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Tom Barrett

Thomas “Tom” Barrett is the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee.

Official Biography

Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004, and has been reelected with over 70% of the vote in both 2008 and 2012.

As Milwaukee’s Chief Executive, Tom Barrett is making neighborhoods safer by strengthening the Milwaukee Police Department, targeting gangs and illegal guns and forging partnerships with faith-based groups and neighborhood organizations to strengthen the community’s role in reducing crime.

Mayor Barrett continues to strengthen the City’s economic toolkit to create family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs to expand or open small businesses. He is creating hope in the lives of young people throughout the city with a number of workforce initiatives, including his YouthBuilds program which offers a comprehensive approach to education, training and employment for young adults, and his Summer Earn and Learn initiative which has placed over 12,000 students in summer jobs, The Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership, launched in 2011, connects area employers with potential employees through a unique and tailored skills training program.

Through efforts that bring families together like the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and the partnerships with United Way and community groups to reduce Teen Pregnancy and Infant Mortality, Mayor Barrett seeks to strengthen our community’s moral compass and future.

Mayor Barrett has enacted his vision for a greener Milwaukee through the formation of Milwaukee’s Green Team the establishment of Milwaukee’s Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability promotes cost-effective environmental sustainability practices that meet Milwaukee’s urgent environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing long-term economic growth. He is also one of the region’s greatest champions for the Great Lakes and currently serves as Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, an binational organization comprised of mayors and other local officials that works actively to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

Tom Barrett grew up on Milwaukee’s West side, graduated college and law school from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was a member of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate and was elected to five terms in the U.S. Congress.

Barrett and his wife, Kris, live in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights Neighborhood with their four children: Tommy, Annie, Erin and Kate.

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Campaign Finance Reports

2021 - January Continuing - $38,639 - 67 contributions

2019 - January Continuing - $119,938 - 364 contributions

2018 - July Continuing - $111,114 - 169 contributions

2018 - January Continuing - $62,303 - 253 contributions

2017 - July Continuing - $108,676 - 319 contributions

2016 - July Continuing - $76,284 - 310 contributions

2016 - Pre-Election - $153,936 - 603 contributions

2016 - Pre-Primary - $44,920 - 147 contributions

2016 - January Continuing - $260,589 - 831 contributions

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Six Council Members Want Tougher Pandemic Rules

Push mayor for indoor mask mandate and mandatory vaccinations for city employees.

Officials Urge a Return to Mask Wearing

Officials Urge a Return to Mask Wearing

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

City Hall: Council Holds ARPA Spending Until September
City Hall

Council Holds ARPA Spending Until September

Mayor's $93 million "summer plan" delayed, along with proposals by alders.

Transportation: Streetcar Study Draws Controversy
Transportation

Streetcar Study Draws Controversy

Study of Walker’s Point extension moves forward.

City Hall: Council Approves Morales Settlement
City Hall

Council Approves Morales Settlement

Former chief will get $500,000 and now a finalist for job in Dane County suburb.

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Scott Walker’s Right, Get Vaccinated Now

As variants cause new rise in COVID-19, more Republicans urging people to get the vaccine.

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Press Release

Youth Strive to Make Change in Amani

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Commissioner Johnson said she can fix department's troubled lead program.

Photo Gallery: Milwaukee Bucks Parade, Celebration
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Milwaukee Bucks Parade, Celebration

Crowd estimated in excess of 100,000.

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Crosswalk Murals as Reckless Driving Deterrent

Murals along North Ave. are intended to raise awareness of reckless driving.

Community Mourns Man Killed By Police

Community Mourns Man Killed By Police

Criticism of police and solidarity and respect for Roberto Zielinski and his grieving family.

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Parade will snake through Downtown en route to Fiserv Forum.

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Transportation: Southside Streetcar Study, Street Improvements Approved
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Southside Streetcar Study, Street Improvements Approved

Walker's Point would be targeted for expansion.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Urbal Tea Opens Cafe On South Side
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Urbal Tea Opens Cafe On South Side

Health-focused cafe in transformed building located on revived commercial strip.

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Morales Payout Rises Still Higher

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City Hall: $98 Million Plan Targets Lead Poisoning
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$98 Million Plan Targets Lead Poisoning

Proposal addressing lead poisoning of children backed by the Coalition on Lead Emergency.

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Climate change causes extensive damage in 48 communities on Lake Michigan, Lake Superior.

City Hall: Update Expected Soon on Criminal Investigation Into Health Department
City Hall

Update Expected Soon on Criminal Investigation Into Health Department

City officials and council members want to know status of DOJ, Milwaukee County DA investigation.

Residents Invited to Learn About and Comment on the Mayor’s Recovery and Resilience Plan
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Anger and Frustration With Milwaukee’s Lead Program

Even the Milwaukee Health Department doesn't like what's happened since 2018.

Arnitta Holliman Is Fighting Violence with Love

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The director of the Office of Violence Prevention wants to heal people to stop violence.

City Hall: Federal Funds Could Be Used for Milwaukee Universal Basic Income Program
City Hall

Federal Funds Could Be Used for Milwaukee Universal Basic Income Program

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City Hall: Morales Reaches Tentative, $626,000 Settlement With City
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Morales Reaches Tentative, $626,000 Settlement With City

Ousted chief won't return to Milwaukee Police Department.

City Hall: Barrett Plan Combats Reckless Driving
City Hall

Barrett Plan Combats Reckless Driving

$28.2 million in federal grant targeted at reckless driving, violence, early childhood education and small business support.

Bucks, NBA Donate to Running Rebels

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

Barrett Calls For $44 Million In Workforce And Housing Spending

Barrett Calls For $44 Million In Workforce And Housing Spending

Funds would come from $394 million federal ARPA grant.

Mayor Barrett Focuses on Jobs and Workforce Readiness In Milwaukee Recovery and Resilience Plan
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No Settlement Yet, Morales Will Be Police Chief Again On July 15th

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Demoted police chief Alfonso Morales will return to old job.

Transportation: City Proposes Study of Streetcar to Walker’s Point
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City Proposes Study of Streetcar to Walker’s Point

Proposed extension would run from Third Ward south to 6th and National.

Health Department Begins Door to Door Vaccinations

Health Department Begins Door to Door Vaccinations

City and volunteers targeting neighborhoods with lowest levels of vaccination.

City Hall: Council Okays Huge Change in FPC Board
City Hall

Council Okays Huge Change in FPC Board

Majority of Fire & Police commissioners who voted to demote Chief Morales have now been replaced.

City Hall: Council Ends City Attorney’s Review Power
City Hall

Council Ends City Attorney’s Review Power

Unanimous vote strips Spencer's ability to halt contracts and overrides Barrett veto.

EPA Administrator Tours Pulaski Park

EPA Administrator Tours Pulaski Park

Michael Regan calls MMSD and county project to revitalize KK River a national model.

Morales Potential Return As Police Chief Delayed Until July 12th

Morales Potential Return As Police Chief Delayed Until July 12th

Extension gives parties more time to negotiate settlement.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Plan To Renovate Every City-Owned Home Gains Traction
Eyes on Milwaukee

Plan To Renovate Every City-Owned Home Gains Traction

Council now embraces Bauman proposal. Barrett's plan will include elements of it.

City Hall: Morales Or Milwaukee, Who Will Blink First?
City Hall

Morales Or Milwaukee, Who Will Blink First?

Former chief continues to gain leverage for any potential settlement.

Milwaukee Fresh Food Access Fund Grants Awarded
Press Release

Milwaukee Fresh Food Access Fund Grants Awarded

Program Invests in Capital Projects and Education Efforts

City Hall: Summerfest, City Strike Deal On Police Costs
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Summerfest, City Strike Deal On Police Costs

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City Hall: Committee Loves New FPC Nominees
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Ramey, Kessler and Fallone draw unanimous support from council members.

City Hall: The Ann Wilson Problem
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The Ann Wilson Problem

Mayor's chief of staff promises she will be replaced on Fire & Police Commission. But when?

City Hall: Bauman Blasts Mayor on Water Street Chaos
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Bauman Blasts Mayor on Water Street Chaos

Alderman wants stronger actions. "The mayor is basically whistling past the graveyard."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bauman’s $150 Million Affordable Housing Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bauman’s $150 Million Affordable Housing Plan

Plan would save every city-owned single-family home and duplex.

City Hall: Milwaukee’s Lead Program Fails Again
City Hall

Milwaukee’s Lead Program Fails Again

Scale of problem currently limited to one family in Bay View, but full review planned.

Milwaukee Celebrates Couture Construction Investment In Community During Ceremonial Groundbreaking
Press Release

Milwaukee Celebrates Couture Construction Investment In Community During Ceremonial Groundbreaking

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City Hall: Mayor Backs $15 Minimum Wage For City Workers
City Hall

Mayor Backs $15 Minimum Wage For City Workers

More than 400 city employees would get a raise under Barrett's proposal.

Mayor Barrett Proposes a Living Wage of $15 per Hour for All City Employees
Eyes on Milwaukee: City Offering $5,000 Down Payment Grants
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Offering $5,000 Down Payment Grants

Live in the city? Want to buy your first house in Milwaukee? New program aims to help.

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New report finds four areas for improvement.

City Hall: Mayor Creates Pension Crisis Task Force
City Hall

Mayor Creates Pension Crisis Task Force

City needs to find an additional $77 million annually starting in 2023.

Transportation: Bus Rapid Transit Construction Beginning Soon
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The Milwaukee County Transit System held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the long planned project.

City Hall: Barrett Replacing FPC Chair, Vice Chair
City Hall

Barrett Replacing FPC Chair, Vice Chair

Three new appointments by mayor would reshape the Fire & Police Commission.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bauman’s Demolition Moratorium Killed
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bauman’s Demolition Moratorium Killed

Two council members whose districts would be most affected are strongly opposed.

City Hall: Should Millions in Federal Aid Be Split Up By Aldermanic District?
City Hall

Should Millions in Federal Aid Be Split Up By Aldermanic District?

Council members float idea that would allocate some of the money by district instead of citywide.

Transportation: Milwaukee’s “Active Streets” Are Back
Transportation

Milwaukee’s “Active Streets” Are Back

Program selects streets and parkways to prioritize pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

City Hall: Supervisor Ryan Clancy Suing City After 2020 Arrest
City Hall

Supervisor Ryan Clancy Suing City After 2020 Arrest

Clancy's suit seeks to prohibit city from using curfews in the future and argues 2020 curfew violated due process.

Mayor Barrett to Announce Recipients of the 2021 Mayors Design Awards Monday, June 7
City Hall: Barrett’s Annual Address Cites Challenges
City Hall

Barrett’s Annual Address Cites Challenges

Delayed by pandemic, his 2021 state-of-the-city-style speech strikes optimistic tone for future.

Milwaukee Ends Its Mask Mandate

Milwaukee Ends Its Mask Mandate

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

Local Officials Unveil Pride Bus, Streetcar

Local Officials Unveil Pride Bus, Streetcar

PrideFest canceled (for now), but rainbow designs added to local transit.

U.S. Labor Secretary Visits Milwaukee

U.S. Labor Secretary Visits Milwaukee

Marty Walsh visits building trades and manufacturing trainees, hears from immigrant rights advocates.

City Hall: Vaccination Rate Below 20% in One Milwaukee Neighborhood
City Hall

Vaccination Rate Below 20% in One Milwaukee Neighborhood

But your sewage doesn't lie, COVID-19 case rates are declining in the city.

AFSCME Wisconsin Statement on Petition to Support Essential City of Milwaukee Employees
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The federally-run Wisconsin Center clinic and the county-run Kosciuszko Community Center will administer their last shots this week.

Transportation: Brewers, City Unveil Negro Leagues Streetcar
Transportation

Brewers, City Unveil Negro Leagues Streetcar

Vehicle, sponsored by Associated Bank, honors Milwaukee Bears.

City Hall: Lipski Appointed Fire Chief For One Year
City Hall

Lipski Appointed Fire Chief For One Year

Fire & Police Commission could open up internal search process next year.

Reggie Moore’s Calling Has Always Been His Community

Reggie Moore’s Calling Has Always Been His Community

The former director of the Office of Violence Prevention is still working for a safer Milwaukee.

City Hall: Barrett Backs Lipski For Fire Chief
City Hall

Barrett Backs Lipski For Fire Chief

Acting chief gains remarkably broad array of support for permanent fire chief.

City Hall: Arnitta Holliman Is New Head of Violence Prevention
City Hall

Arnitta Holliman Is New Head of Violence Prevention

She succeeds Reggie Moore as director of city's Office of Violence Prevention.

City Hall: Stimulus Funds Won’t Cancel Streetlighting Fee
City Hall

Stimulus Funds Won’t Cancel Streetlighting Fee

Sorry taxpayers, money from fee can't be replaced by pandemic aid, federal rules say.

City Mask Mandate Ends June 1st

City Mask Mandate Ends June 1st

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

Riverworks Financial Clinic expands to help Milwaukee residents gain financial stability
Press Release

Riverworks Financial Clinic expands to help Milwaukee residents gain financial stability

Public private partnerships spur clinic’s growth to address long and short-term financial needs

Eyes on Milwaukee: Royal Capital Celebrates Start of 53206 Housing Development
Eyes on Milwaukee

Royal Capital Celebrates Start of 53206 Housing Development

See inside former school as redevelopment work starts.

Brewers Home Games to be at Full Capacity Beginning June 25
Milwaukee Removing Most COVID-19 Restrictions on June 15th

Milwaukee Removing Most COVID-19 Restrictions on June 15th

Health order expected to be reduced to a focus on masks.

Murphy’s Law: Bill Punishes Milwaukee, Madison
Murphy’s Law

Bill Punishes Milwaukee, Madison

GOP bill backed by Lena Taylor gives police power in FPC disciplinary actions of cops.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A County Opinion on City Legal Dispute?
Eyes on Milwaukee

A County Opinion on City Legal Dispute?

Dispute between council and City Attorney gets ever stranger, as committee requests county corp counsel's opinion.

Eyes on Milwaukee: It’s ‘The Trade Milwaukee’ Hotel
Eyes on Milwaukee

It’s ‘The Trade Milwaukee’ Hotel

Marriott Hotel in Bucks Deer District will 'honor calloused hands that built' the city

City Hall: City Must Apologize to Sterling Brown
City Hall

City Must Apologize to Sterling Brown

Council approves settlement, which includes apology and changes in how police are trained.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Okays $20 Million Milwaukee Tool Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Okays $20 Million Milwaukee Tool Deal

Approved unanimously. Company wants to move quickly on occupying Westown building.

City Hall: City Will Increase Recycling Pickups
City Hall

City Will Increase Recycling Pickups

Every-other-week recycling pickups will begin in June for most households.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Couture Construction Begins May 5th
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Couture Construction Begins May 5th

After years of delays, financing secured for complicated project to build 44-story lakefront tower.

Medical College of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Injury Center Adds New Position, Director of Violence Prevention Policy and Engagement
City Hall: 10 Milwaukee Parks Get Free Wi-Fi
City Hall

10 Milwaukee Parks Get Free Wi-Fi

City using CARES Act funding to expand free internet access to underserved communities.

City Hall: Pension Costs Will Cause Huge Worker Layoffs
City Hall

Pension Costs Will Cause Huge Worker Layoffs

One-sixth of city workforce projected for cuts by 2026, with added cuts in future years.

Mayor Barrett Encourages Milwaukeeans to Wear Denim on April 28
City Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Wednesday

City Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Wednesday

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Committee Amends Milwaukee Tool Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Committee Amends Milwaukee Tool Deal

Reporting requirements on employee race, gender, residency and wages added.

Curfew Tickets During Protests Look Biased

Curfew Tickets During Protests Look Biased

Black residents hit by 64% of curfew violations during Milwaukee’s Spring 2020 protests.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Pushes Council To Accept Milwaukee Tool Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Pushes Council To Accept Milwaukee Tool Deal

Council seeking labor agreement for contracted service workers.

Entertainment at a Distance: Join the Return of the Spring River Cleanup
Entertainment at a Distance

Join the Return of the Spring River Cleanup

Plus, a virtual dinosaur safari, an international cooking seminar and the return of Rock the Green.

Jury Finds Officer Derek Chauvin Guilty

Jury Finds Officer Derek Chauvin Guilty

Minneapolis cop guilty on all charges, including second degree murder of George Floyd.

Vaccination Numbers Going Down

Vaccination Numbers Going Down

Fewer people in Milwaukee and Wisconsin are seeking the vaccine.

Statement from Mayor Barrett on the New Impact Review for the I-94 Project
Transportation: State Delaying Interstate 94 Expansion For New Study
Transportation

State Delaying Interstate 94 Expansion For New Study

Project opponents applaud the move.

Op Ed: Biden Plan Is a Lead Pipe Cinch
Op Ed

Biden Plan Is a Lead Pipe Cinch

His infrastructure proposal could provide enough funding to replace all lead pipes in Milwaukee.

Founding Member of national African American Tobacco Leadership Council to Kick-off No Menthol Sunday efforts in Wisconsin
City Hall: City Must Decide How To Spend $405 Million
City Hall

City Must Decide How To Spend $405 Million

Latest federal COVID-19 stimulus plan creates pleasant challenge for mayor, council.

Community Groups to Receive More than $100,000 to Help Curb Reckless Driving
Press Release

Community Groups to Receive More than $100,000 to Help Curb Reckless Driving

City grant money to be used for marketing campaigns, murals & community events

City Hall: Reggie Moore Leaving Office of Violence Prevention
City Hall

Reggie Moore Leaving Office of Violence Prevention

After 5 years on the job, Moore will shift focus from local to national change in new role.

Statement from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Today’s Supreme Court Decision:
Eyes on Milwaukee: Habitat Building 80 Homes in Harambee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Habitat Building 80 Homes in Harambee

Backed by Bader Philanthropies, Habitat aims to transform the fortunes of neighborhood and families

Eyes on Milwaukee: 88Nine’s Tarik Moody Joining City Plan Commission
Eyes on Milwaukee

88Nine’s Tarik Moody Joining City Plan Commission

Moody will put his background in architecture to good use in new role.

Walk-In Vaccine Clinics Open to Everyone

Walk-In Vaccine Clinics Open to Everyone

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

Milwaukee Strikes Out On MLB All-Star Game

Milwaukee Strikes Out On MLB All-Star Game

Denver, not Milwaukee, lands All-Star Game.

Brewers Join COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

Brewers Join COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

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

County Executive Letter to Commissioner of Major League Baseball Re: 2021 All Star Game Relocation
Mayor Barrett Letter to Commissioner Manfred Regarding the 2021 All Star Game
City Hall: Milwaukee Could Suspend Street Lighting Fee
City Hall

Milwaukee Could Suspend Street Lighting Fee

But property owners will need to pay at least once.

City Hall: Council Makes Street Name Changes Easier
City Hall

Council Makes Street Name Changes Easier

New rule requires four-fifths of council to approve. Cesar Chavez Dr. extension next?

FEMA Will Run Wisconsin Center Vaccinations

FEMA Will Run Wisconsin Center Vaccinations

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

Eyes on Milwaukee:  Milwaukee Tool Could Bring 2,000 Jobs Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Tool Could Bring 2,000 Jobs Downtown

City would provide up to $20 million to lure fast-growing company to Downtown.

16% of State Fully Vaccinated

16% of State Fully Vaccinated

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bay View’s Most Valuable House Has New Owner
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bay View’s Most Valuable House Has New Owner

Former alderman Tony Zielinski sells both of his houses, now lives in Florida.

Fired Deputy Health Commissioner Questions Her Ouster

Fired Deputy Health Commissioner Questions Her Ouster

Dr. Griselle Torres was one of two department leaders fired when Commissioner Kirsten Johnson took over.

Murphy’s Law: 8 Ways Police Mishandled Protests
Murphy’s Law

8 Ways Police Mishandled Protests

From Los Angeles to New York, Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, police made similar mistakes.

City Hall: Council Wants Ann Wilson Off Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

Council Wants Ann Wilson Off Fire & Police Commission

9-6 vote against her reappointment. But they lack the authority to remove her.

Milwaukee Health Commissioner Names Two Senior Team Members
Op Ed: Scott Walker and Voter Suppression
Op Ed

Scott Walker and Voter Suppression

The new GOP maxim: if they think you’re uninformed, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

City Hall: New Street Lighting Fee Will Be Levied
City Hall

New Street Lighting Fee Will Be Levied

Look for it on your next water bill. Fee will pay for more city electricians.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves New Deal for The Couture
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves New Deal for The Couture

After infighting, City Hall clearing way for $188 million tower.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Deal on The Couture Pending
Eyes on Milwaukee

Deal on The Couture Pending

Common Council will review revised agreement for $188 million tower Friday morning.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Attorney Blocking The Couture
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Attorney Blocking The Couture

Spencer won't sign off on revised deal for downtown tower, saying Ald. Bauman overstepped his authority.

Op Ed: Evers Is Wrong on I-94 Expansion
Op Ed

Evers Is Wrong on I-94 Expansion

The proposal doesn't learn from history and contradicts the approach of Biden, Buttigieg.

Largest solar project in the history of Milwaukee now fully operational in the 13th
Press Release

Largest solar project in the history of Milwaukee now fully operational in the 13th

Statement of Alderman Scott Spiker March 16, 2021

City’s Largest Solar Installation Is Live

City’s Largest Solar Installation Is Live

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

Judge Blomme Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Judge Blomme Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Investigation led by Attorney General Kaul cites judge's alleged use of Kik messaging app.

FEMA Joins Wisconsin Center Vaccine Site

FEMA Joins Wisconsin Center Vaccine Site

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

Gov. Evers Announces FEMA Support for Milwaukee COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic Site
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces FEMA Support for Milwaukee COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic Site

Mass vaccination clinic will transition to federal support on March 15

City Hall: Leadership Shakeup at Health Department
City Hall

Leadership Shakeup at Health Department

Two top officials pushed out by new city Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson.

Stimulus Bill Provides Major Funding to Local Governments

Stimulus Bill Provides Major Funding to Local Governments

Bill will funnel millions into local services, housing assistance, health care, childcare tax credits and unemployment.

GOP Bill Cuts Funding for Cities that ‘Defund Police’

GOP Bill Cuts Funding for Cities that ‘Defund Police’

Any reduction in law enforcement spending would be matched by a reduction in state funding.

Op Ed: Senate Bill Threatens FPC Independence
Op Ed

Senate Bill Threatens FPC Independence

Police and fire fighter unions handed power over Fire & Police Commission disciplinary hearings.

City Expands Vaccine Eligibility

City Expands Vaccine Eligibility

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

City Hall: Another Council Committee Opposes Wilson
City Hall

Another Council Committee Opposes Wilson

Majority of council opposes Ann Wilson's reappointment to Fire & Police Commission.

City Has More Vaccine For Educators Than Demand

City Has More Vaccine For Educators Than Demand

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

City Now Accepting Applications for New Round of Fresh Food Access Grants
Supreme Court Brushes Off Trump Election Challenge

Supreme Court Brushes Off Trump Election Challenge

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

The State of Politics: Evers Wants Local Climate Change Plans
The State of Politics

Evers Wants Local Climate Change Plans

Governor's budget would require every local government in state to create a plan.

Op Ed: MPS Should Offer In-Person Classes
Op Ed

MPS Should Offer In-Person Classes

Or else the Legislature should expand school choice.

New Faces in New Places

New Faces in New Places

A look at people, places and personnel change over the last month.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Do New Apartments Lower Rents?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Do New Apartments Lower Rents?

Study finds prices increase, or decrease, based on what price tier they're in.

City Aims To Vaccinate Every Educator In Two Weeks

City Aims To Vaccinate Every Educator In Two Weeks

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

Common Council honors Dr. Joan Prince for decades of service to Milwaukee
Press Release

Common Council honors Dr. Joan Prince for decades of service to Milwaukee

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

8.7% of State Now Fully Vaccinated

8.7% of State Now Fully Vaccinated

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Pushes Century City to Make USPS Trucks
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Pushes Century City to Make USPS Trucks

Council members and mayor urge Oshkosh Corporation to consider Milwaukee location.

State Vaccination Rate Increasing

State Vaccination Rate Increasing

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Nominations Open for 2021 Mayor’s Design Awards
Eyes on Milwaukee

Nominations Open for 2021 Mayor’s Design Awards

City looking for "design excellence" across Milwaukee.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
Op Ed: Local Black History You Should Know
Op Ed

Local Black History You Should Know

Including Marvin Pratt, Heal the Hood and the Young, Black & Opinionated podcast.

The Education of Sherwin Hughes

The Education of Sherwin Hughes

Talk show host for 101.7 The Truth talks about growing up in Milwaukee.

Group Fundraising for Vel Phillips Statue

Group Fundraising for Vel Phillips Statue

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

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

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

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

Murphy’s Law: Let Us Now Praise Rush Limbaugh
Murphy’s Law

Let Us Now Praise Rush Limbaugh

What was his impact on Wisconsin? Praise and condemnation and silliness offered.

Biden Sells Pandemic Plan in Town Hall

Biden Sells Pandemic Plan in Town Hall

Milwaukee chosen for his first official visit as president.

Bucks Reopening Fiserv Forum To Fans

Bucks Reopening Fiserv Forum To Fans

Team shows off phased reopening plan, beginning with 10% of capacity.

Vaccine Distribution Shows Racial Inequity

Vaccine Distribution Shows Racial Inequity

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

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
City Hall: DeVougas Resigns From Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

DeVougas Resigns From Fire & Police Commission

Attorney was subject of police video leak that resulted in ethics investigation.

City Hall: 38 Citations Issued for COVID-19 Violations
City Hall

38 Citations Issued for COVID-19 Violations

VIP Lounge received $11,000 of $28,000 in fines issued by the city.

City Hall: Mayor Appoints Jodie Tabak Chief of Staff
City Hall

Mayor Appoints Jodie Tabak Chief of Staff

Communications director promoted, as Paul Vornholt takes job in Racine.

Mayor Names New Chief of Staff
Press Release

Mayor Names New Chief of Staff

 

City Hall: State Says Health Department Needs Improvement Plan
City Hall

State Says Health Department Needs Improvement Plan

MHD is in trouble, but the blame goes back four commissioners.

Evers’ Budget Proposal Would Allow Milwaukee Sales Tax

Evers’ Budget Proposal Would Allow Milwaukee Sales Tax

City and county officials have been pursuing option for over a year.

Six Steps To Improve Fire Safety

Six Steps To Improve Fire Safety

After three fatal fires in two weeks, Fire Department and city officials offer safety tips.

City Hall: Report Finds FPC Ignored City Attorney’s Advice
City Hall

Report Finds FPC Ignored City Attorney’s Advice

City Inspector General blames, adds more troubles for Fire & Police Commission.

City Hall: New City Health Commissioner Approved
City Hall

New City Health Commissioner Approved

Kirsten Johnson's appointment sails through council.

City Hall: Council Reduces Mayoral Power
City Hall

Council Reduces Mayoral Power

A Barrett slap down. 15-0 vote restricts mayor's power over Historic Preservation Commission.

City Hall: Old World Third St. Will Be MLK Drive
City Hall

Old World Third St. Will Be MLK Drive

Council unanimously approves naming entire street to honor civil rights leader.

Activists Demand Police Firings But Mayors Can’t

Activists Demand Police Firings But Mayors Can’t

Barrett, McBride lament lack of control over police chief. Law insulates police from elected officials.

Our Workload Is “Through the Roof”

Our Workload Is “Through the Roof”

How the closing of south-side station impacts Milwaukee Fire Department.

Giving Schools a Shot in the Arm

Giving Schools a Shot in the Arm

Vaccinating teachers would enable schools to reopen. But it’s not that simple.

Residents are Urged to Take Precautions as Temperatures Drop Below Freezing
Milwaukee Health Department Invites Residents to Join a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccinations
Eyes on Milwaukee: Mayor Could Lose Control of Historic Preservation Commission
Eyes on Milwaukee

Mayor Could Lose Control of Historic Preservation Commission

Bauman and council committee support council president appointing HPC members.

Op Ed: Subsidy for Unemployed Too High?
Op Ed

Subsidy for Unemployed Too High?

Businesses offering good jobs having trouble finding employees.

City Hall: New Health Commissioner Wins First Endorsement
City Hall

New Health Commissioner Wins First Endorsement

Kirsten Johnson gets backing of Public Safety & Health Committee.

Is the Eviction Moratorium Enough?

Is the Eviction Moratorium Enough?

Some tenants may not be protected, and rental assistance still needed to pay back-rent.

Transportation: Study Released For 6.7-Mile 30th Street Trail
Transportation

Study Released For 6.7-Mile 30th Street Trail

Plan envisions shared-use trail for bikers, pedestrians, perhaps commuter rail across the middle of city's North Side.

City Hall: Key Players Back Renaming Old World Third to MLK Drive
City Hall

Key Players Back Renaming Old World Third to MLK Drive

Westown Association, Mayor, all 15 council members back proposal. But there are complications.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement on the renaming of Old World Third Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive:
Eyes on Milwaukee: Campaign Underway To Improve, Extend Beerline Trail
Eyes on Milwaukee

Campaign Underway To Improve, Extend Beerline Trail

Trail would be transformed into park with a goal of uniting neighborhoods.

Health Commissioner appointment to be heard at next Public Safety and Health Committee meeting
Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the passing of Hank Aaron:
Que El-Amin Is Growing City’s Affordable Housing

Que El-Amin Is Growing City’s Affordable Housing

The developer and Milwaukee native prioritizes affordable housing in his buildings.

City Hall: What Can City Do About Pension Crisis?
City Hall

What Can City Do About Pension Crisis?

Milwaukee must find at least $90 million annually starting in 2023. All options are on the table.

How To Get a COVID-19 Vaccine If You’re 65 Or Older in Milwaukee

How To Get a COVID-19 Vaccine If You’re 65 Or Older in Milwaukee

County residents should use HealthyMKE.com website.

City Hall: Council Overrides Mayoral Veto, Wants Power To Fire Police Chief
City Hall

Council Overrides Mayoral Veto, Wants Power To Fire Police Chief

Council wants Legislature to give it firing power. Mayor's veto of this fails.

City Hall: Council Confirms Avalos, Adds Tie-Breaking Vote to Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

Council Confirms Avalos, Adds Tie-Breaking Vote to Fire & Police Commission

But a potential issue awaits with looming rejection of Ann Wilson's reappointment.

City Hall: Council Okays Federal COPS Grant, But…
City Hall

Council Okays Federal COPS Grant, But…

Police department agrees to certain conditions for grant intended to reform operations.

Barrett Seeks to Reverse Racial Disparity for Vaccines

Barrett Seeks to Reverse Racial Disparity for Vaccines

Majority of vaccine doses have gone to white, young Milwaukee County residents.

City Hall: Milwaukee Leaders Commit To Addressing Homicide Pandemic
City Hall

Milwaukee Leaders Commit To Addressing Homicide Pandemic

"There is a tremendous amount of work to be done, and we will do it together," said Mayor Tom Barrett.

Program Teaches Tenants Rights for Renters

Program Teaches Tenants Rights for Renters

Rent For Success gives renters information and practical advice for safely renting in Milwaukee.

City Hall: Kirsten Johnson Appointed Milwaukee Health Commissioner
City Hall

Kirsten Johnson Appointed Milwaukee Health Commissioner

Current leader of joint Washington Ozaukee Health Department would take helm in Milwaukee, lead COVID-19 response.

City Hall: New City HR Director Impresses Alders
City Hall

New City HR Director Impresses Alders

Makda Fessahaye's appointment as employee relations director wins unanimous committee approval.

City of Milwaukee Health Department Vaccination Site to Open at the Wisconsin Center
City Shows Off Wisconsin Center Vaccination Hub

City Shows Off Wisconsin Center Vaccination Hub

Public could be vaccinated there in future weeks. Effort starting with frontline workers.

City Hall: Committee Rejects Ann Wilson’s FPC Reappointment
City Hall

Committee Rejects Ann Wilson’s FPC Reappointment

But even if council affirms rejection, Wilson could continue to serve.

Wisconsin Center Could Become Vaccine Hub

Wisconsin Center Could Become Vaccine Hub

City working to set up COVID-19 vaccine distribution hub.

City Hall: New City Engineer Must Tackle Reckless Driving
City Hall

New City Engineer Must Tackle Reckless Driving

Committee approves Kruschke to job. And alders want him to focus on safety.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 2020 Mayor’s Design Awards Announced
Eyes on Milwaukee

2020 Mayor’s Design Awards Announced

23rd annual awards program goes virtual, but still finds 31 winners across the city.

City Hall: Willie Smith Named to City Plan Commission
City Hall

Willie Smith Named to City Plan Commission

Northwest Side CDC Director would replace Darryl Johnson, whose term expired

City Hall: Jerrel Kruschke Appointed City Engineer
City Hall

Jerrel Kruschke Appointed City Engineer

Mayor Barrett finds a familiar face to replace Samir Amin.

City Opening Fourth COVID-19 Testing Site

City Opening Fourth COVID-19 Testing Site

It's Milwaukee's first mobile testing site, starting off at Custer Stadium on December 29th.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside The Redevelopment of Viets Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside The Redevelopment of Viets Tower

MSOE is transforming its oldest residence hall, adding a 13-story addition.

New Program for Lead-Poisoned Children

New Program for Lead-Poisoned Children

Medical College of Wisconsin program seeks improved response to kids testing positive.

Op Ed: Mayor Barrett Is Asleep At The Switch
Op Ed

Mayor Barrett Is Asleep At The Switch

His handling of Fire and Police Commission is just one example of increasingly negligent leadership.

Murphy’s Law: Why So Many Police Chiefs?
Murphy’s Law

Why So Many Police Chiefs?

Milwaukee's police leadership has become a surreal version of musical chairs. What’s going on?

City Hall: Barrett Sticks With Ann Wilson for FPC
City Hall

Barrett Sticks With Ann Wilson for FPC

Reappointing her to Fire & Police Commission though she backed its reckless decision to demote Chief Morales.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
Morales Prepared to File Federal Lawsuit

Morales Prepared to File Federal Lawsuit

Ousted Milwaukee police chief seeks damages, potential return to his position.

Good Karma Brands’ 101.7 The Truth Launching January 4th, 2021
Press Release

Good Karma Brands’ 101.7 The Truth Launching January 4th, 2021

The station announces a lineup diverse in life experiences and thought

The Election Official Behind Milwaukee’s Recount

The Election Official Behind Milwaukee’s Recount

How Claire Woodall-Vogg got through an unprecedented election.

The Hop celebrating the spirit of the season with new ‘Holidays with The Hop’ station decoration initiative
City Hall: Tony Snell Appointed Head of Equal Rights Commission
City Hall

Tony Snell Appointed Head of Equal Rights Commission

VISIT Milwaukee volunteer coordinator now leads city commission.

Op Ed: Before Picking New Chief, Fix Policing
Op Ed

Before Picking New Chief, Fix Policing

Milwaukee’s system of policing has been broken for years. We need to rethink it.

City Hall: Council, Mayor Clash Over Police Grant
City Hall

Council, Mayor Clash Over Police Grant

Nine council members blast Barrett, claiming he's not committed to police reform.

Murphy’s Law: Has Defunding Police Movement Failed?
Murphy’s Law

Has Defunding Police Movement Failed?

Not entirely, but it’s fallen well short of its goals.

It’s Not Just About 30 Police Officers
Press Release

It’s Not Just About 30 Police Officers

The debate about the federal COPS grant is really about long-term commitments and generational change

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout A Collaborative Effort in Milwaukee

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout A Collaborative Effort in Milwaukee

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

City Hall: Barrett Picks Makda Fessahaye for Human Resources Director
City Hall

Barrett Picks Makda Fessahaye for Human Resources Director

Attorney to replace longtime Employee Relations director Maria Monteagudo.

City Hall: Council Wants Control Over Police and Fire Chiefs
City Hall

Council Wants Control Over Police and Fire Chiefs

Seeking changes to state law to give city's elected officials control.

City Hall: Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant

Means 30 fewer officers, leaving Milwaukee down by 150 officers in 2021.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Tech Firm Opening Third Ward Office
Eyes on Milwaukee

Tech Firm Opening Third Ward Office

The Expert Institute, a legal industry software firm, expects to create 75 jobs here.

City Hall: Avalos Confirmation On Hold Because of FPC Misstep
City Hall

Avalos Confirmation On Hold Because of FPC Misstep

Committee voted for her without necessary background check.

Gov. Evers Announces Software Firm Expert Institute Selects Milwaukee for Midwest Office
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Software Firm Expert Institute Selects Milwaukee for Midwest Office

Company is latest tech business to invest in southeastern Wisconsin

City Hall: Committee Backs Leon Todd to Lead FPC
City Hall

Committee Backs Leon Todd to Lead FPC

Attorney gets council committee approval to run troubled Fire & Police Commission.

New MPD Policy Bans Most Chokeholds, Adds “I Can’t Breathe” Rule

New MPD Policy Bans Most Chokeholds, Adds “I Can’t Breathe” Rule

Changes reflect national "Eight Can't Wait" reform effort.

Commission Ties Again on Picking Milwaukee’s Next Police Chief

Commission Ties Again on Picking Milwaukee’s Next Police Chief

Mahaley or Aziz? Commission still can't decide.

For Third Year in a Row, City of Milwaukee Celebrates 100 Percent Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index Score
Less Testing May Hide Rise In COVID-19

Less Testing May Hide Rise In COVID-19

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

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses Judge Jon Richards
City Hall: Should Mayor Appoint Police and Fire Chiefs?
City Hall

Should Mayor Appoint Police and Fire Chiefs?

Council members think system is broken; many support change in state legislation.

Legislature Refuses to Change Absentee Vote Counting Law

Legislature Refuses to Change Absentee Vote Counting Law

This past election shows why election officials want to count absentee votes early.

Friday Photos: Viets Tower’s Rise
Friday Photos

Viets Tower’s Rise

MSOE redeveloping 1960s residence hall into modern complex accessible to all students.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the Fire and Police Commission’s Decision on the Milwaukee Police Chief:
City Hall: Fire & Police Commission Ties On Next Police Chief
City Hall

Fire & Police Commission Ties On Next Police Chief

Will meet again on December 10th.

New Lease Agreement Solidifies Port Milwaukee As a Hub for Great Lakes Cruising
City Reduces Capacity for Restaurants, Bars

City Reduces Capacity for Restaurants, Bars

New health order restricts capacity further, effective December 3rd, ending January 15

City Will Issue Higher COVID-19 Fines

City Will Issue Higher COVID-19 Fines

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

City Hall: Amanda Avalos Named to Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

Amanda Avalos Named to Fire & Police Commission

Community organizer and policing critic named by Barrett to embattled oversight board.

As Temperatures Drop, the Milwaukee Continuum of Care Will Provide Shelter for Milwaukee’s Homeless
Public Safety and Health Committee meeting set for Tuesday, December 8th
Press Release

Public Safety and Health Committee meeting set for Tuesday, December 8th

Agenda includes mayor’s nomination of FPC executive director, appointment and reappointment of FPC board members

Eyes on Milwaukee: Waukesha, Milwaukee Celebrate Huge Water Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

Waukesha, Milwaukee Celebrate Huge Water Project

$286 million, 36-mile-long project begun, will bring Milwaukee water to Waukesha.

Nonprofit Seeks 60,000 Men to Help End Human Trafficking
Press Release

Nonprofit Seeks 60,000 Men to Help End Human Trafficking

Five-week HEMAD Campaign launches Nov. 23 to raise awareness and seek an end to societal scourge.

South Side Group Builds COVID-19 Clinic

South Side Group Builds COVID-19 Clinic

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

City Hall: Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant

Would fund 30 positions, prevent more police reductions, but presents future fiscal issues.

City Hall: Barrett Picks Leon Todd to Lead Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

Barrett Picks Leon Todd to Lead Fire & Police Commission

Public defender would be fourth executive director in three years.

Mayor Names Leon Todd as Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission
City Hall: Council Overrides One of Two Barrett Vetos
City Hall

Council Overrides One of Two Barrett Vetos

Veto of added funding for lead abatement program was overriden on 11-4 vote.

Beerline Trail Equitable Implementation Plan Wins Prestigious Spark Award from the American Planners Association Wisconsin Chapter
Eyes on Milwaukee: Couture to Start Construction in January
Eyes on Milwaukee

Couture to Start Construction in January

Barrett Lo raises equity needed for federal loan guarantee for 44-story lakefront tower.

The Couture Secures Financing For $188 million Project  Construction to Begin January 2021
Press Release

The Couture Secures Financing For $188 million Project Construction to Begin January 2021

44-story mixed-use skyscraper will create new public amenities and thousands of new jobs

Cities Across State Facing “Painful” Budgets

Cities Across State Facing “Painful” Budgets

Pandemic slashes revenue streams for cities large and small.

Recount Will Be at Wisconsin Center, Streamed Live

Recount Will Be at Wisconsin Center, Streamed Live

Just where does that $2 million go? We examine.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
City Hall: Barrett Issues Two Budget Vetoes
City Hall

Barrett Issues Two Budget Vetoes

Mayor targets funding source for lead abatement, neighborhood watch programs.

City Hall: Police Will Accompany Health Inspectors
City Hall

Police Will Accompany Health Inspectors

Inspectors need protection, city decides, after deaths threats and a physical altercation.

Free COVID-19 Testing Expanded to Saturday

Free COVID-19 Testing Expanded to Saturday

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

Wisconsin Teachers’ Unions Defend Local Health Departments’ Authority and Call for Even Stronger Action!
Eyes on Milwaukee: Michels Launching Marine Division in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Michels Launching Marine Division in Milwaukee

Ever growing company could create up to 100 jobs at its second Harbor District site.

Aurora Cuts Back Electives, Redeploys Staff

Aurora Cuts Back Electives, Redeploys Staff

Healthcare provider feeling strain from surge in COVID-19 cases, but is optimistic.

Port and Michels Corporation Sign Agreement for Grand Trunk Lease
Press Release

Port and Michels Corporation Sign Agreement for Grand Trunk Lease

Company Expands and Extends its work at Port Milwaukee

Three Businesses Fined for Violating COVID-19 Order

Three Businesses Fined for Violating COVID-19 Order

City cites businesses in Bay View, Bronzeville and the Lower East Side.

Milwaukee Restart 2.0 Begins Grant Distribution
Press Release

Milwaukee Restart 2.0 Begins Grant Distribution

Program Provides Assistance to Small Business During Pandemic

City Hall: COVID-19 Violations Going From Max of $2,000 to $20,000
City Hall

COVID-19 Violations Going From Max of $2,000 to $20,000

Health department hopes cost increase yields more voluntary compliance.

Get A Free Flu Shot This Week

Get A Free Flu Shot This Week

Free vaccinations available on Wednesday and Thursday.

Barrett Blasts Aurora for ‘Pausing’ Community Testing

Barrett Blasts Aurora for ‘Pausing’ Community Testing

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

City Hall: Brown Appointed To City Plan Commission
City Hall

Brown Appointed To City Plan Commission

City Hall veteran, former DCD Deputy Commissioner Martha Brown to fill vacant seat.

City Hall: Troubles at Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

Troubles at Fire & Police Commission

12 staff vacancies, no director, three board vacancies. Committee grills Barrett aides for answers.

Kahler Slater to move headquarters to BMO Tower
Press Release

Kahler Slater to move headquarters to BMO Tower

Move will place architectural firm in Milwaukee’s Central Business District

City Hall: $1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police
City Hall

$1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police

City's fiscal challenges continue to mount under state restrictions, rising costs.

Amended 2021 budget addresses key community issues including public health and safety, housing and more
City of Milwaukee Encourages Residents to Take Advantage of All Community COVID-19 Testing Options
City Hall: Alders Want Police Chief Search Paused Following FPC Resignations
City Hall

Alders Want Police Chief Search Paused Following FPC Resignations

City struggles to find stability in police oversight body.

The City of Milwaukee’s Anti-Displacement Program Honored with an Excellence in Planning Award
Absentee Ballots Give Biden Lead in Wisconsin

Absentee Ballots Give Biden Lead in Wisconsin

3 a.m. delivery of Milwaukee absentee ballots puts Biden in front of Trump.

Milwaukee Election Results Expected Around 4 a.m.

Milwaukee Election Results Expected Around 4 a.m.

In-person results are in, but majority of ballots are absentee and will be reported after all are counted.

City Processing Over 165,000 Absentee Ballots Under Watchful Eyes

City Processing Over 165,000 Absentee Ballots Under Watchful Eyes

Central count operation will last until at least 3 a.m. with three shifts of 400 workers each.

Safe. Secure. Counted! Make Sure Your Vote Counts in the 414 this Election Day
Press Release

Safe. Secure. Counted! Make Sure Your Vote Counts in the 414 this Election Day

City of Milwaukee’s Election Commission provides information on Election Day voting

Safe. Secure. Counted! Make Sure Your Vote Counts in the 414 this Election Day
Press Release

Safe. Secure. Counted! Make Sure Your Vote Counts in the 414 this Election Day

City of Milwaukee’s Election Commission provides information on Election Day voting

How To Follow Election Results

How To Follow Election Results

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

Biden Brings His Message of Controlling COVID-19 to Milwaukee

Biden Brings His Message of Controlling COVID-19 to Milwaukee

Says Trump has "waived the white flag" and surrendered to the coronavirus.

Election 2020: Absentee Ballots Must Be In Drop Boxes by 7:30 Election Night
Election 2020

Absentee Ballots Must Be In Drop Boxes by 7:30 Election Night

Don't wait on returning your absentee ballot.

Leaders to discuss final voting push before Tuesday’s Fall General Election
Transportation: Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”
Transportation

Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”

Proposal start of an effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

City of Milwaukee/WWBIC to Launch Small Business COVID-19 Forgivable Loan Program
City Hall: Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget
City Hall

Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget

Amendments target violence prevention, housing, lead abatement and more.

City Hall: Almost Half of Budget Amendments Are Policy Footnotes
City Hall

Almost Half of Budget Amendments Are Policy Footnotes

Footnotes call for a racial equity audit, benches in vacant lots, lead-safe property database and much more.

State Spends 15th Most on Police, Corrections

State Spends 15th Most on Police, Corrections

Heavily Democratic states spend bigger percentage of budget on this, study finds.

City Hall: President Must ‘Help Guide Us’ Mayor Declares
City Hall

President Must ‘Help Guide Us’ Mayor Declares

Addressing Press Club, urges more federal aid and clear message: "Wear the damn mask!"

Mayor Barrett Announces Launch of Financial Navigator Program to Help Residents Tackling COVID-19 Financial Challenges
Op Ed: Lead Poisoning and a Listening Session
Op Ed

Lead Poisoning and a Listening Session

More funds needed to protect city’s children. And more media attention to the issue.

Mayors of 5 Largest Cities Issue Voting Challenge

Mayors of 5 Largest Cities Issue Voting Challenge

Barrett, four other mayors in state will compete for who gets most early and absentee ballots.

New City Health Order Limits Gatherings

New City Health Order Limits Gatherings

Lower capacity limits for businesses, events without approved safety plans, but city has okayed 537 plans.

Evers Recall Effort Fails

Evers Recall Effort Fails

Organizer says recall fell short of 668,000 signatures required.

Service Union Rallies To Get Out The Vote

Service Union Rallies To Get Out The Vote

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

Milwaukee Getting More Aggressive On COVID-19 Order Fines

Milwaukee Getting More Aggressive On COVID-19 Order Fines

62 warning letters issued, but city only inspecting businesses on a complaint basis.

Milwaukee Common Council Appoints Dr. Ian B. K. Martin to City Board of Health
Milwaukee Launches Voter Education, Ballot Counting Website

Milwaukee Launches Voter Education, Ballot Counting Website

Voter education website provides daily update on number of ballots returned.

Milwaukee Could Move To More Restrictive COVID-19 Health Order

Milwaukee Could Move To More Restrictive COVID-19 Health Order

City considering more restrictive options as positive case rate spikes to "red" level in city.

Milwaukee A Leader In By-Mail and In-Person Early Voting

Milwaukee A Leader In By-Mail and In-Person Early Voting

But percentage of ballots returned trails state average.

City of Milwaukee Election Commission Launches 414 Votes Website Featuring Daily Voter Tracker
Barrett, Others Stump for Biden-Harris

Barrett, Others Stump for Biden-Harris

State's Democrats debut new "bus" today as part of get-out-the-vote push.

City of Milwaukee Expands Early Voting to 14 Locations for the 2020 General Election
Evers Recall Effort Claims Enough Signatures

Evers Recall Effort Claims Enough Signatures

But organizer won’t give exact number, brags about misleading the media.

City Hall: Community Groups Propose Changes
City Hall

Community Groups Propose Changes

Twelve groups invited to speak and push less spending on police and more on lead abatement, other programs.

City Hall: City Could Lose 30 More Police Officers
City Hall

City Could Lose 30 More Police Officers

Federal grant rules could mean cutting 30 more than proposed cut of 120 cops.

Friday Photos: The Architecture of a Pandemic
Friday Photos

The Architecture of a Pandemic

New Miller Park testing site opens Monday at 11 a.m.

City Hall: Council Backs New Handling of 911 Calls
City Hall

Council Backs New Handling of 911 Calls

Wants MPD and FPC to develop approach where unarmed professionals handle non-violent social issues.

Pence Touts Trump, Blasts Mayor Barrett

Pence Touts Trump, Blasts Mayor Barrett

His speech in Waukesha calls it “Trump country.” Attendees not socially distanced.

City Hall: The Return of Alternate Side Parking
City Hall

The Return of Alternate Side Parking

Mayor insists. council agrees. Beginning in November, residents must again move cars each day.

Transportation: Should Milwaukee Stop The Hop?
Transportation

Should Milwaukee Stop The Hop?

Alderman proposes this, but suspending the service might cost more than it saves.

City of Milwaukee Hosts 2nd Annual Love Without Violence Conference during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Hosts 2nd Annual Love Without Violence Conference during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention and the Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to host series of events to increase awareness and engagement for domestic violence prevention.

City Hall: About That Proposed Street Lighting Fee
City Hall

About That Proposed Street Lighting Fee

Average homeowner fee is $45 per year so city could replace 100-year-old circuitry

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding night parking regulations:
City Hall: Special Meeting in Police Chief Search Results in “Chaos”
City Hall

Special Meeting in Police Chief Search Results in “Chaos”

Chair calls executive director out of order repeatedly, then another commissioner calls chair a dictator.

Op Ed: Voting Access Ensures All Voices Are Heard
Op Ed

Voting Access Ensures All Voices Are Heard

A new bipartisan coalition is working to promote safe, reliable voting in Wisconsin.

Absentee Ballots Again Must Arrive By Election Day

Absentee Ballots Again Must Arrive By Election Day

Also, court rules that poll workers also must come from the county they vote in.

Inside Milwaukee’s Election Preparation Effort

Inside Milwaukee’s Election Preparation Effort

Election Commission shows off voting equipment, ballot prep and other intricacies.

Officials Prepping State Fair Park Care Facility

Officials Prepping State Fair Park Care Facility

Hospitalization surge in COVID cases pushes northeast Wisconsin hospitals to their limits.

No Early Voting at Miller Park, Fiserv Forum

No Early Voting at Miller Park, Fiserv Forum

City fears legal challenges of sites not approved at June emergency meeting.

3 New COVID-19 Test Sites Include Miller Park

3 New COVID-19 Test Sites Include Miller Park

City opening new ones as National Guard testing sites will close October 17th.

Adam Tindall-Schlicht Wins International Honor
Press Release

Adam Tindall-Schlicht Wins International Honor

Port Milwaukee Director Cited as an AntwerpXL “40 Under 40”

Search for Police Chief Goes National

Search for Police Chief Goes National

5 of 6 candidates from outside Milwaukee. FPC to decide by December. Barrett will weigh in.

City Leadership Weak on Police Reforms?

City Leadership Weak on Police Reforms?

Serious reform of race-based stops by Milwaukee police not happening, report on federal court settlement finds.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement on workers organizing at Colectivo:
Eyes on Milwaukee: Hmong American Peace Academy Leaders Celebrate New Building
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hmong American Peace Academy Leaders Celebrate New Building

New high school will serve growing charter school on city's northwest side.

National Guard Won’t Staff City Testing Sites

National Guard Won’t Staff City Testing Sites

Guard being reassigned to other areas of state, local staff will replace them.

Op Ed: Vision Zero Seeks No Traffic Fatalities
Op Ed

Vision Zero Seeks No Traffic Fatalities

Swedish approach has been adopted by 35 cities in U.S. Why not Milwaukee?

Op Ed: How to Spend Less On Police
Op Ed

How to Spend Less On Police

Milwaukee has a huge opportunity to consolidate law enforcement costs.

The 23rd Annual Mayor’s Design Awards Goes Virtual in 2020
Press Release

The 23rd Annual Mayor’s Design Awards Goes Virtual in 2020

Honors for Great Additions to Milwaukee’s Built Environment Will Be Revealed Next Week in a Multi-Day Online Celebration

Murphy’s Law: Why Defunding Police Is Tough To Sell
Murphy’s Law

Why Defunding Police Is Tough To Sell

Minneapolis politicians are abandoning the idea. What will happen in Milwaukee?

City On Pace to Break Homicide Record

City On Pace to Break Homicide Record

138 homicides in Milwaukee, compared to 66 at this time last year.

Milwaukee Fire Chief Retires

Milwaukee Fire Chief Retires

Rohlfing criticized for how he handled black doll hung by its neck in station break room.

Virtual Doors Open Offers 85+ Online Building Tours, Neighborhood Experiences and More
Press Release

Virtual Doors Open Offers 85+ Online Building Tours, Neighborhood Experiences and More

Event guide, including links to scheduled events

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing’s Retirement Announcement:
Mayor Barrett Announces Launch of Milwaukee Restart 2.0
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Announces Launch of Milwaukee Restart 2.0

Efforts Continue to Provide Assistance to Small Business during Pandemic

Have You Made Your Voting Plan?

Have You Made Your Voting Plan?

City uses Voter Registration Day to encourage people to prepare for November election.

Attorney General Barr Announces Drug Ring Bust in Milwaukee

Attorney General Barr Announces Drug Ring Bust in Milwaukee

26 suspects charged in alleged network running from city's South Side to California.

Wisconsin’s funding formula is clearly broken
Press Release

Wisconsin’s funding formula is clearly broken

Statement of Common Council President Cavalier Johnson

Utilizing TIF funding to strengthen housing and improve homeownership a win for residents
Press Release

Utilizing TIF funding to strengthen housing and improve homeownership a win for residents

Joint statement from Alderman Khalif J. Rainey and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

City Hall: Milwaukee’s Bond Rating Cut Two Levels
City Hall

Milwaukee’s Bond Rating Cut Two Levels

Change in rating by S&P Global will raise cost to borrow money, add to city's budget woes.

Virtual joint public hearing on proposed 2021 city budget set for Oct. 6
City Hall: Barrett Budget Proposal Cuts 120 Police
City Hall

Barrett Budget Proposal Cuts 120 Police

And makes other cuts. City's fiscal challenges exacerbated by pandemic.

City Hall: City Made $8.6 Million Debt Mistake
City Hall

City Made $8.6 Million Debt Mistake

Past Comptroller blamed. Mistake equivalent to all the salaries of health department staff.

COVID-19 Increasing in Milwaukee County, Again

COVID-19 Increasing in Milwaukee County, Again

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

Be Patriotic, Get Your Flu Shot

Be Patriotic, Get Your Flu Shot

Mayor and Health Commissioner get their immunization, encourage others to do the same.

City Hall: How Much Did DNC Cost Milwaukee?
City Hall

How Much Did DNC Cost Milwaukee?

Audit pending. Officials hope all security costs of convention are reimbursed by federal government.

City Hall: Assessor Wants No Assessments in 2021
City Hall

Assessor Wants No Assessments in 2021

Proposal would freeze property values for two years.

Plats and Parcels: BMO Tower Officially Opens
Plats and Parcels

BMO Tower Officially Opens

Ceremony was delayed following water main break and then pandemic.

Op Ed: Action Needed on Reckless Driving
Op Ed

Action Needed on Reckless Driving

Time is of the essence. Task force submitted report in June. City officials must act.

City Hall: 120 Officer Cut May Be Just The Beginning
City Hall

120 Officer Cut May Be Just The Beginning

The Milwaukee Police Department will have fewer officers in 2021, but the question is how many?

City Hall: Milwaukee Debuts New Ballot Drop Boxes
City Hall

Milwaukee Debuts New Ballot Drop Boxes

Approximately 150,000 people expected to vote absentee.

Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Available at 15 Locations across the City, Including 13 Milwaukee Public Library Branches
The City of Milwaukee Health Department Office of Violence Prevention Implores City Residents to Increase Awareness and Action for Suicide Prevention
Press Release

The City of Milwaukee Health Department Office of Violence Prevention Implores City Residents to Increase Awareness and Action for Suicide Prevention

Mayor Tom Barrett to dedicate a Proclamation in honor of September’s National Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month

Officer Accused Of Reckless Homicide Resigns

Officer Accused Of Reckless Homicide Resigns

Michael Mattioli pleaded not guilty yesterday in death of Joel Acevedo and has resigned from police department.

Eyes on Milwaukee: High-End Hotel Planned Across From Fiserv Forum
Eyes on Milwaukee

High-End Hotel Planned Across From Fiserv Forum

Bucks and partners hope to break ground in 2021.

Milwaukee Art Museum Won’t Recognize Union

Milwaukee Art Museum Won’t Recognize Union

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

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
City Hall: Health Commissioner Says She Faced Racism, Sexism
City Hall

Health Commissioner Says She Faced Racism, Sexism

"A constant power struggle from Day One," says outgoing commissioner Jeanette Kowalik.

Election Commission Urges Milwaukee Residents to Vote Absentee Ahead of November Election with SafeVote Postcard
WI Daily: “We’re Not Doing Enough Tests” Says State Disease Expert
WI Daily

“We’re Not Doing Enough Tests” Says State Disease Expert

"I think it's very safe to say that we're not doing enough tests," says Dr. Ryan Westergaard.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Mount Mary, Partners Hold Groundbreaking for Trinity Woods
Eyes on Milwaukee

Mount Mary, Partners Hold Groundbreaking for Trinity Woods

Seniors, students, religious sisters and children will all live under same roof.

City Hall: City Expands Program To Fight Overdoses
City Hall

City Expands Program To Fight Overdoses

Housed in fire department, the MORI program aims to reduce drug addiction, overdoses.

City Hall: Health Commissioner Kowalik Resigns
City Hall

Health Commissioner Kowalik Resigns

Led the department's turnaround after lead crisis. Will take Washington D.C. job.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Angry Yet Asleep on Policing
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Angry Yet Asleep on Policing

Unwilling to meet yet offering legislation to micro-manage police reforms in Milwaukee and Madison.

There is still time to be counted in the 2020 Census
Miller Park, Fiserv Forum Will Be Early Voting Sites

Miller Park, Fiserv Forum Will Be Early Voting Sites

Pro sports facilities will serve as two of the city's 18 early voting sites.

Recall Effort Launched Against Evers

Recall Effort Launched Against Evers

Organizers oppose his policies on pandemic and Kenosha unrest.

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) Announces 2020 Winners for Improving Milwaukee Neighborhoods during Virtual Event
City Hall: Budget Testimony Includes Repeated Ask For $75 Million Police Cut
City Hall

Budget Testimony Includes Repeated Ask For $75 Million Police Cut

Two-thirds of those that testified at preliminary budget hearing want funds to go towards health, housing.

American Family Insurance, Brewers Community Foundation partner on $200,000 donation to bridge digital divide for families at Milwaukee Public Schools
BLOC Statement on the shooting of Jacob Blake
City Hall: Budget Process Kicks Off On Wednesday
City Hall

Budget Process Kicks Off On Wednesday

Virtual hearing Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mayor will outline city's financial situation.

Statement Regarding the Shooting of Jacob Blake
Activist Coalition Holds Largest March of DNC

Activist Coalition Holds Largest March of DNC

But tensions nearly boiled over when counter-protesters disrupted the demonstration.

DNC: Last Night Brings Little Exposure for Milwaukee
DNC

Last Night Brings Little Exposure for Milwaukee

Tammy Baldwin and Tom Perez are only Milwaukee speakers Thursday.

DNC: With A “Holy Mackerel” Tony Evers Kicks Off DNC
DNC

With A “Holy Mackerel” Tony Evers Kicks Off DNC

Evers says Biden will bring civility, respect, empathy and kindness to White House.

Perez, DNC Support Wisconsin Lawsuit

Perez, DNC Support Wisconsin Lawsuit

Will federal court allow more time to request absentee votes and count all ballots postmarked by Nov. 3?

DNC: Mayor Gives Welcome Remarks On Night Two
DNC

Mayor Gives Welcome Remarks On Night Two

"These are not conventional times," says Barrett in opening convention proceedings.

Transportation: The Hop Now Wears a Mask
Transportation

The Hop Now Wears a Mask

"Spread the word, not the virus" is message in new rolling mask billboard.

DNC Security Costs Down 50 Percent

DNC Security Costs Down 50 Percent

Event will cost $20 to $25 million to secure, feds will reimburse city.

City Hall: You Can Help City Balance Its Budget
City Hall

You Can Help City Balance Its Budget

Residents can take survey, use simulation tool to fix $53 million structural deficit.

Virtual DNC Dims City’s Moment in the Sun

Virtual DNC Dims City’s Moment in the Sun

Lost chance to show Milwaukee can compete with the bigger cities.

Democratic National Convention Committee and Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee to Donate Laptops, Other Resources to Milwaukee Public Schools
Press Release

Democratic National Convention Committee and Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee to Donate Laptops, Other Resources to Milwaukee Public Schools

Convention team to donate over 75 Macbook Air computers to help MPS bolster tech resources for the upcoming school year

Milwaukee Police Gobble Up City Budget

Milwaukee Police Gobble Up City Budget

MPD got 62 cents of every new city budget dollar over last ten years.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement in support of the 150 workers at the Milwaukee Art Museum who are organizing with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 66 union:
Charter Communications Outlines Additional $100,000 Contribution to Support the City of Milwaukee and its Residents
Nine Election Takeaways

Nine Election Takeaways

Big turnout, delayed votes, new faces in the Assembly and the Constitution Party.

City of Milwaukee Announces $15 Million in CARES Act Funding for Rent Support and Assistance
Don’t Patronize City’s Bars, Restaurants, DNC Says

Don’t Patronize City’s Bars, Restaurants, DNC Says

DNC organizers ask convention goers to sign pledge to avoid establishments where social distancing isn’t possible.

Democrats Release List of DNC Speakers

Democrats Release List of DNC Speakers

Big names like Obama, Sanders, Clinton to speak virtually, state pols like Evers, Baldwin to orate in person.

Democrats Announce Wisconsin Speakers and Schedule Updates for 2020 Democratic National Convention: “Uniting America”
Press Release

Democrats Announce Wisconsin Speakers and Schedule Updates for 2020 Democratic National Convention: “Uniting America”

Convention Committee Unveils Official Commemorative Credential, which highlights the vibrant history and spirit of Milwaukee

Murphy’s Law: 9 Takeaways on Change of Police Chiefs
Murphy’s Law

9 Takeaways on Change of Police Chiefs

What's the impact of Morales firing, Brunson hiring, and where is the city headed on police?

Rep. Bowen Statement on Weekend Incident in Wauwatosa
Press Release

Rep. Bowen Statement on Weekend Incident in Wauwatosa

“The Victim Narrative… is Totally Inaccurate, Irresponsible and False.”

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley Outlines Vision to Achieve Racial Equity
MKE County: Many Back Ramon for Register of Deeds
MKE County

Many Back Ramon for Register of Deeds

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

Viewaukee Provides Look at Milwaukee’s History

Viewaukee Provides Look at Milwaukee’s History

10 tower viewers provide historic Milwaukee views.

Police Chief Alfonso Morales Demoted

Police Chief Alfonso Morales Demoted

Accused of unbecoming behavior and lying. Morales' attorney says it's a ploy to distract from problems at commission.

Evictions Rising, Activists Call For Moratorium

Evictions Rising, Activists Call For Moratorium

Pandemic is worsening the crisis of evictions in Milwaukee.

MPD Chief Morales and FPC Chairman DeVougas deserve removal
Press Release

MPD Chief Morales and FPC Chairman DeVougas deserve removal

Statement of Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa August 6, 2020

Barrett Disappointed Biden Won’t Attend DNC

Barrett Disappointed Biden Won’t Attend DNC

The biggest party in Democratic politics may be nothing more than a local get-together.

Joe Biden Won’t Travel to Milwaukee For DNC

Joe Biden Won’t Travel to Milwaukee For DNC

Party confirms Biden and VP pick will speak remotely.

Baldwin Jobs Bill Has Support of Employment Agencies

Baldwin Jobs Bill Has Support of Employment Agencies

Legislation would direct federal funds to transitional jobs programs.

Wisconsin Support Grows for Senator Baldwin’s Legislation to Provide Federal Funding for Local Jobs Programs
Press Release

Wisconsin Support Grows for Senator Baldwin’s Legislation to Provide Federal Funding for Local Jobs Programs

Legislation would support long-term economic recovery by providing dollar-for-dollar federal funding of state jobs programs when unemployment rate is above 7%

Private School Skirts Health Order, Moves Classes to ‘Tosa

Private School Skirts Health Order, Moves Classes to ‘Tosa

Wisconsin Lutheran High School is sidestepping the City's health order, holding summer classes in Tosa.

Aldrete Discusses FPC’s Turbulent Year

Aldrete Discusses FPC’s Turbulent Year

The outgoing executive director blames City Hall, critics for current environment.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the New Good Hope Library
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the New Good Hope Library

Years later than expected, new library is open. Was it worth the wait? Yes.

Task Force Plan Targets Reckless Driving

Task Force Plan Targets Reckless Driving

City-County Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force contains strategies to combat problem.

City Hall: Assessment Commissioner Keeps His Job
City Hall

Assessment Commissioner Keeps His Job

Once expected to face a close vote, Steve Miner gets council approval on 13-2 vote.

City Hall: Council’s Police Reform Wish List Grows
City Hall

Council’s Police Reform Wish List Grows

Council wants still more changes, but can only request Fire & Police Commission to enact them.

Murphy’s Law: The Curious Campaign of Michele Bryant
Murphy’s Law

The Curious Campaign of Michele Bryant

Why is a Democratic state senator’s chief of staff running against another Democratic senator?

Moore, Barrett Endorse Palzewicz for Congress
City Hall: Johnson Will Lead City’s Public Library System
City Hall

Johnson Will Lead City’s Public Library System

Joan Johnson will be first Black director in the library's 142-year history.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
When protests go from peaceful to illegal
Press Release

When protests go from peaceful to illegal

City must come up with enforcement strategy to address specific behaviors and traffic issues

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bay View’s Most Polarizing Home For Sale
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bay View’s Most Polarizing Home For Sale

Former Alderman Tony Zielinski selling house for $2.1 million.

DNR Issues Final Site Closure for State’s Largest Brownfield Cleanup Project
Can Police Be Defunded?

Can Police Be Defunded?

Milwaukee spends 125 times more on cops than violence prevention. Chief Morales fights call to change funding priorities.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding Bo Black:
Friday Photos: Clarke Square Apartments Open
Friday Photos

Clarke Square Apartments Open

New buildings bookend south side park, provide affordable housing.

MPD responds to reported deployment of federal agents in Milwaukee
Trump Sending Federal Agent “Surge” to Milwaukee, State, Local Officials React

Trump Sending Federal Agent “Surge” to Milwaukee, State, Local Officials React

Attorney General calls it a "facist tactic." MPD says support not for civil unrest.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement:
Bipartisan Group Will Promote Voting By Mail

Bipartisan Group Will Promote Voting By Mail

And in-person voting. Former GOP Attorney General dismisses fraud claims on mail-in ballots

City Hall: Council Might Fire Assessor Steve Miner
City Hall

Council Might Fire Assessor Steve Miner

Assessment Commissioner finds little support from Judiciary & Legislation Committee.

City Hall: Food Truck Ban for Downer Ave. Proposed
City Hall

Food Truck Ban for Downer Ave. Proposed

Business owners upset that trucks have loud generators, take up parking spaces.

City Hall: Ethics Board Launches Probe of FPC Chair
City Hall

Ethics Board Launches Probe of FPC Chair

Steven DeVougas will be investigated for ethical conflicts; his lawyer blasts "political gamesmanship" by police union.

State Law Allows Suspended Cops on Payroll

State Law Allows Suspended Cops on Payroll

Sometimes for years. Grothman supported 2007 bill to add restrictions, which didn’t pass.

City Hall: Council Spending Hours Reviewing Barrett’s Appointments
City Hall

Council Spending Hours Reviewing Barrett’s Appointments

Plenty of praise and criticism for department heads, including Jeff Polenske and Jeanette Kowalik.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 400 Businesses Will Split $4 Million For COVID-19 Readiness
Eyes on Milwaukee

400 Businesses Will Split $4 Million For COVID-19 Readiness

City grant program only allocates 20 percent of expected budget. Designed to retool businesses to adapt to COVID-19 dangers.

Why Are Bars Still Open?

Why Are Bars Still Open?

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

City Hall: Don’t Call 911 On City Mask Mandate
City Hall

Don’t Call 911 On City Mask Mandate

Emphasis on voluntary compliance. "We don't want a bunch of Karens making complaints."

Murphy’s Law: Zamarripa Defends Her Double Dipping
Murphy’s Law

Zamarripa Defends Her Double Dipping

Alderwoman will collect second full-time salary as state legislator for eight months.

MPD Wants Beef Jerky, Pepper Spray

MPD Wants Beef Jerky, Pepper Spray

DNC security purchase list includes 50,000 bottles of Gatorade, 4,000-pound concrete barriers and tear gas-delivering battering ram.

City Hall: Milwaukee Adopts Mask Mandate
City Hall

Milwaukee Adopts Mask Mandate

Council unanimously adopts indoor and outdoor mandate. Goes into effect Thursday.

City Hall: City Announces Upgrades for Fall Election
City Hall

City Announces Upgrades for Fall Election

Steps to improve voting by mail, higher pay for poll workers, plan for 171 polling places.

SafeVote Postcard Hitting Milwaukee Mailboxes this Week
Mayor Barrett to Continue Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Series with New Webinar Tuesday
Milwaukee Businesses Call on Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor in Support of “MKE Cares” Ordinance
Press Release

Milwaukee Businesses Call on Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor in Support of “MKE Cares” Ordinance

As COVID-19 Cases Grow, Now is the Time to Enact this Life-Saving Measure

Plats and Parcels: Demolition Underway for Adams Hotel
Plats and Parcels

Demolition Underway for Adams Hotel

Plus: DCD gets new leadership team

City Hall: Council Seeks Police Reform, But Will It Happen?
City Hall

Council Seeks Police Reform, But Will It Happen?

Common Council has a growing wish list. Will Fire & Police Commission act?

City Hall: Milwaukee Mask Mandate Scaled Back
City Hall

Milwaukee Mask Mandate Scaled Back

Special council committee to debate it. Outdoor requirement scaled back, minimum age raised.

City Hall: Election Commission Leader Barely Confirmed
City Hall

Election Commission Leader Barely Confirmed

Approved by 8-7 vote, with council members charging she lied during approval process.

Milwaukee-Area Company Offers 1 Million Free Masks To Help Residents Comply With Proposed City Mandatory Mask Ordinance For Public Places
Press Release

Milwaukee-Area Company Offers 1 Million Free Masks To Help Residents Comply With Proposed City Mandatory Mask Ordinance For Public Places

Company is part of business, citizen coalition urging city to approve ordinance

City Hall: What Is And Isn’t In Milwaukee’s Mask Mandate
City Hall

What Is And Isn’t In Milwaukee’s Mask Mandate

Proposal requires a mask indoor and outdoors, fines up to $500 for repeated violations.

City Hall: Fire & Police Leader Withdraws
City Hall

Fire & Police Leader Withdraws

FPC Executive Director Griselda Aldrete says council values spectacle over merit.

Plats and Parcels: MSOE Reshaping Its Campus
Plats and Parcels

MSOE Reshaping Its Campus

New STEM center, redeveloped residence hall just the latest changes.

Milwaukee Moves Backward In Fight Against COVID-19

Milwaukee Moves Backward In Fight Against COVID-19

City's positive case rate climbs to 12.1 percent.

Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate Has Doubled

Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate Has Doubled

86 homicides already in 2020, versus 43 at same point in 2019.

Racial Disparities Found in Safer-At-Home Arrests

Racial Disparities Found in Safer-At-Home Arrests

The vast majority of those cited for violations of the order were Black.

COVID-19 Cases Exploding Among Younger Population

COVID-19 Cases Exploding Among Younger Population

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

Giannis Protest Mural Planned for Bay View Bar

Giannis Protest Mural Planned for Bay View Bar

Mural is designed to keep focus on protest marches.

City Hall: Election Director Nominee Is Back In
City Hall

Election Director Nominee Is Back In

Claire Woodall-Vogg would like to run Milwaukee Election Commission after all.

City Hall: Council Grilling, But Advancing Mayoral Appointees
City Hall

Council Grilling, But Advancing Mayoral Appointees

Most being confirmed unanimously after long meetings.

“Defund the Police” Painted On Street In Front of Milwaukee City Hall

“Defund the Police” Painted On Street In Front of Milwaukee City Hall

Mural as long as a city block, covers 13,000 square feet.

Data Wonk: Who Benefits From the Madison Vandalism?
Data Wonk

Who Benefits From the Madison Vandalism?

History suggests it could change the narrative, change voters’ views.

City Hall: Feds Won’t Cover $1.6 Million Hazard Pay
City Hall

Feds Won’t Cover $1.6 Million Hazard Pay

Changing guidance leaves Milwaukee holding the bag for COVID-19-related bonus.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Crump Wins Committee Support to Head DCD
Eyes on Milwaukee

Crump Wins Committee Support to Head DCD

New commissioner would serve in one of most visible, influential administration roles.

Vaun Mayes Released From Jail

Vaun Mayes Released From Jail

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

City Hall: Dimitrijevic Introduces Mask Mandate
City Hall

Dimitrijevic Introduces Mask Mandate

Mayor Barrett and council President Johnson endorse a city-wide mandate.

75 Businesses Demand a City Mask Mandate

75 Businesses Demand a City Mask Mandate

Pabst Theater Group, Colectivo, Fiserv Forum, Bartolotta join call for action.

Plats and Parcels: Historic Church Will Become High Tech Office Space
Plats and Parcels

Historic Church Will Become High Tech Office Space

Northern Ground buys Walker's Point building. Northridge owners appeal court decision.

Milwaukee Increases Bar Capacity to 50% As Cases Spike Statewide

Milwaukee Increases Bar Capacity to 50% As Cases Spike Statewide

Changes go into effect July 1st. City also unveils plan to allow 100 percent capacity.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Couture Developer Secures Financing
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Couture Developer Secures Financing

No construction date announced, but private financing commitment marks major milestone.

City Hall: Election Director Appointee Pulls Out
City Hall

Election Director Appointee Pulls Out

Says she was working 18-hour days in worst year of her life and told to be less honest to be confirmed.

City Hall: Fire & Police Commission Director Wins Committee Support For Reappointment
City Hall

Fire & Police Commission Director Wins Committee Support For Reappointment

Griselda Aldrete gets committee support, but needs to pick up five votes from the full council to keep her job.

DNC Will Be Largely Virtual, Not At Fiserv Forum

DNC Will Be Largely Virtual, Not At Fiserv Forum

Delegations urged not to travel to Milwaukee, convention moved to Wisconsin Center.

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Announces Early List of Endorsements
Press Release

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Announces Early List of Endorsements

Elected officials from across Milwaukee County, state, support Ramón

Friday Photos: Villard Commons Rises
Friday Photos

Villard Commons Rises

New apartment building rises on Old North Milwaukee main street.

Black Lives Matter Mural Covers Milwaukee Intersection

Black Lives Matter Mural Covers Milwaukee Intersection

MLK and Locust now sports colorful mural with powerful message.

Juneteenth Flag Flies Over City Hall Complex

Juneteenth Flag Flies Over City Hall Complex

City flies flag for the first time as county and state follow suit.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Offering New Subsidies For Homes In Two Urban Subdivisions
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Offering New Subsidies For Homes In Two Urban Subdivisions

Grants would offset cost of new construction in two infill housing developments.

Community Paints Black Lives Matter Mural at MLK and Locust
City Hall: Barrett Calls For Police To Stop All Chokeholds
City Hall

Barrett Calls For Police To Stop All Chokeholds

Decision rests with powerful Fire & Police Commission.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Housing Authority Accepting More Voucher Applicants
Eyes on Milwaukee

Housing Authority Accepting More Voucher Applicants

For first time since 2015, city accepting new applicants for subsidized housing.

City Hall: Council Wants No Pay for Suspended Officers
City Hall

Council Wants No Pay for Suspended Officers

Seeks change in state law so city can stop paying suspended cops charged with felonies.

COVID-19 Testing Down Significantly

COVID-19 Testing Down Significantly

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

City Hall: Council Okays Planning for 10% Police Cut
City Hall

Council Okays Planning for 10% Police Cut

Requires city budget office to model what cut would look like, in time for fall budget debate.

City Hall: Common Council Threatens City Shakeup
City Hall

Common Council Threatens City Shakeup

Votes to hold every Barrett cabinet appointment, wants systemic change in all city operations.

Op Ed: Better Than Breier Isn’t Good Enough
Op Ed

Better Than Breier Isn’t Good Enough

Milwaukee Police aren’t using bullets and billy clubs on protesters. But that’a low bar by which to measure improvement.

Protesters Kneel in Front of Mayor Barrett’s Home
City of Milwaukee Encourages Contactless Parking Payments with an Updated MKE Park App
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Encourages Contactless Parking Payments with an Updated MKE Park App

Amid COVID-19 concerns, the app allows people to avoid touching the meter and pay for parking on their mobile device

City Hall: Police Blame Mayor, Council For Murder Rate
City Hall

Police Blame Mayor, Council For Murder Rate

Department uses official account to say budget cuts driving murder rate higher. Data doesn't prove link.

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee Names City Librarian Paula Kiely Person of the Year
City Attorney Moving To Drop Curfew Charges

City Attorney Moving To Drop Curfew Charges

Charges will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but at least one lawsuit still likely.

City Holds Emergency Council Meeting To Approve Voting Sites, Why?

City Holds Emergency Council Meeting To Approve Voting Sites, Why?

Move expands early voting access from three to 16 sites.

Murphy’s Law: Can the Police Union Prevent Reform?
Murphy’s Law

Can the Police Union Prevent Reform?

Milwaukee’s powerful union has long gotten its way. But this time may be different.

Campaign Cash: Police Groups Have Big Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

Police Groups Have Big Capitol Clout

They spent $2.3 million on state lobbying and elections over 10 years, pushing many bills they favor.

Evers Pulls National Guard From Milwaukee

Evers Pulls National Guard From Milwaukee

The 125 troops serving as a backup force during the protests have been withdrawn.

Gov. Evers, Local Leaders Announce Conclusion of Wisconsin National Guard Mission
Murphy’s Law: Tear Gas Is Dangerous, Experts Say
Murphy’s Law

Tear Gas Is Dangerous, Experts Say

And may increase risk of getting COVID-19. Mayor, others have urged police to stop its use.

Day 11 of Protests, No End In Sight

Day 11 of Protests, No End In Sight

Destiny Monae and Vaun Mayes share their thoughts on what comes next.

Chief’s Crucifixion Message Panned by Council

Chief’s Crucifixion Message Panned by Council

13 members sign letter urging Morales: stop chiding protesters and listen to their message.

Day 10 of Milwaukee Protests

Day 10 of Milwaukee Protests

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

Op Ed: Dear Mr. Mayor
Op Ed

Dear Mr. Mayor

A young African American protester detained by police suffered serious injury. How will you handle this?

Thousands March While Attorney In Custody For Spitting In Protester’s Face

Thousands March While Attorney In Custody For Spitting In Protester’s Face

Giannis and other Bucks players show up at one of seven marches.

Back in the News: Is Chief Morales Doing a Good Job?
Back in the News

Is Chief Morales Doing a Good Job?

Council members ask for citizens' views in preparation for performance review of police chief.

City Officials Grill Police on Tactics

City Officials Grill Police on Tactics

Still more questions on 6th and McKinley, as council, mayor disagree with police tactics.

Mayor Questions Police Use of Force In Protests

Mayor Questions Police Use of Force In Protests

No rubber bullets, limit tear gas, Barrett says.

Sen. Taylor Blasts Mayor Barrett’s Police Commission Plan
Police, Mayor, Hospital Workers March to Sherman Park

Police, Mayor, Hospital Workers March to Sherman Park

March is markedly different from larger marches that have circled city.

Mayor Barrett Announces Creation of Commission on Police Accountability and Reform
Dining: How Bars and Restaurants Are Reacting To Reopening News
Dining

How Bars and Restaurants Are Reacting To Reopening News

Businesses offer support, some share concerns. Virtually all have struggled.

State, City Elected Officials Call for Police Reform

State, City Elected Officials Call for Police Reform

Activists, Alders, lawmakers and the governor are calling for policy changes.

Bars and Restaurants Can Reopen Friday in Milwaukee

Bars and Restaurants Can Reopen Friday in Milwaukee

Revised order will loosen restrictions

Op Ed: We Don’t Need the National Guard
Op Ed

We Don’t Need the National Guard

We need our elected leaders to dismantle racist practices.

Protest Leader Frank Nitty Released

Protest Leader Frank Nitty Released

District Attorney Chisholm says leader released, wasn't charged, but facts still being gathered.

Peaceful March Leader Frank Nitty Arrested

Peaceful March Leader Frank Nitty Arrested

Sheriff's deputies arrested influential leader. Mayor Barrett reportedly opposed detainment.

Northside Testing Center Up and Running

Northside Testing Center Up and Running

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

How to Protest During a Pandemic

How to Protest During a Pandemic

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

Op Ed: Barrett, Democrats Must Address Racism
Op Ed

Barrett, Democrats Must Address Racism

George Floyd’s killing should be wakeup call to city, state, nation to embrace reforms.

Community Leaders List Changes Protestors Want

Community Leaders List Changes Protestors Want

Demands push for more racial equity, major changes in state, local and police policies.

City Imposes Third 9 p.m. Curfew Monday

City Imposes Third 9 p.m. Curfew Monday

Officials lament burglaries, fires, vandalism. Chief Morales warns police "taking action".

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

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

Murphy’s Law: More Than 150 Catholic Churches Opened
Murphy’s Law

More Than 150 Catholic Churches Opened

Many in Milwaukee Archdiocese offered Mass Sunday, in violation of city shutdown order.

Pastors Lead Peaceful Protest, But Second March Draws Police in Riot Gear

Pastors Lead Peaceful Protest, But Second March Draws Police in Riot Gear

A tale of two marches, one with songs of unity, another with a standoff between marchers and dozens of police officers.

Milwaukee Again Under 9 p.m. Curfew

Milwaukee Again Under 9 p.m. Curfew

Police chief says things were less disorderly second night.

Milwaukee Opening New Northside Community Testing Site

Milwaukee Opening New Northside Community Testing Site

Site will be on Custer High School campus, replaces Midtown Center.

Peaceful Protesters March Over 12 Miles Across Milwaukee

Peaceful Protesters March Over 12 Miles Across Milwaukee

Several hundred people crisscross the city with a message of frustration, but peace, before curfew went into effect.

Proclamation by the Mayor
Press Release

Proclamation by the Mayor

 

Wisconsin National Guard to Support Local Law Enforcement in Milwaukee
Local Bars Await Rules for Reopening

Local Bars Await Rules for Reopening

Some say they're ready, others willing to wait it out.

MPD will enforce Mayor’s proclamation
Milwaukee Maintaining Its Health Order At Least One More Week

Milwaukee Maintaining Its Health Order At Least One More Week

Dashboard shows Milwaukee has actually regressed in fighting COVID-19.

City Hall: Lafayette Crump Appointed DCD Leader
City Hall

Lafayette Crump Appointed DCD Leader

Duke graduated attorney works for Milwaukee DNC 2020, has experience with real estate development.

City Hall: DCD Leader Rocky Marcoux Will Retire
City Hall

DCD Leader Rocky Marcoux Will Retire

Marcoux has held position for 16 years, survived contentious reappointment battles.

Mayor Barrett Announces First Round of Cabinet Appointments
Mayor Names Lafayette Crump to Head City Development
Press Release

Mayor Names Lafayette Crump to Head City Development

Commissioner-Nominee is a Champion of Economic Growth and Inclusion

Will Milwaukee Get DNC in 2024?

Will Milwaukee Get DNC in 2024?

This year's convention may involve few visitors. Can city push to therefore get 2024 event?

Nine Testing Sites Available for Milwaukee’s North Side Neighborhoods
City Hall: City Workers Will Get Hazard Pay Bonus
City Hall

City Workers Will Get Hazard Pay Bonus

Mayor Barrett's proclamation boosts hourly pay by $3.13 for front-line workers.

Midtown Center Testing Site To Close, Southside Site Will Remain

Midtown Center Testing Site To Close, Southside Site Will Remain

Testing sites have collected over 16,000 specimens.

Wear A Mask, Public Heath Officials Say

Wear A Mask, Public Heath Officials Say

Now that Evers' Safer-At-Home has ended, health officials plead with the public to take precautions on their own.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Local “Safer at Home” Orders

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Local “Safer at Home” Orders

Two plaintiffs are Republican candidates for office, another is a Milwaukee pastor.

Milwaukee Releases Five Criteria To Open Up

Milwaukee Releases Five Criteria To Open Up

Barrett and Kowalik have phased plan to reopen city. Revised order allows gyms to open.

Rock the Stream Plays For Nonprofits

Rock the Stream Plays For Nonprofits

Rock the Green and musicians team on new weekly streamed concert to benefit nonprofits.

City Hall: City Announces Business Restart Grant Deadline
City Hall

City Announces Business Restart Grant Deadline

Applications due May 28 through June 12, small businesses can get up to $15,000 each.

Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburban elected officials overruling health officers on COVID-19, city official charges.

Bars and Restaurants Can Open Friday in Milwaukee County Suburbs

Bars and Restaurants Can Open Friday in Milwaukee County Suburbs

In-person patronage still prohibited in the City of Milwaukee.

Evers Announces $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

Evers Announces $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

Up to 30,000 businesses could receive aid. Additional funding for minority-owned firms.

Mark Kessenich Appointed CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee
Attorney General Supports Local Health Orders

Attorney General Supports Local Health Orders

Kaul opinion finds local orders enforceable, but communities continue to rescind theirs.

Are Local “Safer at Home” Orders Legal?

Are Local “Safer at Home” Orders Legal?

Kenosha and Brown counties drop theirs, while Mayor Barrett stands by city's, says politics at play.

City Launches Business Restart Grants

City Launches Business Restart Grants

Businesses with $2 million or less in revenue can apply for $20 million grant program.

City Activists Decry Supreme Court Ruling

City Activists Decry Supreme Court Ruling

Getting rid of the Safer-At-Home Order is a "recipe for disaster," they say.

Milwaukee Allows Salons, Barbershops To Reopen

Milwaukee Allows Salons, Barbershops To Reopen

New order is similar to the order issued by Milwaukee suburbs Wednesday night.

Health Department Gets Support From Librarians, School Nurses

Health Department Gets Support From Librarians, School Nurses

Government employees being retrained as contact tracers to fight COVID-19

Eyes on Milwaukee: Judge Rules Northridge Mall Must Be Demolished
Eyes on Milwaukee

Judge Rules Northridge Mall Must Be Demolished

City scores victory in bid to take control of vacant mall.

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Politicians, lobbyists and activists fall back on party line in attacking or praising decision.

Suburban “Safer at Home Orders” Are Less Restrictive Than Milwaukee’s

Suburban “Safer at Home Orders” Are Less Restrictive Than Milwaukee’s

Wisconsin becomes patchwork quilt of health orders.

Milwaukee’s “Safer at Home” Order Remains in Effect

Milwaukee’s “Safer at Home” Order Remains in Effect

Bars and restaurants in Milwaukee must remain closed.

Statement Regarding the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Wisconsin’s Stay at Home Order
Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

Decision goes into effect immediately. Milwaukee's order remains in effect.

8 City Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases

8 City Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases

State releases names, locations of 38 active investigations for the first time.

National Guard Tests 1,919 at City Sites

National Guard Tests 1,919 at City Sites

'Phenomenal' response to two COVID-19 test sites yesterday, more guard members had to be added.

Free Testing Sites Open to Large Crowds

Free Testing Sites Open to Large Crowds

Lines nearly a mile long at both sites as individuals wait to be tested for COVID-19.

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Open Monday Morning

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Open Monday Morning

Individuals do not need to exhibit symptoms or make an appointment.

“Active Streets” Will Close City Streets, Parkways In Favor of Pedestrians, Cyclists

“Active Streets” Will Close City Streets, Parkways In Favor of Pedestrians, Cyclists

This campaign aims to create more public space in Milwaukee, closing off parkways and some city streets to traffic.

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Will Be at UMOS, Midtown Center

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Will Be at UMOS, Midtown Center

Sites are on border of areas of city with highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Milwaukee Launching Two Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

Milwaukee Launching Two Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

Individuals will be able to receive free test without appointment or symptoms.

For Now, Milwaukee Must ‘Learn To Live With’ COVID-19

For Now, Milwaukee Must ‘Learn To Live With’ COVID-19

Local officials dealing with the pandemic look back on past two months of COVID-19.

Election’s Impact on County’s COVID-19 Cases Unclear

Election’s Impact on County’s COVID-19 Cases Unclear

Final report shows 54 cases, but might be low or high, many questions remain.

City Hall: City To Furlough, Cut Hours For 750 Employees
City Hall

City To Furlough, Cut Hours For 750 Employees

Revenue down $27 million in pandemic and city forced to make cuts.

State Makes Progress on Bounce Back Plan

State Makes Progress on Bounce Back Plan

Two of six criteria have now been met. More work remains before state can reopen.

Library Will Lend Books Again

Library Will Lend Books Again

Milwaukee Public Library will start offering a drive-thru book lending service.

Domestic Violence Surging In Milwaukee

Domestic Violence Surging In Milwaukee

Reports up 28% in April. Officials urge those in unsafe homes to turn to community resources for help.

Murphy’s Law: Up From 53206
Murphy’s Law

Up From 53206

New generation of leaders in their early 30's, Crowley, Nicholson, Johnson, all raised in poorest ZIP code.

City Trails State, Nation in Census Response

City Trails State, Nation in Census Response

Each non-response could cost Milwaukee $1,600 per year for next decade.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers Draws Praise for Work Addressing COVID-19

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers Draws Praise for Work Addressing COVID-19

Organization provided tests for over two-thirds of cases on south side. Officials say it is slowing spread.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Assessments Up 9% to $30.5 Billion
Eyes on Milwaukee

Assessments Up 9% to $30.5 Billion

New values were calculated prior to COVID-19 pandemic.

Council Okays Fines for “Safer at Home” Violators

Council Okays Fines for “Safer at Home” Violators

107 arrests so far by Milwaukee Police; now can issue fines of $500 to enforce state order.

Murphy’s Law: How Hamilton Lost Council Presidency
Murphy’s Law

How Hamilton Lost Council Presidency

Will bad feelings linger over Cavalier Johnson’s victory?

City Hall: The Rise of Cavalier Johnson
City Hall

The Rise of Cavalier Johnson

Up from poverty and getting crushed in his first two runs for office, he's the upstart winner for council president.

City Hall: Johnson Elected Council President
City Hall

Johnson Elected Council President

Second-term Ald. Cavalier Johnson defeats Ashanti Hamilton and Milele Coggs.

Plats and Parcels: BMO Tower Opens
Plats and Parcels

BMO Tower Opens

Plus: Former Boston Store Building lands office tenant, MAC deal could lose hotel.

Lamenting the Loss of Eugene Kane

Lamenting the Loss of Eugene Kane

“Incredibly talented” columnist for Journal Sentinel, dead at 63, mourned by community.

24 Groups Win Healthy Food Grants From City

24 Groups Win Healthy Food Grants From City

New grant program focused on increasing access to, providing education on healthy foods.

Officials Want Physicians To Request More COVID-19 Tests

Officials Want Physicians To Request More COVID-19 Tests

Testing capacity is more than triple what's being requested. Officials want doctors to test more people.

City Health: White City Worker Wins Racial Bias Payout
City Health

White City Worker Wins Racial Bias Payout

Health department employee's claims involve former interim commissioner Patricia McManus.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Approves Wisconsin Center Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Approves Wisconsin Center Deal

Expansion approved and could pay $1 million per year to Milwaukee. But Bauman, others doubt it.

Will “Safer at Home” Be Policed Fairly?

Will “Safer at Home” Be Policed Fairly?

Some areas most impacted by COVID-19 have also been victims of excessive policing.

Daily: Testing Slowing, But Death Rate Hasn’t
Daily

Testing Slowing, But Death Rate Hasn’t

170 deaths from disease as week-over-week testing total falls.

City Hall: Council Bids Farewell to Bob and Tony
City Hall

Council Bids Farewell to Bob and Tony

Aldermen Bob Donovan and Tony Zielinski attend their last council meeting and get a warm sendoff.

12 Election Takeaways

12 Election Takeaways

How high was turnout, lawyers will be busy, girl power, streetcar wins again and a new council president?

Murphy’s Law: 21 Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

21 Winners and Losers

Beyond the candidates, what was the election about, who were the other winners and losers?

Rep. David Crowley declares victory in County Executive race
2020 Spring Election Results

2020 Spring Election Results

Live City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County results for the April 7th Spring Election.

Letter to Attorney Generals
Press Release

Letter to Attorney Generals

 

Grants Target COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Grants Target COVID-19 Racial Disparities

More than $1 million in grants will fund programs in Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee County Hospitals Increase Capacity

Milwaukee County Hospitals Increase Capacity

50 percent more hospital beds, double ICU beds as hospitals convert spaces to prepare for the worst.

Port Renaming Boat “Larry Sullivan” After 53-Year City Employee

Port Renaming Boat “Larry Sullivan” After 53-Year City Employee

Sullivan retired last week after nearly three decades as port's chief engineer.

Milwaukee’s Voter Turnout Is Way Down

Milwaukee’s Voter Turnout Is Way Down

18,803 voted in person. Total current turnout less than half that in April 2016.

Why Does Madison Have More Voting Sites Than Milwaukee?

Why Does Madison Have More Voting Sites Than Milwaukee?

It's less than half the size, but has 13 times the voting sites and three times the workforce.

Murphy’s Law: Lena Taylor’s Aide Suspended by WNOV
Murphy’s Law

Lena Taylor’s Aide Suspended by WNOV

Michele Bryant accuses station’s owner of selling out to Mayor Barrett.

Where Are the Missing Ballots?

Where Are the Missing Ballots?

While municipalities search for missing ballots, voters can still go to the polls Tuesday.

Supreme Court Reinstates Election, Overrules Evers

Supreme Court Reinstates Election, Overrules Evers

April 7th in-person election will occur as scheduled says court.

Daily: Wisconsin Reports 2,122 Positive COVID-19 Cases, 56 Deaths
Daily

Wisconsin Reports 2,122 Positive COVID-19 Cases, 56 Deaths

Despite record increases, officials believe curve is flattening, "safer at home" working.

Mayoral Candidate Sues To Delay Election

Mayoral Candidate Sues To Delay Election

Lena Taylor's suit alleges African Americans disenfranchised by city's changes to early voting.

Resist Spring Fever

Resist Spring Fever

Practice social distancing, avoid leaving home when possible.

Milwaukee Will Have Only Five In-Person Voting Sites

Milwaukee Will Have Only Five In-Person Voting Sites

As city is short over 1,000 poll workers, polling sites reduced from 180 to 5.

State Fair Park Selected for Overflow Care Facility

State Fair Park Selected for Overflow Care Facility

Exposition Center will house extra hospital beds. Local leaders requesting state and federal government act quickly.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines Extended, Election Not Delayed by Federal Judge

Absentee Ballot Deadlines Extended, Election Not Delayed by Federal Judge

Ballots must now be received by April 13th at 4 p.m., a six day delay.

1,730 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 869 in Milwaukee County

1,730 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 869 in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County reports 20 deaths from disease, 17 were African Americans.

DNC Postponed To Mid-August

DNC Postponed To Mid-August

"I consider this extremely good news," says Mayor. Democratic Party remains committed to Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Convention Center District Authorizes $420 Million Expansion, Raises Hotel Tax
Eyes on Milwaukee

Convention Center District Authorizes $420 Million Expansion, Raises Hotel Tax

District still aiming for 2023 opening even though bonds can't be sold.

Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

Barrett, Abele warn that crowds at polling centers represent a threat to public health.

DNC “Should Not Be Our Priority,” Barrett Says

DNC “Should Not Be Our Priority,” Barrett Says

Mayor says he's focused on pandemic and city has halted work on Democratic Convention.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Risk Public Health With Election
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Risk Public Health With Election

Refusal of Vos and Fitzgerald to postpone election could cause more disease, deaths.

Milwaukee Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

Milwaukee Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

More hospital capacity, ventilators, protective equipment needed for coming onslaught.

City Forecasts Election Results Two Days Late

City Forecasts Election Results Two Days Late

180 polling sites to become no more than 12 because so few poll workers available.

Shut-Off Proposal Called ‘Dictator Like’

Shut-Off Proposal Called ‘Dictator Like’

Ald. Rainey wants water, electric shut off for businesses violating shutdown. Mayor, governor disagree.

Local Governments Partner with the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee to Provide Temporary Shelter for Residents with Housing Instability as Part of COVID-19 Response
City Hall: Barrett, Taylor Debate Remotely for Mayor
City Hall

Barrett, Taylor Debate Remotely for Mayor

Barrett says he's a stable hand in tumultuous time. Taylor she's already leading.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Wisconsin Center Faces 50% Revenue Cut
Eyes on Milwaukee

Wisconsin Center Faces 50% Revenue Cut

But CEO Marty Brooks still pushing to expand center, issue bonds during pandemic.

Archdiocese To House Homeless During Crisis

Archdiocese To House Homeless During Crisis

Facility that once housed nuns will provide housing for COVID-19 recovery, prevention.

Vote Absentee: Mayoral Candidates
Vote Absentee

Mayoral Candidates

Barrett versus Taylor for a four-year term leading the Cream City.

Over 1,000 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin

Over 1,000 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin

State reports over 2,000 tests processed in one day for the first time.

Plenty of Horne: Dark-Money Group Slings Mud in Comptroller Race
Plenty of Horne

Dark-Money Group Slings Mud in Comptroller Race

Group backing Rep. Jason Fields produces attack ads against his opponent, Aycha Sawa.

Vote Absentee: Milwaukee County Circuit Court – Branch 5
Vote Absentee

Milwaukee County Circuit Court – Branch 5

Blomme vs Dedinsky in one of two contested Milwaukee County circuit court races.

842 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, “Crisis Within A Crisis” in Milwaukee

842 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, “Crisis Within A Crisis” in Milwaukee

Evers acknowledges disparate racial impact in Milwaukee, says CDC is studying matter.

City Will Accept Absentee Ballots, Serve as Required Witness at Five Sites

City Will Accept Absentee Ballots, Serve as Required Witness at Five Sites

56,000 absentee ballots requested already. Lawsuits pending in court could change election.

Milwaukee Metro Area Ranks 6th Nationally for COVID-19 Case Rate

Milwaukee Metro Area Ranks 6th Nationally for COVID-19 Case Rate

Four-county area has more cases per 100,000 residents than Chicago and San Francisco.

City Hall: Mixed Results on ACLU Settlement Compliance
City Hall

Mixed Results on ACLU Settlement Compliance

Settlement monitor praises commitment by FPC and MPD to getting into compliance.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City To Do Video Inspections of Projects
Eyes on Milwaukee

City To Do Video Inspections of Projects

With drop-off location for plans. Goal to protect workers yet keep construction going.

Murphy’s Law: Will Legislature Delay Election?
Murphy’s Law

Will Legislature Delay Election?

Life-and-death issue poses the most danger for Milwaukee. Only the Legislature can act.

Op Ed: Jimmy Harris’s Long Struggle for Justice
Op Ed

Jimmy Harris’s Long Struggle for Justice

Pulled over by police and beaten, he filed and won — finally — a civil rights lawsuit.

City Hall: Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto
City Hall

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto

Should Friends of Housing contract be terminated? Did mayor violate attorney-client privilege or council violate city charter?

African-Americans Hit Hard by COVID-19

African-Americans Hit Hard by COVID-19

Majority of cases in the City of Milwaukee are African Americans.

State Reports 457 COVID-19 Cases, Up From 416

State Reports 457 COVID-19 Cases, Up From 416

But officials say actual total is higher. "We have a limited window into the number of cases."

Governor Issues “Safer at Home” Order

Governor Issues “Safer at Home” Order

Starting Wednesday no playdates or team sports. People must "start taking this seriously."

Barrett Calls for Mail-In Only Election, Delay

Barrett Calls for Mail-In Only Election, Delay

Calls on governor to move back election "or this issue is going to explode."

Dear Governor Evers, Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Representative Robin Vos:
City Issues “Stay at Home” Order For Wednesday

City Issues “Stay at Home” Order For Wednesday

"Essential" activity allowed is broadly defined, but message clear: please stay home.

Why Flattening The Curve Matters

Why Flattening The Curve Matters

Mayor Tom Barrett lays out how Wisconsin could be short by 56,000 hospital beds.

County Asks for Equipment Donations

County Asks for Equipment Donations

Help save healthcare workers' lives; donate masks, gloves, disinfectants, safety glasses.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City May Use Hotels for Quarantine
Eyes on Milwaukee

City May Use Hotels for Quarantine

Modeled on Chicago's program to slow COVID-19's spread, provide economic support.

State Has One-Day Drop in COVID-19 Tests

State Has One-Day Drop in COVID-19 Tests

For first time in a week, the growth rate of new cases, positive and negative, slows.

Monterey Mills and Eder Flag, team up to start manufacturing of much-needed respirator masks
City Will Also Issue “Stay at Home” Order

City Will Also Issue “Stay at Home” Order

The goal: to "send a message about how serious this is," said Mayor Barrett.

Milwaukee Cancels Early Voting

Milwaukee Cancels Early Voting

UPDATE: Barrett calls for election to be postponed or switched to mail-in only voting.

Op Ed: Ron Johnson Is Not Helping
Op Ed

Ron Johnson Is Not Helping

Action is needed on virus and we’re taking it in Wisconsin. Johnson’s comments insult our efforts.

Online Voter Registration Reinstated by Federal Judge

Online Voter Registration Reinstated by Federal Judge

You still have time to register to vote absentee. Republican Party sought to have suit dismissed.

First Responders React To Supply Shortage, Change Operations

First Responders React To Supply Shortage, Change Operations

Police officers and firefighters are having trouble accessing the personal protective equipment they need.

Milwaukee Mayor and Wisconsin Supreme Court Debates on WISN 12 Cancelled
Press Release

Milwaukee Mayor and Wisconsin Supreme Court Debates on WISN 12 Cancelled

Health safety concerns amid COVID-19 pandemic prompt decision

Mayor Tom Barrett Exposed to COVID-19, In Self-Quarantine

Mayor Tom Barrett Exposed to COVID-19, In Self-Quarantine

Barrett will continue to work from home for the next 14 days.

Statement from Mayor Barrett
Press Release

Statement from Mayor Barrett

 

Milwaukee County Releases Interactive Map of COVID-19 Outbreak

Milwaukee County Releases Interactive Map of COVID-19 Outbreak

64 cases confirmed in Milwaukee County. Tracker allows public to better monitor outbreak.

City of Milwaukee Rolls Out Restaurant Carryout Zones
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Rolls Out Restaurant Carryout Zones

Program will help restaurants better accommodate customers

Voters Wanting Absentee Ballot Must be Registered by March 18th

Voters Wanting Absentee Ballot Must be Registered by March 18th

But the deadline for registered voters to request absentee ballots is April 2nd.

City Hall: Common Council Transforms Meetings
City Hall

Common Council Transforms Meetings

For social distancing: no full council meetings, remote voting allowed, no media on site.

Dining: Bars, Restaurants Ordered to Close
Dining

Bars, Restaurants Ordered to Close

Milwaukee and 10 suburbs order no in-house service. Carryouts and delivery only.

Milwaukee Officials Ask Public to Stay Home, As Much as Possible

Milwaukee Officials Ask Public to Stay Home, As Much as Possible

As cases of COVID-19 grow in Milwaukee County and the state, preventive measures now will save lives in the future.

Milwaukee County Updates Regarding COVID-19
Dining: Evers Says State Bars, Restaurants Can Stay Open
Dining

Evers Says State Bars, Restaurants Can Stay Open

But must operate at 50 percent of their fire code capacity or 50 people maximum.

Health: 47 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin
Health

47 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

One had recovered and 504 negative tests. Cases and testing resources continue to grow.

Please Vote Absentee In Spring Election

Please Vote Absentee In Spring Election

Mayor Barrett urges voters to use mail-in ballots, seeks legislative changes to improve access, safety.

The State of Politics: Milwaukee Leaders Plead for 1% Sales Tax
The State of Politics

Milwaukee Leaders Plead for 1% Sales Tax

Stark statistics presented at legislative hearing. But some GOP lawmakers unmoved.

Want $130? City Needs Poll Workers

Want $130? City Needs Poll Workers

More than 50% of 1,800 poll workers are over 60, city wants them to stay home.

First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Confirmed in the City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Preparing for COVID-19 Outbreak

Milwaukee Preparing for COVID-19 Outbreak

Local officials, healthcare providers are discussing, readying the city's capacity to treat those infected by Coronavirus.

City Hall: Milwaukee Will Cut Down 900 of Its Ash Trees
City Hall

Milwaukee Will Cut Down 900 of Its Ash Trees

Federal grant funds replacement of trees ravaged by Emerald Ash Borer.

City Hall: Milwaukee Preparing for the Arrival of Coronavirus
City Hall

Milwaukee Preparing for the Arrival of Coronavirus

Scale of virus outbreak in Wisconsin doubles during press conference as Barrett asks Evers to declare statewide emergency.

City Hall: Milwaukee Moving to Biweekly Recycling Pickup
City Hall

Milwaukee Moving to Biweekly Recycling Pickup

$1 million grant from non-profit will kickstart program. Change would start in early 2021.

In the Stand-Off Between Mayor Barrett and Chief Morales, Residents are the Real Losers
Press Release

In the Stand-Off Between Mayor Barrett and Chief Morales, Residents are the Real Losers

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - March 9, 2020

Important Debates in Three Key Races to Air Live on WISN 12
Press Release

Important Debates in Three Key Races to Air Live on WISN 12

Milwaukee County Executive, Milwaukee Mayor, and Wisconsin Supreme Court

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Shines Light On Solar Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Shines Light On Solar Project

Largest solar array in Milwaukee could be operational by end of 2020.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers to Host Third Annual Health Equity Summit
Community Honors Shooting Victims

Community Honors Shooting Victims

300 people, local pastors, government officials attend vigil for those killed at Molson Coors.

What the DNC Could Mean for Locals

What the DNC Could Mean for Locals

Volunteering, traffic and doing business.

DNC Host Committee Hires New Leaders

DNC Host Committee Hires New Leaders

Board picks two prominent female leaders to lead Milwaukee 2020.

Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Announces New Leadership Team
Police Association Files Ethics Complaint Against FPC Chair

Police Association Files Ethics Complaint Against FPC Chair

MPA files ethics complaint against Steven DeVougas, chairman of the Fire & Police Commission

Shooting at Molson Coors Left 6 Dead, Including Gunman

Shooting at Molson Coors Left 6 Dead, Including Gunman

Law enforcement and elected officials lament the tragedy.

Hmong Leaders Rally Against Deportation

Hmong Leaders Rally Against Deportation

Efforts by Trump administration to deport Hmongs to Laos condemned at rally in Wausau.

Federal Policing Money Flowing to City

Federal Policing Money Flowing to City

Relentless Pursuit grant, Tougher on Crime grant, DNC funding lead the list.

Red Light Cameras Are Not the Cure for What Ails Milwaukee
Press Release

Red Light Cameras Are Not the Cure for What Ails Milwaukee

A Long-Term Solution to Reckless Driving Will Require Leadership

City’s African American Auto Deaths Soar

City’s African American Auto Deaths Soar

Up by 93% in five years, report finds. Statistic is “shocking,” says Ald. Murphy

Plats and Parcels: Strauss Closes Door on Milwaukee Move
Plats and Parcels

Strauss Closes Door on Milwaukee Move

Plus: An abandoned basement discovered in former Grand Avenue Mall.

City Hall: Committee Approves Large Solar Deal After Contentious Debate
City Hall

Committee Approves Large Solar Deal After Contentious Debate

Ald. Bob Bauman's amendments attempt to set baseline, grow value of deal.

The Hop Unveils CityPost Smart Kiosk Initiative
Press Release

The Hop Unveils CityPost Smart Kiosk Initiative

Digital kiosks to provide real-time arrival information and other civic amenities while generating revenue to support streetcar operations

Thanks A Million, Hop Riders!
Press Release

Thanks A Million, Hop Riders!

The streetcar to celebrate its 1,000,000th rider this week by handing out $1,000,000 worth of discounts to businesses along the route

Photo Gallery:  Cullen Healthy Heart Run/Walk a Success
Photo Gallery

Cullen Healthy Heart Run/Walk a Success

24th Annual Steve Cullen fundraiser raised more than $500,000 for heart research.

Murphy’s Law: 14 Election Winners, Losers
Murphy’s Law

14 Election Winners, Losers

Beyond the ballot totals, behind the scenes, who were the other election winners and losers?

9 Election Takeaways

9 Election Takeaways

What did we learn? The results versus 2016. And the coming ad blitz and voter turnout.

Election Results: 2020 Spring Primary
Election Results

2020 Spring Primary

The results from Tuesday's election.

Vote Tuesday: Circuit Court Candidates
Vote Tuesday

Circuit Court Candidates

Three candidates competing for judgeship.

Transportation: City to Rebuild National Avenue
Transportation

City to Rebuild National Avenue

City to partner with state, rebuild street from 1st to 39th, add safety improvements.

Vote Tuesday: Mayoral Candidates
Vote Tuesday

Mayoral Candidates

Four candidates vying to advance to general election. First in our series of previews.

Gabriella Suliga Launches Campaign to Flip Wisconsin State Assembly District 13
Transportation: Wisconsin Ethanol By-Product To Feed the World
Transportation

Wisconsin Ethanol By-Product To Feed the World

First-of-its-kind export facility on the Great Lakes will take trucks off the road, make Midwest ethanol more competitive.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces $15.9 Million Federal Grant for Port Milwaukee
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces $15.9 Million Federal Grant for Port Milwaukee

Baldwin secures federal investment to support Wisconsin workers, farmers and businesses

City Hall: Presenting the “Real State of the City”
City Hall

Presenting the “Real State of the City”

Mayoral candidate, State Sen. Lena Taylor, offers stinging rebuttal to Barrett's speech.

Murphy’s Law: Poll Shows Surprising Support for MPS
Murphy’s Law

Poll Shows Surprising Support for MPS

Most think MPS needs more funding and would back it in the referendum, poll shows.

Brew City Match Announces Second Round of Competition
Press Release

Brew City Match Announces Second Round of Competition

Entrepreneurs and Commercial Property Owners are Invited to Apply

City Hall: Council Bans “Racist” Hotel Policies
City Hall

Council Bans “Racist” Hotel Policies

Metro residents must be allowed to stay in Milwaukee hotels says new ordinance.

Transportation: We Energies Will Sponsor Streetcar
Transportation

We Energies Will Sponsor Streetcar

4th sponsor streetcar has attracted, $100,000 deal during DNC not finalized.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 10,000 Affordable Homes Effort On Track
Eyes on Milwaukee

10,000 Affordable Homes Effort On Track

Two years into it, mayor's initiative driven by new houses, home repairs, home sales.

DNCC Names Construction and Event Management Teams for 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
City Hall: Barrett Will Tout Public Safety, Jobs, DNC
City Hall

Barrett Will Tout Public Safety, Jobs, DNC

State of the City speech to note a special DNC Doors Open and positive national press.

DNC Delegate Welcome Party To Be Held at Summerfest Grounds

DNC Delegate Welcome Party To Be Held at Summerfest Grounds

Delegates and guests will be treated to lakefront experience night before convention opens.

GOP Adds More “Tougher On Crime” Legislation

GOP Adds More “Tougher On Crime” Legislation

New bills increase penalties for offenses like car theft and reckless driving.

Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Announces Henry Maier Festival Park as Site of Official Convention Delegate Welcome Party
Press Release

Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Announces Henry Maier Festival Park as Site of Official Convention Delegate Welcome Party

Event will introduce several thousand delegates to all Milwaukee has to offer and kick off convention week activities

Milwaukee DNC Leaders Fired by Board

Milwaukee DNC Leaders Fired by Board

Liz Gilbert and Adam Alonso terminated as part of investigation into toxic work environment.

“Toxic” Work Environment at DNC Cited

“Toxic” Work Environment at DNC Cited

Investigation launched, top two officials barred from entering DNC offices.

2020 County Exec Race: Nath Kicked Out Of Voces Event
2020 County Exec Race

Nath Kicked Out Of Voces Event

In interview with Urban Milwaukee, Nath gives her version of events.

Brett Blomme Announces Key Endorsement in Race for Judge
Press Release

Brett Blomme Announces Key Endorsement in Race for Judge

Progressive Champion, Congresswoman Gwen Moore endorses Blomme

Plats and Parcels: 27 Apartments Planned Near Marquette
Plats and Parcels

27 Apartments Planned Near Marquette

Plus: MU plans new business school, Rivecca brothers buy out disgraced Ganos, Abele gives $300,000 to new project.

Friday Photos: Good Hope Commons Opens
Friday Photos

Good Hope Commons Opens

Apartment building is now open, library could soon follow.

Slow To Question, Slow To Respond
Press Release

Slow To Question, Slow To Respond

"The lack of leadership, at the highest level of city government, continues to frustrate Milwaukee residents."

DNC Needs 15,000 Volunteers

DNC Needs 15,000 Volunteers

Volunteers will do everything from back office support to helping delegates.

‘Fair Deal’ Sales Tax Referendum Blocked From April Ballot

‘Fair Deal’ Sales Tax Referendum Blocked From April Ballot

But there's still a chance for the November ballot.

Back in the News: Barrett, Hamilton Demand Probe of Leaked Police Video
Back in the News

Barrett, Hamilton Demand Probe of Leaked Police Video

Chief Morales says he didn’t leak it; mayor, council leader want investigation, find out who did.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $29 Million Partnership to Clean Up Harbor
Eyes on Milwaukee

$29 Million Partnership to Clean Up Harbor

DNR, city, county, MMSD want to take harbor off the list of polluted waterways.

City Hall: Plan Will Build City’s Largest Solar Array
City Hall

Plan Will Build City’s Largest Solar Array

City, We Energies partner on eight-acre solar farm, enough electricity to power 400 homes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Plans 2nd Round of Housing Rehab
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Plans 2nd Round of Housing Rehab

MERI 2.0 to sell homes for $1 and developers must hire under- or unemployed workers.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Crane Added to City Plan Commission
Eyes on Milwaukee

Crane Added to City Plan Commission

Menomonee Valley Partners deputy Catrina Crane has long worked on economic development.

Murphy’s Law: Did Chief Morales Target His FPC Boss?
Murphy’s Law

Did Chief Morales Target His FPC Boss?

Common Council concerned. “Borderline frightening” use of police power, Bauman charges.

Plats and Parcels: Lakefront Tower Loses A Few Floors
Plats and Parcels

Lakefront Tower Loses A Few Floors

Plus: Northridge Mall trial starts, Foxconn bailing on project could cause up to $120 million state bailout.

Museum Week Offers Special Events at 17 Locations

Museum Week Offers Special Events at 17 Locations

Second annual event brings cultural giants together with overlooked institutions.

City Hall: DNC Security Zone Includes Almost All of Westown
City Hall

DNC Security Zone Includes Almost All of Westown

Expect travel delays, but zone is not hard perimeter says Secret Service, MPD.

City Hall: Milwaukee Seeking $50 Million To Pay for DNC Security
City Hall

Milwaukee Seeking $50 Million To Pay for DNC Security

Federal grant covers costs of police and fire during convention. 4,000 police officers expected.

City Hall: Council, Aldrete Again Spar Over FPC
City Hall

Council, Aldrete Again Spar Over FPC

Shouting, an open letter, highly-sensitive leak. The mess at Fire & Police Commission continues.

City Hall: Meet the Candidates for City Offices
City Hall

Meet the Candidates for City Offices

Packed spring election features 46 candidates for 19 city offices.

City Hall: Conservative in Mayor Race Ejected
City Hall

Conservative in Mayor Race Ejected

Republican David King failed to submit enough valid signatures, vows court appeal.

Sen. Craig and Rep. Sanfelippo Respond to Mayor Barrett’s Distorted View of Crime in Milwaukee
Press Release

Sen. Craig and Rep. Sanfelippo Respond to Mayor Barrett’s Distorted View of Crime in Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee funds Streetcar instead of Police Officers

Murphy’s Law: Why a Voter Purge Is So Critical
Murphy’s Law

Why a Voter Purge Is So Critical

The goal is to reelect Trump. Even if that means purging some Republican voters, too.

Bill Would Prohibit Free Campaign Rallies

Bill Would Prohibit Free Campaign Rallies

Trump, Clinton campaigns still owe Eau Claire, other cities for security, sanitation costs.

Op Ed: City Attorney Guts Authority of FPC Board
Op Ed

City Attorney Guts Authority of FPC Board

The FPC board clearly has the power to oversee executive director and staff.

City Hall: Homicides Down 33% Since 2015
City Hall

Homicides Down 33% Since 2015

New approach with many stakeholders paying off, but work nowhere near done, says mayor.

South Hawley Road to Fully Reopen on Monday, January 13
500 Media Members Get DNC Preview

500 Media Members Get DNC Preview

Officials host national media for first look at city and convention venues.

Police Seek Bay View Hit-and-Run Driver

Police Seek Bay View Hit-and-Run Driver

Manuel Salazar-Gutierrez of La Crosse charged with second-degree reckless homicide.

City Hall: Former Health Director Blames Barrett
City Hall

Former Health Director Blames Barrett

Bevan Baker breaks his silence, slams Mayor and other city departments.

Statement of Bevan K. Baker
Press Release

Statement of Bevan K. Baker

Statement provided to media on December 23rd, 2019

The State of Politics: All They Want for Christmas
The State of Politics

All They Want for Christmas

The Christmas wish lists of Gov. Evers, Mayor Barrett and other politicians.

Mayor Bloomberg Comes to Town

Mayor Bloomberg Comes to Town

Presidential candidate opens campaign office in Milwaukee and tours Public Market.

Barrett Says 35,000 City Voters At Risk

Barrett Says 35,000 City Voters At Risk

Mayor criticizes voter purge, pushes state officials to protect election system’s integrity.

Green Project at ‘Tent City’ Site Finalized

Green Project at ‘Tent City’ Site Finalized

City, state, MMSD cooperate on stormwater project. But its timing raises questions.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bader Funds 40 New Homes in Harambee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bader Funds 40 New Homes in Harambee

$1 million gift funds new Habitat for Humanity revitalization project.

City Hall: Chief Morales Reappointed for Four Years
City Hall

Chief Morales Reappointed for Four Years

Commission grants police chief a full term, requires public meeting, reports.

City’s Solar Group Buy Program Wraps up Most Successful Year to Date
City Hall: Officer Ray Confirmed Without Debate
City Hall

Officer Ray Confirmed Without Debate

Former MPD officer is newest member of troubled Fire and Police Commission.

Murphy’s Law: The Mess at Fire & Police Commission
Murphy’s Law

The Mess at Fire & Police Commission

Key city agency seems to be in very big trouble. Why?

What Is Going On With the Fire and Police Commission?
Press Release

What Is Going On With the Fire and Police Commission?

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 16, 2019

Man Arrested By ICE Reunited With Family

Man Arrested By ICE Reunited With Family

José Alejandro de la Cruz-Espinoza, 38, has lived in U.S. for decades.

City Hall: FPC Fumbles Police Residency Points
City Hall

FPC Fumbles Police Residency Points

Months of confused meetings fail to pass residency points for police promotions.

Back in the News: Could Strauss Plant Deal Be Revived?
Back in the News

Could Strauss Plant Deal Be Revived?

Ald. Johnson working to save deal, Barrett holds out hope, community meeting planned.

Remembering Musician Mary Davis

Remembering Musician Mary Davis

A keyboard legend and singer who performed R&B, jazz, blues and soul dies at age 73.

Trump Picks Camp David Over Milwaukee

Trump Picks Camp David Over Milwaukee

G7 summit to be held at Presidential retreat, not downtown Milwaukee site Barrett offered.

City Hall: Stunned Council Grills FPC Director
City Hall

Stunned Council Grills FPC Director

"It all doesn't add up" two aldermen say, while Hamilton says questions were answered.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding American Family Insurance’s announcement that it has selected the Mandel building as its new Milwaukee office:
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding American Family Insurance’s announcement that it has selected the Mandel building as its new Milwaukee office:

"The company is committed to Milwaukee, and Milwaukee is very pleased with its growing presence here."

City Hall: “Officer Ray’s” FPC Appointment Okayed
City Hall

“Officer Ray’s” FPC Appointment Okayed

Committee approves appointment of retired officer to police oversight board.

City Hall: Taylor Blames FPC Problems on Mayor
City Hall

Taylor Blames FPC Problems on Mayor

Mayoral opponent accuses Barrett of mismanagement, corruption, cronyism.

Eyes on Milwaukee: American Family Unveils Downtown Office Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

American Family Unveils Downtown Office Plan

Insurance company to redevelop century-old Mandel Graphics building near Fiserv Forum.

Senator Taylor calls for Barrett to resign over confusion and mismanagement of Fire and Police Commission
Press Release

Senator Taylor calls for Barrett to resign over confusion and mismanagement of Fire and Police Commission

Police community relations continue to deteriorate and there is a serious lack of transparency with the FPC and no real dialogue between the board, executive director and the people of Milwaukee.

Mayor Barrett Proposes $2.2 Million in Block Grant Funds for Lead Abatement
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Proposes $2.2 Million in Block Grant Funds for Lead Abatement

“We will continue to act proactively to reduce the number of Milwaukee children with lead poisoning.”

Public Meeting for Board of Fire and Police Commission Appointee
Press Release

Public Meeting for Board of Fire and Police Commission Appointee

The public event will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Park Senior Center.

City Hall: Council to Review Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

Council to Review Fire & Police Commission

Sudden review comes after FPC cancels meeting and troubles at commission reported.

“Westown Gets Lit” with Holiday Spirit on Thursday, December 5
Press Release

“Westown Gets Lit” with Holiday Spirit on Thursday, December 5

Business leaders to light West Wisconsin Avenue during new holiday event

Murphy’s Law: Grant Langley Will Run for Reelection
Murphy’s Law

Grant Langley Will Run for Reelection

City attorney's decision sets up race against his old friend, attorney Vince Bobot.

City Hall: Trouble at Fire & Police Commission?
City Hall

Trouble at Fire & Police Commission?

Second public resignation and much staff turnover under new executive director.

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

MMSD-funded infrastructure on state land to capture 150,000 gallons of stormwater in a heavy rain.

Murphy’s Law: Who Lost the City Residency Rule?
Murphy’s Law

Who Lost the City Residency Rule?

Lena Taylor blames Mayor Barrett. But did she fight the state law killing residency?

City Hall: Council Bans Most Plastic Straws
City Hall

Council Bans Most Plastic Straws

Use by bars and restaurants prohibited unless customers request them.

City Hall: Council Overrides Every Barrett Veto
City Hall

Council Overrides Every Barrett Veto

Without debate Common Council overrides mayor, keeps 59 amendments to budget

Murphy’s Law: Summerfest Pays No Net Rent
Murphy’s Law

Summerfest Pays No Net Rent

Charges ethnic festivals more rent than it pays city, like “a greedy landlord,” alderman charges.

New MillerCoors Jobs Coming by June

New MillerCoors Jobs Coming by June

But company, state vague on details, number of jobs to move from Denver.

Straws, Bathrooms, and Mascots – Is That Really All We Have Left to Worry About?
Press Release

Straws, Bathrooms, and Mascots – Is That Really All We Have Left to Worry About?

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 25, 2019

American Heart Association commends Mayor & Common Council for continued investment in healthy food access
Press Release

American Heart Association commends Mayor & Common Council for continued investment in healthy food access

The Coordinator will organize community food systems and focus on increasing access to healthy and affordable food for all Milwaukee residents.

Eyes on Milwaukee: RACM Okays $3.4 Million Reed Street Yards Fix
Eyes on Milwaukee

RACM Okays $3.4 Million Reed Street Yards Fix

New sewers being built to help attract future tenants, possibly Rite-Hite HQ.

Murphy’s Law: Summerfest Got $48 Million in Gifts
Murphy’s Law

Summerfest Got $48 Million in Gifts

Total donations from 2010 to 2018 helped pay for CEO Don Smiley’s "caviar lifestyle"?

New Initiative Challenges Metro Milwaukee Creative Industry To Diversify by Hiring At Least 1,600 Minority Employees By 2030
Press Release

New Initiative Challenges Metro Milwaukee Creative Industry To Diversify by Hiring At Least 1,600 Minority Employees By 2030

Initiative Launches With Free Dec. 4 Event, Participation in Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program

Team Taylor Welcomes Tom To The 2020 Mayoral Race
Press Release

Team Taylor Welcomes Tom To The 2020 Mayoral Race

We are in crisis and I am calling upon every person in the city to join me in the movement to better serve Milwaukee!

City Hall: Barrett Officially Declares Re-Election Bid
City Hall

Barrett Officially Declares Re-Election Bid

Mayor running for 5th term, hopes to serve 20 years as city's leader.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Beat Hiring Targets on Fiserv Forum
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Beat Hiring Targets on Fiserv Forum

Team "won the championship" in hiring city residents, businesses says Mayor Barrett.

City Hall: Barrett Issues 8 Budget Vetoes
City Hall

Barrett Issues 8 Budget Vetoes

Vetoes attack borrowing, garbage truck replacement, blight elimination.

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Cafe-Cop House Coming to Clarke Square
Eyes on Milwaukee

Cafe-Cop House Coming to Clarke Square

Unique center is a partnership of city, non-profit Journey House and police department.

The Educator: St. Paul a Model for MPS Funding Effort?
The Educator

St. Paul a Model for MPS Funding Effort?

That city's successful school funding referendum was backed by local officials.

Milwaukee the Nation’s Worst City for Blacks?

Milwaukee the Nation’s Worst City for Blacks?

Delaware-based financial company ranks Milwaukee worst, Racine second worst.

Plats and Parcels: Rite-Hite May Move to Reed Street Yards
Plats and Parcels

Rite-Hite May Move to Reed Street Yards

Plus: Water leak delays BMO Tower, city exploring Plan B for former Schlitz tavern.

Statement from the Barrett for Milwaukee Campaign: Lena Taylor’s Misinformation Campaign
Press Release

Statement from the Barrett for Milwaukee Campaign: Lena Taylor’s Misinformation Campaign

Statement by Patrick Guarasci, Senior Advisor at Barrett for Milwaukee

City Hall: Police Overtime Costs a Budget Problem
City Hall

Police Overtime Costs a Budget Problem

Council discusses how to trim annual cost of $17 million. Unfunded service for Summerfest an issue.

City Hall: Taylor Slams Barrett Over Residency
City Hall

Taylor Slams Barrett Over Residency

Mayoral candidate cites losses since residency requirement ended by Legislature.

The Devastating Results of Residency Law Change
Press Release

The Devastating Results of Residency Law Change

Under Barrett's watch, too many city employees moved out to the suburbs, and even outside of Milwaukee county.

City Hall: Proposal Aims To Eliminate Plastic Straws
City Hall

Proposal Aims To Eliminate Plastic Straws

Would prevent restaurants from providing straws, unless customers request them.

City Encourages Safe Gun Storage by Offering Gun Locks to Residents
Press Release

City Encourages Safe Gun Storage by Offering Gun Locks to Residents

From 1999 to 2014, over 400 Wisconsin children were killed by guns, including 167 in Milwaukee County, according to Wisconsin-based Kids Forward.

Security Will Be Tight At DNC

Security Will Be Tight At DNC

City officials working with Secret Service, security a primary concern.

City of Milwaukee offers its Support to Camille Mays and Family
Press Release

City of Milwaukee offers its Support to Camille Mays and Family

The Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention calls on the community to come together for justice in this case and an end gun violence in our city.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Brewery Celebrates Its Completion
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Brewery Celebrates Its Completion

New gateway tops off transformation from abandoned brewery to real neighborhood.

Back in the News: Poll Shows Barrett Way Ahead
Back in the News

Poll Shows Barrett Way Ahead

Zielinski, Taylor do poorly and more voters favor streetcar.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Quiet Plan to Save Grand Avenue
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Quiet Plan to Save Grand Avenue

Actually written 10 years ago. Civic leaders discuss how public private partnerships revived Downtown.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Mayor Signs Homeless Proposal on Veterans Day
Eyes on Milwaukee

Mayor Signs Homeless Proposal on Veterans Day

Development would house up to 48 veterans while providing supportive services.

The Salvation Army To Host Red Kettle Kick Off
Press Release

The Salvation Army To Host Red Kettle Kick Off

Red kettles will be out in Milwaukee County from November 15 to December 24

Plats and Parcels: Park East Apartments Cleared for Takeoff
Plats and Parcels

Park East Apartments Cleared for Takeoff

Plus: Why Molson Coors picked Milwaukee over Denver.

City Hall: Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget
City Hall

Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget

Council wrestles with huge fiscal challenges due to rising police costs, declining state aid.

Veterans Day signing ceremony set for tiny homes initiative
Press Release

Veterans Day signing ceremony set for tiny homes initiative

News Release from Alderwoman Chantia Lewis

As Temperatures Drop, the Milwaukee Continuum of Care Will Provide Warming Rooms for Milwaukee’s Homeless
Press Release

As Temperatures Drop, the Milwaukee Continuum of Care Will Provide Warming Rooms for Milwaukee’s Homeless

The Continuum of Care’s emergency shelters, Guest House of Milwaukee and Salvation Army of Milwaukee, have also recently expanded overnight shelter capacity to keep more people safe out of the cold weather.

Murphy’s Law: Summerfest CEO Awarded $2.33 Million
Murphy’s Law

Summerfest CEO Awarded $2.33 Million

Don Smiley’s 2017 pay package includes $1.3 million deferred from prior years. City officials “shocked.”

Time’s Up Tom Barrett
Press Release

Time’s Up Tom Barrett

"Tom is ineffective."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Construction Starts on Villard Commons
Eyes on Milwaukee

Construction Starts on Villard Commons

Five ACRE grads turn classroom project into reality.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Deconstruction Effort Is Underway
Eyes on Milwaukee

Deconstruction Effort Is Underway

After a year of false starts by the city, a $1.2 million, 50-home effort is underway.

Derailed: State’s Talgo Trains Still Sit Idle
Derailed

State’s Talgo Trains Still Sit Idle

Since Republicans killed deal with manufacturer, trains have sat unused in Beech Grove, Indiana. Part 6 of series.

Murphy’s Law: Summerfest Blows Off City Meeting
Murphy’s Law

Summerfest Blows Off City Meeting

No festival official attends scheduled meeting. Partnership with city “broken”, Ald. Murphy says.

Man Charged With Hate Crime In Acid Attack

Man Charged With Hate Crime In Acid Attack

Clifton Blackwell accused of attack on Hispanic man, case has gotten national attention.

Transportation: Street Safety Funding Passes Committee
Transportation

Street Safety Funding Passes Committee

DPW would get $1.2 million in new, dedicated funding for complete streets.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Full Council Approves Tiny Homes Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

Full Council Approves Tiny Homes Project

Veterans rehabilitation project, 48 tiny homes, is cleared for spring construction.

“Westown Gets Lit” Shines Light on Neighborhood Revitalization
Press Release

“Westown Gets Lit” Shines Light on Neighborhood Revitalization

Business leaders to light West Wisconsin Avenue during event on December 5, 2019

Film Fans Turn Out in Record Numbers for 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival
Press Release

Film Fans Turn Out in Record Numbers for 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival

Audience award winners include documentaries on Toni Morrison, Molly Ivins

Murphy’s Law: How Hispanics Have Saved Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

How Hispanics Have Saved Milwaukee

Acid attack against man for “invasion” of Hispanics couldn’t be more wrong about their impact.

Mayor, Officials Denounce Acid Attack

Mayor, Officials Denounce Acid Attack

Barrett says Trump’s rhetoric has fed anger leading to such attacks.

Where the Gun Shot Victims Go

Where the Gun Shot Victims Go

Froedtert Hospital treats 90 percent of city’s gun-related injuries, passed 320 this year.

Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Partners with Northwestern Mutual for Three Historic Summits
Press Release

Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Partners with Northwestern Mutual for Three Historic Summits

Host Committee opens community application for “Ensuring Economic Equity” summit, set for Nov. 22

Plats and Parcels: Journal Sentinel Complex Sold
Plats and Parcels

Journal Sentinel Complex Sold

Plus: Badger Mutual moving downtown, Northridge security deal, Lion House has a buyer and much more.

Transportation: City Lands Second Streetcar Sponsor
Transportation

City Lands Second Streetcar Sponsor

Everstream, business internet provider, joins Potawatomi in backing The Hop.

Everstream Providing Free Fares for Hop Riders this Holiday Season
Press Release

Everstream Providing Free Fares for Hop Riders this Holiday Season

Fiber network provider furthers investment in Milwaukee through streetcar partnership including a festive holiday-themed streetcar debuting this month

What’s It Worth: $575,000 Building Helped By Streetcar
What’s It Worth

$575,000 Building Helped By Streetcar

Long-vacant 1877 building on Milwaukee and Mason saw value hop partly due to streetcar.

Remembering Mildred Harpole

Remembering Mildred Harpole

Beloved activist for education equity, equal rights, dies in her 80s.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MillerCoors Will Change Name, Add Local Jobs
Eyes on Milwaukee

MillerCoors Will Change Name, Add Local Jobs

In global shakeup Milwaukee a winner over Denver and could gain hundreds of jobs.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the passing of Mildred Harpole
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the passing of Mildred Harpole

"ll of us here at the City send our thoughts and prayers to husband Reuben and Mildred’s family and friends. Milwaukee will always remember the remarkable woman she was."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hamilton Keeping Door Open for Strauss
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hamilton Keeping Door Open for Strauss

Council president halts move to officially kill deal. "Let's continue the process," he says.

Greater Milwaukee Complete Count Committee Holds Community Kick-Off to Prepare for the 2020 Census
Press Release

Greater Milwaukee Complete Count Committee Holds Community Kick-Off to Prepare for the 2020 Census

"The more people we count means more federal money and fairer elections."

City Asks Evers’ Help on Reckless Driving

City Asks Evers’ Help on Reckless Driving

Mayor Barrett, council ask governor for funding or more state troopers to combat problem.

Evers, Barrett Kick Off 2020 Census

Evers, Barrett Kick Off 2020 Census

They were joined by "Captain Census." Milwaukee could lose millions if Census undercounts population

Murphy’s Law: Business Leader Blasts Council on Strauss Deal
Murphy’s Law

Business Leader Blasts Council on Strauss Deal

Hamilton and council members are to blame for losing hundreds of jobs, Sheehy says.

Milwaukee Film Doubles Cash Support for Brico Forward Fund Winners
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Doubles Cash Support for Brico Forward Fund Winners

Global filmmakers and local champions recognized at annual Filmmaker Awards Brunch

Plats and Parcels: Lurie’s Bay View Proposal Revived
Plats and Parcels

Lurie’s Bay View Proposal Revived

Plus: MPS unveils new schoolyards, Cambria hotel opens, Athea expanding chemical plant

Barrett, Moore to Lead Growing DNC Team

Barrett, Moore to Lead Growing DNC Team

19 honorary chairs round out Milwaukee 2020 leadership.

Murphy’s Law: Who Lost the Strauss Brands Deal?
Murphy’s Law

Who Lost the Strauss Brands Deal?

State Sen. Lena Taylor helped kill a deal bringing hundreds of jobs to depressed Century City area.

City Hall: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Now A Holiday
City Hall

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Now A Holiday

Mayor signs legislation into law making it a holiday for city of Milwaukee.

Derailed: How Walker and Sykes Killed the Train
Derailed

How Walker and Sykes Killed the Train

With constant support from talk radio, Walker rejected fully funded, $810 million rail project. Part 3 in a series.

Hoppy Birthday!
Press Release

Hoppy Birthday!

The Hop to celebrate its first year of service with free public event on Friday, Nov. 1

Strauss debacle a reflection of Mayor’s overall fiscal irresponsibility and failure to plan
Press Release

Strauss debacle a reflection of Mayor’s overall fiscal irresponsibility and failure to plan

Statement of Alderman Tony Zielinski October 23, 2019

Senator Taylor Continues To Bring Attention to High Levels of Lead and its Connection to Violence
Press Release

Senator Taylor Continues To Bring Attention to High Levels of Lead and its Connection to Violence

The city of Milwaukee must aggressively work to reduce lead exposure in our kids if we want to move forward and improve the safety of our communities.

Mayor Barrett Reasserts His Invitation to Host the 2020 G7 Meetings
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Reasserts His Invitation to Host the 2020 G7 Meetings

“I want world leaders to see how international trade practices can affect local economies like Milwaukee’s.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Blasts Council On Strauss Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Blasts Council On Strauss Deal

They let "malarkey" of disinformation campaign kill meat processing plant deal, he charges.

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Run for County Executive?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Run for County Executive?

The list is long and could get longer. Handicapping the favorites. 

Barrett Offers City for G-7 Summit

Barrett Offers City for G-7 Summit

Urges President Trump to host 2020 meeting of leading industrial nations in Milwaukee.

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Governor says only Vos and Fitzgerald prevent common sense gun reforms.

Lead Exposure Linked to Gun Violence

Lead Exposure Linked to Gun Violence

UWM study finds kids exposed to lead are more likely to later commit gun violence.

City Hall: Anonymous Crime Reporting Service Launches
City Hall

Anonymous Crime Reporting Service Launches

"Crime doesn't pay, but Crime Stoppers does," says Alderwoman Chantia Lewis.

City Hall: Community Outpouring Over City Budget
City Hall

Community Outpouring Over City Budget

Dozens of residents object to nearly half of budget paying for police.

Dining: Puerto Rican Cafe Opens in Walker Square
Dining

Puerto Rican Cafe Opens in Walker Square

Johanna's Cakes & Desserts Cafe offers sweet treats, custom cakes and sandwiches.

Police Seize Almost $1 Million From THC Vaping Operation

Police Seize Almost $1 Million From THC Vaping Operation

Department looking for a connection to the outbreak of vaping-related lung disease.

Derailed: Behind Wisconsin’s Abandoned High Speed Rail
Derailed

Behind Wisconsin’s Abandoned High Speed Rail

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson laid groundwork for the project that Gov. Scott Walker killed.

Milwaukee Becoming a Cruise Ship Destination

Milwaukee Becoming a Cruise Ship Destination

Milwaukee is an increasingly important port of call for cruising on the Great Lakes, visits to city up 100 percent this year.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Deconstruction Program Expected to Restart Next Week
Eyes on Milwaukee

Deconstruction Program Expected to Restart Next Week

Contractor will start after months of delays.

Direct Supply’s Innovation & Technology Center Opens @ MSOE
Press Release

Direct Supply’s Innovation & Technology Center Opens @ MSOE

The 55,000 sq. ft. building is the largest of its kind in the nation

City Hall: State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget
City Hall

State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget

Seven Republicans take aim at proposal to reduce police staffing, but don't mention sales tax request.

City Hall: Zielinski for Mayor Bus Ads Debut
City Hall

Zielinski for Mayor Bus Ads Debut

21 MCTS buses now highlight Tony Zielinski's campaign for mayor.

Convention Hosts Tell Milwaukee To Play The Long Game

Convention Hosts Tell Milwaukee To Play The Long Game

Cleveland and Philadelphia experienced long-term economic impacts following national conventions.

Police Chief Touts Successes

Police Chief Touts Successes

City's homicide and non-fatal shootings are down, but chief faces reappointment with rumors swirling that he might not be retained.

City Hall: Is The City Ready to Plow Snow?
City Hall

Is The City Ready to Plow Snow?

City has 28,405 tons of salt and 414 pieces of equipment ready to clear 1,472 miles of city streets.

Wisconsin Politicians and Impeachment History

Wisconsin Politicians and Impeachment History

From Mayor Tom Barrett to Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Wisconsinites involved in every presidential impeachment attempt.

Milwaukee awarded $5.6 million HUD grant to protect children and families from lead hazards in the home
Press Release

Milwaukee awarded $5.6 million HUD grant to protect children and families from lead hazards in the home

City of Milwaukee identified as a priority area to address lead and other home health hazards

City Hall: Feds Award $5.6 Million for Lead Abatement
City Hall

Feds Award $5.6 Million for Lead Abatement

42-month grant can be used for paint and soil abatement in affected homes.

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

League of Wisconsin Municipalities want Gov. Evers and the legislature to work together to find solutions.

Violence Prevention Director to testify on Capitol Hill regarding the city’s efforts to combat gun violence
Press Release

Violence Prevention Director to testify on Capitol Hill regarding the city’s efforts to combat gun violence

Reggie Moore, Director of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention will testify in front of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Transportation: Do You Love or Hate the Scooters?
Transportation

Do You Love or Hate the Scooters?

City launches survey in advance of pilot study ending in December.

Mayor of Milwaukee to go ‘On the Issues’ at Marquette Law School
Press Release

Mayor of Milwaukee to go ‘On the Issues’ at Marquette Law School

Barrett was a state representative, state senator, and U.S. congressman before being elected mayor of Milwaukee in 2004.

City Hall: Mayor’s Budget Cuts Cops and Property Tax Rate
City Hall

Mayor’s Budget Cuts Cops and Property Tax Rate

City squeezed by rising pension costs, declining state aid. Police cuts through retirements proposed.

Eyes on Milwaukee: African American Affairs Office Planned for W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Eyes on Milwaukee

African American Affairs Office Planned for W. Fond du Lac Ave.

City will set up clearinghouse for city, community resources at 48th and Fond du Lac.

2 Police Brutality Settlements Before the City

2 Police Brutality Settlements Before the City

Council could approve $260,000 in settlements Tuesday.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched
Eyes on Milwaukee

$44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched

Huge group of politicians, dignitaries, salute project to redevelop Civil War-era VA complex.

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

Goyke, Johnson push bill allowing local voters to approve 1% county sales tax.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 12 New Pop-Up MKE Shops Coming
Eyes on Milwaukee

12 New Pop-Up MKE Shops Coming

Eager entrepreneurs will bring new business activity to three of city's commercial corridors.

Photo Gallery: Custer Playfield Reopens
Photo Gallery

Custer Playfield Reopens

New playground, basketball courts and walking path are part of $25 million city recreation plan.

Plats and Parcels: Wangard Plans “Eagleknit” in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

Wangard Plans “Eagleknit” in Walker’s Point

Plus: Action-packed week of real estate includes new apartments, downtown HQ and more pizza.

Forging New Frontiers in AI Education – Diercks Hall Opens at MSOE
Press Release

Forging New Frontiers in AI Education – Diercks Hall Opens at MSOE

The 65,536-square-foot building, located at 1025 N. Milwaukee St., was made possible with a $34 million gift from MSOE alumnus Dwight Diercks and his wife Dian and features an NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer.

City Tops in TIF Money for Streetcar

City Tops in TIF Money for Streetcar

State tax system forced Milwaukee’s dependence on TIF, WPF report finds.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Opens Diercks Hall, Boots Up “Rosie”
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE Opens Diercks Hall, Boots Up “Rosie”

New computer science hall will keep MSOE at cutting edge of education and tech.

City Hall: Ashanti Hamilton Ends Mayoral Bid
City Hall

Ashanti Hamilton Ends Mayoral Bid

Common Council president will run for reelection to his council seat.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Why Talgo Stays in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Why Talgo Stays in Milwaukee

Company's customers are on the West Coast, so why expand its Milwaukee facility?

Transportation: The Hop Records 80,113 Rides in August
Transportation

The Hop Records 80,113 Rides in August

Third best month on record, but down from July high.

Alderman Donovan urges GOP legislative leaders to use caution on sales tax ask
Press Release

Alderman Donovan urges GOP legislative leaders to use caution on sales tax ask

Media alert and letter from Alderman Bob Donovan

City Hall: Should Milwaukee Ban Plastic Straws?
City Hall

Should Milwaukee Ban Plastic Straws?

Some alderman seem in favor. It's one of the few single-use plastics the city could ban.

Op Ed: Tom Barrett’s Black Voter Challenge
Op Ed

Tom Barrett’s Black Voter Challenge

His support solid in black community. But 2020 could be different.

Milwaukee Area Elected Officials and Community Leaders Propose a New Revenue Solution to Invest in our Communities
Press Release

Milwaukee Area Elected Officials and Community Leaders Propose a New Revenue Solution to Invest in our Communities

An unprecedented partnership will move forward to pursue new revenue solutions that provide property tax relief to residents through a local option sales tax

City Hall: Tax Hike Would Give City $50 Million Per Year
City Hall

Tax Hike Would Give City $50 Million Per Year

Barrett says proposed 1% sales tax hike would fund police, fire, streets, property tax relief.

MKE County: Unique Coalition Seeks Sales Tax Hike
MKE County

Unique Coalition Seeks Sales Tax Hike

County officials, all 19 municipalities, business leaders back plan to net $160 million per year.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Celebrates BID-NID Week
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Celebrates BID-NID Week

America's first such event. Spotlight on city's many neighborhood and business districts.

Mr. Mayor:  Who in Heaven’s Name is Watching the Store?
Press Release

Mr. Mayor: Who in Heaven’s Name is Watching the Store?

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 6, 2019

Eyes on Milwaukee: “Mystery Company” Is Strauss Brands
Eyes on Milwaukee

“Mystery Company” Is Strauss Brands

Franklin meat supplier bringing 250 jobs to Century City. Big win for neighborhood.

Strauss Brands to Build Headquarters and Processing Facility at Century City
Press Release

Strauss Brands to Build Headquarters and Processing Facility at Century City

Strauss will commence construction on the Century City project later this year with occupancy expected in 2021. The company will employ 250 workers at Century City, including headquarters staff and production personnel.

City Hall: Hamilton Could Still Run for Mayor
City Hall

Hamilton Could Still Run for Mayor

Common Council president once again promises an announcement "pretty soon."

City Hall: Council Okays Settlement to Sterling Brown
City Hall

Council Okays Settlement to Sterling Brown

City would pay $400,000. But the Bucks guard isn't expected to accept the offer.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Mystery Company Bringing 250 Jobs
Eyes on Milwaukee

Mystery Company Bringing 250 Jobs

And even better, in Century City, as part of city's effort to redevelop Tower Automotive site.

City Hall: Lena Taylor Announces Run for Mayor
City Hall

Lena Taylor Announces Run for Mayor

"We need leadership and an office that is not corrupt," she declares.

Murphy’s Law: Should Barrett Worry About Reelection?
Murphy’s Law

Should Barrett Worry About Reelection?

Another easy win seems certain. Which may not be so good for Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Northridge Mall Lawsuit Filed
Eyes on Milwaukee

Northridge Mall Lawsuit Filed

Battle over future of vacant mall headed to Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Photo Gallery: Good City Brewing Toasts New Location
Photo Gallery

Good City Brewing Toasts New Location

Brewery's new headquarters in Century City seen as a spur to help revive area.

Urban Ideas: Will Factory-Made Affordable Housing Succeed?
Urban Ideas

Will Factory-Made Affordable Housing Succeed?

A Chicago company could lead the way in constructing affordable apartments.

Brett Blomme Announces Campaign for Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Press Release

Brett Blomme Announces Campaign for Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Milwaukee Attorney and LGBTQ+ Activist to challenge Governor Walker Appointee

Art Scene: Mitchell Street Becoming Art Hub
Art Scene

Mitchell Street Becoming Art Hub

Scout Gallery, the newest addition to the street, represents a range of local artists.

Photo Gallery: Columbia Playfield Reopens
Photo Gallery

Columbia Playfield Reopens

Revamped north side park boasts a playground, basketball courts, splash pad and more.

Plats and Parcels: Timber Tower Grows Taller
Plats and Parcels

Timber Tower Grows Taller

Plus: Convention center expansion advances, MSO moves 631-ton wall, Brewers invest in The Avenue

City Hall: Barrett Kicks Off 2020 Budget Process
City Hall

Barrett Kicks Off 2020 Budget Process

Numbers are daunting. City between a rock and a hard place when it comes to finances.

Streetcar expansion plans irresponsible in light of Mayor Barrett’s proposed 2020 budget
Press Release

Streetcar expansion plans irresponsible in light of Mayor Barrett’s proposed 2020 budget

Statement of Alderman Tony Zielinski August 16, 2019

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the Good Hope Library
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the Good Hope Library

New library will open in November. See the progress in construction.

City Hall: Spiker Wins Seat on Common Council
City Hall

Spiker Wins Seat on Common Council

Legislative aide Scott Spiker will replace his former boss Terry Witkowski.

About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

Media firestorm about college degree part of wide-ranging Isthmus feature story.

Transportation: City Will Double Number of Permitted Scooters, Ends “Pause”
Transportation

City Will Double Number of Permitted Scooters, Ends “Pause”

Bird, Spin will be allowed to enter Milwaukee market.

The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host “Back to School Celebration”
Press Release

The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host “Back to School Celebration”

Local restaurant community organization hosting carnival for MPS students

City Hall: Milwaukee Losing As Summerfest Safety Costs Grow Quickly
City Hall

Milwaukee Losing As Summerfest Safety Costs Grow Quickly

Long-term lease agreement means the city has eaten $4 million in costs since 2011.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Historic Turner Hall Gets New Signs
Eyes on Milwaukee

Historic Turner Hall Gets New Signs

Milwaukee landmark now sporting three new signs with historic appeal.

Transportation: Bublr Unveils Adaptive Bikes
Transportation

Bublr Unveils Adaptive Bikes

It's the first ever adaptive bikeshare in the U.S. that is fully integrated with the system.

Department of Public Works Restricts Additional Dockless Scooters in Pilot Study
Press Release

Department of Public Works Restricts Additional Dockless Scooters in Pilot Study

Possibility of suspending pilot in near future, pending scooter user behavior

Transportation: City Blocking New Scooters, 100+ Complaints About Bad Riders
Transportation

City Blocking New Scooters, 100+ Complaints About Bad Riders

City pushing pause on scooter pilot program to push for less sidewalk riding.

JoAnne Sabir Appointed to Wisconsin Center District Board
Press Release

JoAnne Sabir Appointed to Wisconsin Center District Board

Sabir’s appointment was made by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Project Creates Tiny Homes for Veterans
Eyes on Milwaukee

Project Creates Tiny Homes for Veterans

$2 million project would build 48 tiny homes on a seven-acre site on Northwest Side.

City Hall: Aldrete Will Lead Police-Fire Commission
City Hall

Aldrete Will Lead Police-Fire Commission

Attorney, third FPC leader in three years, brings diverse background to challenging job.

City Hall: Will He or Won’t He Run for Mayor?
City Hall

Will He or Won’t He Run for Mayor?

Council president Ashanti Hamilton promises his decision by next week.

City Hall: Outside Firm Auditing City’s Lead Program
City Hall

Outside Firm Auditing City’s Lead Program

Expert hired by Comptroller doing audit council originally wanted done by May 2018.

MKE Plays receives $500K from Burke Foundation
Press Release

MKE Plays receives $500K from Burke Foundation

This is the second large donation to MKE Plays by The Burke Foundation

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Changes Financing Plan
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Changes Financing Plan

Developer misses funding deadline, plans to apply again. Baird & Co. now working on the deal.

FPC Nominee Faces Cloud of Uncertainty

FPC Nominee Faces Cloud of Uncertainty

Council vote unclear on Griselda Aldrete, mayor's pick to lead Fire & Police Commission.

“Bridge the City” Helps People Take Action

“Bridge the City” Helps People Take Action

Local podcast's creators work to change narratives, spur civic action.

Milwaukee Film Expands Festival Footprint
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Expands Festival Footprint

Cedarburg and the Third Ward Neighborhoods Added. Rivoli Theatre and Broadway Theatre Center Join as New Film Venues

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding streetcar expansion
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding streetcar expansion

"Today’s decision makes it far more difficult for those benefits to ever fully reach the residents of Bronzeville, Walker’s Point and all of our other great neighborhoods."

Transportation: No Streetcar Expansion in Time for DNC
Transportation

No Streetcar Expansion in Time for DNC

Proposal held again. Marcoux, Hamilton fight over future of streetcar.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Sherman Park Success Story
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Sherman Park Success Story

Developers rehab 104 city-owned homes in three years in the area.

City Hall: Take It EZ, Donovan Urges
City Hall

Take It EZ, Donovan Urges

New public-private initiative targets reckless driving in the city.

Friday Photos: Clarke Square Rises
Friday Photos

Clarke Square Rises

Two new apartment buildings will bookend park.

Transportation: Streetcar Records Best Ridership Day
Transportation

Streetcar Records Best Ridership Day

Bastille Days and Summerfest boost ridership to new high.

Bastille Days Caps Record-Setting Run for Hop Ridership
Press Release

Bastille Days Caps Record-Setting Run for Hop Ridership

Streetcar averaging 3,821 riders per day since Summerfest kicked off June 26

Photo Gallery: Vive la Bastille Days
Photo Gallery

Vive la Bastille Days

The showcase for French culture celebrated its 38th year. Our photos celebrate a little, too.

One Year Out: Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Releases Video to Mark Countdown to Democratic National Convention
Church Defends Banner of Accused Child Rapist

Church Defends Banner of Accused Child Rapist

Residents upset south-side church promoting religious leader accused of dozens of crimes.

City Hall: Council Protects Tenants Seeking Lead Hazard Remedies
City Hall

Council Protects Tenants Seeking Lead Hazard Remedies

Ordinance prohibits evictions of tenants seeking advice or service for lead hazards.

Transportation: Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks
Transportation

Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks

City's action means scooters could be back on streets soon, but fined for using sidewalks.

Transportation: Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Scooters
Transportation

Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Scooters

Mayor says scooters could be back on Milwaukee streets in a few weeks.

Mayor Barrett Nominates Griselda Aldrete to be Director of the Fire and Police Commission
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Nominates Griselda Aldrete to be Director of the Fire and Police Commission

Most recently, Aldrete has served as President and CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.

City of Milwaukee Health Department Announces Dates and Locations for 18th Annual Back-to-School Health Fairs
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Health Department Announces Dates and Locations for 18th Annual Back-to-School Health Fairs

Health fairs to be held August 2nd at Washington High School and August 9th at Journey House

State funding for youth summer jobs wisely restored by Governor Evers
Press Release

State funding for youth summer jobs wisely restored by Governor Evers

A statement by Alderman Cavalier Johnson July 3, 2019

Talgo Hiring Events in Milwaukee, WI
Press Release

Talgo Hiring Events in Milwaukee, WI

Talgo is experiencing a lot of positive momentum driven by its success in winning new contracts.

To Curb Reckless Drivers, There is No Substitute for Police Officers
Press Release

To Curb Reckless Drivers, There is No Substitute for Police Officers

No plan can be considered comprehensive that neglects law enforcement

Plats and Parcels: State Aids Convention Center Expansion
Plats and Parcels

State Aids Convention Center Expansion

Plus: Affordable housing developer buys south side site, Irgens plan to redevelop M&I building

On the Use of Tax Dollars for the Streetcar, Mayor Barrett is Either Deceitful or Incompetent
City Hall: Board of Health Appointments Sail Through
City Hall

Board of Health Appointments Sail Through

Public Safety & Health Committee approves Barrett's appointments, chastises Barrett for not creating board earlier

Eyes on Milwaukee: Washington Nominated To City Plan Board
Eyes on Milwaukee

Washington Nominated To City Plan Board

Town Bank VP Ranell Washington would replace his former coworker on commission.

Transportation: Free Streetcar Rides Planned for 2020
Transportation

Free Streetcar Rides Planned for 2020

City hopes to maintain free rides to keep up ridership but this could leave funding gap.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visions of a Redeveloped M&I Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

Visions of a Redeveloped M&I Tower

Irgens unveils renderings of redeveloped 20-story building, long a bank headquarters.

Eyes on Milwaukee: BMO Celebrates Topping Off Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

BMO Celebrates Topping Off Tower

Workers lift signed steel beam to top of 25-story tower. What comes next?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission

Mayor appoints south side leader to design and zoning oversight board.

City Hall: Barrett Appoints First Board of Health
City Hall

Barrett Appoints First Board of Health

City's first health oversight board is proposed to be filled almost entirely with women.

Transportation: Marcoux Warns Not Acting Could Jeopardize Streetcar Extension
Transportation

Marcoux Warns Not Acting Could Jeopardize Streetcar Extension

DCD officials tell council delaying project approval would cost $8.1 million annually.

Photo Gallery: Juneteenth Day 2019
Photo Gallery

Juneteenth Day 2019

State and local leaders join community for Juneteenth Day celebration.

Transportation: Will Streetcar be Extended by the DNC?
Transportation

Will Streetcar be Extended by the DNC?

Mayor, aldermen differ on whether rail extension can be completed for national convention.

Murphy’s Law: City Attorney Grant Langley Retiring?
Murphy’s Law

City Attorney Grant Langley Retiring?

Vince Bobot announces for job, leading to speculation Langley may retire after 36 years.

Campaign Cash: Accused Polluter a Big Campaign Donor
Campaign Cash

Accused Polluter a Big Campaign Donor

Johnson Controls International’s subsidiary accused of releasing hazardous chemicals, contaminating drinking water.

Photo Gallery: PrideFest Boasted 120 LGBTQ Artists
Photo Gallery

PrideFest Boasted 120 LGBTQ Artists

45,787 people attended, making it the largest pride event ever held in Wisconsin.

Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Pride Parade
Photo Gallery

15th Annual Pride Parade

Milwaukee's most colorful parade had tons of floats and a one-block-long rainbow flag.

Plats and Parcels: Plans Released for Foxconn’s LCD Factory
Plats and Parcels

Plans Released for Foxconn’s LCD Factory

Millwork company bringing 200 jobs to city, Bayside tower gets shorter, Sonag owner pleads guilty.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Honors Historic Preservation Leaders
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Honors Historic Preservation Leaders

Cream of the Cream City awards 8 leaders in adaptive reuse, historic preservation.

City Hall: City Is Repaving More Streets
City Hall

City Is Repaving More Streets

But is focus on streets just creating a backlog of alleys and sidewalks needing work?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Say Hello to Postman’s Porch
Eyes on Milwaukee

Say Hello to Postman’s Porch

Milwaukee Downtown leads the reinvention of small triangular park near 2nd and Wells.

Campaign Cash: Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big
Campaign Cash

Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big

Since 2010, group spent $3.2 million on elections, mostly for Democrats, and $1.2 million on lobbying.

Urban Manufacturing Alliance hosts national event in Milwaukee
Press Release

Urban Manufacturing Alliance hosts national event in Milwaukee

Gathering focuses on building new narratives for manufacturing

Eyes on Milwaukee: “The Blue” Gets $30 Million Upgrade
Eyes on Milwaukee

“The Blue” Gets $30 Million Upgrade

See the transformation of under-used office building on now booming W. Wisconsin Ave.

Transportation: Mayor, Aldermen Celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week
Transportation

Mayor, Aldermen Celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week

Elected officials lead rides to Downtown to tout city's improving cycling infrastructure.

Plats and Parcels: Three Downtown Hotels Will Miss DNC
Plats and Parcels

Three Downtown Hotels Will Miss DNC

Plus: Former Toys R Us becoming grocery store, and Pabst Mansion plans auction.