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Julilly Kohler

Julily Kohler is a Milwaukee real estate developer and philanthropist. She is a cousin of Wisconsin billionaire Herbert Kohler.

In the past Kohler has been a Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney and Divorce Lawyer. She also has served on the City Plan Commission. She has been one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of Brady Street.

She developed and resides in the Kane Commons multi-family development. She also developed the Passeggio multi-use development on east end of Brady Street.

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Milwaukee Walks: Brady Street Area Has Many Delights
Milwaukee Walks

Brady Street Area Has Many Delights

It’s a great urban walk, filled with Polish and Italian history and so much variety.

Plenty of Horne: Liberal WRRD-AM to End Broadcasts
Plenty of Horne

Liberal WRRD-AM to End Broadcasts

Liberal talk radio station will close Milwaukee office and concentrate on Madison station.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Plans Walker’s Point Water Trail
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Plans Walker’s Point Water Trail

A Water Centric City tells its story. Trail could include a beach, public art, other attractions.

Plenty of Horne: Brady St. BID Head Heads to Shorewood
Plenty of Horne

Brady St. BID Head Heads to Shorewood

Steph Salvia also quitting Downer Ave. BID to head suburban business district.

Plenty of Horne: John Norquist’s 70th Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

John Norquist’s 70th Birthday Party

A host of Milwaukeeans and former city officials attend gala party in Chicago.

What’s It Worth?: Nomad World Pub Worth $1.75 Million

Contribution to Peter Burgelis of $250

What’s It Worth?: Nomad World Pub Worth $1.75 Million

Contribution to JoCasta Zamarripa of $500

What’s It Worth?: Nomad World Pub Worth $1.75 Million
What’s It Worth?

Nomad World Pub Worth $1.75 Million

The sales price is $1 million more than its assessed value.

Bar Exam: Tavern at Turner Hall Is 1882 Classic

Contribution to Bob Peterson of $500

Bar Exam: Tavern at Turner Hall Is 1882 Classic
Bar Exam

Tavern at Turner Hall Is 1882 Classic

New owner Mike Eitel has transformed the place yet respected the history.

Plenty of Horne: Meeting Addresses Swing Park Homicides
Plenty of Horne

Meeting Addresses Swing Park Homicides

Mayor, police, city officials, residents have a solution-oriented meeting short on anger.

House Confidential: A Home Built for Entertaining
House Confidential

A Home Built for Entertaining

Owners of this riverfront home hold their share of Democratic fundraisers.

Plenty of Horne: Special Elections Attract Local Interest
Plenty of Horne

Special Elections Attract Local Interest

Milwaukee Democrats raising money for outstate special elections Walker resisted calling.

Jane’s Walk Is All About Neighborhoods

Jane’s Walk Is All About Neighborhoods

Annual celebration of urban theorist Jane Jacobs offers 30 guided walks.

House Confidential: Riverwest Octagon House Cuts Corners
House Confidential

Riverwest Octagon House Cuts Corners

Who built it, when and where? Many mysteries surrounding rare home built in 1850s.

Plenty of Horne: Brady St. Will Get West End Anchor
Plenty of Horne

Brady St. Will Get West End Anchor

Former Hybrid Lounge would become 24-hour diner, coffee shop and beer garden.

Bar Exam: Nomad’s History Goes Back to 1880s
Bar Exam

Nomad’s History Goes Back to 1880s

"Soft-drink parlor" of 1920s now has soccer-themed, international ambience.

Plenty of Horne: The Land of Single Family Homes
Plenty of Horne

The Land of Single Family Homes

Why riverfront land on Kane Pl. hasn't attracted big, multi-unit projects.

Plenty of Horne: New Radio Station on Brady Street
Plenty of Horne

New Radio Station on Brady Street

New liberal station, Talk Radio 1510-AM, is moving to Brady Street.

The Return of Jane’s Walk

The Return of Jane’s Walk

Second annual event inspired by Jane Jacobs offers many activities.

Plenty of Horne: A Lift For Brady Street, Swing Park
Plenty of Horne

A Lift For Brady Street, Swing Park

Casablanca gets old lift station for dining patio; Swing Park area gets redesign.

Plenty of Horne: Chisholm For Governor?
Plenty of Horne

Chisholm For Governor?

Will District Attorney run against Walker? DA's son encourages speculation.

Plenty of Horne: Inside New Jan Serr Studio at UWM
Plenty of Horne

Inside New Jan Serr Studio at UWM

Doors Open site will also host Milwaukee Film Festival Party.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Announces New Business Advisory Council
Press Release

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Announces New Business Advisory Council

The council has recommended four crucial steps needed to grow our economy and put Wisconsinites back to work at well-paying jobs.

Plenty of Horne: Last Site at Kane Commons Getting Built
Plenty of Horne

Last Site at Kane Commons Getting Built

Single family home is last piece in complicated, $4 million real estate jigsaw puzzle.

Bar Exam: Pourman’s Used To Be Sausage Factory
Bar Exam

Pourman’s Used To Be Sausage Factory

Yet it's been a tavern for more than a century. This is truly old Milwaukee.

Plenty of Horne: Live From Milwaukee, It’s MSNBC!
Plenty of Horne

Live From Milwaukee, It’s MSNBC!

Chris Matthews and company are broadcasting to the world from Lakefront Brewery.

Shelter for Homeless Women Changes Focus

Shelter for Homeless Women Changes Focus

After 20 years, Nia Imani Family Inc. will now serve only first-time mothers and children.

Plenty of Horne: Behold The ECO Mayor
Plenty of Horne

Behold The ECO Mayor

Barrett touts green efforts, changes name of environmental sustainability office to ECO.

Plenty of Horne: City Birthday Party All About Dining
Plenty of Horne

City Birthday Party All About Dining

Politicians and candidate hopefuls mix with winners of dining awards.

Plenty Of Horne: All Hail Our Business Improvement Districts
Plenty Of Horne

All Hail Our Business Improvement Districts

City party celebrates work of 35 BIDs, which have helped improve many city neighborhoods.

Brady Street’s Delicate Balancing Act

Brady Street’s Delicate Balancing Act

Residents strive to keep a healthy mix of uses in their densely populated neighborhood.

Plenty of Horne: Wisconsin Falling Behind on Renewable Energy

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Plenty of Horne: Wisconsin Falling Behind on Renewable Energy
Plenty of Horne

Wisconsin Falling Behind on Renewable Energy

These businesses spend much of their time battling political opposition in Wisconsin, an expert notes.

Plenty of Horne: Journal Sentinel Will Lose All Local Control
Plenty of Horne

Journal Sentinel Will Lose All Local Control

Gannett purchase will make it part of national chain, integrated into USA Today-centered operation.

Vacating Fourth Street for a Bucks plaza would be drastic and risky
Press Release

Vacating Fourth Street for a Bucks plaza would be drastic and risky

Vacating any downtown street involves major ramifications for current and future transportation and land use.

Plenty of Horne: The Return of Peter Park
Plenty of Horne

The Return of Peter Park

Now a top consultant, the former city planner says Milwaukee's 20-year plan was done in a decade.

Plenty of Horne: Brady Street Apartments Debated at Meeting
Plenty of Horne

Brady Street Apartments Debated at Meeting

And Frank Alioto gives remarkable speech about Brady Street's potential.

Plenty of Horne: De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee
Plenty of Horne

De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee

New York's mayor and crew of handlers and security came for his speech to state Democrats. Later he partied with local pols and local brews at Nick's House.

Plenty of Horne: Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar

His claim on streetcar turns out to be false. Meanwhile, new city assessor appointed with little fanfare.

Swing Park Nominated for MANDI Award

Swing Park Nominated for MANDI Award

And its story -- and controversies- keep getting retold.

Plenty of Horne: What Is Milwaukee Water Commons?
Plenty of Horne

What Is Milwaukee Water Commons?

The recently-formed grassroots group, which looks to make sure all citizens benefit from Milwaukee's water resources, holds a fundraiser.

In Public: Why the Swing Park Failed
In Public

Why the Swing Park Failed

It became a comedy of errors, but raises serious questions about the city’s strategy for “creative placemaking.”

Plenty of Horne: New Apartments Planned for Third Ward
Plenty of Horne

New Apartments Planned for Third Ward

Building which once housed Northwestern Coffee Mills will be renovated to include 15 urban apartments and two retail spaces.

Plenty of Horne: Last Remaining Single Family Riverfront Lot
Plenty of Horne

Last Remaining Single Family Riverfront Lot

“Build your dream home in an established community.” The lot can be yours for just $79,000.

Plenty of Horne: For Rail or Trail
Plenty of Horne

For Rail or Trail

A path along the lake could connect cyclists/hikers to Ozaukee County, but coal freight is hogging the line.

Back in the News: “Controversy” Over Swing Park?
Back in the News

“Controversy” Over Swing Park?

Architect blasts city for altering her design. Are her complaints valid?

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Swings are Back — and Better than Before
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Swings are Back — and Better than Before

Guerrilla urbanism triumphs, as “magical” swings re-installed under Holton Avenue Bridge.

Plenty of Horne: Marcus Prize-Winner’s New Installation Unveiled
Plenty of Horne

Marcus Prize-Winner’s New Installation Unveiled

Tokyo-based architect Sou Fujimoto gets the $100,000 Marcus Prize and works with students to create a temporary installation at Prospect and Ogden.

Plenty of Horne: The City’s New “Social Network for Neighbors”
Plenty of Horne

The City’s New “Social Network for Neighbors”

National social networking platform Nextdoor.com hopes to connect every neighborhood in town.

Plenty of Horne: Why We Lost the Marsupial Bridge Swings
Plenty of Horne

Why We Lost the Marsupial Bridge Swings

The city hasn't allocated money to maintain them. Should the nearby Business Improvement District adopt them?

Plenty of Horne: Streetcar Social
Plenty of Horne

Streetcar Social

Gathering of notables tracks the route of proposed streetcar. And HGTV comes to town to film a straw-bale home.

House Confidential: Mike Jacobs’ Landmark Condominium
House Confidential

Mike Jacobs’ Landmark Condominium

TV anchor Mike Jacobs' landmark day and condominium.

Plenty of Horne: Grand Opening of Marsupial Bridge Connector
Plenty of Horne

Grand Opening of Marsupial Bridge Connector

Hurrah! Newly-opened Trestle Stair connects Marsupial Bridge to Commerce Street and better knits neighborhoods.

16th Annual Mayor’s Design Awards Announced

16th Annual Mayor’s Design Awards Announced

Which are the best designs? You be the judge.

Plenty of Horne: Brady Street BID Expands Boundaries?
Plenty of Horne

Brady Street BID Expands Boundaries?

And Milwaukee's corporations asleep on gay marriage issue?

Plenty of Horne: Neighbors Boiling Over Boylston Plan
Plenty of Horne

Neighbors Boiling Over Boylston Plan

Too much congestion, they complain. Ald. Kovac is feeling the heat.

Plenty Of Horne: The Ghost Sign That Wasn’t
Plenty Of Horne

The Ghost Sign That Wasn’t

A bit of fake Milwaukee history, some questionable MATC ads, and debunking a war on pot.

Plenty of Horne: The Holton Bridge Swings
Plenty of Horne

The Holton Bridge Swings

Kinetic sculptures enliven the gathering place below the Holton Bridge. And Weird Al holds court in MKE.

Plenty of Horne: Ex-Trustee Phinney, Figure in Workplace Boy Porn Case, Pleas Guilty
Plenty of Horne

Ex-Trustee Phinney, Figure in Workplace Boy Porn Case, Pleas Guilty

Phinney's wife, Lisa Froemming, filed for divorce last month.

Plenty of Horne: Kaye to Pay in Tossed RICO Suit — Updated!
Plenty of Horne

Kaye to Pay in Tossed RICO Suit — Updated!

“Only a Fool has Himself for a Lawyer” –proverb On September 13th, 2005, Atty. Joe Kaye filed a lawsuit on his own behalf (“pro se”) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin alleging a violation of federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) by a number of entities, including the City of Milwaukee, Ald. Michael D’Amato, Julilly Kohler, Lincoln Fowler and others, claiming they conspired to wrongfully deny him the opportunity to buy and develop city-owned real estate. The riverfront property at 1142-58 E. Kane Place was eventually sold to Kohler, who had been vice-chair of the City of Milwaukee Plan Commission. On July 11th, 2006, U. S. District Judge J. P. Stadtmueller dismissed the case, finding it to be frivolous, and ordered sanctions against Kaye, including that he “reimburse the defendants for their reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees.” Kaye made many allegations in his complaints, including behind-the-scenes machinations between Kohler and fellow commissioner Fowler; that Ald. D’Amato collaborated with officers of the East Village Association [EVA] to create a historical preservation district that would exempt Kohler’s proposed development; that D’Amato, Kohler and others engaged in a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the EVA election; that a wire fraud scheme existed; that D’Amato stole a yard sign from a neighbor; and that D’Amato’s actions constituted theft and extortion. The allegations were contained in a rambling 19 page complaint riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, reminiscent of “Riddley Walker,”a post-apocalyptic cult novel of which Kaye is apparently fond. His business address on court documents is listed as “Grooling and Smarling, 7355 N. Green Bay Av., Glendale.” “Grooling and Smarling” are neologisms introduced in the novel, which is either gibberish or inspired, depending upon the reader. [Editor’s note: It is gibberish.] The city attorney’s motion in November, asking to dismiss the suit, called Kaye’s case “a rambling, disjointed and unsupported complaint that fails to state a claim. “[Kaye’s claims are] fatally deficient in every material respect … [and are] linguistically and logically incoherent.” In other words, the sort of case one might find from a jailhouse lawyer, but not from a licensed attorney. In the court’s ruling yesterday, Stadtmueller said, “While we treat pro se litigants gently, a pro se attorney is not entitled to special treatment,” the veteran jurist ruled. “Although the court liberally construes allegations in a pro se litigant’s complaint … the court does not apply this principle of construction to Kaye’s complaint because Kaye is an attorney.” He added, “Kaye does not specify the many victims, the time frame involved, the five separate schemes or the distinct injuries. Kaye does not cite to any allegations within his complaint or to any exhibits. “Kaye’s RICO claims must be dismissed for another reason: Kaye has not properly pleaded the existence of an enterprise. … Each of the RICO claims, therefore, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. “Kaye should have known that his RICO claims had no legal basis,” he added. The amount […]

Plenty of Horne: City Moves to Dismiss Rico Suit
Plenty of Horne

City Moves to Dismiss Rico Suit

A Milwaukeeworld Scoop

The Roundup: Buffett Tour on Hold
The Roundup

Buffett Tour on Hold

“Spirit – The Seventh Fire” has been put on hiatus.

The Roundup: State Elections Board Responds to Complaint Against Walker
The Roundup

State Elections Board Responds to Complaint Against Walker

John Weishan and Gerry Broderick filed an official complaint today with the Wisconsin State Elections Board against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

The Roundup: Henningsen Moved
The Roundup

Henningsen Moved

milwaukeeworld.com scoop

The Roundup: McGee’s Folly
The Roundup

McGee’s Folly

If you want to get a chuckle and a “no comment” out of a Milwaukee alderman these days, just tell him that Ald. Michael McGee, Jr. “certainly has a way with words.”

The Roundup: Scott Walker and the Milwaukee Curse
The Roundup

Scott Walker and the Milwaukee Curse

Milwaukee has not been the home of many of Wisconsin’s governors.

The Roundup: In-House Election Commission Good Idea?
The Roundup

In-House Election Commission Good Idea?

It is more of an internal workgroup,” Pat Curley said.

The Roundup: Crisses Averted
The Roundup

Crisses Averted

Barrett and Walker Announce Plan for Ballots in Milwaukee

The Roundup: Plale Recall Drive Begins
The Roundup

Plale Recall Drive Begins

Can a group of south side political activists pull themselves together enough to acquire 13,212 signatures to force a recall election against Sen. Jeff Plale? Rep. Jon Richards said he doubts it. “This thing is going nowhere,” says Rep. Josh Zepnick. “These people are so lazy! They’ve taken out a newspaper ad asking people to come by and sign a recall petition. Who is going to do that?” True enough. To win an election, you’ve got to knock on doors, post signs in windows and do all kinds of grass-rooted activities. There is scant evidence of this in the Plale recall attempt, and absolutely no evidence of it in the northern fringes of Plale’s district, including Brady Street and the East Side. That hasn’t stopped Plale from printing up thousands of football schedules that he is handing out at every turn. The South Milwaukeean made the journey to St. Rita’s Church last week to attend the Brady Street Association monthly meeting where he was asked about the recall. “They’ve got until September 7th to get the signatures to recall me,” Plale told the audience. When told there seemed to be no effort on the East Side to circulate petitions, Plale said, “well, these people wouldn’t know how to find Brady Street.” Plale was also in the Brady Street area for what the neighborhood hopes is an annual Artisinal Food Festival. The gig was held Sunday, July 25th, and Plale was there along with his schedules. The recall effort against him stemmed from his crucial vote to uphold Governor Doyle’s veto of a republican-sponsored measure to limit property tax increases. Plale says the upcoming plans to sponsor a constitutional amendment known as the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, (TABOR) is similarly flawed, and a potential recipe for disaster. He cites Colorado, a state that has enacted similar provisions into its laws and is now in the midst of its worst fiscal crisis ever. Amendment on the Run The legislature republicans spent the last unedifying session promoting the agenda of Gays, Guns and Gambling. The Madison gang came up with loads of goofy legislation, none of which could sustain a veto by the governor. Leave it to this group to be able to reconvene and pass a constitutional amendment, no less, in just one week. This was the decision of Sen. Mary Panzer, the republican leader who had earlier been criticized for not rushing a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights law through the Solomonic deliberations of the nation’s most august lawmakers. But, as soon as she faced a primary challenge from Rep.Glenn Grothman, an ambitious fellow republican who covets her senate seat, Panzer decided to schedule a vote for this week. Then, the legislature can go home and come back next year to vote again. Then, finally, the matter will be put to public vote in a referendum, if it is still alive. But, if the legislature does not act by August 5th, the whole procedure would have to be repeated in yet one […]

The Roundup: Lavender, Black and Green
The Roundup

Lavender, Black and Green

The Green Party’s national convention will be in Milwaukee this week, with voting by delegates to be held on Saturday. The big question: will the outfit endorse Ralph Nader? This vexing question will put Milwaukee, however briefly, once again in the national spotlight. The party has endorsed the formation of several subgroups including the Black Greens, and the Lavender Greens. The first group consists of African-American members of the party, and the second with its Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and “Intergendered” (a new one for me) members. As of May there were 297,964 registered greens from 22 states, along with an undetermined number from states like Wisconsin where voter registration does not specify political party. Candidates for the party include four for U.S. Senate, 38 for the House of Representativees, one for Governor, one for Lieutenant Governor and 94 for State Legislatures. According to the party, at least 204 Greens hold office in 27 states, including Wisconsin. Nader, who received the party’s nomination in 2000, has 50 delegates thus far, behind David Cobb, with 194 and Peter Camejo with 112. Over 200 delegates support none of the above or are uncommitted. Nader wrote the party in March to say “I am running as an Independent and am not seeking nor accepting the Green Party nomination. If you do not choose a presidential candidate in Milwaukee, I would welcome your endorsement.” You can figure out for yourself whatever that means. Whomever the candidate, the party promises to run television ads in the presidential race, another first. One of the featured speakers at a post-convention rally will be Frank P. Zeidler, a former presidential candidate himself (Socialist Party) and reason enough to attend the event. A Man in a Hurray: Marc “Leadfoot” Marotta Department of Administration head Marc Marotta has a date in the Jefferson County intake court on June 29th at 9 a.m. in conjunction with his citation on May 24th for speeding on the freeway. The 41-year old attorney and former basketball star was busted for exceeding the speed limit by 20 – 24 miles per hour, an offense that carries a $255.40 bond. Officer Michael Meyers of the Jefferson County Sheriff Department collared the Mequon resident after clocking him going 21 miles over the limit. Earlier this year, on February 25th (the day after Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager was busted for drunk driving) Peter Moe of the State Patrol cited Marotta for speeding on the freeway, also in Jefferson County. It was a more easy-going Marotta that time, since he was caught speeding 16 – 19 miles per hour above the speed limit. On April 22nd, that charge was amended to Speeding on Freeway 1 – 10 miles above the limit. Marotta pled no contest to that charge and was fined $181. The vigilant officer Moe also noted that Marotta, a senior government official, had expired plates (PUR108), so we assume it is his personal vehicle in which he was hot-rodding, but that charge was dismissed. His attorney was Michael […]

The Roundup: “Groundbreaking” for Bridge
The Roundup

“Groundbreaking” for Bridge

It’s not really a groundbreaking without a shovel, so Cecelia Gilbert of the Department of Public Works brought five well-used, albeit ceremonial, spades to the Thursday 27 May event celebrating the beginning of construction of the Holton Marsupial Bridge. Obliging dignitaries, sensing a photo-op, grabbed the shovels and pantomimed digging them into the asphalt pavement below the Holton Viaduct. The ceremony was scheduled to accommodate Mayor Tom Barrett, who was present at the event before racing off to his daughter’s piano recital. Other guests included Ald. Michael S. D’Amato, Ald. Michael I. McGee, Jr., Supervisors Gerry Broderick and James White, and former State Senator Brian Burke. Julilly Kohler served as master of ceremonies for the event, and she kept her remarks sparing, yet managed to name all of the many individuals who have helped to make her dream a reality. This included “the former congressman from the fifth district,” as Brian Burke called his old elementary school chum, Tom Barrett, who, as Mayor was able to yield the ceremonial shovel on a public works project for the first time. Architects James Dallman and his wife Grace La were also on hand as were Mathew P. Tharaniyil, P.E. and Yakov N. Nenaydykh, another P.E. They are, respectively the president and the vice president of Bloom Consultants, the engineers of the project to span the Holton Viaduct with the suspended “marsupial’ bridge – a bicycle and pedestrian path that will provide grade-level access between the Brady Street neighborhood and the Lakefront Brewery and its surrounding Beer Line “B” neighborhood. Missing from the event was Frank Busalacchi, the Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation or any representative of Lunda Construction, the Black River Falls outfit that won the bid to construct the bridge. Lunda appears to be a publicity-averse organization. The firm has expressed a reservation about having webcams at the construction site, saying they might reveal some “trade secrets” of the mysterious, arcane art of bridge building. Good heavens! It’s a bridge, not a plutonium refinery. Also missing from the event was Whitney Gould, although you wouldn’t have known it from the article she managed to write about it for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the next morning. She reported, correctly, that the Mayor was there, in an otherwise generic story composed of previously reported items. Sonya Jongsma-Knauss and Vince Bushell of the Riverwest Currents were there. The sole representative of the electronic media was Channel 58. Afterwards, the crowd of 100 or so headed up to the Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden where owner Russ Klisch turned on the taps. Earlier that day, a stressed Russ was trying to get his new bottling machine to behave. Even so, it still chewed up a few bottles as it went through its shakedown cruise. Sales manager Paul Moebius said things are going well at the brewery – maybe too well. “We’re running out of beer!” he said. Last year’s sales were 5,000 barrels, and this year the brewery could hit 7,000 barrels. This is better than 2 […]

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

Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money

Acting Mayor Pockets $7,500 with no explanation

The Roundup: Clark Picks Up Two State Endorsements
The Roundup

Clark Picks Up Two State Endorsements

Two of Wisconsin’s elder statespeople jumped on the Wesley Clark for President bandwagon recently. Former alderman, secretary of state and attorney Vel Phillips, who most recently issued the oath of office to Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt says she backs the Arkansas general for president. With her support, she joins such black leaders as Charles Rangel and Andrew Young. Phillips was at a fundraiser for Clark Tuesday, January 27th at the home of Julilly W. Kohler. Phillips said she had just got off the phone with Henry Aaron who has offered to send her airplane tickets and to put her up in Atlanta February 6th for his birthday party. “Oh, I’m not sure I’m going to go,” said Vel, to the dismay of partygoers who could not imagine turning down any invitation from Henry Aaron, with or without free air travel and lodging. She still hadn’t decided by Sunday. Vel Phillips faces many decisions. When she left the Common Council, she bought the old roll-top desk aldermen once used until the present gems were installed. The desk will probably go to the Historical Society of Wisconsin. Why not the city-owned Milwaukee Public Library? “Well, the historical society already has a full-size statue of me,” Phillips said. Good enough reason. The attendees, including Frank Gimbel (who has a huge Clark sign posted in his east side yard), Mort and Dani Gendelman, Curry First, Dennis Conta and about 40 others filled the Kohler residence to talk up their man and to dine on way too much food provided from such disparate sources as Sam’s Club and Watermark restaurant. A special guest of honor was to have been former Senator Gaylord Nelson, ranked fourth on a list of the most important Wisconsinites in history. He’s the only one of the top five who is still alive. Alas! Nelson hadn’t even made it as far as the end of the driveway of his Kensington, Maryland home in days, so he called in his visit by speakerphone. Heavy snowfall complicated by quaint Maryland snow removal traditions kept him home, Nelson said. He endorses Clark for president, the Earth Day founder told the attendees in Milwaukee. Nelson speaks very slowly these days. The delivery, although halting, does nothing to mute the intellectual vigor and wit of Nelson. Regarding his choice of the military man for president, the anti-Vietnam War ex-Senator said, “People were wondering how could Gaylord Nelson support a general for president?” (Pause.) “Well, George Washington was a general.” (Pause.) “And he was a pretty good president.” (Laughter.) Apparently, Nelson held republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower in high regard. He noted that General Ike warned us about the military-industrial complex. “This is a fascinating race,” Nelson said, (Pause.) But there is a long way to go.” The State of Wisconsin constitution, as amended, does not give the Lieutenant Governor much to do. This suited Scott McCallum fine, but Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton is a restless sort and has been an early supporter and campaign groupie of […]

The Roundup: Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year
The Roundup

Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year

Two other Mayoral candidates eligible soon

The Roundup: Who’s on Fifth?
The Roundup

Who’s on Fifth?

An $89 billion bank is muscling its way into the Milwaukee market, and you read about it here first.