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Candidate Announces for Aisha Carr’s Former School Board Seat

Candidate Announces for Aisha Carr’s Former School Board Seat

James Ferguson II is first candidate to announce. Special election is scheduled for Nov. 5.

MKE County: Humboldt Park Beer Garden Opens Thursday
MKE County

Humboldt Park Beer Garden Opens Thursday

The Vine will offer Lakefront Brewery beers and food from Karol's Kitchen.

MKE County: Trade Hotel Union Files Charges for Labor Law Violations
MKE County

Trade Hotel Union Files Charges for Labor Law Violations

Complaints allege company barred pro-union communications. NLRB will investigate.

Trade Hotel Workers Organizing Union

Trade Hotel Workers Organizing Union

Lead organizer Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers alleges labor violations.

MKE County: Parks Updating Countywide Trail Plan
MKE County

Parks Updating Countywide Trail Plan

Planning process seeks citizen input on future of Milwaukee trail system.

Transportation: Frontier Begins New Nonstop Flights To East Coast
Transportation

Frontier Begins New Nonstop Flights To East Coast

It's now easier to travel from Milwaukee Mitchell.

Vice President Kamala Harris Promotes Economic Agenda in Milwaukee Visit

Vice President Kamala Harris Promotes Economic Agenda in Milwaukee Visit

Harris joins entertainer D.L. Hughley for her nationwide "Economic Opportunity Tour" in the lead up to the presidential election.

Habitat Begins Construction Season With Big Goals

Habitat Begins Construction Season With Big Goals

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity plans to build 32 new homes for first-time homebuyers in 2024.

MKE County: Juneau Park Beer Garden Opens Friday
MKE County

Juneau Park Beer Garden Opens Friday

Beer garden opens for second season in downtown park with lake views.

Transportation: MCTS Announces Summer Bus Service Changes
Transportation

MCTS Announces Summer Bus Service Changes

Connect 1 will begin running to lakefront and 10 lines will increase or reduce frequency.

MKE County: Climate Change Threatens Milwaukee’s Coastline
MKE County

Climate Change Threatens Milwaukee’s Coastline

New report documents big changes, multiple threats to miles of valuable coastline.

Evers, Packers Welcome NFL Draft to Wisconsin

Evers, Packers Welcome NFL Draft to Wisconsin

2025 NFL Draft will be held in Green Bay. At least 250,000 fans expected to attend.

MKE County: Airport Park Gets New Playground
MKE County

Airport Park Gets New Playground

After years in limbo, Mitchell Airport Park's playground, one of the county's oldest, will be replaced.

MKE County: Bader Philanthropies Supports Affordable Housing Project in Franklin
MKE County

Bader Philanthropies Supports Affordable Housing Project in Franklin

Will buy land for affordable housing project for adults with disabilities.

Pony Rides Returning to Zoo

Pony Rides Returning to Zoo

The rides will return in June for first time since 2020.

MKE County: Cinco De Mayo Violence, Viral Video Prompt Community Response
MKE County

Cinco De Mayo Violence, Viral Video Prompt Community Response

County supervisor wants community events moved into parks for better security.

Alexander, Goodwin Running For Same Assembly Seat

Alexander, Goodwin Running For Same Assembly Seat

The two candidates previously faced off running for a seat on the Milwaukee County Board.

MKE County: Crowley Sworn In For Second Term Before Large Crowd
MKE County

Crowley Sworn In For Second Term Before Large Crowd

The county executive announces new plans for affordable housing and transit funding. And hints at gubernatorial run.

MKE County: Supervisors Want Higher Fines for Illegal Dumping
MKE County

Supervisors Want Higher Fines for Illegal Dumping

Current fine is $200. Dumping costing Parks approximately $14,000 a year to clean up.

MKE County: Crowley Backs Affordable Housing in Franklin
MKE County

Crowley Backs Affordable Housing in Franklin

Commits $2.5 million to support development of 12 units for persons with disabilities.

MKE County: Legalize Hammocks!
MKE County

Legalize Hammocks!

Parks Department seeks repeal of ordinance outlawing hammocks in county parks.

MPM Holds Groundbreaking for $240 Million Museum

MPM Holds Groundbreaking for $240 Million Museum

Construction will begin soon on Public Museum's new five-story facility.

MKE County: County Seeks New Youth Commissioners
MKE County

County Seeks New Youth Commissioners

14 seats on 18-member youth commission will be open in 2025.

Sequanna Taylor Running for State Assembly

Sequanna Taylor Running for State Assembly

After years on county board, Taylor has seen how state laws greatly impact local issues.

MKE County: Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Could Be Sold
MKE County

Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Could Be Sold

New report looks at future of museums, with selling them a last resort.

MKE County: Huge Air Cargo Facility Proposed for Airport
MKE County

Huge Air Cargo Facility Proposed for Airport

Dallas-based real estate company Crow Holdings proposing 337,000-square-foot facility.

MKE County: Pat Connaughton Foundation Renovating Meaux Park Basketball Courts
MKE County

Pat Connaughton Foundation Renovating Meaux Park Basketball Courts

Meaux Park courts used for historic Warning League youth basketball program.

Embattled School Board Director Aisha Carr Resigns

Embattled School Board Director Aisha Carr Resigns

Carr has been a controversial school board director, and faced a potential disciplinary investigation.

MKE County: Cudahy Nature Preserve Receives Old-Growth Forest Designation
MKE County

Cudahy Nature Preserve Receives Old-Growth Forest Designation

Nature preserve recognized by national network of old-growth forests.

Transportation: Spirit Adds New Flights to Dallas
Transportation

Spirit Adds New Flights to Dallas

New flights to and from Milwaukee's Mitchell airport will run three times a week.

MKE County: Boerner Botanical Gardens Opening 50th Summer Season
MKE County

Boerner Botanical Gardens Opening 50th Summer Season

The prized public gardens open for the season Wednesday, May 1.

Kohl Philanthropies Donates $2 Million to New Public Museum

Kohl Philanthropies Donates $2 Million to New Public Museum

Grant supports new museum facility and free membership for educators.

Transportation: MCTS Expands Summerfest Service
Transportation

MCTS Expands Summerfest Service

MCTS will run three park-and-ride shuttles to and from Summerfest this year.

MKE County: Whitnall Park Beer Garden Opens This Week
MKE County

Whitnall Park Beer Garden Opens This Week

Beer garden offering 24 taps and summer pig roasts opens May 1.

Wisconsin Policy Forum Leader Rob Henken Stepping Down

Wisconsin Policy Forum Leader Rob Henken Stepping Down

Longtime president will become part-time director of Herzfeld Foundation.

MKE County: Zoo Breaks Ground on New Rhino Facility
MKE County

Zoo Breaks Ground on New Rhino Facility

$23 million project will bring rhinos back to Milwaukee County Zoo for first time since 2021.

MKE County: County Executive, Mayor Meet With Inmates to Discuss Second Chances
MKE County

County Executive, Mayor Meet With Inmates to Discuss Second Chances

Crowley and Johnson were joined by Chief Judge Carl Ashley at Community Reintegration Center.

Transportation: Paratransit Taxis Could Return This Year
Transportation

Paratransit Taxis Could Return This Year

A task force has outlined a new, scaled-back taxi program the county could implement this year.

Transportation: Milwaukee An Outlier For Rising Traffic Deaths
Transportation

Milwaukee An Outlier For Rising Traffic Deaths

Up by 113% in Milwaukee County in past two decades while declining by 36% statewide.

Transportation: Two Deadly Crashes Hit Buses in 48 Hours
Transportation

Two Deadly Crashes Hit Buses in 48 Hours

$2 million worth of MCTS buses were totaled by reckless drivers in just two days last week.

MKE County: Sherman Park Revitalization Project Begins
MKE County

Sherman Park Revitalization Project Begins

$2.5 million project includes more than a dozen planned improvements to the park.

MKE County: McKinley Beach Will Open for Summer
MKE County

McKinley Beach Will Open for Summer

After drownings, beach has been closed since 2020.

MKE County: Soul Food Restaurant Coming to Humboldt Park
MKE County

Soul Food Restaurant Coming to Humboldt Park

Karol's Kitchen and Catering will replace Triciclo Peru at beer garden.

MKE County: County Seeks Contractors for Youth Detention Center
MKE County

County Seeks Contractors for Youth Detention Center

A $31 million project to create addition to Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center.

MKE County: New Domes Plan Expected This Summer
MKE County

New Domes Plan Expected This Summer

Friends group working with Parks on final plan for Mitchell Park Domes. But will it work?

MKE County: Local Officials Praise Federal Investment in Affordable Housing
MKE County

Local Officials Praise Federal Investment in Affordable Housing

Mayor, county executive and Biden administration official tout housing program.

MKE County: ‘Enough is Enough’ Crowley Says, After 100 MPH Driver Smashes Into Bus
MKE County

‘Enough is Enough’ Crowley Says, After 100 MPH Driver Smashes Into Bus

Following deadly crash, county officials call for community responsibility, more tools and funding to address reckless driving.

MKE County: County Funding Early Childhood, Parenting Programs
MKE County

County Funding Early Childhood, Parenting Programs

Community Advocates works with county to support six nonprofit organizations.

MKE County: Parks Announces Discount Days for Domes, Wehr Nature Center
MKE County

Parks Announces Discount Days for Domes, Wehr Nature Center

Special days each month aim to attract more visitors.

MKE County: County Expanding Emergency Housing Offering on South Side
MKE County

County Expanding Emergency Housing Offering on South Side

Purchase-and-rehab project underway for S. 22nd Street.

MKE County: Parks Makes Final Push for Summer Lifeguards
MKE County

Parks Makes Final Push for Summer Lifeguards

County hoping to increase lifeguards by 10% in 2024.

MKE County: Bucks Honor Incarcerated Work Program Graduates
MKE County

Bucks Honor Incarcerated Work Program Graduates

Milwaukee Bucks offered a 'life changing experience' for six incarcerated men.

MKE County: Parks Finds Support for Tosa Road-To-Trail Project
MKE County

Parks Finds Support for Tosa Road-To-Trail Project

A section of Underwood Creek Parkway would become mixed-use trail.

Transportation: Off-Board Fare Collection Begins on Connect 1
Transportation

Off-Board Fare Collection Begins on Connect 1

Transit system adds final piece to its east-west bus rapid transit route.

MKE County: First Majority-Women Milwaukee County Board in History Sworn In
MKE County

First Majority-Women Milwaukee County Board in History Sworn In

Board chair Marcelia Nicholson hangs onto the position for a third-term.

MKE County: Celebrate Milwaukee Day In County Parks
MKE County

Celebrate Milwaukee Day In County Parks

Parks offering deals on admission and concessions along with special stickers.

MKE County: After Veto, Reporting, Board Reverses Course On 36% Raises For Electeds
MKE County

After Veto, Reporting, Board Reverses Course On 36% Raises For Electeds

Special meeting used to support county executive's original proposal of 11.5%.

New Homes Model Future of Affordability

New Homes Model Future of Affordability

Community Development Alliance showcases three model houses that are part of city-changing affordable homeownership effort.

MKE County: Humboldt Park Needs New Food Provider For Beer Garden
MKE County

Humboldt Park Needs New Food Provider For Beer Garden

County looking for new operator after Triciclo Peru closed.

MKE County: Elected Officials Lobbied Board for 36% Pay Hike
MKE County

Elected Officials Lobbied Board for 36% Pay Hike

Actions by constitutional officers raises ethical concerns, county executive's office says.

Support For School Funding Referendums Declining

Support For School Funding Referendums Declining

New report finds voter support rose for years, but now in decline.

MKE County: Public Golf Courses Open for the Season
MKE County

Public Golf Courses Open for the Season

12 of 13 county golf courses have opened. Golf has become cash cow for Parks.

RNC Says Event, Restaurant Bookings Should Begin Soon

RNC Says Event, Restaurant Bookings Should Begin Soon

Why is pace of bookings behind those for Democratic convention in Chicago?

MKE County: Meet The New Milwaukee County Board
MKE County

Meet The New Milwaukee County Board

When the next legislative cycle begins, there will be four new supervisors.

Transportation: Just How Bad Are Milwaukee’s Roads?
Transportation

Just How Bad Are Milwaukee’s Roads?

They are among the worst in the state, which is also doing poorly, new report finds.

MKE County: Who’s Clear Cutting The Lake Bluff?
MKE County

Who’s Clear Cutting The Lake Bluff?

Bluff near Juneau Park looks quite barren, but it's intended to be temporary.

MKE County: County Wins Award for Opioid Settlement Fund Usage
MKE County

County Wins Award for Opioid Settlement Fund Usage

Award applauds the county's investment of settlement funds from opioid epidemic lawsuit.

MKE County: Parks Foundation, Molson Coors Raising $500,000 For Parks
MKE County

Parks Foundation, Molson Coors Raising $500,000 For Parks

Brewery donated $250,000 matching funds to "Cheers to our Parks" campaign.

MKE County: Logsdon Wins Reelection to South Suburban District
MKE County

Logsdon Wins Reelection to South Suburban District

County supervisor defeats challenge from Danelle Kenney.

MKE County: Gómez-Tom Wins Full Term on County Board
MKE County

Gómez-Tom Wins Full Term on County Board

Caroline Gómez-Tom won a special election to fill a vacant seat in 2023.

MKE County: Alexander Fends Off Challenge for Board Seat
MKE County

Alexander Fends Off Challenge for Board Seat

Alexander beats first-time candidate Brandon Williford in district on northwest side.

MKE County: Wasserman Holds Onto County Board Seat
MKE County

Wasserman Holds Onto County Board Seat

Incumbent defeats challenger in district that includes East Side, Downtown and Third Ward.

MKE County: Jack Eckblad Wins Bay View County Board Seat
MKE County

Jack Eckblad Wins Bay View County Board Seat

Defeats Ron Jansen for open seat representing southeastern part of Milwaukee.

MKE County: Liz Sumner Wins County Comptroller Race
MKE County

Liz Sumner Wins County Comptroller Race

Two-term county supervisor will replace longtime comptroller Scott Manske.

MKE County: Crowley Coasts Into Second Term
MKE County

Crowley Coasts Into Second Term

County executive easily wins reelection, thrashing perennial candidate Ieshuh Griffin.

Photo Gallery: Harley Park and The Hub Take Shape
Photo Gallery

Harley Park and The Hub Take Shape

County spruces up park as construction of nearby corporate community park and event space proceeds.

Vote April 2: Meet the Candidates for County Office
Vote April 2

Meet the Candidates for County Office

And read the analysis of each race and bios for each candidate.

MKE County: South Shore Beer Garden Opens Wednesday
MKE County

South Shore Beer Garden Opens Wednesday

County's 2024 beer garden season begins at South Shore Park.

MKE County: Did Supervisor Use False Endorsement?
MKE County

Did Supervisor Use False Endorsement?

Sup. Patti Logsdon promoted endorsement from a school administrator, who says he never gave it.

Vote April 2: Meet the Candidates for County Office
Vote April 2

Meet the Candidates for County Office

And read the analysis of each race and bios for each candidate.

MKE County: County Opens Two Mental Health Crisis Houses
MKE County

County Opens Two Mental Health Crisis Houses

Stabilization houses will provide housing for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

MKE County: Crowley Vetoes Big Salary Hikes for Elected Officials
MKE County

Crowley Vetoes Big Salary Hikes for Elected Officials

36% pay hikes passed by board are 'unprecedented and irresponsible,' Crowley chides.

MKE County: Homelessness Increasing in Milwaukee
MKE County

Homelessness Increasing in Milwaukee

Began rising during pandemic and has continued since then, new report finds.

MKE County: County Offering $2.8 Million For Opioid Addiction Programs
MKE County

County Offering $2.8 Million For Opioid Addiction Programs

Awarding grants for addiction prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery.

MKE County: No More Free Boat Slips for Police
MKE County

No More Free Boat Slips for Police

Board ends agreement with city and MPD tied to 1995 grant for McKinley Marina.

MKE County: Why Is North Point Parking Lot Closed?
MKE County

Why Is North Point Parking Lot Closed?

County Parks closing popular lakefront lot to reconstruct shoreline stone barrier.

MKE County: Board Backs Less Road-To-Trail Conversion in Jackson Park
MKE County

Board Backs Less Road-To-Trail Conversion in Jackson Park

Board backs area supervisors' proposal that costs more money.

Northwestern Mutual Will Buy University Club

Northwestern Mutual Will Buy University Club

The Georgian Revival building was home to downtown club for 125 years.

K-12 Education: MPS Makes the Case for Referendum
K-12 Education

MPS Makes the Case for Referendum

Principals say they need funding to maintain their schools' current operations.

MKE County: Board Approves Unprecedented Pay Raise For Elected Officials
MKE County

Board Approves Unprecedented Pay Raise For Elected Officials

Board approves unprecedented 36% salary increases for elected officials without saying a word.

MKE County: Board Approves Insulin Price-Fixing Lawsuit
MKE County

Board Approves Insulin Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Plus: County will do business with historic bank, a new bus replacement policy and new housing-related projects are approved.

MKE County: County Board Wants Ceasefire In Gaza, But Only By A Narrow Margin
MKE County

County Board Wants Ceasefire In Gaza, But Only By A Narrow Margin

Fight over underlying language divides board.

MKE County: New Dashboard Shows Where, When Car Crashes Are Happening
MKE County

New Dashboard Shows Where, When Car Crashes Are Happening

Effort part of a larger push to address reckless driving and traffic safety.

MKE County: See The 2024 Traveling Beer Garden Schedule
MKE County

See The 2024 Traveling Beer Garden Schedule

New stop added at Kops Park.

MKE County: County’s Paratransit Service Shows Improvement
MKE County

County’s Paratransit Service Shows Improvement

French company hired by MCTS to transport people with disabilities has improved service.

MKE County: 8 Takeaways From Crowley’s State of the County Speech
MKE County

8 Takeaways From Crowley’s State of the County Speech

And a new slogan: 'What’s good for Milwaukee County is good for the entire state.'

MKE County: Parks Seek 400 Seasonal Workers by Summer
MKE County

Parks Seek 400 Seasonal Workers by Summer

County offering $100 referral bonuses for new hires and returning seasonal workers.

MKE County: Board Supports Professional Licensing for DACA Recipients
MKE County

Board Supports Professional Licensing for DACA Recipients

Bipartisan state legislation failed to pass, but county supervisors get behind the policy.

MKE County: Committee Backs Housing Voucher Incentives
MKE County

Committee Backs Housing Voucher Incentives

Program would incentivize landlords to accept tenants receiving rental assistance.

MKE County: County Gets $2 Million Federal Funding for Affordable Housing
MKE County

County Gets $2 Million Federal Funding for Affordable Housing

Funding included in congressional earmarks for latest appropriations bill.

MKE County: County Funds Black-Owned Bank’s Capital Campaign
MKE County

County Funds Black-Owned Bank’s Capital Campaign

Columbia Savings & Loan seeking to raise $10 million in deposits to fund 100 home loans.

Say Goodbye to the Zoo’s Steam Engines

Say Goodbye to the Zoo’s Steam Engines

Zoo selling steam engines to a Wisconsin Dells train museum, replacing them with new locomotives.

MKE County: County Budget Woes Expected To Return Next Year
MKE County

County Budget Woes Expected To Return Next Year

Despite new sales tax, county likely to have to cut positions and programs.

Transportation: 35th Street Bike-Bus Study Begins This Summer
Transportation

35th Street Bike-Bus Study Begins This Summer

MCDOT will test interventions aimed at increasing safety for pedestrians and transit users.

MKE County: Parks Committee Backs Jackson Park Trail ‘Compromise’
MKE County

Parks Committee Backs Jackson Park Trail ‘Compromise’

Parks committee backs plan to downsize trail conversion along Jackson Park Drive.

Construction of New Museum Scheduled for Summer

Construction of New Museum Scheduled for Summer

Milwaukee Public Museum progressing on private fundraising needed to begin construction.

MPS Referendum Would Reverse Effects of Declining State Funding

MPS Referendum Would Reverse Effects of Declining State Funding

The district's enrollment has declined by 31.5% and staffing by 36.8% since 2004.

Transportation: Connect 1 Fare Collection Begins in April
Transportation

Connect 1 Fare Collection Begins in April

Transit system finally receives fare validators for the east-west bus rapid transit route.

MKE County: Supervisors Seek Change to Housing Discrimination Law
MKE County

Supervisors Seek Change to Housing Discrimination Law

Change in state law needed for county to address housing voucher discrimination.

MKE County: County Getting $4 Million Federal Funding for Transit, Parks
MKE County

County Getting $4 Million Federal Funding for Transit, Parks

Return of federal earmarks, advocacy by Rep. Moore and Sen. Baldwin delivers for county.

Transportation: Make Your Opinion Known On Second BRT Line
Transportation

Make Your Opinion Known On Second BRT Line

MCTS wants more public input before it begins detailed planning of the route.

MKE County: County Partnering With Froedtert on Employee Health Clinics
MKE County

County Partnering With Froedtert on Employee Health Clinics

County aims to use federal funds to create clinics designed to save money in future years.

MKE County: Supervisors Seek Even Bigger Raises For County Officers
MKE County

Supervisors Seek Even Bigger Raises For County Officers

Committee unanimously supports a $33,000 raise for all three constitutional officers.

MKE County: Joint City-County Housing Committee Gaining Support
MKE County

Joint City-County Housing Committee Gaining Support

County Board committee provides first county approval for joint housing initiative.

MKE County: Lincoln Park’s Henry Aaron Field Getting New Lighting
MKE County

Lincoln Park’s Henry Aaron Field Getting New Lighting

Parks would provide We Energies free utility easement so it can install new electrical infrastructure for lighting.

MKE County: New County Building Could Run on Solar Power
MKE County

New County Building Could Run on Solar Power

County planning 31,000 square feet in solar arrays to power new human services building.

MKE County: Huge Turnout Supports Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Resolution
MKE County

Huge Turnout Supports Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

But committee rejects language accusing Israel of 'genocide' and can't agree on resolution.

Transportation: Miller Lite Free Rides Return for St. Patrick’s Day
Transportation

Miller Lite Free Rides Return for St. Patrick’s Day

Molson-Coors sponsoring free rides on MCTS buses Saturday, March 16.

Urban Native Leaders Promote the Vote

Urban Native Leaders Promote the Vote

Tribal leaders and organizations encourage native voter turnout at community event.

MKE County: Sherman Park Construction Will Begin This Spring
MKE County

Sherman Park Construction Will Begin This Spring

A new splash pad, bike loop and pathways will be constructed.

Transportation: 7 Takeaways From Milwaukee County’s Reckless Driving Report
Transportation

7 Takeaways From Milwaukee County’s Reckless Driving Report

One in four traffic fatalities are a bicyclist or pedestrian.

Transportation: Transit Officials Done With Battery Electric Buses
Transportation

Transit Officials Done With Battery Electric Buses

Officials want to stick with clean-diesel until technology, market conditions improve.

MKE County: Crowley Touts New Era for Parks Spending
MKE County

Crowley Touts New Era for Parks Spending

County Executive signs $500,000 funding for parks using proceeds from new sales tax.

MKE County: Whitnall Beer Garden Opening This Weekend
MKE County

Whitnall Beer Garden Opening This Weekend

With unseasonably warm weather, Parks hosting first beer garden pop-up since 2017.

Museum Begins Epic Task Packing Collections

Museum Begins Epic Task Packing Collections

Milwaukee Public Museum must pack and transport 4 million items to new museum.

MKE County: Three County Officials Could Get Pay Hike
MKE County

Three County Officials Could Get Pay Hike

County Clerk, Treasurer and Register of Deeds could make six-figure salaries if board okays it.

MKE County: Crowley Signs First in State Housing Proposal
MKE County

Crowley Signs First in State Housing Proposal

$1 million to provide emergency shelter for people in crisis and affordable-rate apartments.

MKE County: Area Supervisors Want Less Road-To-Trail Conversion In Jackson Park
MKE County

Area Supervisors Want Less Road-To-Trail Conversion In Jackson Park

'The trail will be wonderful for everybody else,' but not nearby residents, supervisor says.

Campaign Targets MPS Funding Referendum

Campaign Targets MPS Funding Referendum

Atty Dan Adams forms Milwaukeeans For Affordable Housing, bashes proposed tax hike.

Transportation: MCTS Seeking Board Approval For 27th Street BRT Line
Transportation

MCTS Seeking Board Approval For 27th Street BRT Line

And unlike east-west line, Connect 2 wouldn't use battery electric buses.

MKE County: Proposal Would Incentivize Landlords To Accept Assistance Vouchers
MKE County

Proposal Would Incentivize Landlords To Accept Assistance Vouchers

Proposal seeks to address housing voucher discrimination by adding incentives for landlords.

Campaign Wants You To “Vote Yes For MPS” On School Referendum

Campaign Wants You To “Vote Yes For MPS” On School Referendum

Group urges voters to support property tax increase for students.

Young Adult Resource Center Expands to South Side

Young Adult Resource Center Expands to South Side

Owen's Place connects young people with employment opportunities and mental health resources.

Longtime Supervisor and Political Newcomer Advance In County Board Primary

Longtime Supervisor and Political Newcomer Advance In County Board Primary

Deanna Alexander and Brandon Williford advance to general election for County Board District 18 in April.

MKE County: County Will Sue Insulin Companies for Price-Fixing
MKE County

County Will Sue Insulin Companies for Price-Fixing

County's attorneys seek to join another multi-jurisdictional lawsuit, like the one brought successfully brought against opioid companies.

Transportation: Airport Plans Big Increase In Flights For Spring Breakers
Transportation

Airport Plans Big Increase In Flights For Spring Breakers

19% more flights than same time last year.

MKE County: Will County Ever Be Able to Afford Parks System?
MKE County

Will County Ever Be Able to Afford Parks System?

New Wisconsin Policy Forum report looks at potential tools and agreements to pay for park maintenance.

Transportation: Route 30 Will Return To Downer Avenue in March
Transportation

Route 30 Will Return To Downer Avenue in March

Direct access to Downtown was cut amidst the launch of Connect 1 BRT line.

Milwaukee Leaders Want State To Allow Red Light Cameras

Milwaukee Leaders Want State To Allow Red Light Cameras

Mayor Johnson, County Executive Crowley say cameras are proven tool for addressing reckless driving.

MKE County: Whitefish Bay Affordable Housing Development Approved on Appeal
MKE County

Whitefish Bay Affordable Housing Development Approved on Appeal

Village Board of Appeals overturns controversial decision by architectural review commission.

MKE County: John Remington Appointed Circuit Court Judge
MKE County

John Remington Appointed Circuit Court Judge

Remington is a partner and civil litigator at Quarles & Brady.

MKE County: Why Historic Whitnall Golf Course Needs Redesign
MKE County

Why Historic Whitnall Golf Course Needs Redesign

New irrigation system, practice facilities part of once-in- a-century redesign.

Transportation: What’s Happening With Second BRT Project?
Transportation

What’s Happening With Second BRT Project?

MCTS will host public meetings as it seeks federal funds for 27th Street BRT.

MKE County: Parks Seeks Kosciuszko Community Center Members
MKE County

Parks Seeks Kosciuszko Community Center Members

Center offers many activities, amenities. Holding an open house all day Tuesday.

MKE County: County Treasurer Dave Cullen Announces Reelection Bid
MKE County

County Treasurer Dave Cullen Announces Reelection Bid

With many endorsements, Cullen faces Ted Chisholm in Democratic primary.

MKE County: County’s Top Attorney Leaving For Broadcasting Job
MKE County

County’s Top Attorney Leaving For Broadcasting Job

Corp Counsel Margaret Daun will join Civic Media and host daily radio show.

Marquette Starbucks Workers Win Union Election

Marquette Starbucks Workers Win Union Election

A majority of workers voted unionize, joining a nationwide union representing Starbucks employees.

Planned Parenthood Workers Win Union Election

Planned Parenthood Workers Win Union Election

Next up is negotiating a contract.

MKE County: County Beefing Up Translation Services
MKE County

County Beefing Up Translation Services

Supervisor Caroline Gómez-Tom's 2023 proposal quickly moving forward.

MKE County: Supervisors Oppose Controversial Road-to-Trail Project
MKE County

Supervisors Oppose Controversial Road-to-Trail Project

Parks department wants portion of Jackson Park Drive with no driveways converted to trail.

MKE County: How Do You Calculate a Project’s Climate Impact?
MKE County

How Do You Calculate a Project’s Climate Impact?

County government has developed a formula to evaluate that for infrastructure projects.

Transportation: Frontier Adding Nonstop Flights to Philly
Transportation

Frontier Adding Nonstop Flights to Philly

Flights to run three days a week out of Mitchell Airport with introductory fare of $19!

Brewers, Summerfest Offering Free Tickets to County Lifeguards

Brewers, Summerfest Offering Free Tickets to County Lifeguards

These and other freebies will help county recruit lifeguards, address the ongoing shortage.

City Opens New Early Voting Site

City Opens New Early Voting Site

Early voting has begun for spring primary election on Feb. 20.

Charles Allis Premieres Photo Exhibition This Weekend

Charles Allis Premieres Photo Exhibition This Weekend

'Screen Time' considers internet-age photography by artists from across the globe.

MKE County: City TIFs Becoming Useful Tool for County Parks
MKE County

City TIFs Becoming Useful Tool for County Parks

Red Arrow Park is latest-county asset to benefit from city's Tax Incremental Financing.

MKE County: Board Votes to Wait for City Bodycam Lawsuit Ruling
MKE County

Board Votes to Wait for City Bodycam Lawsuit Ruling

County considering policy like the city's for release of body cam videos for officers.

MKE County: Meet the 2024 Rosa Parks Scholarship Winners
MKE County

Meet the 2024 Rosa Parks Scholarship Winners

Three Milwaukee area high school students earn $1,000 each.

MKE County: Board Funds Crisis Housing in Uptown Neighborhood, Demurs On Southside Dog Park
MKE County

Board Funds Crisis Housing in Uptown Neighborhood, Demurs On Southside Dog Park

Plus: A controversial penguin project is funded, funding for southside dog park is paused and 'high-impact' parks projects are funded.

New Federal Rules May Require Public Museum to Remove Some Exhibits

New Federal Rules May Require Public Museum to Remove Some Exhibits

Regulations require prior consultation with Native American tribes and descendants before items can be exhibited.

Transportation: MCTS Still Not Using All Its Electric Buses
Transportation

MCTS Still Not Using All Its Electric Buses

MCTS only operating five out of 11 BEBs on a daily basis.

Transportation: Airport Has Best Traffic Year Since 2019
Transportation

Airport Has Best Traffic Year Since 2019

Milwaukee Mitchell confirms more than 6 million passengers traveled through airport in 2023.

MKE County: A Battle Over Sheriff’s Bodycam Policy
MKE County

A Battle Over Sheriff’s Bodycam Policy

Two supervisors push for faster public release of video evidence, but committee says no.

MKE County: Crowley Approves New Zoo Entrance
MKE County

Crowley Approves New Zoo Entrance

County wants new zoo entrance to reduce car backups on Bluemound Road.

Warehouse Art Museum Is Moving

Warehouse Art Museum Is Moving

Modern and contemporary art museum founded in 2018 moving to undisclosed new location.

MKE County: County Announces Home Repair Program for Seniors
MKE County

County Announces Home Repair Program for Seniors

Including interest free loans for repairs and grants for accessibility improvements.

MKE County: Supervisors Upset By Penguin Project’s Increased Cost
MKE County

Supervisors Upset By Penguin Project’s Increased Cost

Design error leads to $1.5 million hike in cost. 'Somebody's head should roll for that.'

MKE County: New Runway Dog Park? Maybe Not
MKE County

New Runway Dog Park? Maybe Not

Funding source and timeline raise concerns, but county board may be split on the issue.

Lena Taylor Appointed to Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Lena Taylor Appointed to Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Long-serving state senator is latest Evers appointment to local circuit court.

MKE County: Parks Planning ‘High-Impact’ Investments in 2024
MKE County

Parks Planning ‘High-Impact’ Investments in 2024

Seeking projects that can be quickly implemented, leverage additional funding or prepare for the future.

MKE County: Former Bus-Streetcar Facility To House Custom Shipping Container Company
MKE County

Former Bus-Streetcar Facility To House Custom Shipping Container Company

Containers Up buying former MCTS facility from Milwaukee County.

Transportation: WisDOT Getting Closer to I-794 Project Recommendations
Transportation

WisDOT Getting Closer to I-794 Project Recommendations

Seeking 'most feasible' ways to tear down 1 mile (or less) stretch of downtown freeway.

MKE County: County Expanding Narcan Vending Machine Program
MKE County

County Expanding Narcan Vending Machine Program

Officials want to add 8 more in Milwaukee; businesses, nonprofits urged to request one.

MKE County: Supervisors Push Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Resolution
MKE County

Supervisors Push Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

Led by Sup. Ryan Clancy, four supervisors want board to take vote on foreign policy.

MKE County: Board Gives Go-Ahead for Jail Audit
MKE County

Board Gives Go-Ahead for Jail Audit

Policymakers authorize audit looking into cause of deaths at Milwaukee County Jail.

MKE County: Could Shuttered Runway Dog Park Be Replaced?
MKE County

Could Shuttered Runway Dog Park Be Replaced?

Park near airport shut down after FAA objections. Supervisor pushes for a replacement.

Groundhog Day? It’s Penguin Day in Milwaukee

Groundhog Day? It’s Penguin Day in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Zoo will use a Humboldt Penguin to predict the arrival of spring.

MKE County: Urban Ecology Center Adding Trail Connection, Greenspace to Riverside Park
MKE County

Urban Ecology Center Adding Trail Connection, Greenspace to Riverside Park

Planned event hall development includes features designed for public access, recreation.

MKE County: Ted Chisholm Running for County Treasurer
MKE County

Ted Chisholm Running for County Treasurer

Milwaukee DA's son, formerly the sheriff's chief of staff, to oppose incumbent David Cullen.

MKE County: Juvenile Justice Facility Construction Could Start in Spring
MKE County

Juvenile Justice Facility Construction Could Start in Spring

New facility in Milwaukee will keep county youth out of state juvenile prisons.

MKE County: Tight Housing Market Squeezing Out Poorest Renters
MKE County

Tight Housing Market Squeezing Out Poorest Renters

Even those with federal housing vouchers. Can Housing Division solve the problems?

MKE County: Could Underwood Creek Parkway Become A Trail?
MKE County

Could Underwood Creek Parkway Become A Trail?

Parkway has been closed since 2020 due to interstate construction.

MKE County: Construction on New Kohl Park Trail Planned for Spring
MKE County

Construction on New Kohl Park Trail Planned for Spring

2.6 mile trail will run through park and connect to Oak Leaf Trail.

Annual Train Show Returns to Domes

Annual Train Show Returns to Domes

'Tiny Toy Towns' include small towns built of children's toys that G-scale model trains ride through.

MKE County: County Youth In State Prisons Declining Again
MKE County

County Youth In State Prisons Declining Again

After spike in 2022, number of youth sent to state juvenile prisons dropped in 2023.

MKE County: Unique Housing Project Planned for Uptown Neighborhood
MKE County

Unique Housing Project Planned for Uptown Neighborhood

Project near 50th and North first in state to include both affordable rentals and crisis beds.

MKE County: Chisholm Reflects on Time as Milwaukee’s Top Prosecutor
MKE County

Chisholm Reflects on Time as Milwaukee’s Top Prosecutor

He has served for 17 years as DA, overseeing turbulent times in city's history.

MKE County: Habitat Restoration Coming to Kohl Park
MKE County

Habitat Restoration Coming to Kohl Park

Part of massive environmental cleanup effort. Project would tie in with new bike trail, create large natural area.

MKE County: Milwaukee Under Winter Storm Emergency, Many Offices Closed
MKE County

Milwaukee Under Winter Storm Emergency, Many Offices Closed

Declaration closes public buildings like the courthouse Friday.

MKE County: County Board Campaign Derailed by False Nomination Signatures
MKE County

County Board Campaign Derailed by False Nomination Signatures

Sup. Steve Taylor's opponent Andrew Matias booted from District 17 race by election commission.

MKE County: Kent Lovern Announces Campaign for DA
MKE County

Kent Lovern Announces Campaign for DA

Milwaukee County Chief Deputy DA seeks to replace his boss John Chisholm, who will retire.

MKE County: Traffic Fatalities Show Racial Disparities
MKE County

Traffic Fatalities Show Racial Disparities

County Department of Transportation crunching data as part of reckless driving project.

MKE County: Whitefish Bay Affordable Housing Project Stalled
MKE County

Whitefish Bay Affordable Housing Project Stalled

Planned affordable development rejected by village commission on aesthetic grounds.

MKE County: Second Candidate Joins Race for County Comptroller
MKE County

Second Candidate Joins Race for County Comptroller

Capital Midwest Fund partner Michael Harper will run against Sup. Liz Sumner.

MKE County: Board Must Set Terms for Third Party Jail Audit
MKE County

Board Must Set Terms for Third Party Jail Audit

Supervisors will hear from county auditors on what is needed for the audit.

MKE County: Wrong Paperwork Gets County Board Candidate Tossed From Ballot
MKE County

Wrong Paperwork Gets County Board Candidate Tossed From Ballot

Ryan Antczak, a former Republican state Assembly candidate, circulated the wrong paperwork for nomination signatures.

MKE County: District Attorney John Chisholm Won’t Seek Reelection
MKE County

District Attorney John Chisholm Won’t Seek Reelection

Chisholm has served as Milwaukee County District Attorney since 2007.

MKE County: Rematch Set For Southside County Board Seat
MKE County

Rematch Set For Southside County Board Seat

Gómez-Tom vs Sanchez, again, for a full term on county board.

MKE County: Ice Skating Returns to Red Arrow Park
MKE County

Ice Skating Returns to Red Arrow Park

Free, outdoor ice rink is finally open.

MKE County: Newcomer Running Unopposed for County Board
MKE County

Newcomer Running Unopposed for County Board

Sky Capriolo running for seat vacated by Sup. Peter Burgelis, who will run for alderman.

Planned Parenthood Workers Unionizing

Planned Parenthood Workers Unionizing

More than 100 workers organizing union in Wisconsin.

Transportation: 10 Most Popular MCTS Routes in 2023
Transportation

10 Most Popular MCTS Routes in 2023

Top route had 7,300 rides per day. Future BRT corridors rank among most popular.

MKE County: County Supervisor Patti Logsdon Faces Challenger
MKE County

County Supervisor Patti Logsdon Faces Challenger

Danelle Kenney running for District 9. Will Rock Sports Complex be an issue?

Transportation: Free Bus Rides On New Year’s Eve
Transportation

Free Bus Rides On New Year’s Eve

For 35th year, Molson Coors is sponsoring free bus rides on all MCTS routes.

Transportation: MCTS Ridership Grows in 2023, Still Far Behind Pre-Pandemic Numbers
Transportation

MCTS Ridership Grows in 2023, Still Far Behind Pre-Pandemic Numbers

Transit system making year over years gains, but still hovering near half of 2019 ridership.

Transportation: Airport Closing In On Pre-Pandemic Traffic
Transportation

Airport Closing In On Pre-Pandemic Traffic

Milwaukee Mitchell on track to crack 6 million passengers for first time since 2019.

MKE County: Board Extends Racine Jail Transfer Contract
MKE County

Board Extends Racine Jail Transfer Contract

Sheriff's office says it needs this option in case of overcrowding.

MKE County: Board Approves New Correctional Food Contract
MKE County

Board Approves New Correctional Food Contract

Florida company will serve jail and CRC, replacing much criticized Aramark Corporation.

MKE County: Board Adds Funding For Housing, Violence Prevention
MKE County

Board Adds Funding For Housing, Violence Prevention

$1.6 million for medical debt program wasn't spent, reallocated to other programs.

MKE County: Board Approves Affordable Housing Funding, Bike Trail, Solar Study
MKE County

Board Approves Affordable Housing Funding, Bike Trail, Solar Study

Plus: A new overlook for the improved Kletzsch Dam.

MKE County: Board Approves Much Debated Health Travel Program, Once Focused On Abortion
MKE County

Board Approves Much Debated Health Travel Program, Once Focused On Abortion

Proposal began as attempt to pay for travel costs related to out of state abortions.

MKE County: Largest Fish Barrier Between Grafton and Lake Michigan Removed
MKE County

Largest Fish Barrier Between Grafton and Lake Michigan Removed

New fish passage opens up 54 miles of habitat for native species like northern pike and sturgeon.

Workers At Starbucks on Marquette Campus Demand a Union

Workers At Starbucks on Marquette Campus Demand a Union

It's the first Starbucks in city of Milwaukee to organize a union.

MKE County: Staffing Improves At Correctional Facilities
MKE County

Staffing Improves At Correctional Facilities

But still understaffed: County jail reaches 74% of full staffing level and CRC 83%.

MKE County: In-Person Visits Return to Community Reintegration Center
MKE County

In-Person Visits Return to Community Reintegration Center

County correctional center has not allowed such visits for more than a decade.

Transportation: Airport Plans to Repair, Replace Taxiways
Transportation

Airport Plans to Repair, Replace Taxiways

Mitchell International Airport awarded $8.7 million in federal funds to pay for this.

MKE County: Supervisors Hopeful for Pool Openings in 2024
MKE County

Supervisors Hopeful for Pool Openings in 2024

Committee adds funding to Parks budget for this, but more pools are not guaranteed.

MKE County: County Officials Change Jail Food Provider
MKE County

County Officials Change Jail Food Provider

Contract with Trinity Services Group, starting at $6.2 million annually, needs county board approval.

MKE County: Third Candidate Will Run for Northwest Side County Board Seat
MKE County

Third Candidate Will Run for Northwest Side County Board Seat

Brandon Williford joins race for District 18, opposing incumbent Deanna Alexander.

MKE County: County Would Fund Three Suburban Affordable Housing Developments
MKE County

County Would Fund Three Suburban Affordable Housing Developments

Projects in Whitefish Bay, South Milwaukee and Brown Deer secure support from board's Finance Committee.

MKE County: Supervisors Support New Zoo Entrance
MKE County

Supervisors Support New Zoo Entrance

Current location of Zoo entrance causing traffic backups, safety issues on Bluemound Road, supervisor says.

MKE County: Public Museum Experiencing Frequent Maintenance Issues
MKE County

Public Museum Experiencing Frequent Maintenance Issues

MPM reports regular breakdowns of circulation and temperature control systems.

MKE County: So Much for That Free Bike Trail
MKE County

So Much for That Free Bike Trail

Supervisors consider killing deal for pedestrian infrastructure that Wauwatosa would pay for.

Transportation: Airport Gets Federal Funds for Runway Rehab
Transportation

Airport Gets Federal Funds for Runway Rehab

Mitchell International Airport awarded $8.7 million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

MKE County: MPM Needs $35 Million To Begin New Museum Construction
MKE County

MPM Needs $35 Million To Begin New Museum Construction

Needs this to reach $100 million in private donations before spring 2024 groundbreaking.

MKE County: Crowley Backs More Suburban Affordable Housing
MKE County

Crowley Backs More Suburban Affordable Housing

Allocating $6.6 million for projects in Whitefish Bay, South Milwaukee and Brown Deer.

MKE County: Supervisors Back Grant for Abandoned Building Redevelopment
MKE County

Supervisors Back Grant for Abandoned Building Redevelopment

Long-vacant, Near-West-Side building to be transformed into larger, subsidized apartments.

MKE County: Supervisor Pushes Kletzsch Park Dam Overlook
MKE County

Supervisor Pushes Kletzsch Park Dam Overlook

$309,000 project would increase access to river, allow portage for canoes, kayaks.

MKE County: Parks Hosting Pancake Dinners, Winter Activities
MKE County

Parks Hosting Pancake Dinners, Winter Activities

Activities include hiking, glow skating, skiing, snowshoeing and pickleball.

Transportation: County Working To Revive On-Demand Paratransit Taxis
Transportation

County Working To Revive On-Demand Paratransit Taxis

Prior service canceled because of concerns about drug testing, vehicles that didn't support wheelchairs.

MKE County: As Deadline Looms, County Should Shift Stimulus Funding
MKE County

As Deadline Looms, County Should Shift Stimulus Funding

County hasn't spent more than half of $184 million grant.

MKE County: Anne O’Connor Running for North Shore County Board Seat
MKE County

Anne O’Connor Running for North Shore County Board Seat

O'Connor is co-founder of Bay Bridge, an advocacy organization focused on racism and segregation.

MKE County: Justin Bielinski Running For Open Seat On County Board
MKE County

Justin Bielinski Running For Open Seat On County Board

Bielinski running for West Allis-centric seat being vacated by Sup. Tony Staskunas.

Transportation: 27th Street Rapid Bus Route Would Launch In 2028
Transportation

27th Street Rapid Bus Route Would Launch In 2028

MCTS working to enter federal grant process to develop second bus rapid transit line.

MKE County: Could New Coggs Building Go Solar?
MKE County

Could New Coggs Building Go Solar?

Two supervisors suggest new Human Services building should include solar power generation.

MKE County: Medical Debt Funding Could Be Shifted to Housing, Violence Prevention
MKE County

Medical Debt Funding Could Be Shifted to Housing, Violence Prevention

County officials have plan for funding earmarked for scuttled medical debt relief project.

MKE County: Highway 100 Project Could Include New Bike Trail
MKE County

Highway 100 Project Could Include New Bike Trail

Wauwatosa will fund bicycle and pedestrian trail, needs land from Milwaukee County Parks.

MKE County: County Taking On Coastal Erosion
MKE County

County Taking On Coastal Erosion

Officials seek a strategic plan for protecting Lake Michigan's coastal bluffs from erosion.

MKE County: Proposal To Eliminate Medical Debt Won’t Move Forward
MKE County

Proposal To Eliminate Medical Debt Won’t Move Forward

Instead, county officials pushed health systems to expand charity care.

Transportation: MCTS Announces 8th Annual Rosa Parks Scholarship
Transportation

MCTS Announces 8th Annual Rosa Parks Scholarship

Transit system will also honor Parks and others with a reserved seat on buses Dec. 1-3.

MKE County: Sheriff Seeks To Keep Transferring Inmates to Racine
MKE County

Sheriff Seeks To Keep Transferring Inmates to Racine

MCSO seeks to extend a contract allowing the jail to transfer individuals to Racine County.

MKE County: Supervisor Wants To Solve Zoo Traffic Back-Ups
MKE County

Supervisor Wants To Solve Zoo Traffic Back-Ups

Sup. Shawn Rolland pushes funding for a reconfiguration of zoo entrance.

MKE County: Parks Budget Surplus Could Fund Infrastructure Projects
MKE County

Parks Budget Surplus Could Fund Infrastructure Projects

Entrepreneurial department wants to use its rising revenues for this, if board agrees.

MKE County: Parks Hiring Lifeguards for 2024 Summer Season
MKE County

Parks Hiring Lifeguards for 2024 Summer Season

Offering bonuses to overcome shortage. Training starts in January.

Transportation: New Bus Route Changes Begin Dec. 3
Transportation

New Bus Route Changes Begin Dec. 3

Some MCTS rides will increase frequency, modify their route or add trips starting next week.

MKE County: County Awarded Federal Funding For Affordable Housing
MKE County

County Awarded Federal Funding For Affordable Housing

$1.8 million grant will help housing aid recipients move to higher-income neighborhoods.

MKE County: Judge Ronnie Murray Will Run  For Full Term
MKE County

Judge Ronnie Murray Will Run For Full Term

Former federal public defender seeks full term after appointment to Circuit Court in July.

MKE County: Parks Plants 1,800 New Trees in 2023
MKE County

Parks Plants 1,800 New Trees in 2023

Tree planting across parks was bolstered in 2023 by friends groups. But is it enough?

Transportation: Connect 1 Ridership Continues to Grow
Transportation

Connect 1 Ridership Continues to Grow

Ridership up 25% since the new bus rapid transit service launched in June.

MKE County: After Gov. Evers Appointed Him, Judge Wants Full-Term On Court
MKE County

After Gov. Evers Appointed Him, Judge Wants Full-Term On Court

Jorge Fragoso was appointed to the bench in September by Gov. Tony Evers.

‘Stuff the Bus’ With Thanksgiving Meal Donations Wednesday

‘Stuff the Bus’ With Thanksgiving Meal Donations Wednesday

Annual food drive a partnership of Feeding America, MCTS, Pick 'n Save.

MKE County: County Funds New Rhino Facility for Zoo
MKE County

County Funds New Rhino Facility for Zoo

New rhino facility is third and final phase of zoo's Adventure Africa exhibit.

Mitchell Park Show Dome To Become A Snow Globe

Mitchell Park Show Dome To Become A Snow Globe

The annual holiday show at The Domes begins Sat. Nov. 18.

MKE County: New Plan Emerging To Save The Domes
MKE County

New Plan Emerging To Save The Domes

Friends of the Domes takes on bigger role in planning for Domes' future.

MKE County: Crowley, Nicholson Herald 2024 Budget As ‘New Day’ for Milwaukee
MKE County

Crowley, Nicholson Herald 2024 Budget As ‘New Day’ for Milwaukee

First budget buoyed by increased sales tax funds historic investments, property tax relief.

Local Arts Coalition Launches Fund Drive

Local Arts Coalition Launches Fund Drive

Milwaukee Small Arts and Culture Cohort, includes 12 groups, seeks to raise $945,000 over 3 years.

MKE County: Donate to Annual King Community Center Turkey Drive
MKE County

Donate to Annual King Community Center Turkey Drive

Community center hopes to provide turkeys for 3,000 families next week.

MKE County: Crowley Will Sign Budget Without Vetoes
MKE County

Crowley Will Sign Budget Without Vetoes

After chiding board for adding spending, county exec decides to sign 2024 budget anyway.

MKE County: Could Park Friends Help Prevent Illegal Dumping?
MKE County

Could Park Friends Help Prevent Illegal Dumping?

County officials think neighborhood groups could watch for and report dumping.

MKE County: Southside Park Getting A Fence You Didn’t Know It Needed
MKE County

Southside Park Getting A Fence You Didn’t Know It Needed

Supervisors add funding for fence around Boerner Botanical Gardens.

MKE County: County, State Break Ground on Forensic Science Center
MKE County

County, State Break Ground on Forensic Science Center

$226 million, 200,000-square-foot facility will house county medical examiner and state's Milwaukee crime lab.

MKE County: Citing Racial Bias, County Ends Birth Cost Recovery Program
MKE County

Citing Racial Bias, County Ends Birth Cost Recovery Program

Practice went after fathers for part of the cost of child birth when Medicaid was used.

MKE County: Board Adopts 2024 Budget, Setting Up Battle With Crowley
MKE County

Board Adopts 2024 Budget, Setting Up Battle With Crowley

The county executive's administration has already pushed back against some of the amendments.

MKE County: Crowley, Medical College Celebrate 50 Years of EMS
MKE County

Crowley, Medical College Celebrate 50 Years of EMS

Paramedics, now taken for granted, were a new and novel concept in 1973.

MKE County: Construction of Road-to-Trail Projects Planned for 2024
MKE County

Construction of Road-to-Trail Projects Planned for 2024

Redundant streets would be made into trails. Public meetings next week.

MKE County: Parks System Losing Trees Faster Than It Can Plant Them
MKE County

Parks System Losing Trees Faster Than It Can Plant Them

Board moving to add funding to 2024 budget for reforestation.

Transportation: Is It the End of Battery Electric Buses for Milwaukee?
Transportation

Is It the End of Battery Electric Buses for Milwaukee?

Top transit officials say there are currently no reliable manufacturers in U.S. market.

MKE County: Rochelle Johnson-Bent Enters Race for Circuit Court Judge
MKE County

Rochelle Johnson-Bent Enters Race for Circuit Court Judge

Johnson-Brent will face State Rep. Marisabel Cabrera in the general election for Branch 43.

Transportation: Supervisors Recommend Funding for On-Demand Paratransit, Despite Objections
Transportation

Supervisors Recommend Funding for On-Demand Paratransit, Despite Objections

Though the funding is likely not enough, and would be realized by issuing debt.

MKE County: Board Moving Closer To County Jail Audit
MKE County

Board Moving Closer To County Jail Audit

An amendment to 2024 budget calls for third-party, independent audit of county jail.

MKE County: Board and County Exec At Odds Over Debt, Spending
MKE County

Board and County Exec At Odds Over Debt, Spending

Board wants to surpass debt limit given new sales tax, surplus.

MKE County: County Will Re-Evaluate Cultural Contributions
MKE County

County Will Re-Evaluate Cultural Contributions

Budget amendment requires review of the different institutions county dollars support.

MKE County: Parks Replaces Tippecanoe Park Playground
MKE County

Parks Replaces Tippecanoe Park Playground

New playground funded through a 2021 real estate deal with Irgens.

MKE County: MCDOT Breaks Ground On New Highway Maintenance Facility
MKE County

MCDOT Breaks Ground On New Highway Maintenance Facility

Will double footprint of northwest side highway maintenance shop, add its first women's bathrooms

MKE County: What’s The Future of The Charles Allis Art Museum?
MKE County

What’s The Future of The Charles Allis Art Museum?

One county budget amendment funds safety repairs, another seeks to end future contributions.

Transportation: Milwaukee County Receives Funding To Test Road Safety Infrastructure
Transportation

Milwaukee County Receives Funding To Test Road Safety Infrastructure

Funding will cover portable speed humps and high-visibility sidewalks.

Public Museum Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Public Museum Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Free admission for tribal members and special programming planned.

Transportation: Bus Service Between Downer and Downtown Could Return
Transportation

Bus Service Between Downer and Downtown Could Return

Service along former GoldLine route could be restored in 2024.

Transportation: Crowley, Transit Officials Oppose ‘Transit Rangers’ Backed By Drivers
Transportation

Crowley, Transit Officials Oppose ‘Transit Rangers’ Backed By Drivers

Board fails to get administration buy-in for transit rangers, pitting union against Crowley and MCTS.

MKE County: Southwest Airlines Announces Non-Stop Flights to San Diego
MKE County

Southwest Airlines Announces Non-Stop Flights to San Diego

Weekly flights to San Diego will start running in June 2024.

MKE County: Sup. Taylor Pushes Funding For Early-Childhood Special-Ed Program
MKE County

Sup. Taylor Pushes Funding For Early-Childhood Special-Ed Program

Sup. Sequanna Taylor pushes funding support critical to maintaining the county's Birth to 3 program.

MKE County: Milwaukee Is First County To Recognize ‘Rights of Nature”
MKE County

Milwaukee Is First County To Recognize ‘Rights of Nature”

County Executive Crowley signs resolution, backed by Native American tribes.

MKE County: Budget Committee Recommends Correction Officer Raises
MKE County

Budget Committee Recommends Correction Officer Raises

Budget amendment would raise starting pay to $30 an hour.

MKE County: Gómez-Tom Advances County’s First Multilingual Initiative
MKE County

Gómez-Tom Advances County’s First Multilingual Initiative

Supervisor seeks to set aside funding for multi-lingual government publications in 2024.

MKE County: Crowley Signs Off On Greendale Barn Restoration
MKE County

Crowley Signs Off On Greendale Barn Restoration

A property on Loomis Road once identified for demolition will be redeveloped for events, Airbnb-style rentals.

Transportation: Board Plans Lobbying Push for Transit Funding
Transportation

Board Plans Lobbying Push for Transit Funding

The county needs state assistance to save transit system from big cuts.

Transportation: Airport Finishes LED Lighting Project
Transportation

Airport Finishes LED Lighting Project

New LED lights provide better illumination and will cut costs in half for airport.

MKE County: State Rep. Marisabel Cabrera Running for Circuit Court
MKE County

State Rep. Marisabel Cabrera Running for Circuit Court

Incumbent Judge Marshall Murray plans to retire at the end of his term.

Culver’s Donates $1 Million for Frozen Custard Exhibit

Culver’s Donates $1 Million for Frozen Custard Exhibit

Owners donation will fund custard shop exhibit at new Milwaukee Public Museum.

MKE County: Alexander Faces Challenge For County Board
MKE County

Alexander Faces Challenge For County Board

John Martin "Marty" Hagedorn files to run for Milwaukee County Board District 18 seat.

MSOE Conservatory Opens in Historic Duplex

MSOE Conservatory Opens in Historic Duplex

New music conservatory housed in former residential duplex on E. Juneau Ave.

MKE County: New Jail Commissary Contract Caps Prices
MKE County

New Jail Commissary Contract Caps Prices

Limiting what private contractors charge for food and hygiene products in jail and CRC.

Experis Workers Announce Union Effort

Experis Workers Announce Union Effort

Workers at video game company owned by Manpower Group file for union election.

MKE County: Kosciuszko Center Remodeling Planned for 2024
MKE County

Kosciuszko Center Remodeling Planned for 2024

Budget proposal includes funding for building improvements.

The Return of Sherman Park Harvest Fest

The Return of Sherman Park Harvest Fest

2nd annual festival on Oct 28 connects community and county government, with free food and entertainment.

MKE County: Courts Still Struggling With Effects of Pandemic
MKE County

Courts Still Struggling With Effects of Pandemic

Courts also dealing with knock-on effects of understaffing in the sheriff's office.

MKE County: Crowley Announces Reelection Bid
MKE County

Crowley Announces Reelection Bid

David Crowley announces re-election campaign on heels of historic sales tax deal.

Skills Training Returns to Milwaukee Correctional Facility

Skills Training Returns to Milwaukee Correctional Facility

Those at Community Reintegration Center can now receive welding training.

Public Museum Gets New $2 Million Donation

Public Museum Gets New $2 Million Donation

Longtime supporters donate to MPM endowment. Its building drive still needs more donors.

Transportation: Airport Must Improve Security System
Transportation

Airport Must Improve Security System

Cost is nearly $1 million. TSA requiring airports to screen employees for weapons, contraband.

MKE County: The Battle Over Transit Security
MKE County

The Battle Over Transit Security

MCTS and supervisors at odds over how to improve security, protect bus drivers.

MKE County: A Record Year For Public Golf Courses
MKE County

A Record Year For Public Golf Courses

A new high of $10 million in revenue in 2023 for Milwaukee County Parks.

MKE County: County Corrections Staffing, Wages At Issue
MKE County

County Corrections Staffing, Wages At Issue

Facilities understaffed. Sheriff says public safety not a priority in Crowley's budget.

MKE County: 30 New MCTS Buses Included In 2024 Budget
MKE County

30 New MCTS Buses Included In 2024 Budget

But Milwaukee County still has fewer buses than it did pre-pandemic.

MKE County: County Sales Tax Creating Financial Stability Study Says
MKE County

County Sales Tax Creating Financial Stability Study Says

But the $1 billion infrastructure backlog remains a major financial challenge for the county.

MKE County: Comptroller Manske Won’t Seek Reelection
MKE County

Comptroller Manske Won’t Seek Reelection

A county employee since 1992, Manske became the county's first elected financial officer in 2011.

George Marshall Clark Plaque Dedicated in Third Ward

George Marshall Clark Plaque Dedicated in Third Ward

Historic marker memorializes site of Milwaukee's only documented lynching.

Transportation: County Creating Plan to Combat Reckless Driving
Transportation

County Creating Plan to Combat Reckless Driving

Problem at 'crisis level,' county seeks federal funding.

MKE County: Supervisors Waste $300,000
MKE County

Supervisors Waste $300,000

Three supervisors stall parks project at McKinley Marina, costing taxpayers $300,000.

MKE County: Do County Parks Have Too Many Bridges?
MKE County

Do County Parks Have Too Many Bridges?

System has 170 pedestrian bridges, spends millions per year maintaining them.

MKE County: Crowley Backs Biggest Project in County History
MKE County

Crowley Backs Biggest Project in County History

His 2024 budget includes planning, design for $488 million courthouse project.

Transportation: County Planning A Third BRT Line
Transportation

County Planning A Third BRT Line

Crowley's budget includes $50,000 to study line from Downtown to West Allis and Waukesha.

MKE Couny: Wasserman Has Challenger For Board Seat
MKE Couny

Wasserman Has Challenger For Board Seat

Alexander Kostal, a state public defender, is running for District 3.

Transportation: American Airlines Begins Daily Nonstop Flights To Washington D.C.
Transportation

American Airlines Begins Daily Nonstop Flights To Washington D.C.

Nonstop flights to D.C. begin ahead of 2024 Republic National Convention in Milwaukee.

Transportation: Paratransit Recovering From Recent Failures, Officials Say
Transportation

Paratransit Recovering From Recent Failures, Officials Say

But one in 10 buses still more than a half hour late.

MKE County: Clerk Launches Courthouse Navigator Program
MKE County

Clerk Launches Courthouse Navigator Program

New service helps those without a lawyer navigate the courthouse and civil legal processes.

MKE County: Parks System Proposes Demolition Of Vacant Buildings
MKE County

Parks System Proposes Demolition Of Vacant Buildings

County Executive's 2024 budget proposal includes funding for demolition of unused, nuisance buildings.

MKE County: County Family Court Getting Remodel
MKE County

County Family Court Getting Remodel

The current facilities are a detriment to safety and access, chief judge says.

Wednesday’s Emergency Alert Is Only A Test

Wednesday’s Emergency Alert Is Only A Test

Cell phones and other devices will issue emergency alert Wednesday.

MKE County: Crowley’s 2024 Budget Departs From Decades of Cuts
MKE County

Crowley’s 2024 Budget Departs From Decades of Cuts

Thanks to new sales tax and state revenue, property taxes go down and money for county services go up.

MKE County: Sheriff Inquiry Leads to Board Fracas
MKE County

Sheriff Inquiry Leads to Board Fracas

Board removes jail inquiry from committee after process falls apart. Issue will go to full board.

Transportation: Battery Electric Buses Returning to Connect 1
Transportation

Battery Electric Buses Returning to Connect 1

MCTS buses for BRT line were pulled in August to have batteries replaced.

MKE County: Board Halts Medical Travel Subsidy For Abortions
MKE County

Board Halts Medical Travel Subsidy For Abortions

With abortions resuming in state, supervisors hold off on medical travel program.

Transportation: 35th Street Bike-Bus Study Planned
Transportation

35th Street Bike-Bus Study Planned

Temporary protected lanes for bicycles and buses to be tested as part of federally funded study.

Marine Historical Society Launches ‘Little Boat I’ in Lake Michigan

Marine Historical Society Launches ‘Little Boat I’ in Lake Michigan

Local group keeps maritime history alive, including by launching model boats.

UAW Strikes At Bay View Auto Parts Warehouse

UAW Strikes At Bay View Auto Parts Warehouse

Milwaukee workers join second wave of nationwide strike.

MKE County: Board Recommends Transit Rangers for Bus Security
MKE County

Board Recommends Transit Rangers for Bus Security

But transit officials privately raise concerns about program as currently envisioned.

MKE County: Board Approves Transgender Sanctuary Designation
MKE County

Board Approves Transgender Sanctuary Designation

Plus: Union-made vehicle policy, Jail Visitation Study, and multi-lingual communication resolution all approved by board.

MKE County: Drug Settlements Could Help Expand Opioid Addiction Programs
MKE County

Drug Settlements Could Help Expand Opioid Addiction Programs

Settlements with opioid producers and distributors could fund 3 programs.

MKE County: Will Zoo Get New Rhino Facility?
MKE County

Will Zoo Get New Rhino Facility?

Zoo would need at least $16 million from the county. That may be a tough sell.

MKE County: Parks Plans to Replace 2 Oak Leaf Trail Bridges
MKE County

Parks Plans to Replace 2 Oak Leaf Trail Bridges

Aging Union Pacific railway bridges spanning I-43 in Glendale need replacing.

MKE County: Evers Appoints Jorge Fragoso to Circuit Court
MKE County

Evers Appoints Jorge Fragoso to Circuit Court

Attorney will take office Nov. 4, filling vacancy left by Judge Lindsey Grady.

MKE County: Rolland Pushes Plan to Restore Jail Visitation
MKE County

Rolland Pushes Plan to Restore Jail Visitation

Legislation funds feasibility study for returning in-person visitation to jail.

Transportation: FlexRide Launches Childcare Transportation
Transportation

FlexRide Launches Childcare Transportation

City-to-suburb transportation service aims to help working people access childcare.

Transportation: Connect 1 Will Be Free For All of 2023
Transportation

Connect 1 Will Be Free For All of 2023

Free ride sponsorship extended as off-bus fare validators held up by supply chain issues.

MKE County: Supervisor Pushes County to Go Multi-Lingual
MKE County

Supervisor Pushes County to Go Multi-Lingual

Caroline Gómez-Tom wants information and services presented in multiple languages.

MKE County: After ‘Neither Dignity Nor Value’ Comment, Staskunas Wants Clancy Out As Law Enforcement Committee Chair
MKE County

After ‘Neither Dignity Nor Value’ Comment, Staskunas Wants Clancy Out As Law Enforcement Committee Chair

Staskunas irked by Clancy's recent comments about police work having no "dignity or value."

MKE County: Supervisors Ready To Sue Over Noise From The Rock Sportsplex
MKE County

Supervisors Ready To Sue Over Noise From The Rock Sportsplex

Ongoing nuisance issue is in violation of development agreement for former county-owned land say supervisors.

MKE County: Supervisors Considering Faster Body Camera Release For Sheriff’s Office
MKE County

Supervisors Considering Faster Body Camera Release For Sheriff’s Office

But supervisors do not have authority to set policy for Sheriff.

MKE County: Committee Backs Transgender Sanctuary Resolution
MKE County

Committee Backs Transgender Sanctuary Resolution

In light of recent LGTBQ+ attacks and opposition, Milwaukee County would become transgender safe-haven.

MKE County: Supervisors Endorse Airbnb Renovation Plan For Dilapidated Greendale Farmhouse
MKE County

Supervisors Endorse Airbnb Renovation Plan For Dilapidated Greendale Farmhouse

Entrepreneur will redevelop historic Stelzer barn and farmhouse into short-term rentals.

MKE County: Parks Restoring Wildlife Habitat in Little Menomonee River Parkway
MKE County

Parks Restoring Wildlife Habitat in Little Menomonee River Parkway

$3 milllion grant from DNR will fund another restoration in Milwaukee Estuary.

MKE County: Domes Costs Shock Supervisors
MKE County

Domes Costs Shock Supervisors

'I think we're just in shock,' supervisor says on estimate of up to $100 million for Domes.

Transportation: Waukesha Joins Milwaukee’s Transit Fare System
Transportation

Waukesha Joins Milwaukee’s Transit Fare System

Suburb switches to same fare collection system used by MCTS buses.

MKE County: Supervisors Support ‘Rights of Nature’ Policy
MKE County

Supervisors Support ‘Rights of Nature’ Policy

Committee approves it. Full board could become first in state to endorse the movement.

MKE County: County, Habitat for Humanity To Partner on Suburban Affordable Homes
MKE County

County, Habitat for Humanity To Partner on Suburban Affordable Homes

Program would leverage federal funds to build one to two homes a year.

Transportation: Battery Electric Buses Will Return This Fall
Transportation

Battery Electric Buses Will Return This Fall

Plus, ridership continues to increase and issues with real-time signs and mobile app have been fixed.

MKE County: Committee Advances Medical Travel Fund, Which Could Include Abortions
MKE County

Committee Advances Medical Travel Fund, Which Could Include Abortions

Modified version of earlier proposal would pay for travel, not health care.

MKE County: DNR Funding New Beach for South Shore Park
MKE County

DNR Funding New Beach for South Shore Park

New South Shore Beach could be constructed in 2024.

MKE County: Sup. Tony Staskunas Won’t Seek Re-Election
MKE County

Sup. Tony Staskunas Won’t Seek Re-Election

The West Allis supervisor has served on the board since 2013.

Transportation: County Paratransit Program in Crisis
Transportation

County Paratransit Program in Crisis

As county switches from two providers to one, riders fall through the cracks.

MKE County: Policy to Buy Union Cars Advances
MKE County

Policy to Buy Union Cars Advances

Committee approves buying only union-made cars for county operations; policy now goes to full board.

Transportation: County Committee Moves to Replace Private Bus Security
Transportation

County Committee Moves to Replace Private Bus Security

Proposal includes 51 new 'Transit Rangers' trained and maintained by the county.

MKE Studio Tour Returns End of September

MKE Studio Tour Returns End of September

Annual event will open 22 independent artist studios to the public Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Ruben Alcantar Will Paint Mural In Black Cat Alley

Ruben Alcantar Will Paint Mural In Black Cat Alley

Artist became well known for his work on 2020 racial justice murals.

MKE County: Jail Inmates Barricade Library, Triggering Two-Hour Standoff
MKE County

Jail Inmates Barricade Library, Triggering Two-Hour Standoff

Incident occurred Aug. 12. and led to misdemeanor charges for 27 men in-custody at the jail.

Custom Shipping Container Company Will Take Over Former Fiebrantz Station

Custom Shipping Container Company Will Take Over Former Fiebrantz Station

Buyers plan to employ as many as 24 people at the facility.

MKE County: County Could Fund Greenfield Affordable Housing Project
MKE County

County Could Fund Greenfield Affordable Housing Project

Housing Division recommends $2.5 million for 45-unit Layton Preserve project.

MKE County: Whitnall Park Golf Course Getting Redesign
MKE County

Whitnall Park Golf Course Getting Redesign

A public meeting is being held Sept. 14 on changes at golf course.

MKE County: Share Your Opinion on Ravine Road
MKE County

Share Your Opinion on Ravine Road

Sup. Wasserman will hold two community meetings on future of roadway through Lake Park.

Burgelis Running for Borkowski’s Common Council Seat

Burgelis Running for Borkowski’s Common Council Seat

Freshman supervisor will not seek re-election to the Milwaukee County Board.

Raphael Ramos Announces for Circuit Court Judge

Raphael Ramos Announces for Circuit Court Judge

Gov. Evers appointed him to fill vacancy left by new Supreme Court Justice Protasiewicz.

A Sailboat for Peace Will Visit Milwaukee

A Sailboat for Peace Will Visit Milwaukee

The 'Golden Rule' has a place in history and the movement to end nuclear weapons testing.

MKE County: Board Will Consider Paid Medical Travel For Employees
MKE County

Board Will Consider Paid Medical Travel For Employees

Propoal offers a workaround for legal concerns raised over abortion travel fund.

MKE County: Jail Monitor Looking at Suicide Policies
MKE County

Jail Monitor Looking at Suicide Policies

Inadequate health care staffing remains an issue at Milwaukee County Jail.

Transportation: Shooting on Bus Underscores Transit Security Debate
Transportation

Shooting on Bus Underscores Transit Security Debate

Can county policymakers and MCTS address safety and security challenges?

Transportation: MCTS Pulling New Battery Electric Buses From the Road
Transportation

MCTS Pulling New Battery Electric Buses From the Road

Manufacturer alerted MCTS to possible safety issue with new electric buses.

MKE County: Family Court Remodel Sorely Needed Says Chief Judge
MKE County

Family Court Remodel Sorely Needed Says Chief Judge

It's a "safety issue" says Judge Carl Ashley.

24th MANDI Awards Celebrate Milwaukee Success Stories

24th MANDI Awards Celebrate Milwaukee Success Stories

The annual "good news" awards showcase people, projects and organizations working to move Milwaukee forward.

MKE County: Sup. Clancy, Sheriff Ball Trade Charges
MKE County

Sup. Clancy, Sheriff Ball Trade Charges

Conflict erupts before board's jail inquiry even begins.

MKE County: Parks Preparing for New, Improved Harley Park
MKE County

Parks Preparing for New, Improved Harley Park

Former Highland Park to get extensive landscaping and then funding from Harley Davidson.

MKE County: Sheriff Reports Jail is Understaffed, Overpopulated
MKE County

Sheriff Reports Jail is Understaffed, Overpopulated

Staffing data is part of information release for county board's jail inquiry.

MKE County: Sheehy Says Local Sales Tax Must Help Fund Brewers’ Stadium
MKE County

Sheehy Says Local Sales Tax Must Help Fund Brewers’ Stadium

Some of new city and county sales tax must be spent on the team, business leader says.

MKE County: Two Candidates Running for Clancy’s County Board Seat
MKE County

Two Candidates Running for Clancy’s County Board Seat

Clancy won't say if he will seek reelection in 2024, despite fellow DSA member filing to run.

MKE County: Supervisors Want County To Buy Only Union-Made Vehicles
MKE County

Supervisors Want County To Buy Only Union-Made Vehicles

Supervisors want only union-made, American vehicles for the county.

MKE County: South Shore Breakwater Getting Emergency Repairs This Fall
MKE County

South Shore Breakwater Getting Emergency Repairs This Fall

But 2023 budget politics may have killed appetite for long-term repairs.

MKE County: County Set To Begin Work On Replacing Courthouse, Safety Building
MKE County

County Set To Begin Work On Replacing Courthouse, Safety Building

$500 million project would start with $3.8 million planning allocation.

Amber Raffeet August Announces Bid for Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge

Amber Raffeet August Announces Bid for Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge

Raffeet August was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers in May of this year. Now seeking full term.

Transportation: County Races to Replace Aging Bus Fleet
Transportation

County Races to Replace Aging Bus Fleet

Transportation officials pursue replacement of 30 buses in 2024.

Transportation: Bus Service Changes Coming Aug. 27
Transportation

Bus Service Changes Coming Aug. 27

MCTS hopes to improve frequency, reliability along 9 bus routes.

MKE County: County Expects First Budget Surplus in Two Decades
MKE County

County Expects First Budget Surplus in Two Decades

Thanks to new sales tax, officials begin 2024 budget process with $31.6 million surplus.

Evers Appointee Announces Candidacy for Circuit Court

Evers Appointee Announces Candidacy for Circuit Court

Anderson Gansner was appointed judge to fill vacancy in May. Will run for new 6-year term.

MKE County: Court Clerk Running Out of Room for Criminal Evidence
MKE County

Court Clerk Running Out of Room for Criminal Evidence

Current storage space at dilapidated Safety Building is insufficient.

New Black Cat Alley Music Series Announced

New Black Cat Alley Music Series Announced

Free, all-ages, electronic dance music concert series coming to East Side.

MKE County: Ravine Road Debate Heats Up
MKE County

Ravine Road Debate Heats Up

Local parks group wants vehicle access maintained for roadway through Lake Park.

MKE County: Christian Wahl Bust Returned to Lake Park
MKE County

Christian Wahl Bust Returned to Lake Park

"Grandfather" of Milwaukee's park system is again honored at park he helped build.

MKE County: Crowley Amassing Large Pile of Campaign Cash
MKE County

Crowley Amassing Large Pile of Campaign Cash

Crowley sitting on more than $200,000 war chest with primary more than 7 months away.

Pony Rides Could Return To The Zoo

Pony Rides Could Return To The Zoo

Pony rides were discontinued since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation: Airport Traffic Still Rising Since Pandemic
Transportation

Airport Traffic Still Rising Since Pandemic

2023 is third straight year of increased traffic at Mitchell Airport, with a big month in June.

MKE County: No Criminal Charges For Officers in Jail Death
MKE County

No Criminal Charges For Officers in Jail Death

DA's office finds no evidence to support any charges in death of Cilivea Thyrion.

Open Call for New Black Cat Alley Muralist

Open Call for New Black Cat Alley Muralist

The East Side BID is looking for an artist to paint a new mural in Black Cat Alley.

MKE County: McKinley Beach Reconstruction Project Paused
MKE County

McKinley Beach Reconstruction Project Paused

Changes to the reconstruction plan have prompted reviews by state and federal agencies, delaying the project.

MKE County: County Executive Hosting Parks ‘Celebrity Softball Game’
MKE County

County Executive Hosting Parks ‘Celebrity Softball Game’

Teams include local journalists, artists, business owners, activists, politicians and community leaders.

Former Fiebrantz Bus Station Could Be Redeveloped

Former Fiebrantz Bus Station Could Be Redeveloped

County plans to enter into a development agreement with a potential buyer for former MCTS station.

MKE County: Board Wants Solution to Housing Voucher Discrimination
MKE County

Board Wants Solution to Housing Voucher Discrimination

But county attorney believes options are limited. Departments directed to find solutions.

MKE County: Crowley Signs Sales Tax Legislation, Tax Starts January 1
MKE County

Crowley Signs Sales Tax Legislation, Tax Starts January 1

Crowley and Nicholson sign sales tax legislation, celebrate historic moment for Milwaukee County.

MKE County: Sheriff’s Deputy Is Again Sending Controversial Emails To Politicians
MKE County

Sheriff’s Deputy Is Again Sending Controversial Emails To Politicians

The deputy was suspended in 2021 for sending emails to politicians that identified him as Milwaukee deputy.

China Lights Festival Will Return Next Month

China Lights Festival Will Return Next Month

Popular art and cultural experience returns to Milwaukee area for the sixth time.

MKE County: Ravine Road Project Could Begin in 2024, With Pedestrian-Only Option
MKE County

Ravine Road Project Could Begin in 2024, With Pedestrian-Only Option

Parks requesting funding for planning, design and extensive public engagement.

MKE County: County Executive Will Host 4 Budget Town Halls, Discuss Sales Tax Impact
MKE County

County Executive Will Host 4 Budget Town Halls, Discuss Sales Tax Impact

David Crowley will introduce executive budget later this year. First in years that doesn't include immediate cuts.

MKE County: Parks Launches Mitchell Park Campaign
MKE County

Parks Launches Mitchell Park Campaign

Public engagement campaign aimed at building support, awareness for The Domes, Mitchell Park and a potential project.

Transportation: MCTS Reports 45,000 Summerfest Shuttle Rides
Transportation

MCTS Reports 45,000 Summerfest Shuttle Rides

Summerfest, Milwaukee County celebrate return of well-traveled festival buses.

MKE County: Supervisors Engage in the Great Sales Tax Debate
MKE County

Supervisors Engage in the Great Sales Tax Debate

See how and why each supervisor voted the way they did for new tax.

MKE County: County Board Approves Sales Tax
MKE County

County Board Approves Sales Tax

County joins city in adopting new sales tax designed to avert fiscal cliff after years of declining state aid.

MKE County: Supervisors Seek to Delay Sales Tax Vote
MKE County

Supervisors Seek to Delay Sales Tax Vote

Clancy has proposal to give supervisors "cover" to support sales tax.

MKE County: Groundbreaking Held For Moss Universal Park
MKE County

Groundbreaking Held For Moss Universal Park

First park in county, and perhaps in U.S. that's wholly accessible for people with disabilities.

Transportation: Without Sales Tax Hike Paratransit Will Shrink
Transportation

Without Sales Tax Hike Paratransit Will Shrink

Some 700 county residents with disabilities could be left without transportation.

MKE County: Oak Leaf Trail Could Be Extended in 2024
MKE County

Oak Leaf Trail Could Be Extended in 2024

Federal funded trail connections planned in Kohl Park and Bender Park.

MKE County: Parks Struggling Against Illegal Dumping
MKE County

Parks Struggling Against Illegal Dumping

County parks have 'hot spots' for illegal dumping by contractors, landlords and others.

MKE County: Grants Could Fund Marina Upgrades
MKE County

Grants Could Fund Marina Upgrades

County grant office and Parks department seek federal and state grants.

Transportation: Your Input Sought For Reckless Driving Campaign
Transportation

Your Input Sought For Reckless Driving Campaign

County's information gathering campaign ends with 8 public meetings in August.

MKE County: Historic Stelzer Barn, A Former Hostel, Could See New Life
MKE County

Historic Stelzer Barn, A Former Hostel, Could See New Life

Greendale entrepreneur proposing major investment in former farm owned by Milwaukee County Parks.

MKE County: Evers Appoints Federal Public Defender To Milwaukee Judgeship
MKE County

Evers Appoints Federal Public Defender To Milwaukee Judgeship

Ronnie V. Muray II will take the bench in November.

Transportation: 35th Street Bus-Bike Lane Wins Federal Funding
Transportation

35th Street Bus-Bike Lane Wins Federal Funding

Milwaukee County Department of Transportation awarded $400,000 for feasibility study.

Transportation: Hank Aaron State Trail Sinkhole Fixed
Transportation

Hank Aaron State Trail Sinkhole Fixed

Trail reopens between S. 76th Street. and S. 89th Street.

MKE County: Downtown Development Agreements Will Help Fund County Parks
MKE County

Downtown Development Agreements Will Help Fund County Parks

TIF districts for Northwestern Mutual and Fiserv projects funding county park improvements.

MKE County: Public Meetings On King Park Homeownership Project Announced
MKE County

Public Meetings On King Park Homeownership Project Announced

Offering information about large homebuilding project coming to King Park neighborhood.

MKE County: Donors Interested in Saving Mitchell Park
MKE County

Donors Interested in Saving Mitchell Park

But not necessarily saving the domes. Local supervisor, Parks and philanthropic community moving toward a new Mitchell Park project.

MKE County: Supervisors Debate Sales Tax Hike
MKE County

Supervisors Debate Sales Tax Hike

Does the board have the 12 votes needed to approve this critical measure?

Transportation: Task Force Makes Recommendations for Security on Buses
Transportation

Task Force Makes Recommendations for Security on Buses

Should security officers work for county or the transit system? Report doesn't take a stand.

MKE County: County Sales Tax Hike Gets First Approval
MKE County

County Sales Tax Hike Gets First Approval

County officials detail future cuts without sales tax plan, as Parks Department is halved and senior centers eliminated.

New Berlin Starbucks Workers Unionizing

New Berlin Starbucks Workers Unionizing

Joins workers at cafes in West Allis and Oak Creek in organizing effort.

Transportation: Sinkhole Closes Part of Hank Aaron State Trail
Transportation

Sinkhole Closes Part of Hank Aaron State Trail

Trail closed between S. 76th St. and S. 89th St.

MKE County: An Eagle Statue for Jacobus Park
MKE County

An Eagle Statue for Jacobus Park

Descendants of park's namesake wish to donate a statue to the park, named for energy company founder, former supervisor.

Transportation: Daily Flights To Miami Coming This Winter
Transportation

Daily Flights To Miami Coming This Winter

Milwaukee travelers will have a daily, one-stop connection to destinations in Caribbean and Latin America.

MKE County: Committee Rejects Housing Voucher Incentives
MKE County

Committee Rejects Housing Voucher Incentives

Housing advocates concerned landlord incentives would mean county giving up on enforcing housing protections.

MKE County: Oak Leaf Trail Projects Could Start in 2024
MKE County

Oak Leaf Trail Projects Could Start in 2024

List includes a new ramp near UW-Milwaukee and trail modernization projects.

MKE County: What Strings Are Attached to Sales Tax Law?
MKE County

What Strings Are Attached to Sales Tax Law?

State law enabling sales tax hike mandates new policies, though some won't change much.

MKE County: County Public Hearing Debates Sales Tax
MKE County

County Public Hearing Debates Sales Tax

Most speakers favor sales tax hike, citing the specter of massive cuts to government services.

MKE County: Supervisors Holding Town Halls on Sales Tax
MKE County

Supervisors Holding Town Halls on Sales Tax

Four town halls scheduled this month

MKE County: Crowley Calls Sales Tax Hike A ‘Lifeline’
MKE County

Crowley Calls Sales Tax Hike A ‘Lifeline’

County executive urges adoption to stave off 'catastrophic' wipe out of many county services.

MKE County: Can County Protect Renters With Housing Vouchers?
MKE County

Can County Protect Renters With Housing Vouchers?

New resolution seeks solutions to Section 8 discrimination by landlords.

MKE County: County EMS Gets Award for Excellence
MKE County

County EMS Gets Award for Excellence

Emergency Medical Services Division again gets recognized for its handling of cardiac arrests.

Take the Wisconsin Internet Access Survey

Take the Wisconsin Internet Access Survey

Survey will help state policymakers plan for broadband internet expansion.

Bounce Milwaukee Will Close

Bounce Milwaukee Will Close

Southside entertainment venue closing at end of August; owners cite rent increase.

MKE County: County Will Soon Rank Projects by Climate Impact
MKE County

County Will Soon Rank Projects by Climate Impact

New approach helps rank infrastructure projects' impact on reducing emissions.

MKE County: Resolution Would Declare Milwaukee a Transgender, Non-Binary Sanctuary
MKE County

Resolution Would Declare Milwaukee a Transgender, Non-Binary Sanctuary

Also proposed is a county policy to oppose bans on gender affirming health care.

It’s Plastic Free July!

It’s Plastic Free July!

You can take the Plastic-Free Pledge, join the cause of groups like Plastic-Free MKE, to reduce use of single-use plastics.

Who Was George ‘French’ Moss?

Who Was George ‘French’ Moss?

Foundation in his name made $2.5 million donation to a county park for people with disabilities.

National Women’s Convention Comes to Milwaukee

National Women’s Convention Comes to Milwaukee

Scheduled for October, modeled on historic 1977 National Women's Conference.

Photo Gallery: Volunteers Clean Up Abandoned Building in Harambee
Photo Gallery

Volunteers Clean Up Abandoned Building in Harambee

Part of a series of community clean-ups organized by county Sup. Priscilla Coggs-Jones.

MKE County: Special Public Hearing Scheduled On County Sales Tax Increase
MKE County

Special Public Hearing Scheduled On County Sales Tax Increase

Meeting will give residents opportunity to speak directly to supervisors about potential sales tax increase.

Transportation: MCTS Ending Giveaway of New Fare Cards
Transportation

MCTS Ending Giveaway of New Fare Cards

Use of new WisGo system required to take advantage of fare limits. Will be only available system by year's end.

Transportation: Switching To Electric Vehicles Would Save Milwaukee County Money
Transportation

Switching To Electric Vehicles Would Save Milwaukee County Money

A new analysis of fleet electrification shows savings along with massive reduction in emissions.

MKE County: County Moves to Replace Jails’ Food Provider
MKE County

County Moves to Replace Jails’ Food Provider

Requesting bids from food service providers for its three detention facilities.

Transportation: Transit Union Rallies for Security, Funding
Transportation

Transit Union Rallies for Security, Funding

Union demands protection for transit funding. 'We have to fight vigorously.'

Hank Aaron Trail Closed During State Fair

Hank Aaron Trail Closed During State Fair

DNR and Wisconsin State Fair cite security concerns in temporary closure.

Transportation: Could MCTS Have New Security by 2024?
Transportation

Could MCTS Have New Security by 2024?

Task Force rushing to finalize a proposal for county buses before budget season. Will it work?

MKE Parks: July 3 Fireworks A Week Away
MKE Parks

July 3 Fireworks A Week Away

But a new rule: No camping for annual fireworks. And volunteers sought to help clean up parks afterward.

MKE County: Sup. Shawn Rolland Pleads Guilty, Must Pay $500 Fine
MKE County

Sup. Shawn Rolland Pleads Guilty, Must Pay $500 Fine

Rolland pled guilty to falsely certifying nomination signatures he didn't collect.

MKE County: Board Will Do Homework on Sales Tax
MKE County

Board Will Do Homework on Sales Tax

But which will they study more, the county's financial reports or constituent opinion?

MKE County: After First Rejecting Funding, Old Loomis Road Will Be Fixed
MKE County

After First Rejecting Funding, Old Loomis Road Will Be Fixed

Plus: Board gets preview of minority rule, and Sup. Burgelis holds pride ceremony despite having his jaw wired shut.

MKE County: Supervisor Shawn Rolland Charged With Misdemeanor Election Fraud
MKE County

Supervisor Shawn Rolland Charged With Misdemeanor Election Fraud

DA's Office alleges Rolland falsely certified collecting nomination signatures that he did not, in fact, collect.

Photo Gallery: Pushing Sand at McKinley Beach
Photo Gallery

Pushing Sand at McKinley Beach

850 truckloads of sand will be hauled in for reconstruction of beach.

Transportation: BRT Line Records Big Ridership Numbers
Transportation

BRT Line Records Big Ridership Numbers

New Connect 1 service already averaging 2,800 rides a day.

Transportation: County Paratransit Taxi Service Ending?
Transportation

County Paratransit Taxi Service Ending?

Two county agencies recommend ending door-to-door service for disabled. September 28 could be its last day.

MKE County: Will County Board Approve Sales Tax Hike?
MKE County

Will County Board Approve Sales Tax Hike?

It's unclear if there's the needed two-thirds majority of board willing to vote for it.

MKE County: Resolution Supports Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
MKE County

Resolution Supports Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Resolution instructs county lobbyists to push for such state legislation.

Transportation: American Airlines Announces Daily, Nonstop Flights to D.C.
Transportation

American Airlines Announces Daily, Nonstop Flights to D.C.

Two roundtrip flights a day from Mitchell airport will begin running in October.

MKE County: McKinley Beach Reconstruction Starts Next Week
MKE County

McKinley Beach Reconstruction Starts Next Week

Original water depths will be restored to beach after string of fatal drownings.

County Supervisor Burgelis Attacked At Mayfair Mall, Alleges Homophobic Slur Used

County Supervisor Burgelis Attacked At Mayfair Mall, Alleges Homophobic Slur Used

Burgelis, who is openly gay, was attacked, requiring facial surgery.

MKE County: Parks Seeks Sponsors for Free Admission Days
MKE County

Parks Seeks Sponsors for Free Admission Days

Milwaukee County Parks wants to offer special free admission days to three venues in 2024.

MKE County: Liz Sumner Announces Candidacy for County Comptroller
MKE County

Liz Sumner Announces Candidacy for County Comptroller

Supervisor plans run for county's chief financial officer.

MKE County: “Active Streets” Serves As Road-to-Trail Test Runs
MKE County

“Active Streets” Serves As Road-to-Trail Test Runs

Milwaukee County Parks closing sections of Little Menomonee and Lincoln Creek parkways.

Transportation: Have Republicans Put Milwaukee Transit On Chopping Block?
Transportation

Have Republicans Put Milwaukee Transit On Chopping Block?

Milwaukee legislators oppose move by GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee.

MKE County: Resolution Declares July ‘Park and Recreation Month’
MKE County

Resolution Declares July ‘Park and Recreation Month’

Board resolution celebrates financially troubled parks in their most popular month.

MKE County: What Is The Future Of Doyne Park?
MKE County

What Is The Future Of Doyne Park?

Golf course closed in 2022. Park could become a natural prairie or mountain bike trail.

MKE County: Universal Ability Park Could Be Named Moss Park
MKE County

Universal Ability Park Could Be Named Moss Park

Wisconsin Avenue Park would be redeveloped and renamed after major donor.

Transportation: How To Get to Summerfest 2023
Transportation

How To Get to Summerfest 2023

No car? No problem. Here are 9 other ways to get there.

MKE County: Union Pushes MCTS To Diversify Management
MKE County

Union Pushes MCTS To Diversify Management

Union leaders say they've seen progress, but challenge MCTS to do more.

MKE County: County Needs Creativity, Money to Reach Carbon Neutrality
MKE County

County Needs Creativity, Money to Reach Carbon Neutrality

Getting county government to carbon neutrality will also require major investment.

MKE County: County Could Pay For Old Loomis Road Repair, After Rejecting State Funding
MKE County

County Could Pay For Old Loomis Road Repair, After Rejecting State Funding

New Sup. Kathleen Vincent seeks repairs stymied by former board.

Transportation: MCTS Could End Privatized Security, Hire Its Own Workers
Transportation

MCTS Could End Privatized Security, Hire Its Own Workers

Task force moving toward a non-law enforcement security force controlled by the county or MCTS.

MKE County: $80 Million Emergency Rent Assistance Goes To 22,600 Households
MKE County

$80 Million Emergency Rent Assistance Goes To 22,600 Households

County disburses federal funds, in the biggest eviction prevention program it's ever run.

Colectivo Workers Finally Have Union Contract

Colectivo Workers Finally Have Union Contract

After three years of organizing and negotiation, union contract is ratified.

Transportation: 16 Bus Routes Could Be Cut By 2025
Transportation

16 Bus Routes Could Be Cut By 2025

Budget cuts could slash 45% of all bus routes and 20% of bus service, MCTS warns.

Habitat Breaks Ground on King Park Homes

Habitat Breaks Ground on King Park Homes

Homeownership project will build 120 single-family homes near westside park.

MKE County: County Opens New Community Mental Health Clinic
MKE County

County Opens New Community Mental Health Clinic

Clinic on Northwest Side will provide services to underinsured and uninsured patients.

MKE County: Local Leaders Celebrate Launch of BRT Service
MKE County

Local Leaders Celebrate Launch of BRT Service

Connect 1, the new bus rapid transit service, launched Sunday.

Transportation: Milwaukee’s First Bus Rapid Transit Line Is Open for Business
Transportation

Milwaukee’s First Bus Rapid Transit Line Is Open for Business

MCTS Connect 1 began rolling through early Sunday morning. Climb aboard to see how the first ride went.

MKE County: Corrections Officer Charged With Attempted Sexual Assault Of Inmate
MKE County

Corrections Officer Charged With Attempted Sexual Assault Of Inmate

29-year-old officer was arrested at the jail Monday by Sheriff's Office investigators.

Transportation: New Bus Rapid Transit Line Launches Sunday, GoldLine Ends
Transportation

New Bus Rapid Transit Line Launches Sunday, GoldLine Ends

New route provides faster service between Downtown and the west side, but ends downtown route from Downer Avenue.

Transportation: County Announces Reckless Driving Listening Tour
Transportation

County Announces Reckless Driving Listening Tour

Safe Streets Roadshow part of large planning process. First session is June 8.

MKE County: Crowley’s Special Grants Office Secured $46.8 Million in 2022
MKE County

Crowley’s Special Grants Office Secured $46.8 Million in 2022

In its second year of operation, the county's grants division applied for approximately $143.6 million in funding.

MKE County: MCTS Unveils New Pride Bus
MKE County

MCTS Unveils New Pride Bus

Transit system's second Pride bus celebrating LGBTQ+ community will run throughout all of 2023.

MKE County: County Planning Employee Health Clinics
MKE County

County Planning Employee Health Clinics

Three clinics intended to improve primary care access and health outcomes while cutting insurance costs.

Lucille Berrien Mural Installed in Namesake Park

Lucille Berrien Mural Installed in Namesake Park

Berrien is a former community activist after whom the park was named in 2021.

MKE County: Board Declares May Mental Health Awareness Month
MKE County

Board Declares May Mental Health Awareness Month

Sup. Kathleen Vincent shares personal struggle with mental health.

MKE County: County Board Opposes State Shared Revenue Plan
MKE County

County Board Opposes State Shared Revenue Plan

County board proposal demands hike in state aid with no strings attached.

MKE County: County Will Fly Intersex Progress Pride Flag in June
MKE County

County Will Fly Intersex Progress Pride Flag in June

Sup. Peter Burgelis successfully passes resolution for recognition of updated pride flag.

MKE County: Board Approves Jail Probe, Opposes Brewers Subsidy
MKE County

Board Approves Jail Probe, Opposes Brewers Subsidy

Plus: Board sends abortion proposal to attorney's for additional review

MKE County: Another Opioid Settlement Anticipated This Year
MKE County

Another Opioid Settlement Anticipated This Year

Settlement with Endo International likely to send money to Milwaukee.

MKE County: Man Dies Following Suicide Attempt at CRC
MKE County

Man Dies Following Suicide Attempt at CRC

In last year there have been five in-custody deaths in Milwaukee County correctional facilities.

MKE County: Think Tank Studying Ways to Finance Parks Maintenance
MKE County

Think Tank Studying Ways to Finance Parks Maintenance

Massive backlog of county parks infrastructure projects requires creative solutions.

How Will Museum Move Its Collections?

How Will Museum Move Its Collections?

Public Museum says it will take 8 years to move the 4 million items in its collections.

Transportation: Sun Country Adding Winter Flights at Mitchell Airport
Transportation

Sun Country Adding Winter Flights at Mitchell Airport

More flights to sun country -- Mexico, Florida and Arizona -- announced by airline.

MKE County: County Programs Win 5 National Awards
MKE County

County Programs Win 5 National Awards

National Association of Counties' non-competitive awards praise Milwaukee's innovations.

MKE County: Will Old Loomis Road Finally Be Fixed?
MKE County

Will Old Loomis Road Finally Be Fixed?

Supervisors reconsider road repair after turning down state funding for project two years ago.

Public Museum Releases Details for new Rainforest Gallery, Butterfly Vivarium

Public Museum Releases Details for new Rainforest Gallery, Butterfly Vivarium

These are the final previews of the new $240 million museum galleries.

Private Aviation Facility Opens At Airport

Private Aviation Facility Opens At Airport

New facility provides business and general aviation services, and private jet charters.

Transportation: Federal Funds Creating Two New East-West BRT Stations
Transportation

Federal Funds Creating Two New East-West BRT Stations

County transportation department planning two additional stations along East-West BRT.

Transportation: Denise Wandke Is New Head of MCTS
Transportation

Denise Wandke Is New Head of MCTS

Former bus driver has risen through ranks to lead Milwaukee County Transit System.

MKE County: 27 Pools, Splash Pads and Water Parks Opening in Milwaukee
MKE County

27 Pools, Splash Pads and Water Parks Opening in Milwaukee

County boosts the number of facilities it will open for 2023 season.

MKE County: Climate Survey Finds Residents Concerned, Lack of Confidence in Government
MKE County

Climate Survey Finds Residents Concerned, Lack of Confidence in Government

Residents want government to protect vulnerable neighbors, invest in green infrastructure and public transportation.

Transportation: County Could Replace Private Firm With Deputies or Transit Rangers
Transportation

County Could Replace Private Firm With Deputies or Transit Rangers

Transit Security Task Force moving toward recommending replacement of current private security firm.

MKE County: Parks Adds More Lifeguards For Pools
MKE County

Parks Adds More Lifeguards For Pools

Pool openings to be announced in the coming week.

MKE County: Board Grows Cautious As Legislature Debates Shared Revenue
MKE County

Board Grows Cautious As Legislature Debates Shared Revenue

Proposal for cultural spending shot down by supervisors worried about legislators' views.

MKE County: Parks Rethinking Its Building Portfolio
MKE County

Parks Rethinking Its Building Portfolio

System maintains old, unused buildings as it struggles with inadequate budget. Could some buildings be eliminated?

MKE County: County Could Fly Newer Pride Flag in June
MKE County

County Could Fly Newer Pride Flag in June

Strong support for Sup. Peter Burgelis' proposal to have county fly Intersex Progress Pride Flag.

MKE County: Red Arrow Park Roller Rink Opens
MKE County

Red Arrow Park Roller Rink Opens

Downtown ice rink now a roller skating rink seven days a week during warm months.

MKE County: Parks Plans to Rebuild Washington Park Bridges
MKE County

Parks Plans to Rebuild Washington Park Bridges

Aggressive construction timeline to replace two lagoon bridges by end of year.

Feds End COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

Feds End COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

Vaccines, testing and treatment will remain free only as long as pre-expiration supplies last.

MKE County: New Beer Garden Opening in Juneau Park
MKE County

New Beer Garden Opening in Juneau Park

No longer traveling, downtown park will have a summer-long beer garden.

MKE County: Parks System Hits Record Revenue
MKE County

Parks System Hits Record Revenue

Golf, beer gardens and facility rentals keeping the parks system afloat.

MKE County: Parks for People or Pavement?
MKE County

Parks for People or Pavement?

Parks department wants to reduce the paved footprint in Milwaukee County.

MKE County: Committee Rejects Abortion Travel Fund
MKE County

Committee Rejects Abortion Travel Fund

With Republican legislators watching Milwaukee's every move, supervisors reject proposal.

Transportation: First 4 Months of BRT Rides Will be Free
Transportation

First 4 Months of BRT Rides Will be Free

Umo Mobility will sponsor free rides from June 4 to September 30.

New Museum Gallery Digs Into World Landscapes and Societies

New Museum Gallery Digs Into World Landscapes and Societies

Grasslands, deserts, arctic areas, mountains and islands in planned exhibit.

Transportation: Free Election Day Buses Still Illegal, Attorneys Say
Transportation

Free Election Day Buses Still Illegal, Attorneys Say

Board amendment asks county attorneys to find legal way to do it. They can't and don't.

Transportation: County Requires MKE Airport For Employee Travel
Transportation

County Requires MKE Airport For Employee Travel

'This is a logical change.' All county work-related flights must use Mitchell Airport.

MKE County: Health Insurance Assistance Plan Revamped
MKE County

Health Insurance Assistance Plan Revamped

What is best use of ARPA funds to help county residents kicked off of Medicaid?

MKE County: King Park Housing Project Loses Out On Affordable Tax Credits
MKE County

King Park Housing Project Loses Out On Affordable Tax Credits

80 of 120 planned homes are unimpacted.

MKE County: Corrections Center Had 55% Employee Turnover Rate in 2022
MKE County

Corrections Center Had 55% Employee Turnover Rate in 2022

Number of assaults and fights fell in 2022.

Skate Park Planned for Bay View

Skate Park Planned for Bay View

Bay View Neighborhood Association closing in on fundraising goal for new wheel park.

MKE County: Assembly Bill Would Provide Funding with Substantial Restrictions for County
MKE County

Assembly Bill Would Provide Funding with Substantial Restrictions for County

County would see a revenue increase, but with substantial restrictions. Gov. Evers promises veto.

MKE County: Parks Planning More Aquatic Facility Openings This Summer
MKE County

Parks Planning More Aquatic Facility Openings This Summer

The department is planning to open more splash pads and wading pools, and to focus lifeguards on waterparks.

MKE County: Gómez-Tom Wins County Board Special Election
MKE County

Gómez-Tom Wins County Board Special Election

Caroline Gómez-Tom is new supervisor for District 14 on Milwaukee's South Side.

MKE County: Resolution Opposes a County Brewers Subsidy
MKE County

Resolution Opposes a County Brewers Subsidy

Two socialists, two conservatives on board are co-sponsoring the resolution.

MKE County: Roller Skating Coming to Red Arrow Park
MKE County

Roller Skating Coming to Red Arrow Park

Summer Spinz will be held every third Friday in June, July and August.

MKE County: Resolution Calls For More State Aid, Local Autonomy
MKE County

Resolution Calls For More State Aid, Local Autonomy

County board proposal demands hike in state aid with no strings attached.

MKE County: County Plans New Oak Creek Subdivision
MKE County

County Plans New Oak Creek Subdivision

County would subdivide about 20 acres of vacant land for residential development.

Site Demolition Continues At Future Museum Site

Site Demolition Continues At Future Museum Site

Buildings getting razed near 6th and McKinley for new Milwaukee Public Museum.

MKE County: Lincoln Creek Road-to-Trail Project Beginning
MKE County

Lincoln Creek Road-to-Trail Project Beginning

Parks department will convert roadway to bicycle and pedestrian trail.

MKE County: Board Will Consider Probe of Jail Policies, Practices
MKE County

Board Will Consider Probe of Jail Policies, Practices

Sup. Felesia Martin authors resolution making huge information request from jail.

MKE County: Sheriff Denita Ball Shuffles Jail Leadership
MKE County

Sheriff Denita Ball Shuffles Jail Leadership

Joshua Briggs new director and commander. Inspector Aaron Dobson now leads courts.

Vote Tuesday: County Supervisor Special Election May 2
Vote Tuesday

County Supervisor Special Election May 2

Caroline Gómez-Tom and Angel C. Sanchez vying for open seat on county board.

MKE County: Parks Department Planning to Improve Restroom Access This Summer
MKE County

Parks Department Planning to Improve Restroom Access This Summer

Department unable to open all public restroom facilities in recent years, prompting resident complaints to county supervisors.

Transportation: MCTS Will Provide Buses for Summerfest
Transportation

MCTS Will Provide Buses for Summerfest

MCTS returning to Summerfest with shuttles from two park-and-ride lots.

On The Front Lines of Overdose Crisis

On The Front Lines of Overdose Crisis

Two members of the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative talk about their jobs. It's not easy.

Transportation: BRT Bus Lanes Getting Painted
Transportation

BRT Bus Lanes Getting Painted

But how will dedicated bus lanes for nine-mile long East-West Bus Rapid Transit line work?

MKE County: Board Moves to Rank Infrastructure Projects For Climate Change
MKE County

Board Moves to Rank Infrastructure Projects For Climate Change

Unanimous vote backs creation of climate criteria to rank funding of future county projects.

Transportation: MCTS Launches #SaveTheBus Campaign
Transportation

MCTS Launches #SaveTheBus Campaign

Transit system raising awareness of its impending budget crisis.

MKE County: Correctional Officer Charged in Jail Death
MKE County

Correctional Officer Charged in Jail Death

A 32-year-old correctional officer has been charged with felony misconduct in public office.

MKE County: Board Approves Harley Park Deal
MKE County

Board Approves Harley Park Deal

Plus: County board approves Juvenile Justice Center redevelopment, Sherman Park projects and settlement for opioid lawsuit.

MKE County: Zablocki Golf Course Getting Synthetic Turf
MKE County

Zablocki Golf Course Getting Synthetic Turf

Will become first public course in county to get artificial greens and tee boxes.

MKE County: Supervisors Back Sherman Park Overhaul
MKE County

Supervisors Back Sherman Park Overhaul

Funding for Sherman Park improvements approved by powerful Committee on Finance.

MKE County: Former Jail Medical Provider Still Troubling County
MKE County

Former Jail Medical Provider Still Troubling County

County still litigating lawsuits from six-year tenure of Armor Correction Health Services.

MKE County: Crowley Approves Funding for Mental Health Programs
MKE County

Crowley Approves Funding for Mental Health Programs

ARPA funds will expand services offered by two community-based nonprofits.

MKE County: McKinley Beach Safety Project Begins Soon
MKE County

McKinley Beach Safety Project Begins Soon

County soliciting contractors for beach reconstruction.

MKE County: Milwaukee Wins $45 Million More From Opioid Companies
MKE County

Milwaukee Wins $45 Million More From Opioid Companies

Settlement hikes total award to $101 million, largest municipal payout in state history.

MKE County: Proposal Would Expand Youth Mentoring in Milwaukee
MKE County

Proposal Would Expand Youth Mentoring in Milwaukee

MENTOR Greater Milwaukee seeks funding from Milwaukee County to expand training and programming.

New Museum Gallery An Immersive Milwaukee Streetscape

New Museum Gallery An Immersive Milwaukee Streetscape

Milwaukee Revealed offers immersive streetscape resembling Streets of Old Milwaukee.

MKE County: Highland Park To Become Harley Park
MKE County

Highland Park To Become Harley Park

The Harley-Davidson Foundation offers $350,000 for park improvements and 10 years of maintenance.

Transportation: FlexRide Expanding Service April 17
Transportation

FlexRide Expanding Service April 17

Transit service connecting city residents to suburban jobs adding new pickup and employment zones.

MKE County: Committee Pauses Abortion Travel Fund
MKE County

Committee Pauses Abortion Travel Fund

Legal uncertainty causes supervisors to table the proposal for a month.

MKE County: Planned Wetland Project Pays for Itself
MKE County

Planned Wetland Project Pays for Itself

County plans new wetland in Oak Creek Parkway on county-owned agricultural land.

MKE County: Board Wrings Extra $8,000 Out Of We Energies Deals
MKE County

Board Wrings Extra $8,000 Out Of We Energies Deals

Supervisors, parks department gain more money for two utility easements.

Transportation: County Picks Consultant for Reckless Driving Study
Transportation

County Picks Consultant for Reckless Driving Study

Chicago-based urban planning firm, MUSE Community + Design, will do study.

MKE County: New Juvenile Justice Facility Advances
MKE County

New Juvenile Justice Facility Advances

$31.3 million redevelopment would expand program offering alternative to traditional youth incarceration.

A Tale of Two Tax Plans

A Tale of Two Tax Plans

Wisconsin Policy Forum report compares GOP flat tax with Evers tax plan. Neither may get passed.

MKE County: Policy Would Create Climate Lens for County Infrastructure Projects
MKE County

Policy Would Create Climate Lens for County Infrastructure Projects

Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson wants county to consider emissions goals when prioritizing infrastructure and maintenance projects.

MKE County: Baldwin, Crowley Promote Foreclosure-to-Affordable Housing Program
MKE County

Baldwin, Crowley Promote Foreclosure-to-Affordable Housing Program

$8 million in funding will rehab tax-foreclosed homes for sale at affordable prices.

MKE County: Parks Finishes Trails Plan for Northwest Side
MKE County

Parks Finishes Trails Plan for Northwest Side

Plan would dramatically increase access to trails for majority-Black neighborhoods.

Transportation: Mitchell May Redevelop Airfield
Transportation

Mitchell May Redevelop Airfield

Milwaukee airport could redevelop a long disused section in northeast corner of the airfield.

Domes Annual Spring Show Debuts April 8

Domes Annual Spring Show Debuts April 8

"Metamorphosis: The Lives of Frogs and Butterflies" captures the creature' lifecycles amid an explosion of colorful spring flowers.

MKE County: Rising Overdose Deaths From Drugs Cut With Xylazine In Milwaukee
MKE County

Rising Overdose Deaths From Drugs Cut With Xylazine In Milwaukee

Powerful veterinary sedative, often combined with Fentanyl, causing overdose deaths.

MKE County: Sanchez, Gómez-Tom Advance From County Board Primary
MKE County

Sanchez, Gómez-Tom Advance From County Board Primary

Three candidates ran in primary of special election for county board's vacant District 14 seat.

MKE County: Parks Lifeguard Recruitment Improves
MKE County

Parks Lifeguard Recruitment Improves

Milwaukee County ahead of last year's recruitment, though not on track for full staffing.

Spike In Deaths Points to Tainted Local Drug Supply

Spike In Deaths Points to Tainted Local Drug Supply

Milwaukee County has averaged one overdose death every four hours since Saturday.

Transportation: 6 Bus Routes Will Change With BRT Launch
Transportation

6 Bus Routes Will Change With BRT Launch

MCTS planning changes to maximize impact of East-West BRT and bus system.

Vote Tuesday: County Board District 14 Special Election
Vote Tuesday

County Board District 14 Special Election

Three candidates competing for county board seat representing much of Milwaukee's south side.

Transportation: County Seeks Federal Funds For 86 Buses
Transportation

County Seeks Federal Funds For 86 Buses

Applying for $73.8 million in grants for new clean-diesel and battery electric buses.

MKE County: Crowley Signs Conversion Therapy Condemnation on Trans Day of Visibility
MKE County

Crowley Signs Conversion Therapy Condemnation on Trans Day of Visibility

Resolution makes it official county policy to condemn the discredited practice.

Transportation: While Future Uncertain, County Extends Paratransit Taxi to September
Transportation

While Future Uncertain, County Extends Paratransit Taxi to September

County initially planned to discontinue service due to new federal regulations.

Transportation: Milwaukee Transit in Crisis, Faces Massive Cuts
Transportation

Milwaukee Transit in Crisis, Faces Massive Cuts

MCTS faces fiscal cliff as federal grants run out, state aid declines and local revenue is restricted.

New State Coalition Will Push Climate Goals

New State Coalition Will Push Climate Goals

Clean Economy Coalition of Wisconsin seeks a carbon-free, environmentally just economy.

Transportation: New MCTS Fare Cards Launch April 1
Transportation

New MCTS Fare Cards Launch April 1

WisGo is a go and Waukesha will join Milwaukee bus system's new fare payment system.

Transportation: 35th Street Could Get Bike-Bus Lane
Transportation

35th Street Could Get Bike-Bus Lane

Seeking to create Milwaukee's first shared bike-bus lane on 35th Street between Vliet St. and National Ave.

MKE County: Right to Counsel Program a Success, Report Finds
MKE County

Right to Counsel Program a Success, Report Finds

Attorneys for clients facing eviction prevented this in 70% of cases.

MKE County: Jail Vaccine Incentive Payments Worked
MKE County

Jail Vaccine Incentive Payments Worked

Report finds vaccination rates spiked at county jail, CRC when incentive payments offered.

MKE County: Harley-Davidson May Revamp Highland Park
MKE County

Harley-Davidson May Revamp Highland Park

Would pay for improvements but may seek new name for park near corporate campus.

CEO Departs Black Holocaust Museum, Brad Pruitt Named Interim Leader

CEO Departs Black Holocaust Museum, Brad Pruitt Named Interim Leader

Bert Davis stepping down, citing responsibilities to family. Museum reopened last year.

MKE County: Board Approves Cost Increase For Jail Food Contract
MKE County

Board Approves Cost Increase For Jail Food Contract

Aramark Correctional Services sought 8% price hike in 2023 contract.

MKE County: Board Passes Medical Debt Relief, Health Insurance Subsidy
MKE County

Board Passes Medical Debt Relief, Health Insurance Subsidy

Also, the board passed funding for student housing insecurity and a condemnation of conversion therapy.

Museum Unveils Future Exhibit All About Wisconsin

Museum Unveils Future Exhibit All About Wisconsin

"Wisconsin Journey" will showcase some of the state's natural features and history.

MKE County: Supervisors Want Audit of County Jail
MKE County

Supervisors Want Audit of County Jail

Supervisors Felesia Martin and Ryan Clancy propose legislation in response to deaths at county jail.

MKE County: Expanded City-To-Suburbs Transit Service Approved
MKE County

Expanded City-To-Suburbs Transit Service Approved

County Board's Finance Committee approves $1.3 million for a 'last mile' transit service.

Transportation: County Seeks Better Safety for Bikers, Pedestrians
Transportation

County Seeks Better Safety for Bikers, Pedestrians

Will conduct study of about 20 bike and pedestrians crossings to improve them.

MKE County: Company Hiking Prices for Corrections Food
MKE County

Company Hiking Prices for Corrections Food

Aramark Correctional Services negotiates 8% price hike for food served at county facilities.

MKE County: Courts Gain $570,000 Grant For Criminal Justice Reform
MKE County

Courts Gain $570,000 Grant For Criminal Justice Reform

Final phase of $6 million in funding from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

MKE County: Committee Approves Medical Debt Relief
MKE County

Committee Approves Medical Debt Relief

Project with RIP Medical Debt will cancel $153 million in debt owed by county residents.

MKE County: New Firms Will Study Rehab, Replacement or Demo of The Domes
MKE County

New Firms Will Study Rehab, Replacement or Demo of The Domes

Construction consultant Concord Group will review options for redevelopment and demolition of The Domes.

Carl Ashley Named Milwaukee’s Chief Judge

Carl Ashley Named Milwaukee’s Chief Judge

Ashley currently serves as deputy chief judge and has served on the bench since 1999.

MKE County: Supervisor Proposes Aid for MATC Students Facing Housing Insecurity
MKE County

Supervisor Proposes Aid for MATC Students Facing Housing Insecurity

Sup. Steve Shea, also an MATC instructor, pushing $100,000 for financial assistance fund.

Transportation: State Gives Milwaukee Federal Money for Electric Buses
Transportation

State Gives Milwaukee Federal Money for Electric Buses

State awards grant for the purchase of up to 16 battery electric buses.

MKE County: County Jail Records Second In-Custody Death of 2023
MKE County

County Jail Records Second In-Custody Death of 2023

An unidentified 37-year-old man is reported dead. No cause of death immediately released.

MKE County: Traveling Beer Gardens Begin in May
MKE County

Traveling Beer Gardens Begin in May

Actually only one traveling beer garden will run this year. But something might be brewing in Juneau Park.

MKE County: Supervisors Propose Abortion Travel Fund
MKE County

Supervisors Propose Abortion Travel Fund

But the county Corporation Counsel calls the proposal "nearly certainly illegal."

MKE County: Parks’ Former Barn Youth Hostel Could Be Redeveloped
MKE County

Parks’ Former Barn Youth Hostel Could Be Redeveloped

Seeking developer for barn and residential building on site located on Root River Parkway.

MKE County: County’s Financial Forecast Gets Grimmer
MKE County

County’s Financial Forecast Gets Grimmer

County falls short by more than $100 million in new five-year outlook by comptroller.

Transportation: Southwest Adds Flights at Mitchell Airport
Transportation

Southwest Adds Flights at Mitchell Airport

Additional flights to nine destinations are scheduled in 2023.

MKE County: Crowley Promotes Vending Machines To Prevent Opioid Deaths
MKE County

Crowley Promotes Vending Machines To Prevent Opioid Deaths

County to install 25 vending machines with narcan spray, fentanyl test strips and more.

MKE County: Underwood Park Wading Pool Could Become Splash Pad
MKE County

Underwood Park Wading Pool Could Become Splash Pad

Splash pad would save money and be more accessible to people in wheelchairs.

MKE County: Warming Center Opening Following Extended Power Outages
MKE County

Warming Center Opening Following Extended Power Outages

County Executive David Crowley declares snow emergency.

MKE County: Upstart Kitchen Seeks Funding for Expansion
MKE County

Upstart Kitchen Seeks Funding for Expansion

Food service incubator has provided thousands of meals for homeless, and wants to expand.

MKE County: Program Would Subsidize Low-Income Health Insurance Premiums
MKE County

Program Would Subsidize Low-Income Health Insurance Premiums

County would join effort to prevent people from losing health insurance coverage.

Transportation: Bus Rides Free on St. Patrick’s Day
Transportation

Bus Rides Free on St. Patrick’s Day

Molson Coors once again sponsoring free bus rides on St. Patrick’s Day.

Transportation: MCTS Holding Public Information Meetings on New BRT
Transportation

MCTS Holding Public Information Meetings on New BRT

Starting in June, 9-mile Bus Rapid Transit will run from Downtown to Wauwatosa..

MKE County: Committee Votes to Condemn Conversion Therapy
MKE County

Committee Votes to Condemn Conversion Therapy

Resolution would have no legal impact, meant as political and educational statement.

Transportation: Mitchell Wins ‘Best Airport’ Award
Transportation

Mitchell Wins ‘Best Airport’ Award

Milwaukee's airport wins second annual award as one of best in North America for its size.

Transportation: Route 88 A Transit Success Story
Transportation

Route 88 A Transit Success Story

Bus route with less frequency grows riders. But this is a cautionary tale, too, transit officials say.

MKE County: Crowley Signs $9.5 Million in Affordable Housing Contracts
MKE County

Crowley Signs $9.5 Million in Affordable Housing Contracts

Funding supports projects in Brown Deer, Wauwatosa and South Milwaukee.

MKE County: Museum Unveils Details of First New Exhibit
MKE County

Museum Unveils Details of First New Exhibit

Featuring dinosaurs, mammoths, saber-toothed cats and 122,000 Silurian fossils.

MKE County: Pandemic Lockdown Caused Problems At Correctional Facility
MKE County

Pandemic Lockdown Caused Problems At Correctional Facility

Report shows disruptive conduct, medical emergencies, altercations increased at CRC.

MKE County: Sherman Park Could Get $2.2 Million Overhaul
MKE County

Sherman Park Could Get $2.2 Million Overhaul

Partnership of county and Boys & Girls Club would rehab park, add new amenities.

MKE County: County Seeks Contractors for New Human Services Building
MKE County

County Seeks Contractors for New Human Services Building

Plans call for a $42 million, 4-story, 60,000-square-foot facility at 12th and Cherry.

Wisconsin Avenue Park May Be Renamed

Wisconsin Avenue Park May Be Renamed

Park designed for people of all abilities already has raised $4.1 million in private funds towards its $7 million project cost.

Transportation: MCTS Buses Could Again Serve Summerfest, But Issues Remain
Transportation

MCTS Buses Could Again Serve Summerfest, But Issues Remain

And even if they do, it would be in a much-diminished capacity.

MKE County: Parks Foundation Boosts Reforestation Effort
MKE County

Parks Foundation Boosts Reforestation Effort

Molson Coors, Fund for Lake Michigan funding reforestation staff with donation.

MKE County: County Board Primary Race Has Three Candidates
MKE County

County Board Primary Race Has Three Candidates

Special election called to fill District 14 seat left vacant by Dyango Zerpa resignation.

MPM Announces Permanent Exhibits at New Museum

MPM Announces Permanent Exhibits at New Museum

Five permanent exhibits will include one with dinosaurs, another on old Milwaukee.

MKE County: County Transportation Building Going Solar?
MKE County

County Transportation Building Going Solar?

Seeking consultants to study installing solar panels at site in Wauwatosa.

MKE County: Family of Woman Who Died in Jail Speaks Out
MKE County

Family of Woman Who Died in Jail Speaks Out

Cilivea Thyrion, then 20, committed suicide in December 2022, the Sheriff's Office has said.

Transportation: BRT Grant Could Fund Downtown Plaza
Transportation

BRT Grant Could Fund Downtown Plaza

New $2 million federal grant frees up funds for downtown upgrades along Bus Rapid Transit line.

Transportation: Airport Will Rip Out Two Runways
Transportation

Airport Will Rip Out Two Runways

To save on costs, Milwaukee Mitchell plans to downsize to three-runway airport.

MKE County: Final Estabrook Dam Lawsuit Ends
MKE County

Final Estabrook Dam Lawsuit Ends

The last lawsuit related to the Estabrook Dam removal has been dismissed, five years after the dam itself.

MKE County: South Shore Breakwater Could Be Partially Repaired This Year
MKE County

South Shore Breakwater Could Be Partially Repaired This Year

County looking for a contractor to repair 2020 storm damage. Feds rejected FEMA aid.

Transportation: New Electric BRT Line Will Launch With Some Diesel Buses
Transportation

New Electric BRT Line Will Launch With Some Diesel Buses

New service will still launch June 4, but will be short four electric buses.

MKE County: Milwaukee Area Above State Average for Remote Work
MKE County

Milwaukee Area Above State Average for Remote Work

Wisconsin Policy Forum report shows the Milwaukee metro area with a large percentage of the state's remote workers.

MKE County: Board Resolution Condemns Conversion Therapy
MKE County

Board Resolution Condemns Conversion Therapy

Board expected to pass resolution, echoing stand of national medical groups.

MKE County: Crowley Appoints New Medical Examiner
MKE County

Crowley Appoints New Medical Examiner

County executive promotes Interim Medical Examiner Wieslawa Tlomak; board must approve this.

Transportation: Bus Route Changes Coming March 5
Transportation

Bus Route Changes Coming March 5

To cut costs, changes coming to routes 52, 15 and 60.

MKE County: 7 Takeaways From Crowley’s 2023 State of the County Speech
MKE County

7 Takeaways From Crowley’s 2023 State of the County Speech

Going back to college, helping youth and counting on a new partnership with the state.

MKE County: County Has A History With the Sales Tax
MKE County

County Has A History With the Sales Tax

For 15 years local officials have debated, voted, campaigned on and lobbied for a county sales tax hike.

MKE County: Jackson Park Project Faces Resistance
MKE County

Jackson Park Project Faces Resistance

Some residents oppose plan to convert roadway to pedestrian-bike trail along KK River Parkway.

MKE County: County Begins Future Domes Study
MKE County

County Begins Future Domes Study

Seeking construction consultant to price everything from demolition to restoration to expanded urban botanical complex.

MKE County: Courthouse, Transit System Drop Mask Requirement
MKE County

Courthouse, Transit System Drop Mask Requirement

Milwaukee County downgraded by CDC to "low" COVID-19 risk.

MKE County: Two Candidates Running For Vacant County Board Seat
MKE County

Two Candidates Running For Vacant County Board Seat

Travis Hope and Caroline Gómez-Tom running for 14th District vacated by former supervisor Dyango Zerpa.

Transportation: MCTS’ New Rider-Friendly Fare System Launches March 1
Transportation

MCTS’ New Rider-Friendly Fare System Launches March 1

New fare system and mobile app automatically cap your payments at cheapest daily, weekly or monthly rate.

Public Museum Adding Live Animal Exhibit

Public Museum Adding Live Animal Exhibit

Sloths, iguanas, tortoises and more part of new exhibit called "Survival of the Slowest."

MKE County: Should Road Through Lake Park Be Pedestrianized?
MKE County

Should Road Through Lake Park Be Pedestrianized?

A survey of nearby residents found great support for a pedestrian and bicycle-only Ravine Road.

MKE County: Proposed North-South BRT Line Loses Southern Anchor
MKE County

Proposed North-South BRT Line Loses Southern Anchor

Northwestern Mutual's Franklin campus, with 2,000 employees, was supposed to be the southernmost stop on new bus rapid transit line.

MKE County: Dan Boehm Out at MCTS
MKE County

Dan Boehm Out at MCTS

County bus system leader since 2014 faced employee allegations of verbal abuse and retaliation.

MKE County: Is Hales Corners Ice Rink Project Dead?
MKE County

Is Hales Corners Ice Rink Project Dead?

The leader of private/public project says so, now that county demands its $75,000 back.

MKE County: County Wants Ideas To Save Coggs Building
MKE County

County Wants Ideas To Save Coggs Building

County has open call for ideas, including asking for ways to develop the former department store.

Mandela Barnes Forms Political Action Committee

Mandela Barnes Forms Political Action Committee

The Long Run PAC will support new generation of progressive candidates.

MKE County: Board Releases Funds for Park Projects
MKE County

Board Releases Funds for Park Projects

County board approves $1.3 million in maintenance, repairs and new projects for parks.

Iron Grate Chef Returns for Central Standard Winter Luau

Iron Grate Chef Returns for Central Standard Winter Luau

Chef Aaron Patin will smoke a whole pig outdoors in Downtown.

MKE County: County Plans for Surge In Funding To Address Homelessness
MKE County

County Plans for Surge In Funding To Address Homelessness

County investing $4.5 million into housing navigation, rental assistance and housing rehabilitation.

Transportation: Feds Will Fund Milwaukee County’s Safe Streets Plan
Transportation

Feds Will Fund Milwaukee County’s Safe Streets Plan

$800,000 grant will fund county-wide road safety plan, a precursor to move funding

MKE County: Board Almost Blocks Juvenile Justice Funding
MKE County

Board Almost Blocks Juvenile Justice Funding

A majority of supervisors voted to hold on a $42 million contract without appearing to know what the impact would be.

MKE County: ARPA Money Could Expand Two Milwaukee Mental Health Programs
MKE County

ARPA Money Could Expand Two Milwaukee Mental Health Programs

Two community mental health providers plan expansion with county ARPA funds.

MKE County: Crowley Calling Special Election for Vacant Board Seat
MKE County

Crowley Calling Special Election for Vacant Board Seat

Election for seat vacated by Sup. Dyango Zerpa will coincide with spring election dates.

World’s Tallest Timber Tower To Have Artist-in-Residence

World’s Tallest Timber Tower To Have Artist-in-Residence

Reginald Baylor Studio will have residency at New Land's 25-story Ascent.

MKE County: Supervisors Stall, Inflate Cost of Sea Wall Project
MKE County

Supervisors Stall, Inflate Cost of Sea Wall Project

Cost of McKinley Flushing Channel rises as county board second guesses engineers.

MKE County: Will Online Foreclosure Auction Prevent Intimidation, Collusion?
MKE County

Will Online Foreclosure Auction Prevent Intimidation, Collusion?

County attempts to thwart collusion by 'bad actor landlords' at property auctions.

MKE County: Animal Advocates Criticize Zoo’s Elephant Facility
MKE County

Animal Advocates Criticize Zoo’s Elephant Facility

National group says Milwaukee zoo way too small, 'a prison' for its elephants

MKE County: Free Golf For Parks Employees?
MKE County

Free Golf For Parks Employees?

Finance Committee approves free and reduced-price golf as a benefit for parks employees.

MKE County: Dyango Zerpa Resigns From County Board
MKE County

Dyango Zerpa Resigns From County Board

Freshman supervisor expensed unapproved hotel stay to county credit card.

MKE County: Committee Approves Funding for Suburban Affordable Housing Projects
MKE County

Committee Approves Funding for Suburban Affordable Housing Projects

But Sup. Peter Burgelis tries to stop subsidy for Wauwatosa development, citing cost.

Transportation: MCTS Makes Changes to Transit Security
Transportation

MCTS Makes Changes to Transit Security

MCTS, after union's repeated prodding, pursuing charges against people that assault bus drivers.

MKE County: Revived Youth Commission Starts Its Work
MKE County

Revived Youth Commission Starts Its Work

Milwaukee County revives youth leadership program, and gives members a list of things to work on.

Transportation: BRT Line Slated for June 4 Start
Transportation

BRT Line Slated for June 4 Start

MCTS still must stripe dedicated lanes, add equipment to stations.

Transportation: North-South BRT Plans Advancing in 2023
Transportation

North-South BRT Plans Advancing in 2023

Transit officials will focus on new BRT project after East-West BRT launches in June.

Sculpture Milwaukee Announces 2023 Curator

Sculpture Milwaukee Announces 2023 Curator

Artist, gallery owner and innovator John Riepenhoff will curate Sculpture Milwaukee 2023.

MKE County: Six Ways County Will Spend Opioid Settlement Funds
MKE County

Six Ways County Will Spend Opioid Settlement Funds

Opioid treatment programs a priority for spending $56 million won from drug companies.

Transportation: County Survey Finds Support for Bike, Pedestrian Options
Transportation

County Survey Finds Support for Bike, Pedestrian Options

Residents concerned about street safety, reckless driving, lack of bike lanes and buses.

MKE County: Former Fugitive Reported Dead in Jail
MKE County

Former Fugitive Reported Dead in Jail

Second death in two-months in Milwaukee County Jail.

MKE County: Medical Examiner Struggles With Staffing
MKE County

Medical Examiner Struggles With Staffing

Office now shorthanded for forensic investigators. Interim chief has temporary plan.

Transportation: City-To-Suburbs Transit Service Planning Large Expansion
Transportation

City-To-Suburbs Transit Service Planning Large Expansion

FlexRide, a last-mile transit service, would expand the suburban areas it takes Milwaukee residents to.

MKE County: Supervisor Says Republicans Planning Incentives for Consolidated City, County Government
MKE County

Supervisor Says Republicans Planning Incentives for Consolidated City, County Government

Conervative Deanna Alexander described a specific plan that would "reward the entities for consolidating."

MKE County: County Has Open Call for Lifeguards
MKE County

County Has Open Call for Lifeguards

Parks department hopes to improve lifeguard numbers, open more pools this year.

Museum Days Returns for 2023

Museum Days Returns for 2023

With special exhibits and free and reduced admission at 27 metro area museums.

MKE County: County Could Erase $153 Million in Medical Debt
MKE County

County Could Erase $153 Million in Medical Debt

County residents would gain debt relief via county partnership with New York nonprofit.

MKE County: South Milwaukee Baseball Diamond Getting Upgrade
MKE County

South Milwaukee Baseball Diamond Getting Upgrade

South Milwaukee School District maintains baseball diamond owned by the county.

MKE County: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rising
MKE County

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rising

Hospitalizations could be an indication of rising transmission.

MKE County: Did Sheriff Transfer Inmates to Racine Without Permission?
MKE County

Did Sheriff Transfer Inmates to Racine Without Permission?

Sheriff began making transfers at significant costs before getting board buy-in.

MKE County: County Planning Habitat Restoration in Milwaukee River Greenway
MKE County

County Planning Habitat Restoration in Milwaukee River Greenway

Project will clear invasive species, improve habitats for plants and wildlife.

MKE County: Supervisors Holding We Energies Project Hostage For More Money
MKE County

Supervisors Holding We Energies Project Hostage For More Money

Supervisors try tactic they used for the Waukesha water deal.

MKE County: No Criminal Charges in Brieon Green Suicide
MKE County

No Criminal Charges in Brieon Green Suicide

DA finds no liability for sheriff's officers overseeing county jail where suicide occurred.

MKE County: Jackson Park Boathouse To Become Open-Air Pavilion
MKE County

Jackson Park Boathouse To Become Open-Air Pavilion

Boathouse being redesigned as part of MMSD stormwater project in the park.

Museum Won’t Preserve ‘Streets of Old Milwaukee’

Museum Won’t Preserve ‘Streets of Old Milwaukee’

But new museum will have 'highly immersive exhibit' exploring city's history, cultures.

MKE County: Crowley Signs Proposal to Fund Housing Project
MKE County

Crowley Signs Proposal to Fund Housing Project

$11 million project will sell houses to owner occupants rather than predatory landlords.

MKE County: Federal Spending Bill Includes $10.8 Million For Milwaukee County
MKE County

Federal Spending Bill Includes $10.8 Million For Milwaukee County

Crowley says Baldwin and Moore fought 'tooth and nail' to secure funding.

MKE County: Sheriff Denita Ball Sworn In
MKE County

Sheriff Denita Ball Sworn In

Ball is the first woman to become sheriff in Milwaukee County history.

MKE County: Attempt To Clear Parks With Goats Fails
MKE County

Attempt To Clear Parks With Goats Fails

It's cheaper to use humans because they can operate chainsaws.

MKE County: Take The County Climate Change Survey
MKE County

Take The County Climate Change Survey

County kicks off planning process for carbon-neutrality by 2050 with citizen survey.

MKE County: Crowley Makes New Appointments to Museum Board, Baseball District
MKE County

Crowley Makes New Appointments to Museum Board, Baseball District

Kristen Hardy and Danielle Bergner will serve on the museum board and baseball district.

Tugboat Sinks in Port Milwaukee

Tugboat Sinks in Port Milwaukee

The tug Michigan took on water Monday, raising concerns of possible pollution from its cargo.

Milwaukee Lawmakers Plan Another Go At Unifying Pot Possession Fines

Milwaukee Lawmakers Plan Another Go At Unifying Pot Possession Fines

Report shows a patchwork of marijuana fines in Milwaukee County. Would require city to raise its fine.

MKE County: Ways to Support County Park Tree Planting in 2023
MKE County

Ways to Support County Park Tree Planting in 2023

Donate to annual planting effort or volunteer to help get them in the ground.

Secret Concert Series Quickly Growing in Milwaukee

Secret Concert Series Quickly Growing in Milwaukee

Sofar Sounds, known for hidden venues and mystery lineups, doubles shows in 2022.

Transportation: MCTS Bus Service to Ozaukee Ends
Transportation

MCTS Bus Service to Ozaukee Ends

Ozaukee County Express getting new operator, with less expansive route that's more expensive.

Federal Bill Could Lower Cost of Jail Phone Calls

Federal Bill Could Lower Cost of Jail Phone Calls

Milwaukee County Board has grappled with jail phone costs for inmates, families.

MKE County: Report Finds Holes In County Substance Abuse Program
MKE County

Report Finds Holes In County Substance Abuse Program

Wisconsin Policy Forum recommends using opioid settlement funds to revitalize system.

MKE County: South Milwaukee Affordable Housing Project Gets County Funding
MKE County

South Milwaukee Affordable Housing Project Gets County Funding

County awarding $2.5 million for the redevelopment of the former Bucyrus campus.

MKE County: Clancy Takes On Jail Food Monopoly
MKE County

Clancy Takes On Jail Food Monopoly

Sup. Ryan Clancy looks to break up Aramark Corporation's control over both food services and commissary.

MKE County: County Opens Coggs Building as Warming Center
MKE County

County Opens Coggs Building as Warming Center

Human Services building at 1220 W. Vliet St. will be open 24 hours a day over the holiday weekend.

Pabst Theater Group Disputes That Union Contract Finalized

Pabst Theater Group Disputes That Union Contract Finalized

Union says contract finalized. Pabst says not quite but won't say why.

Molson Coors Again Sponsoring Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

Molson Coors Again Sponsoring Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

Since 1988 the program has provided more than 1 million rides for Milwaukee imbibers.

MKE County: Milwaukee Youth Commission Appointments Confirmed
MKE County

Milwaukee Youth Commission Appointments Confirmed

18 high school students appointed to new youth commission.

MKE County: Youth Detention in Racine Approved
MKE County

Youth Detention in Racine Approved

Supervisors quietly approve policy they previously rejected.

Transportation: County Board Rejects The ‘Fix at Six’
Transportation

County Board Rejects The ‘Fix at Six’

Board still maintains a policy of opposition to I-94 expansion, but won't support this alternative.

Transportation: Southwest Adding Flights From Mitchell
Transportation

Southwest Adding Flights From Mitchell

Will add non-stop flight to Kansas City and more flights to other cities from Milwaukee airport next year.

MKE County: Board Approves Waukesha Water Deal After Revisions
MKE County

Board Approves Waukesha Water Deal After Revisions

Board grants Waukesha access to one-acre of county land for $300 million drinking water project.

MKE County: Board Approves Studying Demolition, Other Options For The Domes
MKE County

Board Approves Studying Demolition, Other Options For The Domes

Policy does not support demolition, which many supervisors remain opposed to.

MKE County: Abortion Referendum Will Be On Spring Ballots
MKE County

Abortion Referendum Will Be On Spring Ballots

Advisory referendum on Wisconsin's abortion ban will be on Milwaukee County ballots during April election.

Pabst Theater Group Union Approves First Labor Contract

Pabst Theater Group Union Approves First Labor Contract

Following summer unionization vote, new contract includes improved pay rates, expanded labor-management policies

MKE County: Brewers Donates Scoreboards to Parks
MKE County

Brewers Donates Scoreboards to Parks

Brewers Foundation and U.S. Cellular donate $44,000 for new scoreboards in Lincoln and Sherman parks.

MKE County: County Finalizing Deal for Forensic Science Center
MKE County

County Finalizing Deal for Forensic Science Center

County Board must agree to release more than $100 million in funding for project.

Transportation: New Direct Flights from Milwaukee to Sarasota
Transportation

New Direct Flights from Milwaukee to Sarasota

Southwest adding daily, non-stop flights around typical Spring Break season.

Transportation: Opponents Assail I-94 Expansion at Public Hearing
Transportation

Opponents Assail I-94 Expansion at Public Hearing

Anti-expansion coalition pushes 'Fix at Six' rather than eight-lane I-94 expansion.

MKE County: Committee Okays Racine Detention for Youthful Offenders
MKE County

Committee Okays Racine Detention for Youthful Offenders

Board will reconsider agreement it opposed in September to pay for Racine facility.

MKE County: Supervisors Approve Affordable Housing Plans
MKE County

Supervisors Approve Affordable Housing Plans

Progress on two major affordable housing projects pushed by Crowley.

MKE County: Three Respiratory Illnesses Affecting Milwaukee
MKE County

Three Respiratory Illnesses Affecting Milwaukee

COVID-19 isn't the only virus going around right now.

Public Museum Returning Headdress to Forest County Potawatomi

Public Museum Returning Headdress to Forest County Potawatomi

Feathered hat originally confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MKE County: Board Considering Abortion Referendum, Again
MKE County

Board Considering Abortion Referendum, Again

Board would place question on April ballot after failing to approve November election proposal.

MKE County: Supervisors Stall Waukesha Drinking Water Project
MKE County

Supervisors Stall Waukesha Drinking Water Project

Waukesha needs access to one acre of county land. Committee votes to delay this.

MKE County: New Domes Policy Gets First Approval
MKE County

New Domes Policy Gets First Approval

Supervisors soften language but still include possibility of demolishing domes.

MKE County: County Clerk Subpoenaed in Federal Criminal Probe of Trump
MKE County

County Clerk Subpoenaed in Federal Criminal Probe of Trump

DOJ seeks communications from Trump campaign seeking to overturn 2020 election.

Candidate Announces for Derek Mosley’s Judicial Seat

Candidate Announces for Derek Mosley’s Judicial Seat

Legal Action of Wisconsin attorney Molly Gena running for Municipal Court Judge.

MKE County: Medical Examiner’s Office Needs Help With Autopsies
MKE County

Medical Examiner’s Office Needs Help With Autopsies

Staff shortage since chief medical examiner dismissed could jeopardize accreditation.

MKE County: Family Says Guard Ignored Brieon Green Committing Suicide at Jail
MKE County

Family Says Guard Ignored Brieon Green Committing Suicide at Jail

Family horrified after reviewing footage of his death in custody at Milwaukee County Jail.

MKE County: Proposal For Transit Health Clinic Sees Pushback
MKE County

Proposal For Transit Health Clinic Sees Pushback

Transit system doesn't want new clinic on facility it may sell in the future.

MKE County: New Policy Would Require County To Study Demolishing The Domes
MKE County

New Policy Would Require County To Study Demolishing The Domes

County board considering replacing repair-focused 2016 policy after limited progress.

Transportation: County Committee Backs I-94 ‘Fix at Six’
Transportation

County Committee Backs I-94 ‘Fix at Six’

Resolution next goes to full county board. MICAH leader warns the state could be sued.

Public Museum Picks Firms to Oversee New Museum’s Construction

Public Museum Picks Firms to Oversee New Museum’s Construction

MC Group and partners will act as owners representatives on project.

MKE County: $6.5 Million Awarded for Suburban Affordable Housing
MKE County

$6.5 Million Awarded for Suburban Affordable Housing

Two projects in Wauwatosa, one in Brown Deer would together create 129 new units.

Transit Union, MCTS Reach Agreement

Transit Union, MCTS Reach Agreement

New three-year labor contract hailed by both management and bus drivers union as fair deal.

First Candidate Announces for Triggiano’s Judicial Seat

First Candidate Announces for Triggiano’s Judicial Seat

Family Court Commissioner Ana Berrios-Schroeder will run for Milwaukee Circuit Court.

MKE County: County Hits 4-Year High of Youth in State Prisons
MKE County

County Hits 4-Year High of Youth in State Prisons

On track for highest number sentenced to Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake since 2018.

MKE County: COVID-19 Disease Burden Remains Stable
MKE County

COVID-19 Disease Burden Remains Stable

County medical advisor says vaccines holding up well against new variants, but those over 65 should get latest booster shot.

Transportation: Mitchell Airport Adds New Parking Feature
Transportation

Mitchell Airport Adds New Parking Feature

Pay inside the airport and zip through the gate on your way home.

MKE County: County Plans Expanded Opioid Epidemic Response
MKE County

County Plans Expanded Opioid Epidemic Response

How to maximize impact of $56.6 million settlement over 18 years from drug companies.

Transportation: Supervisor Pushes Health Clinic for Transit Workers
Transportation

Supervisor Pushes Health Clinic for Transit Workers

Sup. Peter Burgelis wants to use federal funding for employee health clinic.

MKE County: Parks Plans $3 Million King Center Rehab
MKE County

Parks Plans $3 Million King Center Rehab

Repairs to community center on 15th and Vliet part of a larger investment in neighborhood improvements.

MKE County: Crowley Vetoes Lake Park Bluff Proposal
MKE County

Crowley Vetoes Lake Park Bluff Proposal

Should neighbors have rights to maintain bluff forever? Crowley says no.

Transportation: Bus Route Cuts Coming in 2023
Transportation

Bus Route Cuts Coming in 2023

Final 2023 county budget cut millions from MCTS funding, causing reductions in service.

MKE County: Crowley Says House of Correction Renamed, Despite Board’s Opposition
MKE County

Crowley Says House of Correction Renamed, Despite Board’s Opposition

Board cut funding for uniforms, signage at renamed Community Reintegration Center.

MKE County: Wastewater Data Shows COVID-19 Uptick
MKE County

Wastewater Data Shows COVID-19 Uptick

Testing data may not offer complete picture of current disease levels.

Winter Chalets Return to South Shore Park

Winter Chalets Return to South Shore Park

Heated chalets allow year-round use of South Shore Beer Garden.

Milwaukee’s Chief Judge Leaving Bench For Marquette Job

Milwaukee’s Chief Judge Leaving Bench For Marquette Job

Mary Triggiano to lead Marquette Law School's Center for Restorative Justice.

Transportation: Transit Union Rallies for Fair Contract
Transportation

Transit Union Rallies for Fair Contract

Union has authorized a strike while declining "final" offer from MCTS.

Referendums Show Local Government Funding Challenges

Referendums Show Local Government Funding Challenges

While state aid remains stagnant, localities across Wisconsin seek property tax hikes.

MKE County: Mental Health Center Wins Good Government Award
MKE County

Mental Health Center Wins Good Government Award

County partnership with area health systems on emergency mental health care gets award.

Transportation: Coat Check Returns to Mitchell Airport
Transportation

Coat Check Returns to Mitchell Airport

Winter travelers to southern or tropical vacations can have their coat waiting when they come back.

MKE County: Will Public Pools Open in 2023?
MKE County

Will Public Pools Open in 2023?

Board adds funding to budget, but lifeguard shortage could still be a problem.

Transportation: MCTS Unveils New Electric Bus, Brand For BRT Line
Transportation

MCTS Unveils New Electric Bus, Brand For BRT Line

East-West BRT will be "MCTS Connect" with all-electric fleet.

MKE County: Board Adopts 2023 County Budget
MKE County

Board Adopts 2023 County Budget

Board spent nearly 12 hours debating amendments, what passed?

Barnes Urges Supporters To Keep Fighting for Change

Barnes Urges Supporters To Keep Fighting for Change

Lt. Governor who lost US Senate race thanks supporters in speech at Sherman Phoenix.

Ron Johnson Appears To Defeat Mandela Barnes

Ron Johnson Appears To Defeat Mandela Barnes

Narrow race appears to have given Republican a third term.

MKE County: Lake Park Neighbors Seek Control of Bluff
MKE County

Lake Park Neighbors Seek Control of Bluff

Wahl Ave. residents have already clear cut top of bluff, now want special access to all of it.

MKE County: County Estimates It Prevented Evictions for 12,000 Households
MKE County

County Estimates It Prevented Evictions for 12,000 Households

Rental assistance program begun in 2020 awarded $15 million more in federal funds.

MKE County: Crowley Vetoes Historic Designation For Domes
MKE County

Crowley Vetoes Historic Designation For Domes

County Executive says county should consider all options, including demolition of domes.

New COVID-19 Variants Displace Stable BA.5 Variant, Could Change Transmission Rate

New COVID-19 Variants Displace Stable BA.5 Variant, Could Change Transmission Rate

Less than 40% of cases nationwide are now long-dominant Omicron subvariant

MKE County: 120 New Homes for King Park Neighborhood
MKE County

120 New Homes for King Park Neighborhood

County, CDA select Emem Group and Habitat as developers.

Transportation: Transit Strike Hinges On Next Contract Offer
Transportation

Transit Strike Hinges On Next Contract Offer

Union members show up in large numbers at county budget hearing.

Milwaukee Airport Museum Holding Memorabilia Sale

Milwaukee Airport Museum Holding Memorabilia Sale

Rare sale of Milwaukee aviation memorabilia on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

MKE County: Commission Pauses Proposal For Another Lakefront War Memorial
MKE County

Commission Pauses Proposal For Another Lakefront War Memorial

Project site would disrupt newly installed green infrastructure. Residents suggest other sites.

MKE County: Disabled Riders Decry End To Taxi Service
MKE County

Disabled Riders Decry End To Taxi Service

Transit Union demands more funding, others push sheriff budget cuts at public budget meeting.

Hunger Task Force Blasts State For Leaving Coggs Building

Hunger Task Force Blasts State For Leaving Coggs Building

Files civil rights complaint. State says residents seeking benefits can still get service.

MKE County: County Seeks Suburban Affordable Housing Projects
MKE County

County Seeks Suburban Affordable Housing Projects

Looking to use $15 million in federal ARPA funds for gap financing of affordable housing.

MKE County: Lake Park Bridge Open For First Time In 6 Years
MKE County

Lake Park Bridge Open For First Time In 6 Years

Pedestrians can once again cross the historic foot bridge in Lake Park.

MKE County: Did Crowley Fire Medical Examiner?
MKE County

Did Crowley Fire Medical Examiner?

Former Medical Examiner Brian Peterson says he was forced out by the county executive.

MKE County: Evers Appoints Denita Ball Milwaukee County Sheriff
MKE County

Evers Appoints Denita Ball Milwaukee County Sheriff

Ball makes history ahead of schedule as first female Milwaukee County Sheriff.

Economists Call Michels’ Flat Tax ‘Disastrous’

Economists Call Michels’ Flat Tax ‘Disastrous’

Dozens of economists and researchers sign letter opposing tax plan.

MKE County: Youth Detention Center Overcrowded
MKE County

Youth Detention Center Overcrowded

After voting against sending some youth to Racine detention center, county now has more youth than beds at Vel Phillips Center.

New COVID-19 Boosters Available for Children

New COVID-19 Boosters Available for Children

Top county health official discusses booster safety, urges vaccination.

MKE County: County Parks Fees Increasing
MKE County

County Parks Fees Increasing

Parks system stays afloat - barely - with money making services that provide half its budget.

Transportation: Staff Shortage Limits Airport’s Rebound
Transportation

Staff Shortage Limits Airport’s Rebound

Demand is way up since pandemic, but airline capacity an issue for Mitchell International Airport.

MKE County: Rising New COVID-19 Variants A Concern
MKE County

Rising New COVID-19 Variants A Concern

As the current dominant COVID-19 variant is replaced, the disease will become less predictable.

MKE County: Sheriff Lucas Leaving for Job With Fiserv
MKE County

Sheriff Lucas Leaving for Job With Fiserv

Will become Vice President of Security for Wisconsin for company headquartered in Brookfield.

MKE County: Museum, Forensic Center Will Cost County $161 Million
MKE County

Museum, Forensic Center Will Cost County $161 Million

Projects will increase county debt burden by 23%, greatly increasing county's fiscal woes.

MKE County: Federal Rules Shut Down County’s Largest Dog Park
MKE County

Federal Rules Shut Down County’s Largest Dog Park

Runway Dog Park to close Nov. 1. County looks to create replacement, seeks citizen input.

Transportation: MCTS and Transit Union Will Resume Contract Negotiations in November
Transportation

MCTS and Transit Union Will Resume Contract Negotiations in November

Transit union has rejected a contract offer, authorized a strike.

MKE County: Two New Oak Leaf Connections Planned for 2023
MKE County

Two New Oak Leaf Connections Planned for 2023

One trail would extend network on city's far northwest side while another would connect Milwaukee and Racine counties.

Transportation: Milwaukee County Gets Funding For Reckless Driving Plan
Transportation

Milwaukee County Gets Funding For Reckless Driving Plan

Study will look at policies and practices to be applied across the county.

MKE County: Policy Forum Report Shows Sales Tax Critical to Local Government
MKE County

Policy Forum Report Shows Sales Tax Critical to Local Government

Report shows a relative financial calm in 2023, but the potential for future budgetary storms.

MKE County: COVID-19 Increasing In Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Increasing In Milwaukee

COVID-19 data shows potential for continued increase in disease. Vaccination, boosters key to what happens next.

Transportation: Transit System Reinstates Mask Requirement
Transportation

Transit System Reinstates Mask Requirement

Mask requirement reinstated in response to CDC COVID-19 risk level.

Transportation: Transit System Will Continue to Shrink
Transportation

Transit System Will Continue to Shrink

Budget cuts beginning in 2023 will soften landing from transit system's fiscal cliff.

Widespread Immunity Key To Fighting Next COVID-19 Variant

Widespread Immunity Key To Fighting Next COVID-19 Variant

Maintaining immunity through vaccination, boosters important before next dominant variant emerges says Dr. Ben Weston.

Transportation: MCTS Bus Drivers Authorize A Strike
Transportation

MCTS Bus Drivers Authorize A Strike

MCTS and union reach impasse over wages, healthcare. Union gives leadership authority to call a strike.

MKE County: County Would Raise Tax Levy For Forensic Science Center
MKE County

County Would Raise Tax Levy For Forensic Science Center

County would exceed property tax limits to pay back $107 million in debt for new forensic center and public museum.

MKE County: County To Get a New Plan For Trail Network
MKE County

County To Get a New Plan For Trail Network

County receives grant funding from the state to update its Trails Network Plan.

MKE County: Rock Sportsplex Sound Study Underway, Finally
MKE County

Rock Sportsplex Sound Study Underway, Finally

County commissioned study after years of citizen complaints of noise from Rock Sportsplex.

MKE County: County Finds Success With Beer Gardens
MKE County

County Finds Success With Beer Gardens

Over past decade, county revived history of beer gardens in Milwaukee. And it paid off.

MKE County: Boosters, Vaccination Key to COVID-19 Progress
MKE County

Boosters, Vaccination Key to COVID-19 Progress

County health policy advisor calls for more people to get new booster.

MKE County: State Awards $4.4 Million for Oak Leaf Trail Projects
MKE County

State Awards $4.4 Million for Oak Leaf Trail Projects

Projects include a new connection, trail flooding mitigation and trail modernization.

Site of LGBTQ+ Black Nite Brawl Receiving Historic Landmark Designation

Site of LGBTQ+ Black Nite Brawl Receiving Historic Landmark Designation

Patrons at Black Nite gay bar fought back against homophobic attack in 1961.

MKE County: A Summer-Long Beer Garden for Juneau Park?
MKE County

A Summer-Long Beer Garden for Juneau Park?

As long as Milwaukee County Parks doesn't violate federal tied house prohibitions.

MKE County: County Parks Fights Ash Borer With Reforestation
MKE County

County Parks Fights Ash Borer With Reforestation

Milwaukee County has removed 25,000 trees, but is ramping up its replacement effort.

MKE County: County Drops Mask Rules for Courthouse, Buses
MKE County

County Drops Mask Rules for Courthouse, Buses

Low COVID risk designation prompts change, "high risk" settings still require masks.

MKE County: Milwaukee At Low Level of COVID-19
MKE County

Milwaukee At Low Level of COVID-19

But vaccination remains key to maintaining gains against the disease says county health leader.

MKE County: Crowley Introduces 2023 Budget Laden With ‘Tough Decisions’
MKE County

Crowley Introduces 2023 Budget Laden With ‘Tough Decisions’

Budget increases parks, other departments funding, but shows that cuts are on the horizon.

MKE County: County To Seek Historic Designation for Domes
MKE County

County To Seek Historic Designation for Domes

Board wants National Register of Historic Places listing. A first step toward saving Domes?

MKE County: Board Approves Coggs Building Funding
MKE County

Board Approves Coggs Building Funding

Supervisors vote to use $32.3 million in ARPA funding for new human services building.

Federally Funded COVID-19 Vaccines Will End. What’s Next?

Federally Funded COVID-19 Vaccines Will End. What’s Next?

Cutoff could come by January, leaving county officials worried about impact.

MKE County: Board Approves Ungendered Bathrooms
MKE County

Board Approves Ungendered Bathrooms

And LGBTQ inclusion initiative. 'Access to safe restrooms should be a basic right for every person.'

MKE County: Forensic Science Center Gains Funding
MKE County

Forensic Science Center Gains Funding

State commits $20 million toward county's new $127 million home for medical examiner and emergency management.

MKE County: House of Correction Changing Name
MKE County

House of Correction Changing Name

Crowley wants to better reflect its mission with new name: Community Reintegration Center.

MKE County: Vote Could Send More Youth to Lincoln Hills
MKE County

Vote Could Send More Youth to Lincoln Hills

Board votes down deal with Racine County to hold youth in its detention center.

MKE County: County Jail Visits Remain Elusive Goal
MKE County

County Jail Visits Remain Elusive Goal

Committee rejects report with cost estimates on video, in-person visitations at jail, House of Correction.

MKE County: County Medical Examiner Abruptly Retires
MKE County

County Medical Examiner Abruptly Retires

Dr. Brian Peterson, who faced some controversies, leaves without making a statement.

New Monument Proposed for Lakefront

New Monument Proposed for Lakefront

National foundation proposes monument near War Memorial Center to families who lost loved ones in war.

MKE County: Johnsons Park To Be Renamed
MKE County

Johnsons Park To Be Renamed

Or actually expanded, to include first names of the park's current namesakes.

MKE County: Legal Concerns Raised Over Free Election-Day Transit
MKE County

Legal Concerns Raised Over Free Election-Day Transit

Committee approves free election bus rides, but county attorney says there is risk of legal challenge.

MKE County: Overcrowded Jail Seeks to Send Inmates to Racine
MKE County

Overcrowded Jail Seeks to Send Inmates to Racine

County Jail regularly exceeding its legal capacity, needs solution, Sheriff's Office says.

MKE County: Wisconsin Avenue Park Will Be Area’s First With Universal Access
MKE County

Wisconsin Avenue Park Will Be Area’s First With Universal Access

First in southeastern Wisconsin where everything full accessible for those with disabilities.

Public Museum Wants Your Opinions

Public Museum Wants Your Opinions

Online survey asks people about favored museum experiences, exhibits, to help plan new $240 million facility.

MKE County: Supervisors Demand A Domes Plan
MKE County

Supervisors Demand A Domes Plan

Parks Committee recommends pursuing historic designation. But then what?

MKE County: Task Force Okays $2.5 Million for Homeownership
MKE County

Task Force Okays $2.5 Million for Homeownership

ARPA funds would help program increase home ownership for lower-income families.

MKE County: Board Considers Abortion Rights Proposal
MKE County

Board Considers Abortion Rights Proposal

After protests at his home, Sup. Rolland pushes resolution asking county lobbyists to advocate for state abortion law.

MKE County: County Can’t Decide on Coggs Building
MKE County

County Can’t Decide on Coggs Building

Committee approves $32 million for new DHHS building, and officials seem to favor razing the Coggs building.

MKE County: Task Force Rejects ARPA Funding for Domes
MKE County

Task Force Rejects ARPA Funding for Domes

Supervisors want to use $19 million in pandemic stimulus funds to begin fixing Mitchell Park Domes.

MKE County: County Ready For New Youth Correction Facility
MKE County

County Ready For New Youth Correction Facility

With state funding approved, county officials are ready to build facility.

Transportation: MCTS Working On Bus Security. Again
Transportation

MCTS Working On Bus Security. Again

Number of security incidents has declined but most bus drivers report feeling unsafe.

MKE County: County Youth Commission Accepting Applications
MKE County

County Youth Commission Accepting Applications

Newly reestablished commission gives high schoolers government experience.

MKE County: Free Bus Rides Proposed for Fall Election
MKE County

Free Bus Rides Proposed for Fall Election

Sup. Burgelis proposes free transit and paratransit service on Nov. 8 to encourage voter turnout.

Summerfest Will Keep 3-Weekend Format

Summerfest Will Keep 3-Weekend Format

Festival says format will return in 2023 and survey shows attendee prefer it.

County Offers $500,000 For Affordable Housing Project

County Offers $500,000 For Affordable Housing Project

South Milwaukee project is first time county block grant funds ever used for this.

MKE County: Could Domes Get National Historic Designation?
MKE County

Could Domes Get National Historic Designation?

Supervisors draft legislation to start the nomination process.

MKE County: Milwaukee Reflects Nationwide COVID-19 Decline
MKE County

Milwaukee Reflects Nationwide COVID-19 Decline

But new cases among children increased in past week.

MKE County: Should County Parks Serve Wine, Spirits?
MKE County

Should County Parks Serve Wine, Spirits?

State law prevents this. County officials pushing legislators to allow this as a revenue generator.

MKE County: Kosciuszko Park Center May Be Expanded
MKE County

Kosciuszko Park Center May Be Expanded

Repairs, expansion of dormant community center could cost $33.8 million.

Exhibit Captures Olmsted’s Huge Legacy

Exhibit Captures Olmsted’s Huge Legacy

Villa Terrace offers maps, plans, posters, photographs dramatizing the impact of famed landscape architect in Milwaukee.

Will New Public Museum Recognize Union?

Will New Public Museum Recognize Union?

AFSCME Local 526 raises concerns about this and about museum officials' comments.

MKE County: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Remain High
MKE County

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Remain High

Even with slight drop in recent weeks, still more than 140 people remain hospitalized.

Transportation: MCTS Adds 73 New Clean-Diesel Buses To Fleet
Transportation

MCTS Adds 73 New Clean-Diesel Buses To Fleet

MCTS working to replace more than 200 aging buses by 2024.

Crowley To Help Lead National Counties Group

Crowley To Help Lead National Counties Group

County Executive appointed vice-chair of national county association's large urban caucus.

MKE County: County Plan Will Tackle Courts Backlog
MKE County

County Plan Will Tackle Courts Backlog

Using state ARPA funds to hire nearly 40 new staff in Sheriff's Office, DA's Office and Circuit Court.

MKE County: Mental Health Emergency Center Unveiled
MKE County

Mental Health Emergency Center Unveiled

New center on N. 12th St., opening in September, part of redesigned mental health services in Milwaukee County.

MKE County: Budget Starts With $13 Million Hole
MKE County

Budget Starts With $13 Million Hole

County structural deficit growing. Online budget program and town halls allow citizen input.

MKE County: State Finance Committee Approves Funding For County Youth Justice Center
MKE County

State Finance Committee Approves Funding For County Youth Justice Center

State Legislature follows through on juvenile justice plan passed back in 2018.

MKE County: Mental Health Complex Is Closing
MKE County

Mental Health Complex Is Closing

Final day is Sept. 8, as county changes to decentralized network of mental health clinics and hospitals.

Transportation: County Bus System Up By 1 Million Rides
Transportation

County Bus System Up By 1 Million Rides

MCTS hits 8.4 million rides this year, a big increase, but still far behind pre-pandemic levels.

MKE County: Less Than 50% of School Age Children Vaccinated for COVID-19
MKE County

Less Than 50% of School Age Children Vaccinated for COVID-19

Local public health official urges vaccination ahead of school year.

Skip ID Check Line With New Airport Service

Skip ID Check Line With New Airport Service

CLEAR verifies identity with biometric data and expedites travel through security checks.

Vote Tuesday: Milwaukee County Sheriff Race
Vote Tuesday

Milwaukee County Sheriff Race

Three candidates on ballot and one write-in jockey to become next Milwaukee County Sheriff.

Vote Tuesday: Clerk of Circuit Court
Vote Tuesday

Clerk of Circuit Court

Tuesday's primary election will decide who is the next Clerk of Circuit Court.

Transportation: MCTS New Fare System Delayed to 2023
Transportation

MCTS New Fare System Delayed to 2023

Delay will prolong the unpopular features of the transit system's new mobile app, but fare capping and other improvements await.

Race for Sheriff: Interview with Mohamed Awad
Race for Sheriff

Interview with Mohamed Awad

Awad wants to change culture of Sheriff's Office, saying commanders from Clarke-era must go.

Race for Sheriff: Interview with Thomas Beal
Race for Sheriff

Interview with Thomas Beal

Beal wants full staffing, better mental health evaluation at jail.

Race for Sheriff: Interview with Brian Barkow
Race for Sheriff

Interview with Brian Barkow

Barkow wants a jail ombudsman and community advisory council. Says current conditions in jail are "appalling."

MKE County: Many COVID-19 Tests Returning Positive
MKE County

Many COVID-19 Tests Returning Positive

Testing numbers are low, but a high percentage are positive for disease.

Report Finds Little Economic Impact From Soccer Stadiums

Report Finds Little Economic Impact From Soccer Stadiums

Think tank suggests city should insist on community benefits from subsidized stadium.

MKE County: Does Downtown Roller Rink Need Protective Surface?
MKE County

Does Downtown Roller Rink Need Protective Surface?

Company which installed concrete in Red Arrow Park says no. Parks staff disagree.

MKE County: Crowley Vetoes Downtown Roller Rink
MKE County

Crowley Vetoes Downtown Roller Rink

Roller rink in Red Arrow Park won't happen this summer, but idea may not be dead.

Public Museum Gains Accreditation

Public Museum Gains Accreditation

After facing a delay, Museum gains national re-accreditation needed for pursuit for a new building.

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

COVID-19 Still Rising in Milwaukee

Two deaths in Milwaukee County over past two weeks.

MKE County: Board Approves Two Fall Referendums
MKE County

Board Approves Two Fall Referendums

A third referendum gauging public support for legal abortion did not pass.

County Opening New Mental Health Clinic

County Opening New Mental Health Clinic

Clinic will move services from Wauwatosa to Milwaukee central city.

MKE County: Board Could Fund Voter Education, Registration
MKE County

Board Could Fund Voter Education, Registration

Initiative for 2022 would be similar to past outreach effort for 2020 election.

MKE County: COVID-19 Level Increasing In Milwaukee
MKE County

COVID-19 Level Increasing In Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee experiencing "extreme transmission" of disease.

MKE County: Washington Park Would Honor Olmsted
MKE County

Washington Park Would Honor Olmsted

Washington Boulevard would be renamed to honor Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed the park and two others in Milwaukee.

MKE County: Supervisors Propose Parks Youth Corps
MKE County

Supervisors Propose Parks Youth Corps

A program for high school students to learn, earn a stipend and help maintain the parks.

Transportation: County Must Decide On North-South BRT
Transportation

County Must Decide On North-South BRT

Project could be transformative, but $148 million price tag nearly twice that of East-West BRT.

New Public Museum Design Unveiled

New Public Museum Design Unveiled

New, five-story museum inspired by state's natural bluffs and waters.

MKE County: Milwaukee County Has High Level of COVID-19
MKE County

Milwaukee County Has High Level of COVID-19

CDC classifies county as having high level of disease. City reissues mask advisory

Transportation: Countywide Safe Streets Plan Coming?
Transportation

Countywide Safe Streets Plan Coming?

County board supports applying for federal funds to create plan in concert with all 19 municipalities.

MKE County: Crowley Signs McKinley Beach Funding
MKE County

Crowley Signs McKinley Beach Funding

Project will restore beach to original swimming depths to reduce dangerous riptides.

Unions, Senate Candidates Push New Labor Law

Unions, Senate Candidates Push New Labor Law

Union leaders and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate rally Downtown for PRO Act.

MKE County: Supervisors Debate Unpaid Jail Labor
MKE County

Supervisors Debate Unpaid Jail Labor

Current policy gives sentence reductions for labor performed; Clancy pushes resolution declaring unpaid labor is 'immoral.'

MKE County: November Ballot Could Have Gun Laws Referendum
MKE County

November Ballot Could Have Gun Laws Referendum

County proposal to measure support for state ban on semi-automatic weapons.

MKE County: Crowley Approves $19 Million For Affordable Housing
MKE County

Crowley Approves $19 Million For Affordable Housing

Signs task force plan using $19 million in federal ARPA funds, mostly for suburban housing.

Transportation: City-To-Suburbs Transit Service Expanding With $4.2 Million State Grant
Transportation

City-To-Suburbs Transit Service Expanding With $4.2 Million State Grant

FlexRide, a last-mile transportation service also working with childcare centers to make transportation easier for working parents.

MKE County: Supervisors Seek Marijuana Referendum
MKE County

Supervisors Seek Marijuana Referendum

Question to voters on legalizing pot would be identical to 2018 advisory referendum.

MKE County: County Could Sue PFAS Manufacturers
MKE County

County Could Sue PFAS Manufacturers

Lawsuit over "forever chemicals" could help finance remediation at Mitchell Airport.

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