot Possession Fine to $1

Under state law county can't fully decriminalize.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Rising in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Rising in Milwaukee

County trend reflects a rise in new cases statewide.

MKE County: Parks Leasing Golf Carts, Making Money
MKE County

Parks Leasing Golf Carts, Making Money

County golf courses will have an additional 46 golf carts, which should pay for themselves three times over.

Legislature Passes Cocktails-To-Go Bill

Legislature Passes Cocktails-To-Go Bill

It awaits the governor's signature. The Senate also passed a bill allowing home deliveries of alcohol.

‘Kraken’ Lawsuits Not Based on Facts

‘Kraken’ Lawsuits Not Based on Facts

Sidney Powell's response to defamation suit says 'reasonable' persons would not interpret her statements as fact.

Top Local Elected Officials Get Vaccinated

Top Local Elected Officials Get Vaccinated

County Executive and Board Chair and Common Council President urge everyone to get their shots.

MKE County: County Ends 2020 with $32 Million Surplus
MKE County

County Ends 2020 with $32 Million Surplus

In a big turnaround, projected deficit became a surplus due to federal CARES Act funding.

MKE County: Committee OK’s Funding for Emergency Mental Health Center
MKE County

Committee OK’s Funding for Emergency Mental Health Center

New crisis center is an important piece of the county's broader re-shuffling of psychiatric services.

MKE County: COVID-19 Trends Stable in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Trends Stable in Milwaukee

Cases and transmission have plateaued at the lowest levels since summer 2020.

Milwaukee Loosens COVID-19 Health Restrictions

Milwaukee Loosens COVID-19 Health Restrictions

Business and public gathering capacities increased, some restrictions lifted.

Blomme Charged With Possession of Child Pornography

Blomme Charged With Possession of Child Pornography

The circuit court judge was charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography.

MKE County: County Plans Lakefront Food Festival
MKE County

County Plans Lakefront Food Festival

Plan is to feature 6 to 10 food trucks at McKinley Marina in July or August.

Cocktails To Go Bill Passes Assembly

Cocktails To Go Bill Passes Assembly

State Senate has yet to vote on the legislation. City has concerns.

State and Local Vaccination Expansions Begin Next Week

State and Local Vaccination Expansions Begin Next Week

City and county will target 10 Milwaukee zip codes for vaccination.

City’s Largest Solar Installation Is Live

City’s Largest Solar Installation Is Live

More than 7,000 solar panels produce enough energy to power 500 homes.

MKE County: Committee Okays $1 Fine For Pot Possession
MKE County

Committee Okays $1 Fine For Pot Possession

Under state law county can't fully decriminalize. Full board next considers proposal.

FEMA Joins Wisconsin Center Vaccine Site

FEMA Joins Wisconsin Center Vaccine Site

State is allocating 7,000 doses weekly to the site.

Delayed Avenir Project Planned for April

Delayed Avenir Project Planned for April

64-unit apartment development on Lower East Side was delayed a year by COVID-19.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Not Rising, Not Falling
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Not Rising, Not Falling

The plateau in new disease continues, but key indicators show the community headed in the right direction.

11.5% of State is Fully Vaccinated

11.5% of State is Fully Vaccinated

Vaccine will be available to the general public by May 1st.

Transportation: MCTS Selects Electric Bus Manufacturer
Transportation

MCTS Selects Electric Bus Manufacturer

MCTS is purchasing the first NOVA Buses in the U.S.

Vaccine Eligibility Expanding Based On Medical Conditions

Vaccine Eligibility Expanding Based On Medical Conditions

DHS announced Thursday it would make another 2 million people eligible on March 29th.

Riley’s Good Dogs Opens on Water Street

Riley’s Good Dogs Opens on Water Street

24 kinds of hot dogs and sausages, all with vegan alternatives. Plus Zoomie Fries.

City Expands Vaccine Eligibility

City Expands Vaccine Eligibility

With more vaccine available, health department expands range of people who can get treated at the Wisconsin Center.

City Has More Vaccine For Educators Than Demand

City Has More Vaccine For Educators Than Demand

Mayor says Wisconsin Center has 800 vaccine appointments still open for Wednesday.

Ascension, 16th Street Expand Vaccine Program

Ascension, 16th Street Expand Vaccine Program

New goal is to vaccinate 2,000 people a week at south-side clinic.

Supreme Court Brushes Off Trump Election Challenge

Supreme Court Brushes Off Trump Election Challenge

Trump filed the suit against Wisconsin Elections Commission and many state, local officials.

State Vaccine Hotline Up and Running

State Vaccine Hotline Up and Running

Call center helps people schedule COVID-19 vaccinations, answers questions about the vaccine.

County Targeting Vulnerable ZIP Codes for Vaccine

County Targeting Vulnerable ZIP Codes for Vaccine

County is working to get seniors 65 and older from 53204 and 53206 vaccinated.

MKE County: COVID-19 No Longer Declining in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 No Longer Declining in Milwaukee

Transmission rate rises slightly even as deaths down and many getting vaccinated.

Bus Drivers Union Leader Forced Out

Bus Drivers Union Leader Forced Out

James Macon loses presidency as International ATU takes over Local 998.

City Aims To Vaccinate Every Educator In Two Weeks

City Aims To Vaccinate Every Educator In Two Weeks

City health department, Children's Wisconsin and Medical College will partner in effort.

City Hires Private Firm To Track COVID-19 Violations

City Hires Private Firm To Track COVID-19 Violations

Company responds on nights, weekends to complaints of businesses violating city orders.

8.7% of State Now Fully Vaccinated

8.7% of State Now Fully Vaccinated

Next phase underway. Nation's addition of Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine will speed up efforts.

Marquette Plans In-Person Classes in Fall

Marquette Plans In-Person Classes in Fall

University is planning a Fall 2021 semester that resembles pre-pandemic campus life.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Wisconsin ‘Kraken’ Suit

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Wisconsin ‘Kraken’ Suit

Election suit was by Trump Attorney, Sidney Powell, who vowed to 'release the Kraken.'

MKE County: COVID-19 Declining to Summer Levels
MKE County

COVID-19 Declining to Summer Levels

Daily new cases are reaching levels last seen during late-summer lull in 2020.

State Launches Vaccine Provider Map

State Launches Vaccine Provider Map

Interactive map shows vaccine providers, where doses are being distributed.

Vintage Clothing Shop For Brady Street

Vintage Clothing Shop For Brady Street

Bandit MKE is opening at 1224. E. Brady St. and will feature a half-century of clothing and styles.

MKE County: Board Rejoins WI Counties Association
MKE County

Board Rejoins WI Counties Association

Board had withheld membership dues in January but decides to rejoin group after WCA leaders offer assurances.

MKE County: Crowley’s Speech Stresses Pandemic, Racial Equity
MKE County

Crowley’s Speech Stresses Pandemic, Racial Equity

County executive's first State of the County address comes amid historic crisis.

Spirit Airlines Coming to Mitchell Airport

Spirit Airlines Coming to Mitchell Airport

Carrier will run three non-stop flights: to LA, Las Vegas and Orlando.

State Vaccination Rate Increasing

State Vaccination Rate Increasing

Weekly federal allocation increases. 6.3% of state now completely vaccinated.

Are People Leaving NYC for Milwaukee?

Are People Leaving NYC for Milwaukee?

Data from Linkedin shows mid-size cities gaining from migration while larger cities lose out.

Mental Health Clinic Opens on National Avenue

Mental Health Clinic Opens on National Avenue

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers open new non-emergency mental health clinic.

Port Milwaukee Tugboat Sinks

Port Milwaukee Tugboat Sinks

The Harbor Seagull sank in the inner harbor without injury sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Wisconsin Election Lawsuit

Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Wisconsin Election Lawsuit

Lawsuit targeted 220,000 absentee ballots in Milwaukee and Dane counties.

Non-Profit Buys Building in Park West

Non-Profit Buys Building in Park West

Wisconsin Community Services, founded in 1912, purchases building at 2342 N. 27th St.

New Hurdle for Those Seeking Unemployment Aid

New Hurdle for Those Seeking Unemployment Aid

Federal bill signed in December has unexpected requirements, state DWD official says.

MKE County: COVID-19 Continues to Decline
MKE County

COVID-19 Continues to Decline

But the rise of new variant raises worries that this won't last.

Group Fundraising for Vel Phillips Statue

Group Fundraising for Vel Phillips Statue

Statue would be erected at state Capitol, the first person of color so honored.

It’s Official, Old World Third Will Be MLK Drive

It’s Official, Old World Third Will Be MLK Drive

Barrett and council members reflect on racial division and what the renaming symbolizes.

State Passes 1 Million Vaccine Doses

State Passes 1 Million Vaccine Doses

More than 4% of the state's population have completed the two-dose vaccination program.

Colectivo Workers Petition for Union Election

Colectivo Workers Petition for Union Election

NLRB election would determine whether Colectivo Coffee workers get a union.

Fast Spreader COVID-19 Variant In Milwaukee

Fast Spreader COVID-19 Variant In Milwaukee

Arrived a month ago. Study shows variant doubling infections every 10 days in the U.S.

Vaccine Distribution Shows Racial Inequity

Vaccine Distribution Shows Racial Inequity

Data shows stark disparities. State spending $6.1 million to improve racial and ethnic vaccine equity.

Get COVID-19 Vaccine at Walgreens

Get COVID-19 Vaccine at Walgreens

New federal program will add to state's vaccine supply, should expand access.

MKE County: New COVID-19 Cases Declining
MKE County

New COVID-19 Cases Declining

But County's transmission rate continues to tick up, threatening current virus suppression.

3% of State Residents Fully Vaccinated

3% of State Residents Fully Vaccinated

More than 793,000 doses administered, and pace will increase as supplies to Wisconsin increasing.

Clerks Urge Vaccines for Election Workers

Clerks Urge Vaccines for Election Workers

35 election clerks in state say election workers 'essential,' push Evers to give them priority for vaccines.

MKE County: Resolution Cuts Pot Possession Fine to $1
MKE County

Resolution Cuts Pot Possession Fine to $1

Sup. Ortiz-Velez's county resolution will be mirrored by Glendale proposal, says Mayor Kennedy.

MKE County: Lake Park Bridge, Oak Leaf Sinkhole Will Be Fixed
MKE County

Lake Park Bridge, Oak Leaf Sinkhole Will Be Fixed

One project in Milwaukee one in Glendale, both would be made safe for public use.

MKE County: County Running Out of CARES Act Funds
MKE County

County Running Out of CARES Act Funds

Report shows its entire $77 million allocation has been spent or will be claimed by costs already incurred.

Legislation Allowing Alcohol Deliveries Could Create New Problems for Cities

Legislation Allowing Alcohol Deliveries Could Create New Problems for Cities

Milwaukee would lose local control over liquor sales under proposed legislation.

Evers Vetoes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Evers Vetoes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Senate abandons bipartisan legislation and includes provisions Evers promised to veto.

MKE County: COVID-19 Transmission Ticks Up in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Transmission Ticks Up in Milwaukee

New case numbers are going down, but small changes in data trends point to a rise in transmission.

MKE County: Committee Reviews Mental Health Emergency Center Plan
MKE County

Committee Reviews Mental Health Emergency Center Plan

New facility in central city location partnering county with major health care providers.

Nearly 2% of State Population Vaccinated

Nearly 2% of State Population Vaccinated

Some 570,000 doses administered. Low supplies still constricting vaccinations.

MKE County: Storms, Climate Change Threaten Milwaukee Coastline
MKE County

Storms, Climate Change Threaten Milwaukee Coastline

$2.9 billon worth of coastal bluffs, other assets are threatened. Can county save them?

Transportation: Bus System Redesign Changes Begin Next Month
Transportation

Bus System Redesign Changes Begin Next Month

MCTS has a website and a hotline to help passengers understand the rollout of MCTS NEXT.

MKE County: County Gets $10 Million For Housing Assistance
MKE County

County Gets $10 Million For Housing Assistance

County Executive Crowley calls on Congress to pass $1.9 trillion COVID-19 response.

Unemployment Rises in Milwaukee

Unemployment Rises in Milwaukee

Milwaukee's unemployment rate is still above the national average.

MKE County: COVID-19 Cases Decreasing in Milwaukee County
MKE County

COVID-19 Cases Decreasing in Milwaukee County

County saw half of all COVID-19 deaths in last three months.

MKE County: ‘Classic Car Garden’ Planned for Wilson Park
MKE County

‘Classic Car Garden’ Planned for Wilson Park

The proposal from the business district almost bogged down by administrative red tape.

Pandemic Causes Youth Prison Problems

Pandemic Causes Youth Prison Problems

New report finds switch to virtual education and other changes taking a toll on youth, staff at Lincoln Hills, Copper Lake.

State Announces Next Phase of Vaccines

State Announces Next Phase of Vaccines

More groups will be added on March 1. President Biden ramping up federal vaccines delivered to states.

MKE County: Parks to Study McKinley Beach Safety
MKE County

Parks to Study McKinley Beach Safety

After three drownings in 2020, county is looking to re-engineer the beach.

MKE County: County Freeway Speed Limits A Danger?
MKE County

County Freeway Speed Limits A Danger?

Sudden changes in speed limits, outdated infrastructure cited as problems. County Board will investigate problem.

Dining: Mad Chicken Opening on South Side
Dining

Mad Chicken Opening on South Side

Fried chicken chain opening second location in city and sixth in the state at 27th and Oklahoma.

MKE County: Does the Wisconsin Counties Association Help Milwaukee?
MKE County

Does the Wisconsin Counties Association Help Milwaukee?

Some county officials say no, and are pushing to withdraw from the group.

Southside Bus Stops Get Nod to History

Southside Bus Stops Get Nod to History

New paneling harkens back to when S. 27th Street was U.S. Highway 41.

MKE County: COVID-19 Being Suppressed Countywide
MKE County

COVID-19 Being Suppressed Countywide

New daily cases are going down and the transmission rate indicates community suppression.

A LEGO Milwaukee Art Museum?

A LEGO Milwaukee Art Museum?

Hungarian artist creates LEGO version of MAM's Calatrava addition, now under review for a company play-set.

State Expands Eligibility for Vaccination

State Expands Eligibility for Vaccination

Proposal for next phase expands eligibility for vaccines to nearly half the population.

Vaccines for Senior Citizens Start Soon

Vaccines for Senior Citizens Start Soon

As of January 25, people 65 and older can get vaccinated. State committee still finalizing other recommendations.

Colectivo Closes Prospect Avenue Cafe

Colectivo Closes Prospect Avenue Cafe

Union organizers say workers are 'devastated' by closure and layoffs.

Cocktails To Go Bill Enjoys Industry Support

Cocktails To Go Bill Enjoys Industry Support

Seen as a life line to bars and restaurants, the bill brings up questions regarding drunk driving, and local control over liquor licensing.

Wisconsin Creating Mobile Vaccination Teams

Wisconsin Creating Mobile Vaccination Teams

Effort to be initially targeted at first responders.

MKE County: COVID-19 Upward Trend Continues
MKE County

COVID-19 Upward Trend Continues

After trending down throughout December, cases are on the rise.

New Art Installation in Cathedral Square Park

New Art Installation in Cathedral Square Park

Massimals MKE will be up through the spring.

COVID-19 Variant Hits Wisconsin

COVID-19 Variant Hits Wisconsin

Research indicates it is more easily transmitted and may have led to UK's spike in infections.

State Prepares for Next Phase of Vaccines

State Prepares for Next Phase of Vaccines

Priority list for phase 1b has been established. But will the federal government deliver enough doses?

National Guard Activated for Security at State Capitol

National Guard Activated for Security at State Capitol

FBI warning of armed groups planning protests at state capitols.

Can State Rescue Youth Corrections Plan?

Can State Rescue Youth Corrections Plan?

Rep. Evan Goyke thinks the failure of the state's plan can lead to creative reforms.

U.S. Job Recovery Ended in December

U.S. Job Recovery Ended in December

Country lost jobs for first time since April.

MKE County: COVID-19 Spread Increasing Again
MKE County

COVID-19 Spread Increasing Again

Disease spread was trending downward, but is now accelerating.

Harriet Tubman Park Unveiled

Harriet Tubman Park Unveiled

County leaders see new park name as a commitment to representing Milwaukee's Black community.

Federal Judge Tears Apart Election Lawsuit

Federal Judge Tears Apart Election Lawsuit

The Wisconsin Voters Alliance was attempting to overturn the 2020 election results with the lawsuit.

Latin American Restaurant Coming to Story Hill

Latin American Restaurant Coming to Story Hill

Caliente Kitchen & Rum Bar is opening at 51st and Bluemound.

State Can’t Meet Deadline to Close Youth Prisons

State Can’t Meet Deadline to Close Youth Prisons

Plan to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake and relocate youth now up in the air.

Trump Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Wisconsin’s Election

Trump Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Wisconsin’s Election

Trump campaign petitions court to take up suit challenging state's election results

MKE County: County Ends Year With a Surplus
MKE County

County Ends Year With a Surplus

Current projections show the county ending with $10 to $15 million surplus.

MKE County: County Creates Culinary Program for Youth Offenders
MKE County

County Creates Culinary Program for Youth Offenders

Program at Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center could be nationally unique.

Nearly 40,000 Doses of Vaccine Administered

Nearly 40,000 Doses of Vaccine Administered

State overseeing 2,800 doses per day to health care workers and long-term care residents.

Gwen Moore Positive for COVID-19

Gwen Moore Positive for COVID-19

The congresswoman is a cancer survivor and recently contracted the virus.

Wisconsin Unemployment Drops to 5%

Wisconsin Unemployment Drops to 5%

But the state still lost thousands of jobs last month.

MKE County: Crowley Calls Special Election for Supervisor
MKE County

Crowley Calls Special Election for Supervisor

Board seat open with Sup. Supreme Moore Omokunde's election to State Assembly.

Dining: New Taco Stop MKE For Brady Street
Dining

New Taco Stop MKE For Brady Street

It's Taco Stop's fourth location and second time it has moved into a former Fuji Poke.

MKE County: Rock Sports Complex Noise a Puzzle
MKE County

Rock Sports Complex Noise a Puzzle

Many neighbor complaints of noise, but data collected by City of Franklin too technical for county to analyze.

First Moderna Vaccines Arriving This Week

First Moderna Vaccines Arriving This Week

Wisconsin expects approximately 100,000 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.

Transportation: County Changes Electric Bus Policy
Transportation

County Changes Electric Bus Policy

Board will pause purchase of electric buses and buy hybrid buses instead.

Feds Bungling Vaccine Distribution?

Feds Bungling Vaccine Distribution?

Wisconsin getting less than initially promised, Pfizer says millions of vaccine doses are sitting in warehouse.

MKE County: COVID-19 Trending Down, Deaths Still High
MKE County

COVID-19 Trending Down, Deaths Still High

Data shows new cases going down, but deaths remain high.

MKE County: Furloughed Workers May Get Pension Credit
MKE County

Furloughed Workers May Get Pension Credit

Proposal allows county employees furloughed by pandemic to still gain pension credit.

Art Museum Union Fundraising for Furloughed Workers

Art Museum Union Fundraising for Furloughed Workers

Newly formed union creates GoFundMe campaign to help their out-of-work colleagues.

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout A Collaborative Effort in Milwaukee

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout A Collaborative Effort in Milwaukee

Things are moving quickly, but officials say a best-case scenario is still mid-spring before widespread availability.

People’s Revolution Marks 200 Days of Protest

People’s Revolution Marks 200 Days of Protest

Protests against police brutality match the record of 1960's open housing marchers.

Transportation: BRT Secures Key $41 Million Grant
Transportation

BRT Secures Key $41 Million Grant

Federal grant to pay for 80% of county's Bus Rapid Transit project. Construction starts in spring.

Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit

Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit

Suit was brought Attorney General of Texas, joined by 17 other states.

Unemployment Claims Rising Again

Unemployment Claims Rising Again

Claims for unemployment in Wisconsin and the U.S. are starting to go up.

MKE County: Officials “Cautiously Optimistic” About Stabilizing Case Numbers
MKE County

Officials “Cautiously Optimistic” About Stabilizing Case Numbers

Public health officials are worried that dropping case numbers are a data problem, and not actually a lessening burden of disease.

Crowley Leads Coalition For COVID-19 Relief

Crowley Leads Coalition For COVID-19 Relief

With no relief in sight, economic disaster could await Milwaukee and the rest of the country.

A Look at Trump’s Motion in Texas Case Against Wisconsin

A Look at Trump’s Motion in Texas Case Against Wisconsin

Motion includes alternate history and a rehashing of election complaints.

MKE County: County Emits 11.1 Million Tons of CO2
MKE County

County Emits 11.1 Million Tons of CO2

County's first inventory of annual greenhouse gas emissions shows we're doing better than Cleveland or Nashville.

Less Testing May Hide Rise In COVID-19

Less Testing May Hide Rise In COVID-19

Rising rate of positive tests may show a post-Thanksgiving surge in pandemic, public officials warn.

Wonderstate Closing Doesn’t Affect Union

Wonderstate Closing Doesn’t Affect Union

Cafe's employees will know by next week the results of their union election.

DNC, NAACP Intervene In Trump Election Lawsuit

DNC, NAACP Intervene In Trump Election Lawsuit

Federal judge allows them to contest suit seeking to invalidate Wisconsin's election.

Six New Milwaukee School Board Candidates

Six New Milwaukee School Board Candidates

Three for open seats, three opposing incumbents in Spring 2021 election.

Clock Is Ticking for Eviction Moratorium

Clock Is Ticking for Eviction Moratorium

Federal moratorium set to expire soon; renters, advocates fear a spike in homelessness.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Lawsuit to Overturn Election

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Lawsuit to Overturn Election

Petitioners had insufficient evidence to go before the court. And sought disenfranchisement of every Wisconsin voter.

Job Growth Down Five Months in a Row

Job Growth Down Five Months in a Row

The national unemployment rate in November was 6.7%

MKE County: After Stabilizing, COVID-19 Could Be Rising
MKE County

After Stabilizing, COVID-19 Could Be Rising

COVID-19 cases have trended down in recent weeks. Now signs show it could be heading back up.

Transportation: County Expects Key BRT Grant Soon
Transportation

County Expects Key BRT Grant Soon

Construction could begin by spring 2021.

Transportation: Bus System Overhaul Beginning in March
Transportation

Bus System Overhaul Beginning in March

First phase of system-wide redesign will affect 9 routes.

City Will Issue Higher COVID-19 Fines

City Will Issue Higher COVID-19 Fines

New maximum fine for businesses disobeying a health order is $5,000 per violation.

Workers At Cafe in Third Ward Unionizing

Workers At Cafe in Third Ward Unionizing

Wonderstate Coffee has less than 10 employees, now involved in a union election.

MKE County: MCTS Establishes Rosa Parks Scholarship
MKE County

MCTS Establishes Rosa Parks Scholarship

County transit system also holding an annual tribute to parks on all buses.

State Declares Biden Won Election

State Declares Biden Won Election

With recounts finished, Wisconsin Elections Commission's chair signed the official determination, and Gov. Evers certified the results.

Judge Candidate Switches Races

Judge Candidate Switches Races

Attorney Susan Roth switches to run for Judge Fiorenza's seat, who resigns and will support Roth.

Milwaukee Unemployment Rising

Milwaukee Unemployment Rising

The recovery is over as every part of the state is seeing unemployment increase.

Colectivo Union Pushes ‘Reverse Boycott’

Colectivo Union Pushes ‘Reverse Boycott’

The union wants its supporters to patronize Colectivo in a special way this weekend.

South Side Group Builds COVID-19 Clinic

South Side Group Builds COVID-19 Clinic

In heavy duty tents, Sixteenth Street Health Centers will offer drive-thru testing, follow-ups and urgent care.

We Energies, Harley-Davidson Announce Solar Project

We Energies, Harley-Davidson Announce Solar Project

8,000 solar panels in joint rooftop project, as utility continues to slash carbon emissions.

MKE County: Report Shows How Social Factors Affect COVID-19
MKE County

Report Shows How Social Factors Affect COVID-19

How race, income and other factors affect your chances of getting the disease.

Evers Issues New COVID-19 Order

Evers Issues New COVID-19 Order

This order re-ups the statewide mask-mandate.

Rittenhouse Released on $2 Million Bail

Rittenhouse Released on $2 Million Bail

A right-wing organization posted bond for the teenager charged with two murders.

MKE County: 90 Cases of COVID-19 at House of Correction
MKE County

90 Cases of COVID-19 at House of Correction

The jail is also reporting 28 case of COVID-19.

Milwaukee Museums Temporarily Closing

Milwaukee Museums Temporarily Closing

The institutions cited the surge in COVID-19 and the change to the city's health order.

MKE County: COVID-19’s Spread Not Slowing Down
MKE County

COVID-19’s Spread Not Slowing Down

COVID-19's spread continues to accelerate, as hospital resources dwindle.

Northwestern Mutual Announces Investment Fund for Black Startups

Northwestern Mutual Announces Investment Fund for Black Startups

Also, a partnership with gener8tor on an accelerator for Black startups.

Did You Like the “Active Streets” Program?

Did You Like the “Active Streets” Program?

Take a survey from the City of Milwaukee and help guide future efforts.

Free COVID-19 Testing Expanded to Saturday

Free COVID-19 Testing Expanded to Saturday

The city's Miller Park site will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Wisconsin Canvass of Votes Finished

Wisconsin Canvass of Votes Finished

Results show Biden still leads by 20,000 votes. Trump campaign must decide whether to pay for a recount.

City Admits Violating Morales’ Due Process

City Admits Violating Morales’ Due Process

But City Attorney argues Morales must go back before Fire & Police Commission for a trial.

Arlanderz Brings Soul Food to East Side

Arlanderz Brings Soul Food to East Side

Arlanderz Soul Food on Farwell Ave. is the second restaurant for owner Andre Horton.

Art Museum Workers Vote To Join Union

Art Museum Workers Vote To Join Union

Milwaukee Art Museum employees now represented by International Brotherhood of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Thanksgiving Could Worsen State’s Pandemic

Thanksgiving Could Worsen State’s Pandemic

Public health officials offer ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays.

Unemployment Claims Are Dropping

Unemployment Claims Are Dropping

Generally improving employment is tempered by the millions of jobs that remain lost.

MKE County: Spread of COVID-19 Accelerating
MKE County

Spread of COVID-19 Accelerating

Hospital systems are being pushed close to their limits.

Hospitals Urgently Need Plasma from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

Hospitals Urgently Need Plasma from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

Resources are being stretched thin as healthcare workers battle the latest surge.

Get A Free Flu Shot This Week

Get A Free Flu Shot This Week

Free vaccinations available on Wednesday and Thursday.

Barrett Blasts Aurora for ‘Pausing’ Community Testing

Barrett Blasts Aurora for ‘Pausing’ Community Testing

They "have a responsibility" to continue partnering with city and county on testing.

Transportation: Ride the Riverwest Bike Boulevards
Transportation

Ride the Riverwest Bike Boulevards

After three years, Riverwest's bike boulevards on Wright and Fratney streets are ready.

MKE County: Board Adopts 2021 Budget
MKE County

Board Adopts 2021 Budget

Tax levy increase of 0.59%, many amendments and delays to electric buses and hemp growing.

MKE County: Friends Group Fundraises for Oak Leaf Sinkhole
MKE County

Friends Group Fundraises for Oak Leaf Sinkhole

Group hopes to raise the matching funds the county needs for the project.

U.S. Unemployment at 6.9%

U.S. Unemployment at 6.9%

Black Americans continue to experience a much higher rate of unemployment.

MKE County: COVID-19 Deaths Increasing
MKE County

COVID-19 Deaths Increasing

The current rate of disease is unsustainable for local hospitals.

Committee Rejects Sheriff Cuts

Committee Rejects Sheriff Cuts

But it also passed a widely supported increase in spending for services like housing and youth justice.

Transportation: Milwaukee Airport Traffic Stagnant
Transportation

Milwaukee Airport Traffic Stagnant

Still down due to pandemic. County budget likely to adjust airport expenditures in 2021.

Short Lines At Polls So Far

Short Lines At Polls So Far

Massive absentee voting lowers in-person turnout. But observers were on hand

How To Follow Election Results

How To Follow Election Results

Where to check results. And why you should be patient. Election officials say it will take until Wednesday to count all votes.

State’s Past Votes Could Foretell 2020 Result

State’s Past Votes Could Foretell 2020 Result

Wisconsin has had two kinds of presidental elections. Which one this time?

Long-Term Unemployment Going Up

Long-Term Unemployment Going Up

New claims for unemployment insurance are high, but holding steady in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County Prevents Over 1,700 Evictions

Milwaukee County Prevents Over 1,700 Evictions

Using CARES Act funds, the county funded eviction prevention and rental assistance programs.

MKE County: COVID-19 Trending Terribly in Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Trending Terribly in Milwaukee

Cases are rising and show no sign of slowing down.

MKE County: Clancy Pushes $2.6 Million Cut to Sheriff Overtime
MKE County

Clancy Pushes $2.6 Million Cut to Sheriff Overtime

Supervisor proposes reallocating money to housing, parks, seniors and youth justice.

Tuesday Was Last Day to Safely Mail Ballot

Tuesday Was Last Day to Safely Mail Ballot

Use a dropbox, or bring your ballot to your local clerk's office, among other options.

Wisconsin Air Is Getting Cleaner

Wisconsin Air Is Getting Cleaner

Nearly 20 years of steady reductions in harmful air pollutants.

MKE County: Sheriff’s Office Spent $61.6 Million On Overtime
MKE County

Sheriff’s Office Spent $61.6 Million On Overtime

That's $35 million more than budgeted over the last seven years.

Service Union Rallies To Get Out The Vote

Service Union Rallies To Get Out The Vote

“Our work is essential and so are our votes." Union seeks Trump's defeat, $15 minimum wage.

Milwaukee Unemployment at 8.4%

Milwaukee Unemployment at 8.4%

The unemployment rate for Milwaukee County is slightly lower, 7.3%.

More COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations in Milwaukee Now Than Ever Before

More COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations in Milwaukee Now Than Ever Before

Cases and hospitalizations are rising, but not deaths.

MKE County: County Shortens List of Acceptable Masks For Bus Riders, Zoo Patrons and Courthouse Visitors
MKE County

County Shortens List of Acceptable Masks For Bus Riders, Zoo Patrons and Courthouse Visitors

There are new restrictions on what kind of masks are allowed within county facilities.

How the Amani Neighborhood Cut Crime

How the Amani Neighborhood Cut Crime

And improved life in 53206 ZIP code. Dominican Center and non-profits empowered residents.

Bay View Wine Bar Becomes Wine Shop

Bay View Wine Bar Becomes Wine Shop

In response to the pandemic, the owners of Voyager adjust their business model.

MKE County: Oak Leaf Trail Sinkhole Needs Repair
MKE County

Oak Leaf Trail Sinkhole Needs Repair

Parks department awarded $530,000 from state to repair key piece of bicycle trail network.

Transportation: City-County Planning Public Trail Improvements Along Lincoln Creek
Transportation

City-County Planning Public Trail Improvements Along Lincoln Creek

Plan targets neighborhoods with racial, health and public access disparities.

MKE County: Rapid Increase of COVID-19 in Milwaukee
MKE County

Rapid Increase of COVID-19 in Milwaukee

Transmission rate and positive testing rate shoot back up.

Wisconsin Unemployment at 5.4%

Wisconsin Unemployment at 5.4%

Service industry sees job gains.

Transportation: Increased Transit Funding Planned for 2021
Transportation

Increased Transit Funding Planned for 2021

But, if pre-pandemic ridership doesn't return, system is in financial trouble

MKE County: Sheriff Opposes Further Budget Cuts
MKE County

Sheriff Opposes Further Budget Cuts

Proposed cut of just 2.7%. Sup. Clancy wants 25%, grills sheriff over protests and department spending.

City-County Climate Equity Goals Are Big

City-County Climate Equity Goals Are Big

Preliminary report calls for comprehensive plan, 45% cut in emissions by 2030, 100% by 2050.

MKE County: New Facility Handles Youth Crises Sooner
MKE County

New Facility Handles Youth Crises Sooner

Youth Crisis Stabilization Center emphasizes early intervention and community-based care.

Regular Unemployment Running Out

Regular Unemployment Running Out

Claims to federal program for those running out of unemployment are rising.

Transportation: 27th Street Could Get Bus Rapid Transit Line
Transportation

27th Street Could Get Bus Rapid Transit Line

North-south corridor, predominantly comprised of people of color and people living in poverty, being studied for better transit.

MKE County: Hospitalizations Going Up, Transmission Rate Going Down
MKE County

Hospitalizations Going Up, Transmission Rate Going Down

Milwaukee still has a high disease burden, but signs of slowing emerge.

Did Colectivo Hire Union Busters?

Did Colectivo Hire Union Busters?

The Labor Relations Institute has sent high-priced consultants to discuss unionization with Colectivo employees.

MKE County: Crowley Budget Advances Equity Goals
MKE County

Crowley Budget Advances Equity Goals

$1.2 billion budget down slightly, with less for capital spending, parks and Sheriff's office.

Ron Johnson Positive for COVID-19

Ron Johnson Positive for COVID-19

Johnson spoke Friday at Republican fundraiser in Ozaukee County, is third GOP senator to test positive since Trump announced he had virus.

Unemployment at 7.9%, Job Gains Slowing

Unemployment at 7.9%, Job Gains Slowing

Slowing job gains a bad sign for the ongoing unemployment crisis.

MKE County: COVID-19 Numbers Approaching Recent Peak
MKE County

COVID-19 Numbers Approaching Recent Peak

Not enough testing being accessed in the City of Milwaukee.

Transportation: Bus System Redesign Approved
Transportation

Bus System Redesign Approved

More frequent service and shorter travel times. MCTS will implement changes in 2021.

DA Creates Unique Public Data Dashboard

DA Creates Unique Public Data Dashboard

Chisholm joins nationwide project to make prosecutors more transparent and responsive.

MKE County: Crowley Merging County Departments
MKE County

Crowley Merging County Departments

The administration says the move will make for better service, but not everyone is happy.

Dining: Southern-Style Seafood For Downtown
Dining

Southern-Style Seafood For Downtown

Lowcountry restaurant, named for South Carolina, offers seafood boils: lobster, crab and shrimp.

MKE County: Board Using Transit To Provide Voting Access
MKE County

Board Using Transit To Provide Voting Access

More buses on election day to make sure all who want to vote can get to polling places.

MKE County: Board Approves Harriet Tubman Park
MKE County

Board Approves Harriet Tubman Park

Wahl Park will be renamed for Tubman, and another park will likely be renamed for Wahl.

Milwaukee Unemployment Higher than National Average

Milwaukee Unemployment Higher than National Average

County slightly higher, but city well above national average.

MKE County: It’s Not College Students Driving Disease
MKE County

It’s Not College Students Driving Disease

Young people, aged 25-39, are pushing the spread of COVID-19 right now.

Evers Appointment Shakes Up Judicial Race

Evers Appointment Shakes Up Judicial Race

Schwantes drops out of circuit court race, endorses Evers' appointee Jon Richards.

Taverns: Riverwest Public House Will Close
Taverns

Riverwest Public House Will Close

First co-op bar in the U.S., also known for live music, undone by pandemic.

MKE County: County Officials Want SEWRPC Changes
MKE County

County Officials Want SEWRPC Changes

Milwaukee pays more for less representation. But proposal could hurt effort to build state coalition for tax levy limits.

MKE County: County Offering Mortgage Assistance
MKE County

County Offering Mortgage Assistance

$15 million program will help people financially affected by pandemic to keep their homes.

MKE County: County Puts $10.5 Million in Small Business, Employment
MKE County

County Puts $10.5 Million in Small Business, Employment

Funding comes from county's CARES Act allocation.

Wisconsin Unemployment at 6.2%

Wisconsin Unemployment at 6.2%

Even as unemployment improves, millions are still being affected by unemployment crisis.

COVID-19 Increasing in Milwaukee County, Again

COVID-19 Increasing in Milwaukee County, Again

Data shows a spike in cases and transmission of the coronavirus. Presumed cause is universities.

MKE County: Supervisors Want Chokehold Ban Codified
MKE County

Supervisors Want Chokehold Ban Codified

Sheriff's Office does not oppose a chokehold ban, but has reservations about self-defense prohibition.

MKE County: Crowley Defers Youth Corrections Grant Until State Has Sustainable Plan
MKE County

Crowley Defers Youth Corrections Grant Until State Has Sustainable Plan

County wants the state to assure enough funding to build and maintain a new facility.

Irgens Buying UWM Research Campus Land

Irgens Buying UWM Research Campus Land

Company will buy former county grounds land in Wauwatosa for private development.

MKE County: Committee Approves Harriet Tubman Park
MKE County

Committee Approves Harriet Tubman Park

Proposal would rename Wahl Park on city's northwest side for famed abolitionist.

MKE County: County Invests in Mental Health Crisis Responders
MKE County

County Invests in Mental Health Crisis Responders

$500,000 for a team of Sheriff's deputies and psychiatric clinicians.

MKE County: COVID-19 Spread Stable, But Testing Declining
MKE County

COVID-19 Spread Stable, But Testing Declining

Young people continue to drive transmission. Health officials concerned by low testing numbers.

More People Relying on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

More People Relying on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Regular state unemployment insurance will soon start running out.

Transportation: Port Gets $1.25 Million for Winter Storm Repairs
Transportation

Port Gets $1.25 Million for Winter Storm Repairs

State grant would address damage incurred this past winter.

Airport Finances Under Pressure

Airport Finances Under Pressure

Mitchell International having trouble collecting payments from concessionaires.

Transportation: County Would Run Bus To Amazon Facility
Transportation

County Would Run Bus To Amazon Facility

Bus route planned in 2019 finally gets county board committee support.

Milwaukee Art Museum Won’t Recognize Union

Milwaukee Art Museum Won’t Recognize Union

Management refuses to recognize a worker supported union, forcing an NLRB election.

MKE County: New Murals at Courthouse Unveiled
MKE County

New Murals at Courthouse Unveiled

Celebrating diversity. Paid for by Chris Abele. "We are who we celebrate."

Small Grants Help Community Projects

Small Grants Help Community Projects

Two neighborhood improvement projects in the city received $1,000 each from AARP.

MKE County: COVID-19 Positivity Rate Higher in Children Than Adults
MKE County

COVID-19 Positivity Rate Higher in Children Than Adults

Parents sending COVID-19 positive children to school, obstructing disease investigations.

Little Duck Event Space Closes in Bay View

Little Duck Event Space Closes in Bay View

Odd Duck owners shut down their catering and event space.

Number of Americans Relying on Unemployment Insurance Rising

Number of Americans Relying on Unemployment Insurance Rising

The number of people seeking unemployment assistance was up, again, last week.

Tenants Union Protests Berrada Properties

Tenants Union Protests Berrada Properties

Landlord may be city's biggest evictor. Union calls for halt, demands Berrada negotiate with them on behalf of tenants.

Water Tech Challenge Targets PFAS

Water Tech Challenge Targets PFAS

Winning innovators would gain corporate resources to solve water quality problems.

Air Traffic Returning to Milwaukee

Air Traffic Returning to Milwaukee

After falling off a cliff in April, airport traffic starts to rebound. Private charter plane trips up 16%.

The Rock Sports Complex: Franklin Finally Addresses Noise Pollution
The Rock Sports Complex

Franklin Finally Addresses Noise Pollution

After years of residents' complaints and pressure from Milwaukee County, Franklin city officials take action on sports complex.

Billboard Campaign Aimed At Swing State Voters

Billboard Campaign Aimed At Swing State Voters

Art pieces are already going up in Milwaukee aimed at turning out voters against Trump.

County Seeing Downward COVID-19 Trend

County Seeing Downward COVID-19 Trend

Major indicators show disease declining in Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee County Unemployment at 9.9 Percent

Milwaukee County Unemployment at 9.9 Percent

City of Milwaukee unemployment at 11.1 percent.

AG Kaul Identifies Officer That Shot Blake

AG Kaul Identifies Officer That Shot Blake

Shooting being investigated by state's Department of Criminal Investigation.

Kenosha Shooter Arrested in Illinois

Kenosha Shooter Arrested in Illinois

Trump supporter Kyle Rittenhouse, age 17, is charged with the murders of two people in Kenosha Tuesday night.

Airport Revamps Flight Museum, USO Center

Airport Revamps Flight Museum, USO Center

New gallery has exhibit on a local Tuskegee Airman.

Colectivo Owners Oppose Union

Colectivo Owners Oppose Union

Popular coffee company's owners sent a letter to employees discouraging unionization.

MKE County: You Can Help Decide County Budget
MKE County

You Can Help Decide County Budget

Budget town halls allow citizen opinions. Online tool lets you pick how to balance budget.

Wisconsin Unemployment at 7%

Wisconsin Unemployment at 7%

Service industry is beginning to recover from devastating job losses.

Milwaukee County Continues To Suppress COVID-19

Milwaukee County Continues To Suppress COVID-19

COVID-19 is going down locally.

New Dashboard Tracking Shootings in Milwaukee

New Dashboard Tracking Shootings in Milwaukee

New public view into crime data comes as city sees homicide surge.

MKE County: County Working To Close Budget Gap
MKE County

County Working To Close Budget Gap

Officials face a projected $42 million deficit for 2021. Cuts could be brutal.

Local Activists Plan DNC Demonstration

Local Activists Plan DNC Demonstration

They've been holding "banner drops" to support families of victims of police killings.

Teen Group Signs Up Poll Workers

Teen Group Signs Up Poll Workers

Poll Hero uses social media to sign up more than 4,000 young people in about a month.

Race Is On For Circuit Court Branch 30

Race Is On For Circuit Court Branch 30

Two young attorneys vying for a seat held by same judge for more than 20 years.

Colectivo Workers Organizing A Union

Colectivo Workers Organizing A Union

Effort seeks to organize company's 21 locations in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison.

MKE County: Groups Want 25% Cut in Sheriff’s Budget
MKE County

Groups Want 25% Cut in Sheriff’s Budget

Activist groups push for defunding. Sheriff Lucas submitted budget with only a 1.4% cut.

Protest Day 80: Mural of Black Leaders Unveiled
Protest Day 80

Mural of Black Leaders Unveiled

New mural on 14th and Vliet depicts leaders young and old, alive and dead.

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice

This weekend there is a mural unveiling and a bike ride to celebrate Black lives.

Milwaukee County Currently Suppressing COVID-19

Milwaukee County Currently Suppressing COVID-19

New cases continue to go down as R-value is below 1.

Unemployment Claims Below 1 Million Last Week

Unemployment Claims Below 1 Million Last Week

Though only by a little. 963,000 still filed new claims.

Transportation: Bus Capacity Increasing to 15
Transportation

Bus Capacity Increasing to 15

The social distancing precautions and mask-mandate remain.

Bronzeville Themed Store Opens at Airport

Bronzeville Themed Store Opens at Airport

Store will sell goods from Bronzeville neighborhood businesses and entrepreneurs.

MKE County: Crowley Will Tackle Systemic Injustice
MKE County

Crowley Will Tackle Systemic Injustice

County executive sets his sights on policies to change inequities in health, the economy and more.

East Side Art Lot Artists Chosen

East Side Art Lot Artists Chosen

10 artists will paint picnic tables for new public space where restaurant takeout patrons can dine.

Art Museum’s Workers Organizing a Union

Art Museum’s Workers Organizing a Union

Workers call for better pay, job security, and an end to the "culture of privilege."

MKE County: Many Back Ramon for Register of Deeds
MKE County

Many Back Ramon for Register of Deeds

Appointed by Evers in 2019 to fill the vacant office, he has racked up many endorsements.

Unemployment at 10.2 Percent

Unemployment at 10.2 Percent

Black Americans continue to be most affected by unemployment.

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice

This weekend there is a fundraiser for the Milwaukee protesters headed to Washington D.C.

Milwaukee’s COVID-19 Cases, Transmission Rate Dropping

Milwaukee’s COVID-19 Cases, Transmission Rate Dropping

But we can't let up now, or we risk losing what little progress has been made.

Black Elected Officials Slam GOP, Kanye West

Black Elected Officials Slam GOP, Kanye West

Leaders from some of the highest offices in the area call it a disrespectful, cynical move.

MKE County: County Grapples With 5G Infrastructure in Parks
MKE County

County Grapples With 5G Infrastructure in Parks

State legislation has tied the county's hands over regulation of telecommunications infrastructure.

National Guard Will Work Election, Again

National Guard Will Work Election, Again

Guards will work polls in all 72 counties.

MKE County: Mental Health Services Expanded with Grants
MKE County

Mental Health Services Expanded with Grants

Millions in grants are funding expanded service offerings from the Behavioral Health Division.

Traveling Beer Garden Schedule Extended

Traveling Beer Garden Schedule Extended

Four additional stops have been added to the season.

What Happened At Comet Cafe?

What Happened At Comet Cafe?

Former employees say it was closed because of union organizing effort. Owners say it was simply financial.

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

This weekend will mark the second-straight month of protests.

Daily COVID-19 Growth Slowing in Milwaukee County

Daily COVID-19 Growth Slowing in Milwaukee County

But deaths and hospitalizations are growing.

New Unemployment Claims Rising

New Unemployment Claims Rising

Extended unemployment insurance ends this week.

MKE County: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Going Up
MKE County

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Going Up

Hospitalizations rising among every age group in county; higher death rate may follow.

State’s Largest Brownfield Now Clean

State’s Largest Brownfield Now Clean

After years of remediation, a highly-contaminated site in the Menomonee Valley is certified as clean by the DNR.

MKE County: Crowley Using CARES Funds For Housing
MKE County

Crowley Using CARES Funds For Housing

Of $77 million in federal funding, biggest single grant helps those at risk of losing housing.

Dining: New Mexican Restaurant for Bay View
Dining

New Mexican Restaurant for Bay View

Ventura's Tacos, a small eatery on Kinnickinnic, opens this weekend.

Bradford Beach Gets Accessibility Upgrades

Bradford Beach Gets Accessibility Upgrades

Milwaukee County's most popular beach is now accessible to those in a wheelchair all the way to the water.

Milwaukee County Suburbs Posting Record COVID-19 Case Counts

Milwaukee County Suburbs Posting Record COVID-19 Case Counts

Public Health officer says personal decisions on mask wearing and social distancing can affect local disease rates.

Public Defender Announces Candidacy for Circuit Court Judge

Public Defender Announces Candidacy for Circuit Court Judge

Katie Kegel is running for judgeship held by 24-year incumbent.

Milwaukee County Unemployment at 11.5%

Milwaukee County Unemployment at 11.5%

City of Milwaukee unemployment at 12.8 percent.

MKE County: Racial Equity Legislation Signed Into Law
MKE County

Racial Equity Legislation Signed Into Law

Also, Juneteenth officially becomes a major holiday for Milwaukee County.

New Public Trail Near Estabrook Park

New Public Trail Near Estabrook Park

A local non-profit will convert an unofficial trail on private land into a new public trail.

The Rock Sports Complex: Noise Pollution at Suburban Stadium?
The Rock Sports Complex

Noise Pollution at Suburban Stadium?

Franklin's Rock Sports Complex is partly on county land. County proposal would study the noise level.

MKE County: Nicholson Removes Conflicted Pension Board Chair
MKE County

Nicholson Removes Conflicted Pension Board Chair

Michael Harper's mother was a pension beneficiary. He's been replaced by Nicole Best.

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

Protests this weekend continue the movement that began in late May.

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Down To 8.5%

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Down To 8.5%

Wisconsin showed job gains in June. But the number of new unemployment claims filed each week is holding steady at historic highs.

COVID-19 Growing Fastest in Suburbs

COVID-19 Growing Fastest in Suburbs

Milwaukee County suburbs outpacing city in transmission rate, but both are climbing.

Why Are Bars Still Open?

Why Are Bars Still Open?

They are key spreaders of COVID-19. So why are city and county health officials okay with bars being open?

Transportation: BRT Line Delayed Until 2022
Transportation

BRT Line Delayed Until 2022

Trump administration mismanagement of federal grant delays county Bus Rapid Transit.

Milwaukee County’s Daily COVID-19 Case Total Rising

Milwaukee County’s Daily COVID-19 Case Total Rising

Contact tracing shows the summer is melting away physical distancing requirements.

Unemployment Claims Continue At Unprecedented Rate

Unemployment Claims Continue At Unprecedented Rate

DWD triples workforce for unemployment insurance system in response.

Transportation: Why Did Bus Service Shutdown During Protests?
Transportation

Why Did Bus Service Shutdown During Protests?

Reports of gunfire, reckless driving, looting and arson drove officials to suspend service.

MKE County: Bus Passengers May Face Mask Mandate
MKE County

Bus Passengers May Face Mask Mandate

County committee okays policy and full board likely to agree, could be in place August 1.

COVID-19 Case Rate Increasing In County

COVID-19 Case Rate Increasing In County

A key indicator changed to red as the positive case rate rises among younger people.

MKE County: Sup. Taylor Wants a Harriet Tubman Park
MKE County

Sup. Taylor Wants a Harriet Tubman Park

County board member pushing to rename Wahl Park on city's North Side.

Defund The Police Mural Restored

Defund The Police Mural Restored

Activists re-paint mural that was changed to say "Defend The Police".

This Weekends Protests Against Police Brutality

This Weekends Protests Against Police Brutality

List of protests against the killing of George Floyd, police brutality and racial injustices.

COVID-19 Cases Exploding Among Younger Population

COVID-19 Cases Exploding Among Younger Population

COVID-19 in Milwaukee County appears stable, for now. But the disease remains widespread and is not being suppressed.

Unemployment Rate Drops to 11%

Unemployment Rate Drops to 11%

Despite job gains, communities of color continue to have higher than average unemployment rates.

Beer Gardens Open With Social Distancing

Beer Gardens Open With Social Distancing

County Parks reopen five beer gardens, with many changes to protect patrons' safety.

Vaun Mayes Released From Jail

Vaun Mayes Released From Jail

DA reviewing charges on protest organizer. Activists call it targeted harassment, call for Chief Morales to step down.

MKE County: Board Approves Raffle to Fund Parks
MKE County

Board Approves Raffle to Fund Parks

A 50/50 raffle, and potentially a specialty license plate and scratch-off lottery ticket, all okayed to raise revenue.

MKE County: Board Passes Racial Equity Proposal
MKE County

Board Passes Racial Equity Proposal

A response to calls for police reform aimed at courts, sheriff's office, transit system.

Photos Tied to Nooses a “Misguided Attempt” to Start Dialogue, Sheriff Says

Photos Tied to Nooses a “Misguided Attempt” to Start Dialogue, Sheriff Says

Black man trying to start a conversation on the killing of Black people made the nooses found in Riverside Park.

County Seeing Uptick in Positive COVID-19 Tests

County Seeing Uptick in Positive COVID-19 Tests

Young people are seeing an increase in cases of COVID-19.

Milwaukee County Unemployment at 14.1%

Milwaukee County Unemployment at 14.1%

The City of Milwaukee is at 15.3 percent unemployment.

Residents of Burned Home Speak Out

Residents of Burned Home Speak Out

They say they lost everything in the blaze Tuesday.

Acevedo Family Demands Justice

Acevedo Family Demands Justice

Attorneys call for more to be charged in Joel Acevedo's killing. His parents doubt justice will be done.

MKE County: Courts Reopening With Backlog of Cases
MKE County

Courts Reopening With Backlog of Cases

Backlog of 200 cases await a speedy trial. Courtrooms with social distancing will be used.

Transportation: Riverwest Bike Boulevard Construction Will Begin
Transportation

Riverwest Bike Boulevard Construction Will Begin

Work on two miles of bike boulevards will start Wednesday for completion by October.

Protest Day 22: BLACK WMNZ Emancipation March
Protest Day 22

BLACK WMNZ Emancipation March

March honors Black women, protests injustice.

Transportation: Airport Traffic Still Down in May
Transportation

Airport Traffic Still Down in May

Given the massive drop in traffic seen in April, May's slight improvement may be negligible.

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

This Weekend’s Protests Against Police Brutality

List of protests against the killing of George Floyd and police brutality.

COVID-19 Metrics Trending Positively in Milwaukee County

COVID-19 Metrics Trending Positively in Milwaukee County

But cases surging among teenagers and young adults.

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate at 12%

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate at 12%

The state added jobs in May, and saw a slight reduction in unemployment.

City Launches Active Streets for Business

City Launches Active Streets for Business

Policy allows restaurants, bars to use space on sidewalks, streets, but details worry alders.

MKE County: ‘We Care Crew’ Takes on Pandemic
MKE County

‘We Care Crew’ Takes on Pandemic

County teams with city, police, non-profits to distribute meals, face masks, resource bags at local parks.

COVID-19 Testing Down Significantly

COVID-19 Testing Down Significantly

Officials worry about drop in testing here as COVID-19 cases spike across the nation.

Protest Day 16: Peaceful March Sees Signs of Solidarity
Protest Day 16

Peaceful March Sees Signs of Solidarity

As march traverses city's west side and Wauwatosa it's met with support.

Meet Eric Lucas

Meet Eric Lucas

Teen spat on at a Black Lives Matter march struggles with racially-charged incident, charts future.

Unemployment Still at Historic Levels, But Slowing Down

Unemployment Still at Historic Levels, But Slowing Down

Latest jobs report shows country at 13.3% unemployment, might actually be 16%.

MKE County: County Announces Housing Assistance Program
MKE County

County Announces Housing Assistance Program

Using CARES Act funds and a partnership with the courts, Milwaukee County will help prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MKE County: Committee Supports Ride Share Tax
MKE County

Committee Supports Ride Share Tax

Wants Legislature's okay to levy user fee for companies like Uber and Lyft. Similar tax raises $25 million per year in Seattle.

Harambee Area Gets Breonna Taylor Mural

Harambee Area Gets Breonna Taylor Mural

Two artists that worked on the George Floyd mural painted this one on Locust and Holton.

Day 10 of Milwaukee Protests

Day 10 of Milwaukee Protests

Pride and Black Lives Matter protest draws thousands, as several marches today mix and combine at various points.

8th Night of Marches Leads To South Side

8th Night of Marches Leads To South Side

Nitty and Coleman lead marchers through the south side and back.

This Weekend’s George Floyd Protests

This Weekend’s George Floyd Protests

List of protests against the killing of George Floyd and police brutality.

Artists Paint George Floyd Memorial on Riverwest-Harambee Border

Artists Paint George Floyd Memorial on Riverwest-Harambee Border

Mural at the corner of N. Holton Street and E. North Avenue honors victims of police killings.

What Happened At 6th and McKinley?

What Happened At 6th and McKinley?

Water bottles thrown by protestors, police firing tear gas and rubber bullets but no molotov cocktail seen.

Northside Testing Center Up and Running

Northside Testing Center Up and Running

A new center, replacing one shut down more than a week ago, started testing Monday.

How to Protest During a Pandemic

How to Protest During a Pandemic

Local health officials offers do's and don'ts that could save your life.

LGBTQ Bar Holding Virtual Pride Festival

LGBTQ Bar Holding Virtual Pride Festival

PrideFest is cancelled, but This Is It! will be streaming drag shows and DJ performances.

Fourth Night of Protest Begins Peacefully

Fourth Night of Protest Begins Peacefully

“We are peaceful, we are peaceful,” the protesters shouted.

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

But protest leader Vaun Mayes also criticizes church leaders, other march organizers.

Dining: Bay View Taco Stop Opens
Dining

Bay View Taco Stop Opens

New restaurant promises authentic Mexican food.

Transit Union Blasts MCTS Mask Policy

Transit Union Blasts MCTS Mask Policy

Transit system leadership is wary of trying to enforce a mask requirement for riding buses.

COVID-19 Spreading Faster Out State Than In Milwaukee County

COVID-19 Spreading Faster Out State Than In Milwaukee County

COVID-19 cases are growing slower in Milwaukee County, compared to the WOW counties and the rest of the state.

Employment Still in Nosedive

Employment Still in Nosedive

Record levels of claims continue to be filed.

Transportation: Mitchell Airport Traffic Down 90%
Transportation

Mitchell Airport Traffic Down 90%

Revenue down just as much. Director says social distancing incredibly difficult to arrange.

Transportation: County Buses Will Collect Fares Again
Transportation

County Buses Will Collect Fares Again

Given county fiscal crisis MCTS needs revenue, will begin collecting fares again on June 1st

MKE County: County Wants Its CARES Money Back
MKE County

County Wants Its CARES Money Back

$103 million allocated for Milwaukee County ended up with the state. County officials demand the money.

All Inmates, Staff at Downtown Prison Being Tested

All Inmates, Staff at Downtown Prison Being Tested

No confirmed cases among inmates yet, but 99 percent of tests are still pending. Seven confirmed cases among staff.

MKE County: Pools Closed for 2020 Season
MKE County

Pools Closed for 2020 Season

Many wading pools and splash pads will remain open.

MKE County: Many Parks Restrictions Lifted
MKE County

Many Parks Restrictions Lifted

Newly re-opened amenities are "use at your own risk." Social distancing is still required.

1 in 4 Workers Unemployed

1 in 4 Workers Unemployed

Pandemic continues to ravage economy.

State Blows Up County Youth Corrections Plan

State Blows Up County Youth Corrections Plan

Milwaukee County plan brutally slashed while three other counties get what they requested.

MKE County: No New Infections at House of Correction
MKE County

No New Infections at House of Correction

In April had outbreak with 105 cases of COVID-19. Latest testing shows no new cases.

Transportation: Amtrak, Buses, Uber Requiring Masks
Transportation

Amtrak, Buses, Uber Requiring Masks

Train, bus and ride share companies taking various steps to combat the pandemic.

Number of New Unemployment Claims Decreasing, Still In Millions

Number of New Unemployment Claims Decreasing, Still In Millions

Lowest number of new claims submitted since pandemic began.

MKE County: COVID-19 Could Cost County $450 Million
MKE County

COVID-19 Could Cost County $450 Million

Milwaukee County being squeezed by increased costs, declining revenue.

MKE County: Weishan Running for Register of Deeds
MKE County

Weishan Running for Register of Deeds

After 20 years on the county board Sup. John Weishan, Jr. seeks a better paying position.

U.S. Unemployment at Over 14 Percent

U.S. Unemployment at Over 14 Percent

Jobs report shows unemployment rate is tracking closely with number of unemployment claims.

COVID-19 vs Influenza, They’re Not The Same

COVID-19 vs Influenza, They’re Not The Same

In every metric, COVID-19 is a far more dangerous virus, and it will not go away or become manageable without significant intervention.

EMS Calls Show 54% Spike in Drug Overdoses, 80% Increase in Suicide Attempts

EMS Calls Show 54% Spike in Drug Overdoses, 80% Increase in Suicide Attempts

Milwaukee County experiencing a death toll beyond the disease itself.

Post-Recession Job Growth Wiped Out

Post-Recession Job Growth Wiped Out

Federal government will release official unemployment rate tomorrow.

MKE County: County Creating More Space in Parks
MKE County

County Creating More Space in Parks

As parks usage spikes, officials closing some parkways to cars to create more space for recreation.

MKE County: Nicholson Picks New Board’s Leaders
MKE County

Nicholson Picks New Board’s Leaders

While new board chair rewarded some allies, some who opposed her retained positions.

MKE County: Crowley Makes First Cabinet Picks
MKE County

Crowley Makes First Cabinet Picks

A new chief of staff and two new department directors, all promoted from Abele's administration.

Library Will Lend Books Again

Library Will Lend Books Again

Milwaukee Public Library will start offering a drive-thru book lending service.

MKE County: Crowley Sworn In As County Exec
MKE County

Crowley Sworn In As County Exec

First elected African-American Milwaukee County Executive in history seeks more equity, more state funding.

Will Pandemic Lead to a Surge in Divorces?

Will Pandemic Lead to a Surge in Divorces?

Wisconsin Legal Bank sees a surge in sales of divorce papers.

Insomnia Cookies Opens in Deer District

Insomnia Cookies Opens in Deer District

Focused on delivery for time being, bakery is in connector between Old World Third St. and Fiserv Forum.

Milwaukee County Struggling To Pass COVID-19 Peak

Milwaukee County Struggling To Pass COVID-19 Peak

After a peak in early April there was a drop in COVID-19 transmission, but the rate again climbed

1 in 5 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

1 in 5 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

18 percent of the U.S. workforce has lost their job since the start of the pandemic.

MKE County: Racial Equity Ordinance Signed Into Law
MKE County

Racial Equity Ordinance Signed Into Law

First major piece of legislation addressing racial inequity since Milwaukee County declared racism a public health crisis.

Dining: Bay View Getting New Italian Restaurant
Dining

Bay View Getting New Italian Restaurant

Called Sorella, whose owners are industry veterans who plan on southern Italian fare.

Unions Join Legal Battle Over Evers’ Order

Unions Join Legal Battle Over Evers’ Order

GOP suit asking Wisconsin Supreme Court to quash stay-at-home order threatens workers' lives, union lawyer argues.

Brew City: The Return of the Beer Drive-Thru
Brew City

The Return of the Beer Drive-Thru

Third drive thru in less than a month features 11 craft brewers for buyers, and helps a struggling industry.

Dining: Mexican Restaurant Planned for Bay View
Dining

Mexican Restaurant Planned for Bay View

Co-owner of Las 7 Estrellas plans new restaurant on S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

At Least 40 COVID-19 Cases Tied to Election in Milwaukee

At Least 40 COVID-19 Cases Tied to Election in Milwaukee

Number up five-fold from Monday, final report still pending.

Nicholson Elected County Board Chairwoman

Nicholson Elected County Board Chairwoman

Marcelia Nicholson beats Willie Johnson, Jr. out for leadership of the county board.

1 in 7 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

1 in 7 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

Unemployment continues to rise in Wisconsin and across the country.

105 Cases of COVID-19 at House of Correction

105 Cases of COVID-19 at House of Correction

As the results come in from mass testing over the weekend the case count continues to grow.

Walnut Way Using New Dashboard to Boost Homeownership

Walnut Way Using New Dashboard to Boost Homeownership

Developed by Northwestern Mutual, UWM and Marquette, new tool allows better insight into changing Lindsay Heights neighborhood

Dining: Betty’s Burgers Planned for Brady Street
Dining

Betty’s Burgers Planned for Brady Street

Roufus brothers planning Betty's Burgers and Custard in former Bella's Fat Cat.

MKE County: New Board Sworn In at a Parking Lot
MKE County

New Board Sworn In at a Parking Lot

Nicholson and Johnson, Jr. vying for leadership position of County Board Chairperson.

63 House of Correction Inmates Have COVID-19

63 House of Correction Inmates Have COVID-19

And many more cases expected as test results of more than 900 inmates and staff come in.

27 COVID-19 Cases at House of Correction, All Inmates To Be Tested

27 COVID-19 Cases at House of Correction, All Inmates To Be Tested

Milwaukee County launches public dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in three detention facilities.

Near West Side Partners Provides Small Business Grants, Rent Assistance

Near West Side Partners Provides Small Business Grants, Rent Assistance

Non-profit organization shifts programs focused on new home owners and businesses to helping those in need.

More Than 22 Million Lost Jobs During Pandemic

More Than 22 Million Lost Jobs During Pandemic

A pair of economists estimate the unemployment rate is as high as 20 percent.

MKE County: County COVID-19 Expenses Are Rising
MKE County

County COVID-19 Expenses Are Rising

Already in the millions. County may need to levy property taxes above the state-imposed limit.

Company Designs COVID Care Facilities

Company Designs COVID Care Facilities

Prefabricated facilities designed to connect to hospitals and can provide hospital-level care.

Grants Target COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Grants Target COVID-19 Racial Disparities

More than $1 million in grants will fund programs in Milwaukee County.

Campaign Aims To Buy Gift Cards for Bus Drivers

Campaign Aims To Buy Gift Cards for Bus Drivers

Crowdfunding campaign looks to raise $15,000 to thank transit employees for keeping things rolling.

MKE County: County Budget Will Be Hit Hard by COVID-19 Shutdown
MKE County

County Budget Will Be Hit Hard by COVID-19 Shutdown

2021 budget deficit could be $40 million or more.

One in 10 American Workers Lost Their Job in Past Month

One in 10 American Workers Lost Their Job in Past Month

Over 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week

Construction Starting Soon On State Fair Park Care Facility

Construction Starting Soon On State Fair Park Care Facility

Army Corps of Engineers already mobilizing at State Fair Park.

House of Correction Has 7 COVID-19 Cases

House of Correction Has 7 COVID-19 Cases

The first confirmed case was announced Friday. Six more inmates being tested.

Transportation: Buses Limited to 10 Riders
Transportation

Buses Limited to 10 Riders

Starting Thursday a limit of 10 passengers on county buses to prevent spread of COVID-19.

County Overdose Deaths Up 50% in 2020

County Overdose Deaths Up 50% in 2020

Medical Examiner warns current pace would result in 640 deaths in 2020.

House of Correction Has Confirmed COVID-19 Case

House of Correction Has Confirmed COVID-19 Case

One inmate has confirmed case, several others showing symptoms. Nurse that works at jail also tests positive.

Washington Heights Mural Has Simple Message

Washington Heights Mural Has Simple Message

Artist Fred Kaems paints a message of solidarity on his own garage.

State Fair Park Selected for Overflow Care Facility

State Fair Park Selected for Overflow Care Facility

Exposition Center will house extra hospital beds. Local leaders requesting state and federal government act quickly.

Unemployment Claims Set New Record, Again

Unemployment Claims Set New Record, Again

6.6 million people file for unemployment, breaking record set just last week.

Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

Barrett, Abele warn that crowds at polling centers represent a threat to public health.

Milwaukee Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

Milwaukee Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

More hospital capacity, ventilators, protective equipment needed for coming onslaught.

Aurora Setting Up COVID-19 Triage Tents

Aurora Setting Up COVID-19 Triage Tents

Triage tents outside every emergency department will handle a surge of COVID-19 patients.

New Homeless COVID-19 Shelter Opens

New Homeless COVID-19 Shelter Opens

County, city, National Guard, archdiocese partner on facility for homeless at risk for disease.

Brew City: Beer Drive-Thru This Saturday
Brew City

Beer Drive-Thru This Saturday

You can support six Milwaukee breweries by picking up some beer at a drive-thru in St. Francis.

Help Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

Help Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

Wantable is using its expertise to crowdsource masks for those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation: Free Bus Rides Start Saturday
Transportation

Free Bus Rides Start Saturday

Riders can use rear door eliminating interaction between drivers and passengers.

U.S. Sees A Historic Number of Unemployment Claims

U.S. Sees A Historic Number of Unemployment Claims

More than 3.3 million claims filed last week.

David Bowen, Gwen Moore Talk COVID-19 From Quarantine

David Bowen, Gwen Moore Talk COVID-19 From Quarantine

Two black political leaders share their story and why social distancing is key.

Trump Can’t Lift Pandemic Restrictions

Trump Can’t Lift Pandemic Restrictions

In a state of emergency local health officials have broad authority to maintain restrictions.

African-Americans Hit Hard by COVID-19

African-Americans Hit Hard by COVID-19

Majority of cases in the City of Milwaukee are African Americans.

Support Downtown Business, Win Gift Card

Support Downtown Business, Win Gift Card

Downtown BID offers fun way to gain more support for local businesses.

Transportation: County Supervisors Push Free Bus Rides
Transportation

County Supervisors Push Free Bus Rides

Passengers could use side door, away from bus drivers, to protect them from getting virus.

Unemployment Claims Have Skyrocketed

Unemployment Claims Have Skyrocketed

Up 1200% in Wisconsin! And with more layoffs and filings likely to come.

County Asks for Equipment Donations

County Asks for Equipment Donations

Help save healthcare workers' lives; donate masks, gloves, disinfectants, safety glasses.

Send Your Favorite Bartender a Tip

Send Your Favorite Bartender a Tip

Tip MKE is a directory that helps you find local bartenders and servers to tip during the shutdown.

First Responders React To Supply Shortage, Change Operations

First Responders React To Supply Shortage, Change Operations

Police officers and firefighters are having trouble accessing the personal protective equipment they need.

Bus Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

Bus Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

Transit union calls for personal protective equipment for operators. MCTS says drivers protected by shield.

Milwaukee County Releases Interactive Map of COVID-19 Outbreak

Milwaukee County Releases Interactive Map of COVID-19 Outbreak

64 cases confirmed in Milwaukee County. Tracker allows public to better monitor outbreak.

State Rep. Brostoff Quarantining After Coronavirus Exposure

State Rep. Brostoff Quarantining After Coronavirus Exposure

Brostoff, the latest Wisconsin politico to be exposed to the virus, is "keeping a cool head".

Pabst Theater Group Creates Employee Relief Fund

Pabst Theater Group Creates Employee Relief Fund

More than $34,000 has already been donated to support over 200 employees.

COVID-19 Testing Supplies Running Low

COVID-19 Testing Supplies Running Low

State and local officials prioritizing tests for worst cases, so results understate spread of disease.

40 COVID-19 Cases in Milwaukee County

40 COVID-19 Cases in Milwaukee County

Up 67% since yesterday. Abele favors moving back the spring election.

Taverns: This Is It! Needs Your Help
Taverns

This Is It! Needs Your Help

Historic LGBT bar in Cathedral Square in danger of closing forever during COVID-19 shutdown.

Milwaukee Officials Ask Public to Stay Home, As Much as Possible

Milwaukee Officials Ask Public to Stay Home, As Much as Possible

As cases of COVID-19 grow in Milwaukee County and the state, preventive measures now will save lives in the future.

Milwaukee Man Creates Democratic Hat

Milwaukee Man Creates Democratic Hat

MAGA red hat, meet your True Blue American alternative. Let the cap wars begin.

Giannis Pledges $100,000 for Fiserv Workers

Giannis Pledges $100,000 for Fiserv Workers

The Bucks said they would match their star forward's donation during the league suspension.

Dining: Bars, Restaurants and COVID-19
Dining

Bars, Restaurants and COVID-19

How restaurants and taverns in Milwaukee are reacting to the Coronavirus.

Brew City: Explorium Opening Milwaukee Brewpub
Brew City

Explorium Opening Milwaukee Brewpub

Brewery will add second location in city with specialty food, cocktails, and 24 house-made beers.

Transportation: How Can Transit Connect To Jobs?
Transportation

How Can Transit Connect To Jobs?

New bus route to Amazon at county's far end or night buses to jobs in more urban areas?

Dining: Brady St. Boasts Mexican Ice Cream Shop
Dining

Brady St. Boasts Mexican Ice Cream Shop

Jona’s Pit Stop sells authentic Mexican ice cream, and other Mexican treats.

County Sales Tax Legislation Gets Hearing

County Sales Tax Legislation Gets Hearing

Bill supported by local business leaders allows hike in county sales tax for local purposes.

MKE County: Federal Grant Funds New Opioid Program
MKE County

Federal Grant Funds New Opioid Program

County has state's highest rates of deaths and hospital visits related to opioid addiction.

Dining: Three New Food Trucks
Dining

Three New Food Trucks

One is a massive trailer for smoked meats, the other two are pioneers in the side by side sale of Mexican, Greek and American fare.

Transportation: Airport’s Passenger Traffic Down in 2019
Transportation

Airport’s Passenger Traffic Down in 2019

Grounding of Boeing 737 Max a key factor. But airport continues to grow, add features.

Dining: Asian Papayoyo To Become Swahili Kitchen
Dining

Asian Papayoyo To Become Swahili Kitchen

New restaurant will serve East African dishes along with a few North American staples.

Brew City: Wizard Works Brewing Coming to Third Ward
Brew City

Wizard Works Brewing Coming to Third Ward

Brewer credits former presidential candidate with inspiring his vision.

Transportation: Bus Rapid Transit Faces Delays, Higher Costs
Transportation

Bus Rapid Transit Faces Delays, Higher Costs

Trump administration mismanagement of grant program costing county time and money.

Dining: Street Chefs Coming to Brady Street
Dining

Street Chefs Coming to Brady Street

Food cart owner bringing restaurant to vacant space at the corner of Brady and Van Buren.

Dining: Greens & Things Coming To Northwest Side
Dining

Greens & Things Coming To Northwest Side

New soul food spot with counter service is opening soon.

Zoo Backs Off On Elephant’s Transport

Zoo Backs Off On Elephant’s Transport

Animal rights advocates assailed move of elephant from Pittsburgh Zoo to Milwaukee's.

2020 County Exec Race: Nath Kicked Out Of Voces Event
2020 County Exec Race

Nath Kicked Out Of Voces Event

In interview with Urban Milwaukee, Nath gives her version of events.

Museum Would Monitor Workers’ Health Choices

Museum Would Monitor Workers’ Health Choices

Public Museum's union workers must share data, show improved wellness program results.

Dining: Red June Cafe Has Closed
Dining

Red June Cafe Has Closed

After three years, Cathedral Square cafe modeled after one in Chicago closes.

Dining: Got Dogs, Milwaukee’s Latest Hot Dog
Dining

Got Dogs, Milwaukee’s Latest Hot Dog

Tom Pappas wants his business to be "The Hot Dog of Milwaukee."

MKE County: County Exec Candidates Discuss Fiscal Crisis
MKE County

County Exec Candidates Discuss Fiscal Crisis

Lipscomb, Larson, Crowley and Nath present their vision for addressing Milwaukee County's fiscal challenges.

MKE County: County Exec Race Upended
MKE County

County Exec Race Upended

State Election Commission disqualifies Kennedy and Sullivan. Abele's $6,000 donation wasted?

Dining: It’s Named For Patron Saint of Hangovers
Dining

It’s Named For Patron Saint of Hangovers

That's St. Bibiana, the upscale restaurant and bar coming to Brady Street.

2020 County Exec Race: Seven Will Run for County Executive
2020 County Exec Race

Seven Will Run for County Executive

Gwen Moore endorses Lipscomb, Crowley has raised $53,000, no word from Abele.

Witkowski’s Winter Wonderland

Witkowski’s Winter Wonderland

Former alderman helps create huge annual display of holiday lights on South Side.

Mayor Bloomberg Comes to Town

Mayor Bloomberg Comes to Town

Presidential candidate opens campaign office in Milwaukee and tours Public Market.

Green Project at ‘Tent City’ Site Finalized

Green Project at ‘Tent City’ Site Finalized

City, state, MMSD cooperate on stormwater project. But its timing raises questions.

Transportation: Bridge on North Ave. is “Functionally Obsolete”
Transportation

Bridge on North Ave. is “Functionally Obsolete”

Replacement needed for portion of North Ave traversing the Oak Leaf Trail.

2020 County Exec Race: Jim Sullivan Will Run For County Executive
2020 County Exec Race

Jim Sullivan Will Run For County Executive

County administrator and former legislator emphasizes need for sound management.

MKE County: Wilson Park Homeless Warming Center Debated
MKE County

Wilson Park Homeless Warming Center Debated

Public meeting gets unruly on proposal to let homeless sleep overnight in senior center.

MKE County:  New Area for South Shore Beach Chosen
MKE County

New Area for South Shore Beach Chosen

One of most polluted beaches in U.S. could be fixed -- if funding can be secured.

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

MMSD-funded infrastructure on state land to capture 150,000 gallons of stormwater in a heavy rain.

2020 County Exec Race: Six Now Running for County Executive
2020 County Exec Race

Six Now Running for County Executive

Democrat Chris Larson and Trump supporter Purnima Nath join four other candidates.

MKE County: Fox Point Trustee to Run for County Board
MKE County

Fox Point Trustee to Run for County Board

"Relatively frugal" liberal Democrat Liz Sumner to run for seat Lipscomb is vacating.

MKE County: Why the Bus Union Didn’t Strike
MKE County

Why the Bus Union Didn’t Strike

MCTS offer of back pay for workers, and weariness after 21 months bargaining, were key.

MKE County: All Quiet on the Budget Front
MKE County

All Quiet on the Budget Front

Board passes 2020 budget with no clashes with Abele and small change in spending.

MKE County: Lipscomb Will Run for County Exec
MKE County

Lipscomb Will Run for County Exec

County Board chair says troubled finances must be focus of next county executive.

Transportation: Thursday Transit Strike Averted
Transportation

Thursday Transit Strike Averted

Transit union will vote on contract offer from MCTS.

Transportation: Bus Drivers Ready (Again) To Strike
Transportation

Bus Drivers Ready (Again) To Strike

Transit union leader says negotiations with MCTS going nowhere, threatens strike.

MKE County: Revised Budget Saves More Transit
MKE County

Revised Budget Saves More Transit

Board scrapes the barrel for funds to save bus routes, prevent various service cuts.

MKE County: Hemp Proposal Passed By Committee
MKE County

Hemp Proposal Passed By Committee

4-1 vote okays plan for high-end hemp operation in Mitchell Park greenhouse. Next comes full board.

MKE County: Board Adds Domes Funding to Budget
MKE County

Board Adds Domes Funding to Budget

Abele's budget had no funding. Board members embrace consultant's $60 million domes plan

MKE County: Officials Relocating Tent City Residents
MKE County

Officials Relocating Tent City Residents

"Housing First" approach gets the homeless housing and then helps with other problems.

MKE County: High PFAS Levels Found at Airport
MKE County

High PFAS Levels Found at Airport

State DNR orders airport to take immediate action to “halt and minimize” PFAS pollution.

Transportation: Could Federal Grant Revive the Jobline?
Transportation

Could Federal Grant Revive the Jobline?

Supervisors eager to recreate the shuttered bus service push to use federal grant.

Transportation: Bus Union Threatens Strike By October 25
Transportation

Bus Union Threatens Strike By October 25

Demands new contract proposal by then. Transit officials say they will meet the deadline.

Chris Abele Won’t Seek Reelection

Chris Abele Won’t Seek Reelection

County executive reverses course in surprise announcement, won't run for reelection.

MKE County: Hemp Could Make Money for County
MKE County

Hemp Could Make Money for County

New report says Mitchell Park greenhouses could grow valuable hemp clones.

MKE County: County Plans to Expand South Shore Beer Garden
MKE County

County Plans to Expand South Shore Beer Garden

County announces plans to spend $50,000 to plan and design beer garden expansion.

MKE County: Abele’s Budget Sees Cuts, and New Programs
MKE County

Abele’s Budget Sees Cuts, and New Programs

Proposed budget closes two pools and cuts bus routes, but boosts the Sheriff's department

Undeclared Candidate for Judge Already Polling Well

Undeclared Candidate for Judge Already Polling Well

Third-party poll promotes the potential candidacy of Zach Whitney.

Airport Getting a Commercial ‘Refresh’

Airport Getting a Commercial ‘Refresh’

Cousins Subs and Starbucks open new locations at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.

Transportation: Transit Union Stages Rally
Transportation

Transit Union Stages Rally

Calls for contract to include to backpay and driver security measures, and for the restoration of bus routes.

Transportation: Transit Cuts Reduced By Abele
Transportation

Transit Cuts Reduced By Abele

After questions raised, his revised 2020 budget finds more revenue for bus system.

MKE County: Public Likes Domes Plan
MKE County

Public Likes Domes Plan

They want to save the Domes, as does county board. But can officials move quickly enough?

MKE County: Youth Corrections Proposal Sent To State
MKE County

Youth Corrections Proposal Sent To State

Unlike Lincoln Hllls, proposed center emphasizes treatment and programming, not punishment.

MKE County: Supervisors Question Couture Project
MKE County

Supervisors Question Couture Project

Staskunas says county should consider other options, doubts 44-story tower will happen.

MKE County: Unique Coalition Seeks Sales Tax Hike
MKE County

Unique Coalition Seeks Sales Tax Hike

County officials, all 19 municipalities, business leaders back plan to net $160 million per year.

Transportation: Could Federal Grant Have Saved Bus Routes?
Transportation

Could Federal Grant Have Saved Bus Routes?

Some question how Abele administration used federal grant money.

Transportation: Bus Union Authorizes a Strike
Transportation

Bus Union Authorizes a Strike

The union votes no on MCTS' final contract offer, gives leadership power to call strike.

Transportation: Bus Union Threatens Strike By Friday
Transportation

Bus Union Threatens Strike By Friday

Union leader predicts a strike, but some workers likely to favor contract being offered.

Transportation: Bus Union’s Budget Claims Disputed
Transportation

Bus Union’s Budget Claims Disputed

Its claim that MCTS has big annual surpluses misrepresents the budget, comptroller says.

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

The governor lauds freshwater programs, promises state funding for them.

Midwest Express, Its Cookies, Are Back

Midwest Express, Its Cookies, Are Back

Beloved Milwaukee airline, out of business for nearly a decade, will relaunch within months.

MKE County: Domes Task Force Recommends $66 Million Plan
MKE County

Domes Task Force Recommends $66 Million Plan

Plan to radically alter the domes and Mitchell Park demands fast decision making.

Transportation: Transit Negotiations Over, What’s Next?
Transportation

Transit Negotiations Over, What’s Next?

MCTS makes its best and final offer. Union must accept it or go on strike.

Transportation: MCTS Plans to Cut 16 Bus Routes
Transportation

MCTS Plans to Cut 16 Bus Routes

Most riders wouldn't be affected by cuts, driven by projected $5.9 million budget deficit.

Public Shocked by ‘For Sale’ Signs in County Parks

Public Shocked by ‘For Sale’ Signs in County Parks

Parks group uses "For Sale" signs to raise awareness and support for parks funding.

Transportation: Bublr Unveils Adaptive Bikes
Transportation

Bublr Unveils Adaptive Bikes

It's the first ever adaptive bikeshare in the U.S. that is fully integrated with the system.

Kinn Hotel Plan Gets First Approval

Kinn Hotel Plan Gets First Approval

Plan for hotel on North Broadway gets historic preservation approval on third try.

Transportation: County Wins Grant For Electric Buses
Transportation

County Wins Grant For Electric Buses

$1.7 million federal matching grant will help buy Battery Electric Buses.

MKE County: Indigenous People’s Park Is Official
MKE County

Indigenous People’s Park Is Official

Renaming Columbus Park, created in 1956 on land original owned by the Potawatomi tribe.

MKE County: Sup. Alexander Wants More Public Input
MKE County

Sup. Alexander Wants More Public Input

County board, less than excited, votes to have the ordinance undergo a review.

MKE County: Domes Proposal Requires Great Speed
MKE County

Domes Proposal Requires Great Speed

Consultant's "Think Big" solution requires fast-paced applications for grants, tax credits.

Local Climate Change Task Force Proposed

Local Climate Change Task Force Proposed

Common Council okays City-County Joint Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity.

Transportation: WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service
Transportation

WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service

With $35 million from new budget, WisDOT seeks federal matching grants for expansion.

Transportation: Bus Rapid Transit Expected by 2021
Transportation

Bus Rapid Transit Expected by 2021

9-mile line, $54 million project by Milwaukee County mostly funded by federal grant.

MKE County: Abele’s Power Over County Transit Targeted
MKE County

Abele’s Power Over County Transit Targeted

Proposal gives county supervisors and employees more power over county bus system.

MKE County: County May Have To Sell Parks
MKE County

County May Have To Sell Parks

Report predicts county's growing structural deficit could mean selling parks to reduce costs.

MKE County: The County’s Queen of Hemp
MKE County

The County’s Queen of Hemp

Why Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is pushing so hard for county to grow hemp.

MKE County: County Jail is Bleeding Safety Officers
MKE County

County Jail is Bleeding Safety Officers

Pay low, conditions bad. In 2018 county hired 103 corrections officers and lost 110.

MKE County: County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid
MKE County

County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid

Unfunded state mandates and a decade of declining state aid driving county's huge deficit.

MKE County: Lake Park Bridge Funding Secured
MKE County

Lake Park Bridge Funding Secured

State funds will help restore Ravine Road Bridge, with some left over for Brown Deer Park.

MKE County: Should Sheriff Provide Security on Buses?
MKE County

Should Sheriff Provide Security on Buses?

It would cost more and issue divides bus drivers and riders. No action taken on idea.

Transportation: County Looks to Add Electric Buses
Transportation

County Looks to Add Electric Buses

County applies for federal grant for electric buses, though head of MCDOT not a fan.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Gets Financing Extension
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Gets Financing Extension

Construction starts on Adams Garden Park, wellness center for King Drive.

Transportation: Joblines Bus Will End After August
Transportation

Joblines Bus Will End After August

Funding for bus to Waukesha County jobs ending and Waukesha doesn't seem to care.

Plats and Parcels: Convention Center Expansion Inches Forward
Plats and Parcels

Convention Center Expansion Inches Forward

Wisconsin Center District hiring Morgan Stanley as banker.

MKE County: “Think Big!” Domes Task Force Is Told
MKE County

“Think Big!” Domes Task Force Is Told

Consultant hired by county offers bold new vision for the domes and Mitchell Park.

Plats and Parcels: Historic Building to Become Boutique Hotel
Plats and Parcels

Historic Building to Become Boutique Hotel

Plus: Soldiers Home redevelopment on pause, coworking company buys building on streetcar route

MKE County: Transit System Plans 10% Service Cut
MKE County

Transit System Plans 10% Service Cut

"Out of local funding options” says MCTS leader. Union pressed for benefit givebacks.

Plats and Parcels: Large Third Ward Building Sold
Plats and Parcels

Large Third Ward Building Sold

Plus: Downtown Post Office remains in limbo, King Drive Library deal hits roadblock

Taverns: City’s Most Impressive Sports Bar Ever?
Taverns

City’s Most Impressive Sports Bar Ever?

Bucks give a sneak peak of "The MECCA." Whoa, is it elevated.

City’s New Horse Stables Break Ground

City’s New Horse Stables Break Ground

MKE Urban Stables to house police department's mounted patrol, offer equine therapy.

Plats and Parcels: Park East Land Back on the Market
Plats and Parcels

Park East Land Back on the Market

Plus: Milwaukee Athletic Club redevelopment advances, Oriental Theatre project hits next phase.

MKE County: Board Condemns We Energies Discharge Permit
MKE County

Board Condemns We Energies Discharge Permit

DNR could allow small variance in mercury discharged. County board, Sierra Club object.

MKE County: Could The County Clone Hemp Plants?
MKE County

Could The County Clone Hemp Plants?

Report on county growing hemp is not positive. But expert says the study all wrong.

Plats and Parcels: Former Carleton School to Become Housing
Plats and Parcels

Former Carleton School to Become Housing

Plus: Bradley Foundation moving to Hammes Building.

MKE County: Bus Drivers Union Assails MCTS Leaders
MKE County

Bus Drivers Union Assails MCTS Leaders

"The fight is on," says union leader, as labor negotiations hit wall over health care coverage.

Plats and Parcels: Ikon Hotel Deal Gets First Approval
Plats and Parcels

Ikon Hotel Deal Gets First Approval

Plus: A Waukesha jail is now an apartment building.

Plats and Parcels: Jeffers Buys Walker’s Point Warehouse
Plats and Parcels

Jeffers Buys Walker’s Point Warehouse

Plus: King Drive library project too costly? And Wangard plans riverwalk extension

Plats and Parcels: Meet the Deer District
Plats and Parcels

Meet the Deer District

Bucks developing area around Fiserv Forum, and The Avenue gets a new $3 million entrance.

MKE County: County “Creating a Hospital” for Its Jails?
MKE County

County “Creating a Hospital” for Its Jails?

Board begins work on costly inmate medical program for county jail, House of Correction.

Plats and Parcels: Senior Housing for Lower East Side
Plats and Parcels

Senior Housing for Lower East Side

Plus: Two city apartment complexes sold. Irgens plans 25-acre project in Wauwatosa.

MKE County: Rumors of Domes’ Demise Exaggerated
MKE County

Rumors of Domes’ Demise Exaggerated

Despite report recommending their death, county board members want to save domes.

Plats and Parcels: Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side
Plats and Parcels

Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side

State facility at 6600 N. Teutonia would replace troubled Lincoln Hills center.

Transportation: Public Favors Transit System’s Redesign
Transportation

Public Favors Transit System’s Redesign

Plan means faster, more frequent buses, slightly fewer stops in Milwaukee County.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Gets Financing Extension
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Gets Financing Extension

State office building slated for near west side, Grand Ave might get $9 million.

MKE County: Bus Drivers’ Union Fights New Contract
MKE County

Bus Drivers’ Union Fights New Contract

Transit system cites $6 million deficit, wants workers to pay more for health care.

Plats and Parcels: New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs
Plats and Parcels

New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs

What impact would changing TIF law have?

Plats and Parcels: Milwaukee Real Estate Draws National Interest
Plats and Parcels

Milwaukee Real Estate Draws National Interest

Out-of-state investors have poured millions into city properties.

Plats and Parcels: 100 More Jobs Coming to Downtown
Plats and Parcels

100 More Jobs Coming to Downtown

But what's happening at the Foxconn office building?

MMSD Plans $1.4 Billion of Improvements

MMSD Plans $1.4 Billion of Improvements

Sewerage district has ambitious six-year plan for 411-square-mile regions it serves.

MKE County: Say Goodbye to Columbus Park?
MKE County

Say Goodbye to Columbus Park?

County Sup. Felesia Martin pushing for new name: Indigenous People's Park.

Plats and Parcels: Schlitz Park Sold
Plats and Parcels

Schlitz Park Sold

Plus: the Giuffre brothers divide their property. And The Urbanite temporarily closes.

MKE County: Private Contract for Jail Health Care Okayed
MKE County

Private Contract for Jail Health Care Okayed

But committee also calls for county to take over for private contractor in two years.

Plats and Parcels: Mandel Seeks High-Rise Subsidy
Plats and Parcels

Mandel Seeks High-Rise Subsidy

Developer wants city's help to close financing gap for Prospect Ave. apartment tower.

Plats and Parcels: Just One Proposal for Soldiers Home
Plats and Parcels

Just One Proposal for Soldiers Home

VA attracts only one bidder to redevelop three historic buildings.

Transportation: County May Study Security Officers for Buses
Transportation

County May Study Security Officers for Buses

County committee unanimously approves study, will next go to full board.

Plats and Parcels: Journal Sentinel Building To Be Purchased
Plats and Parcels

Journal Sentinel Building To Be Purchased

Plus: Jeffers buys two Walker's Point buildings. And Post Office building lawsuit stalled.

7 Goals of County Fair Deal Group

7 Goals of County Fair Deal Group

Abele and Lipscomb's group releases seven recommendations for state legislative action.

Plats and Parcels: New Downtown Apartment Building
Plats and Parcels

New Downtown Apartment Building

Is the second time the charm for a long vacant downtown site?

City Starts Over on Deconstruction

City Starts Over on Deconstruction

It's back to demolishing old buildings, while trying to start small deconstruction program.

Plats and Parcels: 13 Affordable Housing Projects Seek Credits
Plats and Parcels

13 Affordable Housing Projects Seek Credits

Plus: Downtown's Bank Mutual sold. And old Garfield Theater could become branch library.

MKE County: County Officials Review Revenue Options
MKE County

County Officials Review Revenue Options

Abele and Lipscomb's Fair Deal group considers ways to relieve dire financial situation.

Plats and Parcels: Big Condo Project Coming
Plats and Parcels

Big Condo Project Coming

City's first major condo project since Great Recession planned for Lower East Side.

Plats and Parcels: Schlitz Park, River House Sold to Out-of-State Investors
Plats and Parcels

Schlitz Park, River House Sold to Out-of-State Investors

Plus: Masonic Hotel construction planned for 2019.

Transportation: County Transit Changes Coming in 2019
Transportation

County Transit Changes Coming in 2019

Some bus lines ended or merged. Goal is faster, more efficient service for customers.

Plats and Parcels: Could Marquette Build Its Own Arena?
Plats and Parcels

Could Marquette Build Its Own Arena?

Plus: A planned boutique hotel gets the ax and ACTS housing helps its 2,500th family.

MKE County: Board Rejects Outsourced Inmate Care
MKE County

Board Rejects Outsourced Inmate Care

Unanimous vote rejects private company, calls for county staff to handle health services in jails.

MKE County: Can Public-Private Deals Help County?
MKE County

Can Public-Private Deals Help County?

Experts discuss potential of public-private partnerships for county and city.

Plats and Parcels: A Revamped Marcus Center
Plats and Parcels

A Revamped Marcus Center

Ambitious plan unveiled to reshape performing arts center.

MKE County: Fight for Sanctuary Woods Continues
MKE County

Fight for Sanctuary Woods Continues

Wauwatosa officials seem to favor saving woods, but county officials have failed to act.

MKE County: County Committee Mollified on Couture
MKE County

County Committee Mollified on Couture

Delay on 44-floor lakefront tower had been issue, but key supervisors now happy.

Plats and Parcels: New Land Pursuing Glendale Development
Plats and Parcels

New Land Pursuing Glendale Development

See the apartment building and town homes proposed for suburban community.

Transportation: County Bus System Plans Complete Redesign
Transportation

County Bus System Plans Complete Redesign

All routes will be reconsidered to achieve maximum frequency, public input sought.

MKE County: A ‘Maptacular’ Idea to Fund Parks
MKE County

A ‘Maptacular’ Idea to Fund Parks

New fund for parks from merchandise sold, including unique maps of parks.

Plats and Parcels: Amazon Coming to Oak Creek
Plats and Parcels

Amazon Coming to Oak Creek

New logistics hub will be one million square feet larger than Kenosha warehouse.

Plats and Parcels: West Allis Hotel Proposal Could Get Subsidy
Plats and Parcels

West Allis Hotel Proposal Could Get Subsidy

$133 million project with hotel, offices, could get $21.5 million subsidy.

Plats and Parcels: Affordable Housing for Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

Affordable Housing for Walker’s Point

Ohio-based developer eyeing Milwaukee project.

Plats and Parcels: Big Week of Real Estate News
Plats and Parcels

Big Week of Real Estate News

The Couture, Michels and streetcar headline a busy week.

Last Minute Amendment Saves Job Line

Last Minute Amendment Saves Job Line

County board will pay to extend bus line to jobs in Waukesha, Washington counties.

MKE County: County Will Push for More State Funding
MKE County

County Will Push for More State Funding

Resolution creates "Fair Deal" work group backed by Abele and board to address county fiscal crisis.

Plats and Parcels: Post Office, Company Fight Over Downtown Property
Plats and Parcels

Post Office, Company Fight Over Downtown Property

Plus: Where should Public Museum move? And what's an Opportunity Zone?

MKE County: Lipscomb Wants Electric Buses Sooner
MKE County

Lipscomb Wants Electric Buses Sooner

Budget amendment would purchase four electric buses this year for MCTS.

A Giant Step for Bader Philanthropies

A Giant Step for Bader Philanthropies

Politicians, residents celebrate Bader foundation's move to near North Side.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Still in Limbo
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Still in Limbo

Plus: Plans to convert two schools to apartments advance, more affordable housing in Walker's Point

Plats and Parcels: Does Wangard Have Harbor District Plans?
Plats and Parcels

Does Wangard Have Harbor District Plans?

Also: Chicago-based R2 Companies continues to make noise in Milwaukee.

Local Leaders Demand Big Store Tax Reform

Local Leaders Demand Big Store Tax Reform

18 municipal leaders say big box tax loopholes costly, push legislators to change law.

Plats and Parcels: More Apartments in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

More Apartments in Walker’s Point

A big week of real estate news as a bunch of projects move forward.

Plats and Parcels: Former Target Store To Become Warehouse
Plats and Parcels

Former Target Store To Become Warehouse

And what's going to happen to the current P&H site?

City Hall: City Announces Green Infrastructure Plan
City Hall

City Announces Green Infrastructure Plan

Big changes to adapt to climate change and increase in damaging rainstorms.

Plats and Parcels: An East Side High Rise in 2019?
Plats and Parcels

An East Side High Rise in 2019?

Mandel announces plans to break ground on Prospect Ave. tower

MKE County: Should County Go Into Hemp Business?
MKE County

Should County Go Into Hemp Business?

Facing huge budget problems, supervisors push for county to grow and sell hemp.

Plats and Parcels: County Officials Suggest Taking Back Couture Site
Plats and Parcels

County Officials Suggest Taking Back Couture Site

Supervisors cite lack of progress on county-owned lakefront land.

MKE County: Should County Move South Shore Beach?
MKE County

Should County Move South Shore Beach?

County officials have funded design options to improve the often polluted beach.

Plats and Parcels: More Downtown Projects Moving Forward
Plats and Parcels

More Downtown Projects Moving Forward

Progress happening on activation of Sentinel Building, redevelopment of Bradley Center and creation of S Block.

Plats and Parcels: City Financing Proposed for Michels’ Massive Development
Plats and Parcels

City Financing Proposed for Michels’ Massive Development

Proposal to bring hundreds of jobs to Harbor District to get financing help.

Plats and Parcels: Brady Street Project Cancelled
Plats and Parcels

Brady Street Project Cancelled

City marketing vacant lot on Lower East Side main street for $105,000.

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

City officials announce they will accept proposals for dockless bikeshare.

More Development In Menomonee Valley

More Development In Menomonee Valley

Two businesses grab last two lots in Menomonee Valley Industrial Center.

SSP America Rejects Workers Call for Union

SSP America Rejects Workers Call for Union

Company that serves Mitchell Airport claims most workers don’t want union, suggests NLRB oversight.

The Harambee Neighborhood’s Future?

The Harambee Neighborhood’s Future?

Community oriented charrette process proposes designs for development to improve area.

Plats and Parcels: Another Suburban Business Comes to City
Plats and Parcels

Another Suburban Business Comes to City

FIS leasing building on northwest side. Plus: A streetcar backup plan if Couture delayed.

Union Serve Notice on SSP America

Union Serve Notice on SSP America

Workers at company that serves airport demand a union, give company till Monday to officially respond.

Plats and Parcels: Harbor District Emerges
Plats and Parcels

Harbor District Emerges

All the sudden the sleepy harbor is the place for hundreds of million in development.

Plats and Parcels: Growing Bronzeville
Plats and Parcels

Growing Bronzeville

City selling gateway to neighborhood

Labor Battle Looms at Airport

Labor Battle Looms at Airport

Service and hospitality workers for SSP America demand union vote, may call for picketing or a strike.

Plats and Parcels: The Public Museum’s Big Plans
Plats and Parcels

The Public Museum’s Big Plans

Plus: Froedtert is practicing good urbanism and Good City is good for the city.

Plats and Parcels:  Mandel’s $130 Million Harbor Development
Plats and Parcels

Mandel’s $130 Million Harbor Development

Plus: more manufacturing in West Allis.

Plats and Parcels: More Good News for Downtown
Plats and Parcels

More Good News for Downtown

New hotel, new office tenants and possibly a new office building.

MKE County: Talks May Start on Bus to Foxconn
MKE County

Talks May Start on Bus to Foxconn

Lipscomb offers road map for bus connecting workers from Milwaukee at press conference.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View’s BID Goes Bye Bye
Plats and Parcels

Bay View’s BID Goes Bye Bye

Also: Downtown hotel sold, new luxury apartment tower opens

The Problems with Deconstruction

The Problems with Deconstruction

New city program is promising, but also faces obstacles.

Plats and Parcels: More Development in Harbor District
Plats and Parcels

More Development in Harbor District

San Diego investor sees the potential of Milwaukee’s harbor area.

First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law

First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law

But Ald. Bauman fears high bids from companies may make law impractical.

Plats and Parcels: St. James Saved By Tax Credits
Plats and Parcels

St. James Saved By Tax Credits

Jeffers credits tax credits for saving historic downtown parish hall.

Plats and Parcels: About That New Convention Center Plan
Plats and Parcels

About That New Convention Center Plan

Renderings for expansion look beautiful, but where’s the money?

Foxconn’s North American Headquarters Opening Downtown

Foxconn’s North American Headquarters Opening Downtown

Local officials celebrate at press conference, but will unemployed residents win jobs?

Ballet Breaks Ground on New Center

Ballet Breaks Ground on New Center

52,000 square-foot Baumgartner Center for Dance will contain rehearsal and school space.

Plats and Parcels: Catalytic Development for North Avenue?
Plats and Parcels

Catalytic Development for North Avenue?

Robert Schmidt sells two East Side properties. And a really old grocery store will become high-end apartments.

Plats and Parcels: More Apartments for North Avenue
Plats and Parcels

More Apartments for North Avenue

Plus: Big Bay View project and the Streetcar’s future.

8 Options for Domes Presented

8 Options for Domes Presented

Public input sought on options offered by task force, but costs of each unknown.

Plats and Parcels: Who Will Build Next Downtown Tower?
Plats and Parcels

Who Will Build Next Downtown Tower?

Choice parcel of land now on the market. Who will buy and build there?

Plats and Parcels: Gorman Building Affordable Housing for Veterans
Plats and Parcels

Gorman Building Affordable Housing for Veterans

Another project by developer that mixes good business and social impact.

MKE County: Committee Okays Referendum on Legalizing Pot
MKE County

Committee Okays Referendum on Legalizing Pot

Unanimous vote in favor of November referendum asking to legalize and tax marijuana.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View Businesses Rebel Against BID
Plats and Parcels

Bay View Businesses Rebel Against BID

In a city with many BIDs, should others worry about such challenges?

Plats and Parcels: New Development in Menomonee Valley?
Plats and Parcels

New Development in Menomonee Valley?

A new road and design solutions could attract development and 800 new jobs.

Plats and Parcels: The Bad News About Bon-Ton
Plats and Parcels

The Bad News About Bon-Ton

And the good news about the harbor, and The North End.

$3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

$3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

City will work with Harbor District and BID to create unique amenity.

Plats and Parcels: Downtown’s Hot But Cooling Off?
Plats and Parcels

Downtown’s Hot But Cooling Off?

And bad news for city on mortgage foreclosures.

New Oasis in West Side Food Desert

New Oasis in West Side Food Desert

Mo’s Food Market opens on 24th and Clybourn, offering fresh produce and Asian specialties.

More Good News for the Sherman Phoenix

More Good News for the Sherman Phoenix

New project in Sherman Park gains another grant. Abele predicts success.

Plats and Parcels: State Office Building Moving to Waukesha?
Plats and Parcels

State Office Building Moving to Waukesha?

Plus: Housing to replace billboards on Water Street.

Plats and Parcels: The Expanding Empire of Josh Jeffers
Plats and Parcels

The Expanding Empire of Josh Jeffers

And why the curious contractor switcheroo for The Couture?

Riverwest Bike Boulevard Gets Thumbs Up

Riverwest Bike Boulevard Gets Thumbs Up

Most attending public meeting support slowing traffic on N. Fratney and E. Wright streets.

Plats and Parcels: New Hotel on Van Buren?
Plats and Parcels

New Hotel on Van Buren?

Plus: New apartments near Bucks arena and new MU development.

Plats and Parcels: Money for Amazon for Startups?
Plats and Parcels

Money for Amazon for Startups?

Milwaukee 7 leader Jim Paetsch floated the idea. Plus: more apartment projects.

MKE County: Bill Targets Milwaukee’s Segregation
MKE County

Bill Targets Milwaukee’s Segregation

Landlords would be nudged to accept federal housing vouchers. Many testified against bill.

Plats and Parcels: Is the Downtown Apartment Boom Over?
Plats and Parcels

Is the Downtown Apartment Boom Over?

Wangard hesitates over river-side apartment complex, while other projects push ahead.

Proposed Riverwest Project Gets Reviewed

Proposed Riverwest Project Gets Reviewed

Scott Genke would develop two apartment buildings on Humboldt with green features.

Bus Line to Foxconn Could Transport Workers

Bus Line to Foxconn Could Transport Workers

Lipscomb proposal could transport thousands, promote regional transportation.

Plats and Parcels: Huge Historic Redo for North Avenue
Plats and Parcels

Huge Historic Redo for North Avenue

Redeveloping 20,000-square-foot buildings that housed G. Daddy’s and Hotel Foster.

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

The Hubbub in Walker’s Point

It's all happening in Walker's Point, a bevy of busy reporters agree.

Local Technology Could Be Revolutionary

Local Technology Could Be Revolutionary

How a new water contamination sensor was developed at the Global Water Center.

Plats and Parcels: A Hostel for Riverwest
Plats and Parcels

A Hostel for Riverwest

And $79 million in New Markets Tax Credits to three community development entities.

Residents Jeer Pay-to-Park Plan

Residents Jeer Pay-to-Park Plan

Abele sympathizes but says county must get revenue from somewhere.

Bring Us Your Green Projects, Says MMSD

Bring Us Your Green Projects, Says MMSD

District offers $1.5 million matching funds for projects to reduce urban runoff, taxpayers costs.

Donovan Says City Terrorized by Villains

Donovan Says City Terrorized by Villains

“I am not fabricating, falsifying,” he says, decrying current approaches to crime.

Startup City: Company Helps You Take Working Vacation
Startup City

Company Helps You Take Working Vacation

Startup called Venture with Impact lets you visit exotic places while also working.

Study Shows Rivers’ Quality Declined

Study Shows Rivers’ Quality Declined

River Keepers give a “D plus” rating to water quality of Milwaukee’s estuary.

Task Force Considers Future of Domes

Task Force Considers Future of Domes

The options are “overwhelming” and the future far from certain.

Franklin Wants Milwaukee’s Water

Franklin Wants Milwaukee’s Water

But Bauman doubts suburb can meet city rules for transportation and affordable housing.

City’s Housing Fund Has Big Impact

City’s Housing Fund Has Big Impact

$7 million invested over 11 years has leveraged an additional $176 million in spending.

Business: How Rockwell Became More Female Friendly
Business

How Rockwell Became More Female Friendly

Company offered classes to all employees on white male "bias and privilege."

Foxconn Signing Is a Love Fest

Foxconn Signing Is a Love Fest

Walker rhapsodizes about the deal, and welcomes workers from Illinois.

Bucks’ Health Clinic Will Soon Open

Bucks’ Health Clinic Will Soon Open

Downtown clinic is partnership with Froedtert MCW to serve Bucks, local residents.

How to Grow the Restaurant Scene

How to Grow the Restaurant Scene

Two entrepreneurs from Pittsburgh explain how they’ve helped incubate new restaurants.

School Will Become Apartment Complex

School Will Become Apartment Complex

Former 37th Street School will be turned into 50 senior apartments, 10 townhomes.

Proposal Would Grow Central City Farms

Proposal Would Grow Central City Farms

Two Milwaukee legislators envision urban farms rising in 30th St. Corridor.

Program Funds “Pop-Up Shops” in Central City

Program Funds “Pop-Up Shops” in Central City

LISC works with city, JP Morgan Chase to jump start businesses in three neighborhoods.

Discovery World Breaks Ground on Major Addition

Discovery World Breaks Ground on Major Addition

New 10,000 square foot pavilion, and remodeling of existing building planned.

Milwaukee Grows Its Green Program

Milwaukee Grows Its Green Program

Environmental program saving millions in taxes, winning private sector participants.

New Library Embraces the Future

New Library Embraces the Future

Mitchell Street branch is the city’s most technologically advanced.

Miller Compromises on Gettelman Brewery

Miller Compromises on Gettelman Brewery

MillerCoors only wants to demolish half of historic complex after community push back.

New Bay View Park Denied, For Now

New Bay View Park Denied, For Now

“It looks like Mayor Barrett won,” says Ald. Zielinski.

Can Bauman and Kovac Create Jobs?

Can Bauman and Kovac Create Jobs?

Their legislation would require pre-1930 homes to be deconstructed, not demolished

Tiny Homes Could Change Lives

Tiny Homes Could Change Lives

Unique program will build 36 homes for young people aging out of foster care.

U.S Oil Won’t Ship Oil From Port

U.S Oil Won’t Ship Oil From Port

Signs written agreement and city gives it additional land at no charge.

It’s Bay View vs. City Hall!

It’s Bay View vs. City Hall!

So says Ald. Zielinski, as he seeks supporters for a Bay View Park.

Bay View Wetland Will Be Restored

Bay View Wetland Will Be Restored

One of city’s last wetlands, near Barnacle Bud’s, will be naturalized, may allow public access.

RICH Program Dedicates Its First Home

RICH Program Dedicates Its First Home

First of 20 homes is redeveloped for new owners in Washington Park area.

The Quin Breaks Ground in Walker’s Point

The Quin Breaks Ground in Walker’s Point

5-story, 70-unit, $12 million complex on 2nd St. is selling the neighborhood.

Bawdy House Begone! Aldermen Declare

Bawdy House Begone! Aldermen Declare

Donovan, Perez announce effort to target prostitution, landlords on South Side.

Bay View Park Proposal Rejected

Bay View Park Proposal Rejected

Zielinski wants to create park next to another park. But Plan Commission denies zoning changes.

Weise Building Gets Temporary Historic Designation

Weise Building Gets Temporary Historic Designation

Developers may save facades of century-old Eschweiler-designed building on Farwell.

Rescue Plan for Juneau Park Statues

Rescue Plan for Juneau Park Statues

$150,000 in private dollars sought to restore Juneau and Leif Erickson statues.

Sherman Park Redevelopment Launched

Sherman Park Redevelopment Launched

City to assist in financing $2.5 million redevelopment of former BMO Harris Bank branch.

Sargento Builds Homes in Milwaukee

Sargento Builds Homes in Milwaukee

Wisconsin-based cheese producer has been building homes in Milwaukee for 25 years.

Photo Gallery: Touring The New Bucks Arena
Photo Gallery

Touring The New Bucks Arena

The arena is halfway to completion. Our photos capture the progress.

Bay View Debate Gets Complicated

Bay View Debate Gets Complicated

Objections to huge gateway project could raise rental rates and eliminate green space.

New Deal for Wangard on City Hiring

New Deal for Wangard on City Hiring

Company had violated residents preference program, will count employees at other projects.

The Return of Talgo

The Return of Talgo

Returns to central city plant here, will service and repairs trains for U.S. customers.

Help Offered for South Side Prostitutes

Help Offered for South Side Prostitutes

Police, county partner with Benedict Center to combat growing prostitution problem.

Council Approves More Parking for Bikes

Council Approves More Parking for Bikes

Minimum standards for bike parking, bike racks for new and redeveloped buildings.

Riverwest Will Get First Bike Boulevards

Riverwest Will Get First Bike Boulevards

Two miles of streets where bikes get priority over cars.

Good City Goes Big

Good City Goes Big

The still new craft brewery has expanded and all should be ready by tomorrow.

More Parking for Bikes

More Parking for Bikes

City ordinance would set new standards for bike parking in new and redeveloped buildings.

The Great Bay View Debate

The Great Bay View Debate

$25 million, six-floor “gateway” project fuels debate over future of Bay View.

Sanders Project and Legacy Celebrated

Sanders Project and Legacy Celebrated

Welford Sanders Lofts on near North Side bears the name of economic development icon.

Huge Project Proposed for Bay View

Huge Project Proposed for Bay View

Six-floor, $25 million project with 144 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail.

Road Map to an Aerotropolis

Road Map to an Aerotropolis

New plan released for municipalities near airport. Will they seize the future?

City Seeks Rescue for Several Buildings

City Seeks Rescue for Several Buildings

Gorman will redevelop McKinley school. Old Esperanza auto repair shop needs savior.

A School for Construction Skills

A School for Construction Skills

Business owner's job training center will employ inner city workers.

Ethanol Shipping Fuels Worries

Ethanol Shipping Fuels Worries

U.S. Oil could also ship crude oil across local waters.

WHEDA to Help Restore Soldiers Home

WHEDA to Help Restore Soldiers Home

$1.4 million in low-income housing tax credits for 1860s “Old Main” building.

City Panel Okays Brewers’ Hill Project

City Panel Okays Brewers’ Hill Project

Four buildings, 30 family-style apartments approved by Plan Commission.

Rent-To-Own Company Helps Home Buyers

Rent-To-Own Company Helps Home Buyers

Milwaukee business helps them improve their credit and gain mortgages.

Milwaukee To Be Built With U.S. Steel?

Milwaukee To Be Built With U.S. Steel?

Zielinski's ordinance requires this for developers getting city funds.

Finally, Greenwich Park Apartments Opens

Finally, Greenwich Park Apartments Opens

The six-story apartment building has a mix of affordable and market rate units.

City Will Terminate Manpower Agreement

City Will Terminate Manpower Agreement

Grunau and Schiltz Park will sell Manpower building and repay city loans they owe.

A Protest for Pedestrians

A Protest for Pedestrians

They demand more tickets for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.

Can City Mend Highway 175?

Can City Mend Highway 175?

Four plans to fix terminus at 46th and Lisbon presented.

The Crazy Growth of Good City Brewing

The Crazy Growth of Good City Brewing

Still new business already expanding operations and production.

City Panel Rejects Sherman Park Station

City Panel Rejects Sherman Park Station

Design criticized. Would replace gas station destroyed during summer riot.

Wangard Still Can’t Meet City Rules

Wangard Still Can’t Meet City Rules

Subsidized Freshwater Plaza project flunks Residents Preference Program.

Changes Made to Couture’s Design

Changes Made to Couture’s Design

Design tweaks address concerns of neighboring 833 East developer.

Officials Celebrate Garfield Development

Officials Celebrate Garfield Development

Groundbreaking for $17 million development and reopened Black Holocaust Museum.

City Proposal Protects Students

City Proposal Protects Students

Protections target for-profit colleges that leave students with huge debts.

Developers Meet Local Hiring Goals

Developers Meet Local Hiring Goals

Bucks arena, Northwestern Mutual tower meet city's residents preference goals.

6-Floor East Side “Contour” Plan Approved

6-Floor East Side “Contour” Plan Approved

Architecture Review Board okays revised plan for 88-unit apartment.

Will South Korea Partner With City?

Will South Korea Partner With City?

Daegu, South Korea wants to be a water tech sister city. City panel says yes.

City Approves Schlitz Park Upgrades

City Approves Schlitz Park Upgrades

$875,000 in new TIF spending for safety measures and better RiverWalk access.

Eat Ramen In a Parklet? Yes!

Eat Ramen In a Parklet? Yes!

East Side Ramen restaurant will create parklet, extends ambience to the street.

Good Hope Library Moves Forward

Good Hope Library Moves Forward

New library, 65-unit apartment complex, green space and parking lots

City Could Sell Homes to Felons

City Could Sell Homes to Felons

Committee overturns current ban on sales but proposal needs full council approval.

City Spends Big On Housing The Poor

City Spends Big On Housing The Poor

Housing Trust Fund has spent $6.5 million since 2006 on low-income housing.

Three Great New Libraries Coming

Three Great New Libraries Coming

Three new neighborhood libraries all use new approach of mixed-used development.

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

Big box stores like Walgreens and Menards claim tax loophole. Cities oppose it.

Rebuilding The State’s Largest Housing Complex

Rebuilding The State’s Largest Housing Complex

Phase 2 of Westlawn Public Housing project is huge undertaking with complex financing.

About Those Parapets, Mr. Renner

About Those Parapets, Mr. Renner

Peter Renner is a no-show, Third Ward board tut tuts his 10 tentative townhouses.

City Panel Okays Big Westown Upgrades

City Panel Okays Big Westown Upgrades

Re-doing Grand Theatre for MSO, new Bon Ton contract, major street upgrades.

Biking: New Bike Route Would Cross State
Biking

New Bike Route Would Cross State

You could ride from here to Minnesota and then up the Mississippi River Trail.

New Development For Villard Avenue

New Development For Villard Avenue

City zoning change will allow four-story, 33-unit apartment complex on 37th and Villard.

City Panel Approves Bucks Plaza Design

City Panel Approves Bucks Plaza Design

Plaza would be created by closing off 4th St., could include ice rink and farmers market.

Three Plans for New City Library

Three Plans for New City Library

MLK library the latest to have private development that includes a new library.

Witkowiak Plans Major Expansion on Mitchell Street

Witkowiak Plans Major Expansion on Mitchell Street

Funeral home will add banquet hall, open-air plaza and floral shop.

Wangard Violates Residents Preference Program

Wangard Violates Residents Preference Program

Council members blast the company for failure, call for tougher requirements.

Will Problem Intersection Be Fixed?

Will Problem Intersection Be Fixed?

City hopes to fix North and Lisbon and issues spotlighted by Urban Milwaukee.

Council Okays Garfield Development

Council Okays Garfield Development

City TID will help finance Bronzeville development including Black Holocaust Museum.

Greenwich Park Targets Low-Income Residents

Greenwich Park Targets Low-Income Residents

New East Side complex mixes subsidized and market rate apartments.

Historic Designation Coming for S. 2nd Street?

Historic Designation Coming for S. 2nd Street?

City committee approves it for classic old section of 2nd street, despite some objections.

Dance: Sex and Death and Scheherazade
Dance

Sex and Death and Scheherazade

Kathryn Posin’s childhood fantasies -- and adult politics -- led to this exotic dance for the Milwaukee Ballet.

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

State aid to schools declined by $1.1 billion under Walker; choice funding rose by 77%.

Band of the Week: King Courteen Is a Musical Explorer
Band of the Week

King Courteen Is a Musical Explorer

The singer and wood worker had a strong religious upbringing and explores that in songs.

City Business: Digital Iris Is a Labor of Love
City Business

Digital Iris Is a Labor of Love

The small Milwaukee company creates cutting-edge technology for the video game industry.

Band of the Week: Thistledown Thunders Play Modern Bluegrass
Band of the Week

Thistledown Thunders Play Modern Bluegrass

Their lyrics are all about drinking and death. And love, sometimes.

Band of the Week: The Old Prospectors, the Newest Band?
Band of the Week

The Old Prospectors, the Newest Band?

Just two months ago the psych-funk rock band arose from the ashes of Blind Tarzan.

Taylor Proposes Reforming County Redistricting

Taylor Proposes Reforming County Redistricting

Aim is to "take politics out of it" and restore confidence in county board.

Band of the Week: The Tritonics Play Reggae, Have Fun
Band of the Week

The Tritonics Play Reggae, Have Fun

The music's pretty mellow. Not too loud. But you can dance.

Buy Local at Annual Gift Fair

Buy Local at Annual Gift Fair

Local First Milwaukee holds annual gift fair Sunday at the Domes, with more than 80 local vendors.

Band of the Week: The Belle Weather
Band of the Week

The Belle Weather

The band strives to make big, beautiful music, with thoughtful lyrics.

Abele vs. Clarke, Once Again

Abele vs. Clarke, Once Again

Abele cuts sheriff's budget and blasts him as rascist; Clarke and Weishan beat up on Abele.

Milwaukee Art Museum Unveils New Addition

Milwaukee Art Museum Unveils New Addition

Glassy new addition to museum also creates more exhibition space. Here's a tour.

Band of the Week: Piles Plays Rock With Skateboard Sensibility
Band of the Week

Piles Plays Rock With Skateboard Sensibility

Yet they cite Neil Diamond as a key influence. Go figure.

Band of the Week: Pay The Devil is Not a Metal Band
Band of the Week

Pay The Devil is Not a Metal Band

Says the band. In fact they are a local band that delivers their own take on traditional old time music.

Band of the Week: Klassik Loves Music of All Kinds
Band of the Week

Klassik Loves Music of All Kinds

Including Milwaukee artists. "The local scene won’t just be local for much longer," he predicts.

Band of the Week: NO/NO Is Like a Wussy Pop Band
Band of the Week

NO/NO Is Like a Wussy Pop Band

So say its members. Or are they kidding?

City Business: How Bliffert Lumber Got Into Hardware
City Business

How Bliffert Lumber Got Into Hardware

The lumber company, which goes back to the 1870s, now has a popular hardware store in Riverwest.

Kesslers Diamonds Opens Downtown

Kesslers Diamonds Opens Downtown

Its mini-store in George Watts building creates a trinity of wedding-related stores.

City Business: The Remarkable Rise of Rishi Tea
City Business

The Remarkable Rise of Rishi Tea

The Milwaukee company sells in all 50 states with exports to 100 countries. And it's still growing.

Band of the Week: Parallel
Band of the Week

Parallel

How a cover band became known for original songs.

City People: Kristi Luzar
City People

Kristi Luzar

The new director of UEDA wants to make an impact on Milwaukee. Just how is not so easy to describe.

County Free Bus-Ride Program Faces Shortfall

County Free Bus-Ride Program Faces Shortfall

Free rides for seniors and disabled could cost $4 million, causing service cuts or fare hikes.

Band of the Week: Von Alexander
Band of the Week

Von Alexander

Milwaukee hip-hop artist is angling for the national stage.

Tammy Baldwin Tours Milwaukee Harbor

Tammy Baldwin Tours Milwaukee Harbor

Senator Baldwin was promoting legislation to help communities develop revitalization plans for waterfronts.

Most City Services Closed Labor Day

Most City Services Closed Labor Day

No parking enforcement! But better pick up that towed car before the lot closes.