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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.

Source

Campaign Finance Reports

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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Press Release

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Proclamation by the Mayor
Press Release

Proclamation by the Mayor

 

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

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

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Judge Rules Northridge Mall Must Be Demolished

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

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

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

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2020 Spring Election Results

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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.

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

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Milwaukee’s Voter Turnout Is Way Down

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

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

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Lena Taylor’s Aide Suspended by WNOV

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Where Are the Missing Ballots?

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Supreme Court Reinstates Election, Overrules Evers

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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

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Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

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

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DNC “Should Not Be Our Priority,” Barrett Says

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Murphy’s Law

Republicans Risk Public Health With Election

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

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Milwaukee Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

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

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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’

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City Hall

Barrett, Taylor Debate Remotely for Mayor

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

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Eyes on Milwaukee

Wisconsin Center Faces 50% Revenue Cut

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

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Archdiocese To House Homeless During Crisis

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

Vote Absentee: Mayoral Candidates
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Mayoral Candidates

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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.

Plats and Parcels: Goll Mansion Site for Sale
Plats and Parcels

Goll Mansion Site for Sale

Plus: A full week of real estate news.

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.

City Hall: Six Candidates Seek Aldermanic Job
City Hall

Six Candidates Seek Aldermanic Job

With Ald. Witkowski resigning, special election has been called, with primary on July 16th.

Brew City Match to launch first round of small business competition
Press Release

Brew City Match to launch first round of small business competition

Applications for small business loans, technical support will open June 10

City Hall: Barrett Must Rebuild Fire & Police Board
City Hall

Barrett Must Rebuild Fire & Police Board

Powerful Fire & Police Commission needs new director and two new board members.

Transportation: No Agreement on Streetcar Extension
Transportation

No Agreement on Streetcar Extension

Mayor's press conference touts $160 million expansion plan. Delay could hurt city, he says.

City Hall: Council Rejects Barrett’s FPC Appointee
City Hall

Council Rejects Barrett’s FPC Appointee

Fire and Police Commission appointee gives "petulant" presentation, rejected by council.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Asian Market at Northridge By 2021?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Asian Market at Northridge By 2021?

After city condemns building, the mall's owners introduce development plan, timeline.

2019 Milwaukee Film Festival Ticket Packages and Passes on Sale This Week
Press Release

2019 Milwaukee Film Festival Ticket Packages and Passes on Sale This Week

Through Aug. 1, Festival passes, 6-packs and new 10-packs boast the biggest discount of the season, with Milwaukee Film Members earning an additional discount as part of their benefits.

City Hall: Alderman Terry Witkowski Resigning
City Hall

Alderman Terry Witkowski Resigning

Barrett-ally stepping down. Witkowski's aide, Scott Spiker, has filed to run for his seat.

Council Needs to Direct Resources Toward Citizen/Community Priorities: Our Neighborhoods
Press Release

Council Needs to Direct Resources Toward Citizen/Community Priorities: Our Neighborhoods

Statement from Aldermen Bob Donovan and Mark A. Borkowski May 23, 2019

Eyes on Milwaukee: 2019 Mayor’s Design Awards Recipients
Eyes on Milwaukee

2019 Mayor’s Design Awards Recipients

Here are winners of annual awards for the best in Milwaukee design.

Streetcar expansion plan has some missing pieces
Press Release

Streetcar expansion plan has some missing pieces

Statement of Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II May 21, 2019

Transportation: Council Holds Streetcar Extension
Transportation

Council Holds Streetcar Extension

Streetcar proponents become opponents, push for longer extension to Walker's Point.

City Hall: Will Lena Taylor Run for Mayor?
City Hall

Will Lena Taylor Run for Mayor?

Group attempting to draft Democratic Senator to run in crowded field.

Photo Gallery: Fishing and Fun at the Washington Park Pond
Photo Gallery

Fishing and Fun at the Washington Park Pond

Dozens of Milwaukee children learned about the joys of fishing and the great outdoors at a how-to event at Washington Park.

Transportation: Breaking Down the Streetcar Financing Plan
Transportation

Breaking Down the Streetcar Financing Plan

How would the city fund the $160 million, three-mile route?

Now Serving: Final Vendor Opens at Crossroads Collective
Now Serving

Final Vendor Opens at Crossroads Collective

Plus: Von Trier reopens on Farwell, new restaurant and bar concept in Walker's Point, beer graden coming to Tosa, new organic wine shop slated for Bay View.

Bronzeville Business Owners Desire the Streetcar

Bronzeville Business Owners Desire the Streetcar

Local shopkeepers say The Hop’s proposed expansion would bring an economic boost to the neighborhood.

Hispanic Convention Should Draw 20,000 People

Hispanic Convention Should Draw 20,000 People

League of United Latin American Citizens will celebrate 90th anniversary with July convention held in Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Town Square for Downtown Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Town Square for Downtown Milwaukee

City proposes Vel R. Phillips Plaza along W. Wisconsin Ave. with cafe and streetcar stop.

Friday Photos: Legacy Lofts Ribbon Cutting
Friday Photos

Legacy Lofts Ribbon Cutting

Historic structure and new building are already full.

Under new ownership, East Side German tavern to celebrate grand reopening
Press Release

Under new ownership, East Side German tavern to celebrate grand reopening

Mayor Barrett to tap keg at Von Trier’s ceremonial "Tapping of the Keg" event

Now Serving: Bagel Restaurant for Walker’s Point
Now Serving

Bagel Restaurant for Walker’s Point

Plus: Enlightened Brewery expands in Bay View, and new clash over food truck ban.

Transportation: City a Leader in Complete Streets Policy
Transportation

City a Leader in Complete Streets Policy

Milwaukee's Complete Streets policy ranks third nationally in report, but yet to be tested.

Historic Pipe Organ at Milwaukee Film’s Oriental Theatre to Bring Back Some Movie Magic
Press Release

Historic Pipe Organ at Milwaukee Film’s Oriental Theatre to Bring Back Some Movie Magic

Milwaukee Film has secured a 1925 Wurlitzer, which is currently being prepared for future installation

Transportation: Electric Scooters Could Return This Year
Transportation

Electric Scooters Could Return This Year

Bill working its way through state Legislature to legalize electric scooters.

City Hall: Former Alderman Charged With Accepting $30,000 Bribe Over Strip Club
City Hall

Former Alderman Charged With Accepting $30,000 Bribe Over Strip Club

Willie Wade allegedly accepted $30,000 bribe to support downtown strip club.

The State of Politics: A New Generation of Political Leaders
The State of Politics

A New Generation of Political Leaders

GenXers and Millennials are replacing Baby Boomers in political office.

Taco Truck Issue Still Not Settled

Taco Truck Issue Still Not Settled

Agreement between owner and area alderman Bob Donovan has fallen apart.

Mayor Barrett: Secure Our Neighborhoods, Fix Our Streets, and Enough with Your Damned Streetcar
Press Release

Mayor Barrett: Secure Our Neighborhoods, Fix Our Streets, and Enough with Your Damned Streetcar

Aldermen urge citizens to voice their opposition to the streetcar by saying “Enough is Enough!’ Joint statement from Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman Mark A. Borkowski May 6, 2019

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Clarke Square Groundbreaking
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Clarke Square Groundbreaking

Unconventional partnership breaks ground on 40-unit apartment building.

City Hall: What’s Happening in the New 9th?
City Hall

What’s Happening in the New 9th?

Ald. Chantia Lewis plans a State-of-the-District speech focused on a new economic model.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Northridge Owners Appeal Raze Order
Eyes on Milwaukee

Northridge Owners Appeal Raze Order

City wants to redevelop vacant mall citing inaction, safety concerns, but ownership objects.

Streetcar extensions’ preliminary engineering work brings hope for development, jobs and more
Press Release

Streetcar extensions’ preliminary engineering work brings hope for development, jobs and more

News release from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Firm commitment needed to bring streetcar to the South Side
Press Release

Firm commitment needed to bring streetcar to the South Side

Statement from Alderman José G. Pérez May 3, 2019

Transportation: 11 Key Facts About Streetcar Extensions
Transportation

11 Key Facts About Streetcar Extensions

Love the idea? Hate it? Either way we have all the details.

Now Serving: New Arts Cafe in Walker’s Point
Now Serving

New Arts Cafe in Walker’s Point

Plus: Eulogy for Joe Bartolotta. And Laughing Taco closes at Crossroads Collective.

Transportation: Barrett Talks Up Streetcar Extension
Transportation

Barrett Talks Up Streetcar Extension

Mayor discusses three-part streetcar extension in interview with Urban Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Downtown Huron Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

Downtown Huron Building Breaks Ground

Jeffers' track record wins praise, gains $14 million crowdfunding for 11-story office tower.

Campaign Cash: We Energies Has Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

We Energies Has Capitol Clout

Its holding company spent $1 million on lobbying and $1 million donating to mostly GOP candidates.

Plenty of Horne: Inside Milwaukee’s Successful DNC Bid
Plenty of Horne

Inside Milwaukee’s Successful DNC Bid

Mayor speaks off the cuff to reveal what happened, what's going on now, what is to come.

Proposed streetcar expansion expensive, ill-advised and premature
Press Release

Proposed streetcar expansion expensive, ill-advised and premature

Alderman Donovan asks one simple question: ‘Where’s the money?’

Transportation: Mayor Wants Three Streetcar Extensions
Transportation

Mayor Wants Three Streetcar Extensions

Will request engineering study of extensions to Bronzeville and Walker's Point

City’s New Horse Stables Break Ground

City’s New Horse Stables Break Ground

MKE Urban Stables to house police department's mounted patrol, offer equine therapy.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE To Redevelop Oldest Residence Hall
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE To Redevelop Oldest Residence Hall

Aging Johnson Hall will become Hermann Viets Tower, gain glassy, southern addition.

St. Joseph Hospital’s Future Raises Questions

St. Joseph Hospital’s Future Raises Questions

Here are the key issues in the controversy.

Friday Photos: Arbor Day Edition
Friday Photos

Arbor Day Edition

Mayor, MPS Superintendent, 4th graders plant 32 trees at Ohio Playfield.

Op Ed: Teaching UWM Students About a City
Op Ed

Teaching UWM Students About a City

“Focus on the Future” tour, on spring break, is an eye-opening look at Milwaukee.

Chisholm Confirms Health Department Probe

Chisholm Confirms Health Department Probe

DA says months-long investigation of how lead abatement program was handled continues.

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses JoCasta Zamarripa in race to be next 8th District Alderwoman

"It’s an honor to have Mayor Barrett’s support."

Milwaukee Film Launches Next Phase of Restoration at Historic Oriental Theatre
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Launches Next Phase of Restoration at Historic Oriental Theatre

All phase-two projects are scheduled to be complete before the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival.

City Hall: Who Wants to Design A New City Flag?
City Hall

Who Wants to Design A New City Flag?

Common Council starting process intended to end flag debate.

City Hall: DA Asked To Consider Charging City Officials
City Hall

DA Asked To Consider Charging City Officials

Hamilton, Donovan ask Chisholm to review top officials' actions on lead program problems.

Wauwatosa Mayor Ehley Elected Vice Chair of MMSD Commission
Press Release

Wauwatosa Mayor Ehley Elected Vice Chair of MMSD Commission

She brings her expertise in building relationships and collaboration to her role as Mayor and as MMSD Commissioner.

Property Values across the City of Milwaukee Continue to Increase
Press Release

Property Values across the City of Milwaukee Continue to Increase

Commercial property values increased 7.7%, driven by downtown development as well as growth in large residential development in Districts 6, 12, and 14.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s First Eco-Neighborhood
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s First Eco-Neighborhood

Community partners celebrate reinvigoration of Lindsay Heights neighborhood.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Luxury Tower with Affordable Housing
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Luxury Tower with Affordable Housing

Housing Authority to build 32-story, $150 million tower whose income would support affordable housing across city.

Community Coalition Undercut By City Health Department
Press Release

Community Coalition Undercut By City Health Department

Statement of Alderman Tony Zielinski April 16, 2019

City Hall: Council Approves “John Shaming” for Prostitution
City Hall

Council Approves “John Shaming” for Prostitution

Unanimously supports higher fines, shaming customers. But sex workers group objects.

City Hall: Barrett Blasted on Infant Mortality Grant
City Hall

Barrett Blasted on Infant Mortality Grant

African-American led organizations say Mayor, Kowalik killed their effort to get grant.

What’s It Worth?: Northridge Mall Worth $2.5 Million
What’s It Worth?

Northridge Mall Worth $2.5 Million

The three buildings need $6 million in repairs. Oh, how a mighty mall has fallen.

20th MANDI Awards Get Big Turnout

20th MANDI Awards Get Big Turnout

Many politicians at celebration honoring those improving city's neighborhoods.

Transportation: Bucks, City Unveil “Fear the Deer” Streetcar
Transportation

Bucks, City Unveil “Fear the Deer” Streetcar

Learn how to find the vehicle, and see what's inside.

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) Announces 2019 Winners for Improving Milwaukee Neighborhoods
Photo Gallery: Bucks Turn Milwaukee River Green
Photo Gallery

Bucks Turn Milwaukee River Green

Team painting the city green for the NBA playoffs.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Moves to Demolish Northridge Mall
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Moves to Demolish Northridge Mall

Condemnation order starts process to razing building and perhaps seizing property.

Bucks Take Over Milwaukee Ahead of First Round of 2019 Playoffs
Press Release

Bucks Take Over Milwaukee Ahead of First Round of 2019 Playoffs

Later on Friday morning, the Bucks and the city will unveil one of The Hop streetcars adorned with interior and exterior Bucks Playoff branding.

City’s Spring Turnout Up 50% Since 2017!

City’s Spring Turnout Up 50% Since 2017!

Contrary to early report, Milwaukee actually had strong turnout for Supreme Court race.

City Hall: What’s the Infrastructure Plan for DNC?
City Hall

What’s the Infrastructure Plan for DNC?

Council, led by Bauman, pushes for city to have citywide, coordinated plan for convention.

City Hall: Council Wants Better Pothole Response
City Hall

Council Wants Better Pothole Response

Public Works officials say Milwaukee bests other cities. Not good enough, aldermen say.

Campaign Cash: SEIU Biggest Labor Union Campaign Donor
Campaign Cash

SEIU Biggest Labor Union Campaign Donor

Public-private employees union spent $718,700 on Evers, $131,140 on Neubauer.

Mayor Barrett Issues a Challenge to Residents: “Help Milwaukee Count for the 2020 Census.”
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Issues a Challenge to Residents: “Help Milwaukee Count for the 2020 Census.”

In order for Milwaukee and our state to receive its fair share of funding for various services, it is important that everyone is counted.

Compete Milwaukee Program Boasts Positive Employment Results, Launches 2019 Application Season
Press Release

Compete Milwaukee Program Boasts Positive Employment Results, Launches 2019 Application Season

Transitional employment program seeks new cohort of applicants

Mayor Barrett Encourages Young Adults to Apply to MPD Ambassador Program
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Encourages Young Adults to Apply to MPD Ambassador Program

Program seeks to introduce youth to careers in public safety and strengthen MPD community involvement

City Hall: Food Truck Truce Reached
City Hall

Food Truck Truce Reached

But not before Donovan takes shots at the streetcar, potholes, Barrett and Tony Zielinski.

Port Milwaukee Sees Overseas Growth

Port Milwaukee Sees Overseas Growth

Last year, port had 43 international visits, up 25 percent from 2017.

Early Voting for 2019 Spring Election Sees Increased Voter Participation
Press Release

Early Voting for 2019 Spring Election Sees Increased Voter Participation

Residents have opportunity to vote early until Saturday, March 30

Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days
Press Release

Port Milwaukee International Shipping Season Begins Within Days

Two Ships Now Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Are Headed Here

6 Things to Know About Lincoln Hills

6 Things to Know About Lincoln Hills

A primer on how state’s youth prisons will be changed. Or not.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Who Should Win A Mayor’s Design Award?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Who Should Win A Mayor’s Design Award?

Nominations open until March 31st for 22nd annual Mayor's Design Awards contest.

Murphy’s Law: The Lessons of Baltimore
Murphy’s Law

The Lessons of Baltimore

A city falling apart, its police department dysfunctonal. Can Milwaukee learn from this?

Plats and Parcels: Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side
Plats and Parcels

Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side

State facility at 6600 N. Teutonia would replace troubled Lincoln Hills center.

Statement Regarding the Death of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson
Press Release

Statement Regarding the Death of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the tragic death of 2-year-old- Noelani Robinson:

Will Mayor’s Veto of Food Truck Ban Stand?

Will Mayor’s Veto of Food Truck Ban Stand?

Council could override but two aldermen have switched to Barrett’s side.

4 Ways To Get Involved In DNC

4 Ways To Get Involved In DNC

12,000 volunteers needed for 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

Transportation: Streetcar Extension Planned To Start in September
Transportation

Streetcar Extension Planned To Start in September

Extension to convention center would open in time for 2020 Democratic Convention.

City Hall: To Host DNC, Barrett Must Be Reelected
City Hall

To Host DNC, Barrett Must Be Reelected

He's clearly running, but still hasn't officially announced a race he badly wants to win.

NEWaukee to Host Event Featuring Local, State Representatives Next Thursday
Press Release

NEWaukee to Host Event Featuring Local, State Representatives Next Thursday

Political Open Mic with Bridge the City to Include Justice Rebecca Dallet, State Representative Evan Goyke, District Attorney John T. Chisholm and more

City Hall: Barrett Vetoes Food Truck Ban
City Hall

Barrett Vetoes Food Truck Ban

"We should support the opportunities and great flavors they bring to Milwaukee."

Why Did Democrats Choose Milwaukee?

Why Did Democrats Choose Milwaukee?

Choosing this city for 2020 convention is about winning and signaling Democratic values.

City Hall: City Approves DNC Contract
City Hall

City Approves DNC Contract

City expects $50 million from federal government to pay for security.

City Hall: 12 Rules For City in DNC Convention Contract
City Hall

12 Rules For City in DNC Convention Contract

Democrats want lots of insurance, safes, security, live streaming and more.

City Wins 2020 Democratic Convention

City Wins 2020 Democratic Convention

Barrett and other leaders help city beat out Miami and Houston for national convention.

Milwaukee Named Host City for 2020 Democratic National Convention
Press Release

Milwaukee Named Host City for 2020 Democratic National Convention

Convention will generate $200 million in economic impact; shine global spotlight on city

Statement by IBEW Local 494 Business Manager on Milwaukee being selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention
Press Release

Statement by IBEW Local 494 Business Manager on Milwaukee being selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention

"Milwaukee is on the move, and our success in building the future represents the best of America."

City Hall: Barrett Offers Upbeat State of City Speech
City Hall

Barrett Offers Upbeat State of City Speech

Mayor touts employers coming to city, The Hop's launch and a friendly governor.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Any City Progress on Affordable Housing?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Any City Progress on Affordable Housing?

Has Barrett's 10,000 homes initiative had an impact? Council members give mixed grades

City Hall: Donovan Won’t Run for Re-Election
City Hall

Donovan Won’t Run for Re-Election

Fightin' Bob is walking away. Zamarripa and Bielinski likely to run for council seat.

City Hall: Aldermen Blast City’s Snowplowing
City Hall

Aldermen Blast City’s Snowplowing

Just how bad is city's operation? Aldermen allege lies and mismanagement.

Plan To Attend the Inaugural MENTOR Recruitment Fair
Press Release

Plan To Attend the Inaugural MENTOR Recruitment Fair

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at City Hall

City Recognizes Completion of the Washington Park Townhomes
Press Release

City Recognizes Completion of the Washington Park Townhomes

Quality Housing Added to Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor

Now Serving: New Cafe Opening in Silver City
Now Serving

New Cafe Opening in Silver City

Plus: Kitt's to reopen, Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea comes to Yankee Hill, but no more food trucks for W. National Ave.

Three Milwaukee Public Libraries to Receive Solar Installations
Press Release

Three Milwaukee Public Libraries to Receive Solar Installations

"Milwaukee is leading by example in the transition to a clean energy future."

City Hall: An Extra Four Days to Pay Parking Tickets
City Hall

An Extra Four Days to Pay Parking Tickets

City extending grace period on parking ticket payments.

City Hall: Food Trucks Banned on W. National Ave.
City Hall

Food Trucks Banned on W. National Ave.

Council approves resolution to ban food trucks from S. Layton Blvd. west to city limits.

City Hall: Littering Will Now Cost $500
City Hall

Littering Will Now Cost $500

Council raises minimum fine from $25 to $500. "Our streets are dirty," says Ald. Stamper.

Milwaukee Film Achieves $10 Million Fundraising Goal
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Achieves $10 Million Fundraising Goal

While the campaign enjoyed support from over 900 contributors, several highly committed philanthropists supported the campaign through generous lead donations.

HNTB to move Milwaukee office and 90 jobs downtown
Press Release

HNTB to move Milwaukee office and 90 jobs downtown

Commitment to client service and accessibility prompts decision to relocate

Port Milwaukee Seaway Cargo Volume Grows in 2018
Press Release

Port Milwaukee Seaway Cargo Volume Grows in 2018

Bulk Material Volume Down as Cargo Deliveries Pushed into 2019

City’s misplaced priorities leaving residents and businesses buried this winter
Press Release

City’s misplaced priorities leaving residents and businesses buried this winter

Statement of Alderman Tony Zielinski February 18, 2019

City Hall: Council Will Now Make Flag Decision
City Hall

Council Will Now Make Flag Decision

Will city ever have new flag? Council punted issue to arts board and board punted it back.

City Hall: Three City Libraries Will Get Solar
City Hall

Three City Libraries Will Get Solar

But city wants to install five times more solar power and faces We Energies opposition.

WISN 12 Hosts 34th Annual Black Excellence Awards
Press Release

WISN 12 Hosts 34th Annual Black Excellence Awards

2019 Gala event recognizes local entrepreneurs

Eyes on Milwaukee: Summit Credit Union Coming to Walker’s Point
Eyes on Milwaukee

Summit Credit Union Coming to Walker’s Point

New branch of growing credit union will be located along S. 1st St. at Freshwater Plaza.

Digital Bridge of Milwaukee Unveils Plans for $32,500 Grant Received as Part of $1 Million Spectrum Digital Education Commitment
Press Release

Digital Bridge of Milwaukee Unveils Plans for $32,500 Grant Received as Part of $1 Million Spectrum Digital Education Commitment

Organization launches ‘Bridge Milwaukee’ program with area non-profits to bring digital literacy curriculum to families in need

Reggie Moore’s ‘Blueprint for Peace’

Reggie Moore’s ‘Blueprint for Peace’

Head of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention talks trauma with journalist Mike Gousha.

MPD Releases Name, Details About Slain Officer

MPD Releases Name, Details About Slain Officer

Matthew Rittner is third officer killed in line of duty in last eight months.

2019 MANDI Nominee: Architectural Planner Helps Underserved Areas
2019 MANDI Nominee

Architectural Planner Helps Underserved Areas

Prof. Carolyn Esswein and Community Design Solutions help develop city neighborhoods.

City Hall: Council Approves Civilian Health Oversight Board
City Hall

Council Approves Civilian Health Oversight Board

In the wake of health department's critical failures, mayor and council want more oversight.

City Hall: New Leader for Zoning Appeals Board
City Hall

New Leader for Zoning Appeals Board

Mayor picks attorney Brett Blomme to succeed controversial BOZA board chair.

Milwaukee Chinese Community Center to recognize Marquette University
Press Release

Milwaukee Chinese Community Center to recognize Marquette University

Marquette has a long history of welcoming international students.

Council Committee strongly backs creation of city Board of Health
Press Release

Council Committee strongly backs creation of city Board of Health

The full Common Council is scheduled to take action on the legislation when it meets on Tuesday, February 5 at 9 a.m. in the third floor Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

City Hall: Karen Dettmer Will Lead Water Works
City Hall

Karen Dettmer Will Lead Water Works

Committee puts veteran engineer through the ringer before endorsing her appointment.

First COP Houses Coming to City

First COP Houses Coming to City

Council members debate impact as Harambee area gets community oriented policing houses.

Eyes on Milwaukee: American Family Plans Downtown Building
Eyes on Milwaukee

American Family Plans Downtown Building

"Fairly large building" planned for Madison insurance company's Milwaukee office.

In Public: Nonsense In Front of City Hall
In Public

Nonsense In Front of City Hall

The sculpture by Tony Cragg is a great work — but not for the reasons you might expect.

Transportation: Should the Streetcar Be Free?
Transportation

Should the Streetcar Be Free?

How much would it cost to make The Hop free after 2019? And is it worth it?

Music: Great Music from Milwaukee
Music

Great Music from Milwaukee

South Milwaukee Performing Arts presents Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, Robin Pluer and Stas Venglevski.

Lead-Free Homes a Priority for Kowalik

Lead-Free Homes a Priority for Kowalik

But “we don’t have enough contractors,” city’s new health commissioner says.

2019 Milwaukee Film Festival Dates Announced
Press Release

2019 Milwaukee Film Festival Dates Announced

Film submissions for the annual event are now being accepted

The Hop Announces December Ridership Data
Press Release

The Hop Announces December Ridership Data

2,453 – Average Daily Rides

Eyes on Milwaukee: Evers Sells Vision to Local Leaders
Eyes on Milwaukee

Evers Sells Vision to Local Leaders

Governor urges business leaders to help two parties find common ground on tough issues.

EQ establishing operations on northwest side of Milwaukee
Press Release

EQ establishing operations on northwest side of Milwaukee

Minnesota-based financial services company expects to create 180 jobs over three years

Co-Chairs of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention Host Committee Announced
Press Release

Co-Chairs of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention Host Committee Announced

Milwaukee is currently a finalist, along with Houston and Miami, for hosting the convention to be held July 13-16, 2020.

Milwaukee Bucks, City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools Launch MENTOR Greater Milwaukee
Press Release

Milwaukee Bucks, City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools Launch MENTOR Greater Milwaukee

Alicia Moore named Executive Director of MENTOR Greater Milwaukee

Transportation: City Extending Streetcar to Convention Center
Transportation

City Extending Streetcar to Convention Center

Short extension can be built without federal funds, adding more ridership.

Op Ed: Welcome to Milwaukee, Mr. Walker
Op Ed

Welcome to Milwaukee, Mr. Walker

Governor who warned voters about evils of this city will now live here.

Campaign Cash: Only Neubaurer, Hagedorn in Court Race
Campaign Cash

Only Neubaurer, Hagedorn in Court Race

Two-candidate, left vs. right race for state Supreme Court. Neubauer has raised more money.

The Contrarian: Could Milwaukee Freeway Project Be Revived?
The Contrarian

Could Milwaukee Freeway Project Be Revived?

Walker killed E-W freeway project, but Evers could revive it.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Top 10 Stories of 2018
Eyes on Milwaukee

Top 10 Stories of 2018

Fiserv Forum, Komatsu, Michels, The Hop, but what surprise story took number one?

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners

Issues Request for Proposal for Milwaukee Public Library’s Capitol Branch

Lt. Gov.-Elect Barnes Confident Funding Will be Secured to Host DNC

Lt. Gov.-Elect Barnes Confident Funding Will be Secured to Host DNC

City will know soon if it will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Governor-elect Evers Announces Key Cabinet Appointments
Press Release

Governor-elect Evers Announces Key Cabinet Appointments

"I’ve said all along that my goal is to build a Wisconsin where people come together to invest in a brighter future for everyone..."

Praise for HACM exemplary hiring and contract gains for low-income residents
Press Release

Praise for HACM exemplary hiring and contract gains for low-income residents

Statement of Alderman Cavalier Johnson - December 18, 2018

Eyes on Milwaukee: Huge Michels Deal Gets No Direct Subsidy
Eyes on Milwaukee

Huge Michels Deal Gets No Direct Subsidy

Company and 250 jobs moving to city, in new 8-floor complex. City helps finance riverwalk.

Co-Chairs of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention Host Committee Announced
Press Release

Co-Chairs of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention Host Committee Announced

Milwaukee is currently a finalist, along with Houston and Miami, for hosting the convention to be held July 13-16, 2020.

Steering Committee Plans 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
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Steering Committee Plans 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The only cities that have celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday annually since 1984 are Atlanta, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Local Officials Oppose Wealth Test for Immigrants

Local Officials Oppose Wealth Test for Immigrants

Barrett, Abele, Moore oppose Trump plan requiring minimum income for immigrants to America.

City Hall: Evers Meets with Mayor, Common Council
City Hall

Evers Meets with Mayor, Common Council

Speech at City Hall indicates governor and city might finally be on the same page.

Mayor Barrett again neglects basic responsibilities
Press Release

Mayor Barrett again neglects basic responsibilities

His failure to appoint a new Emergency Government Coordinator leaves him out of compliance with State law

Eyes on Milwaukee: Huge Crowd At Sherman Phoenix Opening
Eyes on Milwaukee

Huge Crowd At Sherman Phoenix Opening

Fire-ravaged bank now home to a market with 28 local businesses.

Op Ed: There Are Solutions to City’s Poverty
Op Ed

There Are Solutions to City’s Poverty

They include more low-income housing, fewer fines and less incarceration.

City Hall: Ashanti Hamilton Files for Mayoral Run
City Hall

Ashanti Hamilton Files for Mayoral Run

Is Chris Abele planning to back Hamilton?

Council overrides mayoral veto of COP house initiative
Press Release

Council overrides mayoral veto of COP house initiative

Statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs - November 28, 2018

Common Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto on Amendment Tackling Neighborhood Blight
Press Release

Common Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto on Amendment Tackling Neighborhood Blight

"I am appreciative of my fellow Council members who saw the need for additional resources to tackle this major blight issue facing neighborhoods."

Eyes on Milwaukee: McKinley School Plan Passed Despite Protests
Eyes on Milwaukee

McKinley School Plan Passed Despite Protests

Opponents of affordable housing plan show up at City Hall with signs, to no avail.

City Rated 2nd Worst Place For Blacks

City Rated 2nd Worst Place For Blacks

Milwaukee gets dismal ranking in study tracking relative income, incarceration rates, six other factors.

City Hall: Council Slaps Down Mayor’s Vetoes
City Hall

Council Slaps Down Mayor’s Vetoes

Legislative body rejects all five vetoes by Mayor Tom Barrett.

City Hall: Barrett Issues 5 Budget Vetoes
City Hall

Barrett Issues 5 Budget Vetoes

Mayor rejects funding for a broad range of council initiatives.

American Heart Association commends Common Council for attempting to lay groundwork to expand healthy food access
Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Advances McKinley School Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Advances McKinley School Project

Opponents demand half the building and half of the low-income housing tax credits.

City Hall: City’s Lead Program is Working Again
City Hall

City’s Lead Program is Working Again

New health commissioner is resolving troubling issues, Mayor Barrett reports.

City Hall: 10 Curious Details in City’s 2019 Budget
City Hall

10 Curious Details in City’s 2019 Budget

A city store? No more alley repairs? Cutting tree trimming? The $1.5 billion budget has it all.

City Hall: Arts Board Wants New City Flag Search
City Hall

Arts Board Wants New City Flag Search

Process to select popular People's Flag not inclusive enough, board decides, so start over.

City Hall: Council Adopts 2019 City Budget
City Hall

Council Adopts 2019 City Budget

Average homeowner will see $51.88 increase, no change in total fire and police officers.

Statement Regarding New Director of MSO
Press Release

Statement Regarding New Director of MSO

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the announcement of Ken-David Masur as new director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra:

Businesses and officials: Keep Milwaukee’s popular food grading system
Press Release

Businesses and officials: Keep Milwaukee’s popular food grading system

State board poised to eliminate popular grading system for food establishments; news conference set for Monday

How Dane, Waukesha Counties Hurt Walker

How Dane, Waukesha Counties Hurt Walker

Lowest margin for him in 8 years in Waukesha, reflecting his high disapproval rating.

Murphy’s Law: 33 Election Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

33 Election Winners and Losers

Beyond the vote totals, who were the election’s other big winners and losers?

City Hall: Nikiya Dodd Handily Wins Council Seat
City Hall

Nikiya Dodd Handily Wins Council Seat

Political veteran could have a big impact on upcoming city budget debate.

City Hall: Pay Hike for City Politicians Is On Hold
City Hall

Pay Hike for City Politicians Is On Hold

Ald. Chantia Lewis delays vote on 13.6% raise she and some other colleagues want. Mayor threatens veto.

Plats and Parcels: Big Week of Real Estate News
Plats and Parcels

Big Week of Real Estate News

The Couture, Michels and streetcar headline a busy week.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Pride, City Debut Rainbow Crosswalks
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Pride, City Debut Rainbow Crosswalks

Crosswalks near Cathedral Square Park celebrate city's LGBTQ community.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Opens to Public
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Opens to Public

"This is your assignment: ride the streetcar," says Mayor Barrett.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Couture Cleared for Takeoff
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Couture Cleared for Takeoff

Long-anticipated project receives financing commitment from federal government.

The Couture Marks Major Milestone: Invited to Firm Loan Commitment Stage of HUD Loan Guaranty Program
Press Release

The Couture Marks Major Milestone: Invited to Firm Loan Commitment Stage of HUD Loan Guaranty Program

“This is a major milestone for The Couture that enables us to move forward with the final stage of financing,” said Rick Barrett.

Milwaukee Pride brings rainbow crosswalks to Cathedral Square
Press Release

Milwaukee Pride brings rainbow crosswalks to Cathedral Square

Join us Saturday for our Opening Ceremony

Eyes on Milwaukee: 11 Things to Know Before You Ride The Hop
Eyes on Milwaukee

11 Things to Know Before You Ride The Hop

How many people will ride it? How is it free? Oh so many questions, all answered here.

$800,000 added to 2019 city budget for Office of African American Affairs
Press Release

$800,000 added to 2019 city budget for Office of African American Affairs

Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey - November 1, 2018

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Little Windmill That Could
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Little Windmill That Could

Mayor celebrates city's only wind turbine; 1 million kilowatt hours of power earned $53,000

Saving for the future while taking care of our employees now
Press Release

Saving for the future while taking care of our employees now

Statement from Alderwoman Lewis - October 30, 2018

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Creates TIF for Villard Ave. Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Creates TIF for Villard Ave. Project

Deal on 43-unit apartment project is a shift in policy by Barrett administration.

City Hall: Barrett Taps Polenske For Public Works
City Hall

Barrett Taps Polenske For Public Works

Veteran City Engineer to become head of 2,300-employee Department of Public Works.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Take A Virtual Ride on The Hop
Eyes on Milwaukee

Take A Virtual Ride on The Hop

Mayor shows off The Hop in advance of Friday's public opening.

City Hall: Barrett Signs Complete Streets Policy
City Hall

Barrett Signs Complete Streets Policy

Mayor, city officials and activists gather to celebrate new legislation.

“Most Important Election Of Our Lifetimes”

“Most Important Election Of Our Lifetimes”

Obama’s speech here says health care, education, living wage are on the line.

LGBTQ Leaders Demand Transgender Rights

LGBTQ Leaders Demand Transgender Rights

Protest at City Hall opposes Trump Administration's attempt to "erase" transgender people.

City Hall: Health Department Faces Criminal Probe
City Hall

Health Department Faces Criminal Probe

Spat between Hamilton and Zielinski reveals DA investigating and Baker hiring lawyer.

A Giant Step for Bader Philanthropies

A Giant Step for Bader Philanthropies

Politicians, residents celebrate Bader foundation's move to near North Side.

City Launches Children’s Savings Accounts

City Launches Children’s Savings Accounts

City and United Way will start all MPS K-5 students with $25 in a savings account.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Engaging Businesses Along The Hop Route
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Engaging Businesses Along The Hop Route

Mayor Tom Barrett personally delivers first of nearly 300 kits to businesses.

Milwaukee Film Announces Take A Seat Campaign
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Announces Take A Seat Campaign

Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig launch a $1.5 million challenge match

Mayor Barrett’s Treatment of Dr. Patricia McManus Disgraceful
Press Release

Mayor Barrett’s Treatment of Dr. Patricia McManus Disgraceful

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - October 18, 2018

Murphy’s Law: Norquist Bashes Inspector General Idea
Murphy’s Law

Norquist Bashes Inspector General Idea

Council wants its own watchdog. Former mayor says post is unnecessary.

Fatherhood Summit Features Grammy Winner

Fatherhood Summit Features Grammy Winner

Hip-hop artist David Banner keynote speaker and Barrett, Abele attend 13th annual summit.

Cities Seek Climate Change Solutions

Cities Seek Climate Change Solutions

Milwaukee, Madison, Superior move toward solar and storm-sewer solutions.

Milwaukee Film Announce Guests at 10th Annual Festival
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Announce Guests at 10th Annual Festival

Oscar winner John Ridley and Emmy winning actress Felicity Huffman to appear on panel in partnership with Nō Studios; Netflix star DeWanda Wise, rapper Speech, and 100+ guests attending the festival

City Hall: How Long Will Flag Debate Last?
City Hall

How Long Will Flag Debate Last?

Arts Board might not have decision on the city flag by the end of 2018.

107 New Apartments For N. 5th Street

107 New Apartments For N. 5th Street

Ribbon cutting touts conversion of two old buildings into apartments in Harambee area.

The Harambee Revival Continues
Press Release

The Harambee Revival Continues

Historic renovations of the underutilized Nunn Bush Shoe Factory and vacant former Fifth Street School are a dream come true for seniors, veterans, jobs seekers… and the late Welford Sanders. Presenters and guests include City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the family of Welford Sanders, community members and project partners.

Local Leaders Demand Big Store Tax Reform

Local Leaders Demand Big Store Tax Reform

18 municipal leaders say big box tax loopholes costly, push legislators to change law.

JPMorgan Chase Commits $3.5M to Milwaukee Collaborative to Drive Economic Opportunity
Press Release

JPMorgan Chase Commits $3.5M to Milwaukee Collaborative to Drive Economic Opportunity

Bank’s PRO Neighborhoods investment will fuel community-based entrepreneurs, business owners to extend gains of downtown development to nearby neighborhoods

City Hall: Barrett Vetoes Inspector General
City Hall

Barrett Vetoes Inspector General

Council, Mayor at odds over how independent new position should be.

Plats and Parcels: More Apartments in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

More Apartments in Walker’s Point

A big week of real estate news as a bunch of projects move forward.

Mayor signs regressive parking meter tax legislation
Press Release

Mayor signs regressive parking meter tax legislation

Statement of Alderman Tony Zielinski - October 4, 2018

City Hall: Gonda Resigns from Water Works
City Hall

Gonda Resigns from Water Works

Longtime city employee resigns as Milwaukee Water Works director for job at UWM.

Property Values Climb Along The Hop Streetcar Route
Press Release

Property Values Climb Along The Hop Streetcar Route

Investment and New Construction Part of Downtown Growth

Murphy’s Law: Was Barrett Asleep on Health Department?
Murphy’s Law

Was Barrett Asleep on Health Department?

Problems may go back a decade and mayor deserves much blame, some alderman say.

City Hall: Will City Adopt a New Flag?
City Hall

Will City Adopt a New Flag?

Arts Board doesn't seem crazy about "Peoples' Flag," has invited creators to next meeting.

Friday Photos: Hammes HQ Nears Completion
Friday Photos

Hammes HQ Nears Completion

Brookfield firm will move Downtown before the end of the year.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Service Starts November 2nd
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Service Starts November 2nd

The Hop to launch with "Grand Hop-ening" celebration November 2nd-4th.

Hop On, Milwaukee!
Press Release

Hop On, Milwaukee!

Passenger service to begin with a ‘Grand Hop-ening’ celebration Nov. 2-4

City Hall: City Announces Green Infrastructure Plan
City Hall

City Announces Green Infrastructure Plan

Big changes to adapt to climate change and increase in damaging rainstorms.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Lands $285 Million Industrial Campus
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Lands $285 Million Industrial Campus

Komatsu Mining will move its West Milwaukee mining equipment campus to Harbor District.

Campaign Cash: Kleefisch Campaign Gives Walker $1 Million
Campaign Cash

Kleefisch Campaign Gives Walker $1 Million

While Barnes campaign gives just $20,000 to Evers campaign.

Komatsu Mining Corp. to Build $285 Million Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility in Milwaukee
Press Release

Komatsu Mining Corp. to Build $285 Million Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility in Milwaukee

Governor Walker joins company officials in announcing plans for 2.5-million-square foot campus in Milwaukee Harbor District

Over $800,000 in New and Increased Sponsorship Raised for 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival
Press Release

Over $800,000 in New and Increased Sponsorship Raised for 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and The Yabuki Family Foundation join 31 new sponsors. This is the largest increase in cash and in-kind support in the organization’s history.

City Hall: Barrett Unveils 2019 Budget Proposal
City Hall

Barrett Unveils 2019 Budget Proposal

Proposal would add 10 police officers, spend $20 million on lead abatement efforts.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Releases Rendering of New School
Press Release

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Releases Rendering of New School

The projected cost of the new school is between $20 million and $25 million.

Special ceremony to mark naming of Vel R. Phillips Ante Chamber
Press Release

Special ceremony to mark naming of Vel R. Phillips Ante Chamber

News release from Alderman Cavalier Johnson

Green Bay Packers players to take part in MKE Plays playground build
Press Release

Green Bay Packers players to take part in MKE Plays playground build

News release from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

Cream City Cinema Showcases Region’s Diverse Filmmaking Talent
Press Release

Cream City Cinema Showcases Region’s Diverse Filmmaking Talent

HBO presents new Cream City Cinema Emerging Voices Award to accelerate a local filmmaker’s career

City Hall: Baker To Testify Before Common Council
City Hall

Baker To Testify Before Common Council

110 pages of text messages show ex-Health Department head knew about lead problems.

Big Stars, Oscar Winners, and Locals Enter the Spotlight at 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival
Press Release

Big Stars, Oscar Winners, and Locals Enter the Spotlight at 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival

Sundance & SXSW Festival Favorite, directed by Milwaukee native, selected for Opening Night. Filmmakers are scheduled to attend Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night films

Cine Sin Fronteras Line-Up Marked by Themes of History and Celebration
Press Release

Cine Sin Fronteras Line-Up Marked by Themes of History and Celebration

Birds of Passage, Colombia’s Foreign Language Oscar selection, to be featured

HUD Awards $1.3 Million Choice Neighborhood Grant to Marquette University and Near West Side Partners
Press Release

HUD Awards $1.3 Million Choice Neighborhood Grant to Marquette University and Near West Side Partners

Planning Grant awarded to develop Transformation Plan targeting the HUD assisted College Court development and surrounding community

Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance and Northwestern Mutual Partner to Spotlight Growing Industries
Press Release

Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance and Northwestern Mutual Partner to Spotlight Growing Industries

Northwestern Mutual will be investing in the local area filmmaking economy by tapping members of the MFA to develop videos that highlight the Milwaukee area’s growing and vibrant tech industry.

City Hall: Council Okays New Health Commissioner
City Hall

Council Okays New Health Commissioner

Unanimous vote hands Jeanette Kowalik one of the most difficult jobs in city government.

City Hall: Health Commissioner Pick Gets First Approval
City Hall

Health Commissioner Pick Gets First Approval

Kowalik wins unanimous vote from committee, interim commissioner reveals ongoing issues.

City-Wide Cleanup Targets Neighborhoods

City-Wide Cleanup Targets Neighborhoods

Big Clean MKE sponsored by the city, two non-profits, gathers volunteers at four locations.

Statement from City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Regarding Rainbow Crosswalks
Press Release

Statement from City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Regarding Rainbow Crosswalks

DPW stands ready to continue our collaborative work with community members, Mayor Barrett, and Common Council members to find a solution that works for everyone.

Democratic Search Committee Visiting City

Democratic Search Committee Visiting City

“Purple State” status makes Milwaukee attractive as possible site for 2020 convention.

Milwaukee Pride launches campaign for rainbow crosswalks
Press Release

Milwaukee Pride launches campaign for rainbow crosswalks

Civic project honors LGBTQ heritage of Cathedral Square

Promises Not Kept
Press Release

Promises Not Kept

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Honor Herb Kohl at Arena Opening
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Honor Herb Kohl at Arena Opening

Senator Kohl owned team from 1985-2014, made sure NBA franchise stayed in Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Open Fiserv Forum
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Open Fiserv Forum

"The most forward-thinking, 21st-century building," says Bucks president Peter Feigin.

Governor Walker Celebrates Grand Opening of the Fiserv Forum
Press Release

Governor Walker Celebrates Grand Opening of the Fiserv Forum

3-to-1 return on investment for the State of Wisconsin

King Dr. Streetcar Extension Plan Released

King Dr. Streetcar Extension Plan Released

City and King Drive BID offer final plan for streetcar expansion and economic development.

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

City officials announce they will accept proposals for dockless bikeshare.

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

Meeting Addresses Swing Park Homicides

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

City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Announces A Dockless Bicycle Share Pilot Study
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Announces A Dockless Bicycle Share Pilot Study

Dockless Bicycle Share systems are privately operated and consist of self-service bicycles made available to users on a short-term basis.

More Development In Menomonee Valley

More Development In Menomonee Valley

Two businesses grab last two lots in Menomonee Valley Industrial Center.

10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival Boasts Three New Program Categories
Press Release

10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival Boasts Three New Program Categories

Six films are slated to make their world premieres at the festival this fall

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett endorses Julie Henszey for State Senate
Press Release

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett endorses Julie Henszey for State Senate

"Tom Barrett is kind, generous, and progressive, and I appreciate his support in this race."

Op Ed: New Vision For a Greater Downtown
Op Ed

New Vision For a Greater Downtown

MKE United Greater Downtown Action Agenda is soliciting input, creating a plan.

Chief Morales Addresses Spike In Crime

Chief Morales Addresses Spike In Crime

16 fatal shootings in last month; department launches violent crime initiative.

Sen. Chris Larson & Rep. Jonathan Brostoff Endorse Tom Palzewicz for Congress
Press Release

Sen. Chris Larson & Rep. Jonathan Brostoff Endorse Tom Palzewicz for Congress

Legislators say Tom will be a strong advocate for Southeastern Wisconsin and a supporter of progressive values

Stand 4 Peace Day: Celebrating Peace through the Sport of Art
Press Release

Stand 4 Peace Day: Celebrating Peace through the Sport of Art

On Saturday, August 25th from 5 to 9PM join Midtown residents and leaders at Tiefenthaler Park for their city-wide Stand 4 Peace Day Celebration.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Potawatomi Tops Off New Hotel Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

Potawatomi Tops Off New Hotel Tower

Construction has reached its peak on second tower of casino hotel.

Newly renovated Midtown Center Pick ‘n Save provides big boost
Press Release

Newly renovated Midtown Center Pick ‘n Save provides big boost

Statement of Alderman Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson - August 15, 2018

All the Election Data You Want

All the Election Data You Want

It was one for the history books, with many surprising results and newcomers.

Murphy’s Law: 23 Election Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

23 Election Winners and Losers

Beyond the vote totals, who were the other winners and losers in yesterday’s election?

Harbor View Plaza Selected as Name for the Harbor District’s First Waterfront Park
Press Release

Harbor View Plaza Selected as Name for the Harbor District’s First Waterfront Park

A groundbreaking event is scheduled for Friday, August 24th at 1:30 pm at Harbor View Plaza (600 E. Greenfield Ave.)

A United Community Supports Earnell Lucas for Sheriff
Press Release

A United Community Supports Earnell Lucas for Sheriff

"I am deeply grateful for the outpouring of support that our campaign is receiving."

Women’s March WI Endorses Nikiya Dodd for 5th District Alderman
Press Release

Women’s March WI Endorses Nikiya Dodd for 5th District Alderman

"I am so humbled to have earned the endorsement of Women's March WI."

Milwaukee Area Unions Endorse Nikiya Dodd for 5th District Alderman
Press Release

Milwaukee Area Unions Endorse Nikiya Dodd for 5th District Alderman

"As a State Senator and a County Supervisor I proudly stood with workers and their unions."

The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host Second “Sherman Park Revival Celebration”
Press Release

The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host Second “Sherman Park Revival Celebration”

Local restaurant community organization celebrates Sherman Park rehabilitation with MPS students and families

Eight dead in eight days – What Milwaukee needs to do to turn things around but won’t
Press Release

Eight dead in eight days – What Milwaukee needs to do to turn things around but won’t

The carnage continues as countless shootings have devastating impact on neighborhoods

Hank Aaron State Trail 5K returns Saturday, August 11
Press Release

Hank Aaron State Trail 5K returns Saturday, August 11

The 19th annual event will raise funds to support major trail initiatives

Milwaukee Motorcycle Film Festival Welcomes Harley-Davidson Motor Co™
Press Release

Milwaukee Motorcycle Film Festival Welcomes Harley-Davidson Motor Co™

Milwaukee Film celebrates the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary through film

Oriental Theatre to Host World Premiere of Definitive Betty White Documentary
Press Release

Oriental Theatre to Host World Premiere of Definitive Betty White Documentary

Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, coming soon

Eyes on Milwaukee: 4th Street Rededicated Vel R. Phillips Ave.
Eyes on Milwaukee

4th Street Rededicated Vel R. Phillips Ave.

A who's who ceremony of politicians and candidates turns out to honor legacy of Vel Phillips.

Special Report: MPD Slow to Respond to Violent Crimes
Special Report

MPD Slow to Respond to Violent Crimes

But response times for all types of calls have dropped an average of 32 minutes since 2015.

Safe & Sound Unveils Another Youth Mural

Safe & Sound Unveils Another Youth Mural

The community event was just the second of ten unveilings to take place in Milwaukee

Two cops dead and homicides, shootings, violence and disorder continue – where’s the plan, Tom?
Press Release

Two cops dead and homicides, shootings, violence and disorder continue – where’s the plan, Tom?

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - August 6, 2018

The City of Milwaukee and Bird Cooperate to Overcome Restrictions on E-Scooters
Press Release

The City of Milwaukee and Bird Cooperate to Overcome Restrictions on E-Scooters

New framework will help Milwaukee bring a new, innovative transportation option safely and legally to the city.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Should City Buy Third Ward Swing Bridge?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Should City Buy Third Ward Swing Bridge?

Ald. Robert Bauman advances idea to turn swing bridge into pedestrian bridge.

Brewery’s Expansion in Century City Praised

Brewery’s Expansion in Century City Praised

Good City Brewing’s new facility on 31st and Capitol could change perceptions, area representatives say.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Debuts New Parking Meters
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Debuts New Parking Meters

All 7,000 will ultimately be switched. Not sexy says Barrett, but he thinks public will approve.

City Hall: Police Can Soon Seize Scooters
City Hall

Police Can Soon Seize Scooters

Effective August 4. Now up to Legislature to change state law and make scooters legal.

Now Serving: New Patisserie For Walker’s Point
Now Serving

New Patisserie For Walker’s Point

Plus: new south side Pita Palace and new Peruvian food truck, Triciclo Peru.

This Is It! Celebrates 50th Birthday

This Is It! Celebrates 50th Birthday

State's oldest LGBT+ bar celebrates a half century in business with weekend party.

City Hall: City Will Impound, Yet Legalize Scooters
City Hall

City Will Impound, Yet Legalize Scooters

New plan allows city to impound scooters until state law makes them legal.

Residents, Police, Officials Mourn Slain Officer

Residents, Police, Officials Mourn Slain Officer

Michael J. Michalski, 52, was a much-loved, 17-year veteran of Milwaukee Police Department.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Good City Expands to Century City
Eyes on Milwaukee

Good City Expands to Century City

Craft brewery will locate its office and warehouse on 31st and Capitol in redeveloping area.

Will Settlement Change Police Practices?

Will Settlement Change Police Practices?

Community leaders hope ACLU suit’s settlement will improve cops’ interactions with minorities.

City Hall: Police Issue First Ticket for Scooter Crash
City Hall

Police Issue First Ticket for Scooter Crash

Pedestrian on sidewalk struck by Bird scooter operator on N. Downer Ave.

AFT Local 212, ATU Local 998 and LIU Local 113 endorse Earnell Lucas in latest sign of campaign’s momentum
Press Release

AFT Local 212, ATU Local 998 and LIU Local 113 endorse Earnell Lucas in latest sign of campaign’s momentum

Lucas is a decorated law enforcement executive with over 40 years of public safety experience.

2018 Brico Forward Fund Application Now Open
Press Release

2018 Brico Forward Fund Application Now Open

The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on Sunday, September 9, 2018 and winners will be announced during the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival.

City Hall: Council Delays Flag Decision
City Hall

Council Delays Flag Decision

Delegates Milwaukee Arts Board to decide if new flag needed and how to proceed.

Mayor Tom Barrett Announces Willie Wade as President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett Announces Willie Wade as President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee

"Willie Wade’s passionate leadership and commitment to connecting people to lifelong employment is unparalleled."

Illegal drugs are strangling the life out of our neighborhoods
Press Release

Illegal drugs are strangling the life out of our neighborhoods

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - July 19, 2018

Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban to Retire from the City of Milwaukee
Press Release

Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban to Retire from the City of Milwaukee

"It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the City of Milwaukee DPW."

RZA: Live From the 36th Chamber
Press Release

RZA: Live From the 36th Chamber

Milwaukee Film members can purchase tickets for $36 beginning Wednesday, July 18 at 9AM

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses Earnell Lucas for Milwaukee County Sheriff
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett endorses Earnell Lucas for Milwaukee County Sheriff

"I am honored by Mayor Barrett’s endorsement."

Hop on The Hop at Bastille Days This Weekend
Press Release

Hop on The Hop at Bastille Days This Weekend

Public invited to walk inside Milwaukee’s new streetcar at the Cathedral Square platform on Kilbourn Avenue from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Murphy’s Law: Who Now Has Power Over Police Chief?
Murphy’s Law

Who Now Has Power Over Police Chief?

Common Council may regret stripping mayor’s power over Police-Fire director.

City Hall: City’s $3.4 Million Settlement Will Cost More?
City Hall

City’s $3.4 Million Settlement Will Cost More?

IT costs weren't factored into city settlement of ACLU suit, could increase price tag.

City Hall: Council Backs Less Mayoral Power Over FPC
City Hall

Council Backs Less Mayoral Power Over FPC

Votes 13-1 to ask state to reduce mayor's power to appoint Fire and Police leader.

Council Backs $3.4 Million to Settle Suit

Council Backs $3.4 Million to Settle Suit

ACLU sued over police “stop and frisk” practices from 2010 to 2017.

City Hall: Zielinski Ramps Up Mayoral Campaign
City Hall

Zielinski Ramps Up Mayoral Campaign

"I want to run against Barrett," alderman says, laying out issues he will use against mayor.

Milwaukee Common Council approves historic settlement with ACLU, with sweeping police reforms to end unconstitutional stops and frisks of Black and Latinx people
Press Release

Milwaukee Common Council approves historic settlement with ACLU, with sweeping police reforms to end unconstitutional stops and frisks of Black and Latinx people

Agreement would require Milwaukee to overhaul police department policies, training, supervision, accountability, and community engagement

Murphy’s Law: High Court Sticks It To Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

High Court Sticks It To Milwaukee

Roggensack’s political decision gives police and fire unions more power over pension fund.

City Hall: Should Milwaukee Elect Police Chief?
City Hall

Should Milwaukee Elect Police Chief?

Alderman Rainey's proposal gets discussion, but not much support.

Murphy’s Law: Barrett Will Run for Reelection
Murphy’s Law

Barrett Will Run for Reelection

Mayor calling supporters, plans to run for 5th term in 2020, they say.

Campaign Cash: Harley Gave Generously to Republicans
Campaign Cash

Harley Gave Generously to Republicans

So did Sartori Foods. Both now hurt by Trump tariffs.

Bastille Days dishes out fresh French fare all weekend long
Press Release

Bastille Days dishes out fresh French fare all weekend long

Free food and drink demos, firkin tapping and wine tastings, plus a mélange of restaurant vendors

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Unveil Custom Fire Hydrants
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Unveil Custom Fire Hydrants

City works with team to install 15 unique fire hydrants around new arena.

Community Organizations to receive over $8.1 Million from City of Milwaukee’s Community Development Block Grant
Press Release

Community Organizations to receive over $8.1 Million from City of Milwaukee’s Community Development Block Grant

Funding to be allocated for housing and economic development amongst other services

Eyes on Milwaukee: Symphony Breaks Ground on New Hall
Eyes on Milwaukee

Symphony Breaks Ground on New Hall

$89 million music hall means "rebirth of a neighborhood" and "rebirth of the symphony."

Photo Gallery: Urban Milwaukee Celebrates 10th Birthday
Photo Gallery

Urban Milwaukee Celebrates 10th Birthday

Crowd packs Pabst Brewery & Taproom for publication's 10th anniversary.

City Hall: Adam Schlicht Confirmed as Port Director
City Hall

Adam Schlicht Confirmed as Port Director

New director envisions growing the port through international marketing, diversification.

Milwaukee Submits Bid for the 2020 Democratic National Convention
Press Release

Milwaukee Submits Bid for the 2020 Democratic National Convention

Last week, the DNC announced that the convention will be held from July 13th–16th, 2020.

Foxconn’s North American Headquarters Opening Downtown

Foxconn’s North American Headquarters Opening Downtown

Local officials celebrate at press conference, but will unemployed residents win jobs?

Foxconn Designates Downtown Milwaukee Building As North American Corporate Headquarters
Press Release

Foxconn Designates Downtown Milwaukee Building As North American Corporate Headquarters

Building Located at 611 E. Wisconsin Ave. Will Undergo Renovation, House More Than 500 Employees and Serve as Foxconn Innovation Center

Preview the New Black Holocaust Museum

Preview the New Black Holocaust Museum

Actor Danny Glover featured in opening celebration of building housing museum and Griot Apartments.

Photo Gallery: 2018 PrideFest
Photo Gallery

2018 PrideFest

Our photos capture the love and color of the 31st annual PrideFest.

Friday Photos: Copper Dome Emerges Downtown
Friday Photos

Copper Dome Emerges Downtown

Hammes HQ sports Jeffersonian-style design.

City Moves Forward With Land Sale for Milwaukee Urban Stables
Press Release

City Moves Forward With Land Sale for Milwaukee Urban Stables

Facility Combines Police Stable with Community Programming

City Hall: Council Moves to Confirm New Port Director
City Hall

Council Moves to Confirm New Port Director

Adam Schlicht has dreams of growing the port through international marketing.

Arts @ Large Begins Renovation of Historic Building

Arts @ Large Begins Renovation of Historic Building

When complete the building will have a cafe, student art gallery and an art-making studio.

Aldermen urge further interviews in Health Department investigation
Press Release

Aldermen urge further interviews in Health Department investigation

News release from Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman Mark A. Borkowski

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Celebrates Bike to Work Week
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Celebrates Bike to Work Week

Complete Streets policy set to be introduced.

Report Finds Milwaukee Mismanaged Lead Cases

Report Finds Milwaukee Mismanaged Lead Cases

Missing case files, cases closed prematurely and health department failed to follow state law

Op Ed: Will Democrat Gubernatorial Candidates Take On The Big Issues?
Op Ed

Will Democrat Gubernatorial Candidates Take On The Big Issues?

They all want to repeal Act 10. What they should do is deal with state's pressing issues.

Wisconsin Bike Week June 2nd-9th
Press Release

Wisconsin Bike Week June 2nd-9th

Celebrate Wisconsin Biking and Have FUN on Your Bike

Mayor Barrett Names Adam Schlicht as Port Director in Milwaukee
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Names Adam Schlicht as Port Director in Milwaukee

Schlicht will direct operations at Port Milwaukee, oversee a staff of nineteen people, and administer Foreign Trade Zone No.41.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 2018 Mayor’s Design Award Recipients
Eyes on Milwaukee

2018 Mayor’s Design Award Recipients

Twenty projects honored, ranging from new skyscraper to two new parks.

Public Invited to Hop on Board The Hop at Streetcar Open House
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Public Invited to Hop on Board The Hop at Streetcar Open House

Event features behind-the-scenes access to new streetcar maintenance facility, music and more

State, City Push Trauma-Informed Care

State, City Push Trauma-Informed Care

Medical personnel, fire fighters urged to look for telling injuries on small children.

Sculpture Milwaukee kicks off June 1 with live entertainment and free lunch
Press Release

Sculpture Milwaukee kicks off June 1 with live entertainment and free lunch

Northwestern Mutual Gardens to host ribbon-cutting ceremony from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

City Hall: Ald. Bohl Resigns, Takes Lobbying Job
City Hall

Ald. Bohl Resigns, Takes Lobbying Job

And full council approves La Keisha Butler as head of Fire and Police Commission.

Murphy’s Law: Police Video Gets National Attention
Murphy’s Law

Police Video Gets National Attention

Police confrontation with Bucks player gets national headlines, raises troubling questions.

“Dr. Carter” Gets Honorary Street Sign

“Dr. Carter” Gets Honorary Street Sign

Beloved pharmacist, drug store owner for 50 years, gets sign on 24th and Burleigh.

RFP Released for Menomonee Valley Riverwalk Design
Press Release

RFP Released for Menomonee Valley Riverwalk Design

Proposals are due by June 7, 2018.

City Hall: Mayor, Council Play Musical Chairs
City Hall

Mayor, Council Play Musical Chairs

New appointments open door for Ald. Jim Bohl to leave his elected position for lobbyist job.

Group Moves to Light the Hoan Bridge with Launch of Public Crowdsourcing Campaign
Press Release

Group Moves to Light the Hoan Bridge with Launch of Public Crowdsourcing Campaign

New group aims to light up the Hoan Bridge.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Breaking Ground for Five Fifty Ultra Lofts
Eyes on Milwaukee

Breaking Ground for Five Fifty Ultra Lofts

Project is a major milestone for the city, Bucks and local bucks.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Washington Heights Ribbon Cutting
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Washington Heights Ribbon Cutting

Music school opens in formerly vacant building on 47th and Vliet.

City of Milwaukee Arts Board awards $227,500 to 35 arts organizations
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Arts Board awards $227,500 to 35 arts organizations

MAB grants require a dollar-for-dollar cash match from other sources

Murphy’s Law: Can City Solve Its Turnout Problem?
Murphy’s Law

Can City Solve Its Turnout Problem?

It badly trailed voter turnout in Madison and other areas in 2016.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Meet the Finalists for Democratic National Convention
Eyes on Milwaukee

Meet the Finalists for Democratic National Convention

Milwaukee, the first to announce, is one of eight cities bidding.

NEA Awards $50,000 Grant to Support Development of Beerline Trail
Press Release

NEA Awards $50,000 Grant to Support Development of Beerline Trail

Local project is one of 60 receiving funding nationwide

Murphy’s Law: Lena Taylor Against the World
Murphy’s Law

Lena Taylor Against the World

Democratic legislator’s press conference was a declaration of war -- against everybody.

Common Ground Will Campaign for Living Wage

Common Ground Will Campaign for Living Wage

1,200 activists gather to launch new campaign addressing low wages in Milwaukee.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding Ascension Healthcare
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding Ascension Healthcare

"People from all over our city, regardless of income, need and deserve accessible health care."

Data Wonk: Why Is City’s Student Achievement So Low?
Data Wonk

Why Is City’s Student Achievement So Low?

NAEP results show notable progress in Chicago, but discouraging results here.

Aldermen ask Mayor Barrett to step down if he enters race for Governor
Press Release

Aldermen ask Mayor Barrett to step down if he enters race for Governor

Media advisory and letter from Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman Mark A. Borkowski

Murphy’s Law: Why Fire-Police Chief Was Axed
Murphy’s Law

Why Fire-Police Chief Was Axed

FPC botched police chief search and nice guy Mayor Barrett decided to get tough.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Breaks Ground on Educational Center
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE Breaks Ground on Educational Center

Science hall centering on artificial intelligence will be used by all students.

Northwestern Mutual receives 2018 Bubbler Award
Press Release

Northwestern Mutual receives 2018 Bubbler Award

Named one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work for Young Professionals

Child Care Centers Still Have Lead Pipes

Child Care Centers Still Have Lead Pipes

City has so far replaced lead service lines at 163 of 347 facilities.

Mayor Nominates La Keisha Butler to Head Up the Fire and Police Commission
Press Release

Mayor Nominates La Keisha Butler to Head Up the Fire and Police Commission

The Mayor’s Office released the following statement regarding the Fire and Police Commission:

Mayor’s firing of the executive director of the Fire and Police Commission most disappointing
Press Release

Mayor’s firing of the executive director of the Fire and Police Commission most disappointing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - April 23, 2018

Plats and Parcels: The Bad News About Bon-Ton
Plats and Parcels

The Bad News About Bon-Ton

And the good news about the harbor, and The North End.

Annual Property Assessments in Milwaukee Show Real Estate Values Are Up Throughout the City
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Annual Property Assessments in Milwaukee Show Real Estate Values Are Up Throughout the City

Every category of residential and commercial property saw increases in 2018.

Murphy’s Law: The Whacko Primary for Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Whacko Primary for Governor

Seriously, a dozen or more Democratic candidates? It’s beyond the Republicans’ dreams.

City Hall: The Remarkable Life of Vel Phillips
City Hall

The Remarkable Life of Vel Phillips

"A giant in our state" dies at 94; city to honor political pioneer with annual award.

$3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

$3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

City will work with Harbor District and BID to create unique amenity.

Plenty of Horne: Let Us Celebrate Saint John’s Third Tower
Plenty of Horne

Let Us Celebrate Saint John’s Third Tower

Ground breaking for third lakefront tower draws crowd of saints and sinners.

Mayor Barrett Supports Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Supports Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign

Annual display of jeans will line Wisconsin Avenue to raise awareness for sexual assault

Eyes on Milwaukee: Downtown Has Added 11,450 Housing Units
Eyes on Milwaukee

Downtown Has Added 11,450 Housing Units

All under Barrett, all since 2004. But what about the rest of the city?

Why Was Mitchell Street Social Security Office Closed?

Why Was Mitchell Street Social Security Office Closed?

And did the Social Security Administration defy an order from Congress to halt the closing?

7 Election Takeaways

7 Election Takeaways

What did we learn as the blue wave washed over Wisconsin?

Sculpture Milwaukee work earns place outside City Hall
Press Release

Sculpture Milwaukee work earns place outside City Hall

Tony Cragg’s Mixed Feelings donated anonymously through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Mayor Tom Barrett Applauds Passage of Bill Prohibiting Straw Purchasing
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett Applauds Passage of Bill Prohibiting Straw Purchasing

Senate Bill 408 criminalizes gun purchases on behalf of felons and acting as ‘human holster’

Westlawn Gardens Receives National Planning Award
Press Release

Westlawn Gardens Receives National Planning Award

The 2018 HUD Secretary’s Opportunity & Empowerment Award recognizes the transformation of Wisconsin’s largest public housing community.

City Hall: Milwaukee Bans Conversion Therapy
City Hall

Milwaukee Bans Conversion Therapy

Controversial therapy tries to transform LGBT teens into heterosexuals.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Presents First Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Presents First Streetcar

Streetcar arrives and runs on city streets for the first time in 60 years.

First Milwaukee Streetcar Vehicle Has Departed Manufacturer In Pennsylvania, Due to Arrive At New Home Early Next Week
Press Release

First Milwaukee Streetcar Vehicle Has Departed Manufacturer In Pennsylvania, Due to Arrive At New Home Early Next Week

The vehicle’s arrival is expected to mark the first time the fleet’s color scheme will be seen by the public.

Mayor Tom Barrett, Election Commission Address Voter Deactivation
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett, Election Commission Address Voter Deactivation

State’s system and incorrect data result in erroneous deactivation of voter registrations

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation Announces  2018 Winners for Improving Milwaukee Neighborhoods
Press Release

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation Announces 2018 Winners for Improving Milwaukee Neighborhoods

From public nominations, a volunteer Selection Committee named 12 finalists in December, and winners were announced Thursday, March 15

South Side Social Security Office Closing

South Side Social Security Office Closing

Violates federal policy, Rep. Moore says; “a slap in the face,” says Ald Perez.

UNCF to Host Milwaukee Mayor’s Masked Ball
Press Release

UNCF to Host Milwaukee Mayor’s Masked Ball

Securing Quality Education for the Next Generation of Leaders

Milwaukee and Irpin, Ukraine to sign Sister City agreement
Press Release

Milwaukee and Irpin, Ukraine to sign Sister City agreement

News release from Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Mayor Tom Barrett, City Leaders Call For Gun Safety from Children
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett, City Leaders Call For Gun Safety from Children

Partnership Seeks to Prevent Accidental Gun Related Deaths and Injuries Involving Children

Losing Track: Many On GPS Monitoring Are Homeless
Losing Track

Many On GPS Monitoring Are Homeless

10% of offenders monitored by state are homeless and harder to track.

Murphy’s Law: Flynn’s Hit Job on FPC Director
Murphy’s Law

Flynn’s Hit Job on FPC Director

Evidence now shows he had cops digging for dirt on MaryNell Regan. Why?

ACLU Study Finds Racism By Police

ACLU Study Finds Racism By Police

About half of all traffic and pedestrian stops failed to show "reasonable suspicion.”

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Endorses Rebecca Dallet for Wisconsin Supreme Court
Press Release

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Endorses Rebecca Dallet for Wisconsin Supreme Court

"Mayor Barrett's endorsement means a great deal to me; I am grateful for his support."

Plats and Parcels: Huge Historic Redo for North Avenue
Plats and Parcels

Huge Historic Redo for North Avenue

Redeveloping 20,000-square-foot buildings that housed G. Daddy’s and Hotel Foster.

Can Mayor’s Plan Reduce Segregation?

Can Mayor’s Plan Reduce Segregation?

New plan for 10,000 affordable homes could help integrate city, advocates say.

Op Ed: How City Should Solve Lead in Water
Op Ed

How City Should Solve Lead in Water

Issue is not simple. Ald. Bohl’s proposal is good starting point.

Wave of MPD retirements puts public safety at risk, new interim chief in difficult position
Press Release

Wave of MPD retirements puts public safety at risk, new interim chief in difficult position

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - March 1, 2018

Milwaukee Film Hires Sara Meaney to New Chief Marketing Officer Role
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Hires Sara Meaney to New Chief Marketing Officer Role

Organization appoints four new board members, including chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mark Mone, and president of Marquette University, Michael Lovell

Eyes on Milwaukee: 5 City Projects Get WHEDA Tax Credits
Eyes on Milwaukee

5 City Projects Get WHEDA Tax Credits

Credits push forward projects with 311 units, more development across the city.

Mayor Barrett: 14 years in office and not a plan in sight
Press Release

Mayor Barrett: 14 years in office and not a plan in sight

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - February 26, 2018

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Plan Builds 10,000 Affordable Homes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Plan Builds 10,000 Affordable Homes

Ambitious plan is centerpiece of mayor's State-of-the-City speech. Will council support it?

City Hall: McManus Lays Out Three Priorities for Health Department
City Hall

McManus Lays Out Three Priorities for Health Department

Baker issues a statement defending his actions. Are city hospitals going to close?

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Bidding for Democratic National Convention
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Bidding for Democratic National Convention

What will the city pitch to Democratic Party?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Revitalizing Silver City
Eyes on Milwaukee

Revitalizing Silver City

New restaurant will anchor redeveloped building on W. National Ave.

The Contrarian: Call It The Walker Bottleneck
The Contrarian

Call It The Walker Bottleneck

Efforts to revive E-W Freeway look dead. Oddly, Barrett and Walker both support this.

City Hall: Mayor Allows Interim Health Leader
City Hall

Mayor Allows Interim Health Leader

Returns file to the council unsigned, opens door to approval of McManus.

Murphy’s Law: The Mystery of Flynn Vs. Regan
Murphy’s Law

The Mystery of Flynn Vs. Regan

Is the police chief or Fire & Police boss guilty of official misconduct?

The Rise of Reckless Driving

The Rise of Reckless Driving

Vehicles speeding, running red lights causing more deaths, hit-and-run accidents.

City Hall: Will Mayor Confirm Health Commissioner?
City Hall

Will Mayor Confirm Health Commissioner?

Newly-appointed Patricia McManus still needs confirmation.

Eyes on Milwaukee: HUD Awards $240,000 to Local Group
Eyes on Milwaukee

HUD Awards $240,000 to Local Group

SET Ministry, the state's only grant winner, works with public housing residents.

City Hall: HUD Halts City Lead Treatment Program
City Hall

HUD Halts City Lead Treatment Program

Barrett requested review; temporary stop work order cites possible lead hazards.

Photo Gallery: Northwestern Mutual Show Draws Crowd
Photo Gallery

Northwestern Mutual Show Draws Crowd

Mayor Barrett, others attend opening of show by 17 artists honoring 25 local non-profits.

Ed Flynn Looks Back — And Ahead

Ed Flynn Looks Back — And Ahead

The Common Council, he says, was a “little like middle school.”

Murphy’s Law: Mayor Barrett’s Power in Decline?
Murphy’s Law

Mayor Barrett’s Power in Decline?

Council taking more power, mayor taking a beating.

Eyes on Milwaukee: More Apartments, Retail for Walker’s Point
Eyes on Milwaukee

More Apartments, Retail for Walker’s Point

Wangard development is compromise between city, developer and alderman.

Port Milwaukee Cargo Volume Grows in 2017
Press Release

Port Milwaukee Cargo Volume Grows in 2017

As Vessel Visits Climb Nearly 10%

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foxconn HQ In Downtown Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foxconn HQ In Downtown Milwaukee

Company building Racine area plant coming here to attract talent, grow new business line.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Appoints McManus Interim Health Leader
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Appoints McManus Interim Health Leader

She'll be interim commissioner. Says city's failure to send letters about lead was "deliberate."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Withdraws Nannis Nomination
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Withdraws Nannis Nomination

Interim Health Dept leader at issue, as City Hall infighting hits new highs.

Friday Photos: Hammes HQ Takes Shape
Friday Photos

Hammes HQ Takes Shape

Building is a welcome change from a vacant lot.

Gag Order for Health Department Employees Lifted by Mayor
Press Release

Gag Order for Health Department Employees Lifted by Mayor

I am pleased that Mayor Barrett rescinded the policy, because whether in writing or not it is a culture that has existed for years in city government.

Resolution Aims to Take Down Milwaukee Health Department’s Restrictive Communication Policy
Press Release

Resolution Aims to Take Down Milwaukee Health Department’s Restrictive Communication Policy

This resolution will prohibit any policy which aims to stifle whistle-blowers.

Data Wonk: Why Can’t MPS Improve Results?
Data Wonk

Why Can’t MPS Improve Results?

Perhaps because our leaders ignore data on which schools work.

Key Details Missing from the Mayor’s Account of Lead Testing Crisis
Press Release

Key Details Missing from the Mayor’s Account of Lead Testing Crisis

He has not provided me with information about how many 7th District residents are affected by the notification errors.

The Administration has Lost the Common Council’s Confidence in Addressing the Lead Issue
Press Release

The Administration has Lost the Common Council’s Confidence in Addressing the Lead Issue

Unfortunately, we have a real problem and my district bears a huge burden because of poverty, density and the age of the housing stock.

Mayor’s Involvement in Incident with Bucks Player Disturbing
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Mayor’s Involvement in Incident with Bucks Player Disturbing

The sheer hypocrisy concerns me and should concern every citizen in Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Report Finds Health Dept. Problems
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Report Finds Health Dept. Problems

Records missing for 30 homes with lead problems. Funding, staff reductions an issue.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Could Reject Interim Health Leader
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Could Reject Interim Health Leader

Eight aldermen question legality of Nannis appointment to run Health Department.

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

Nominations Open for Mayor’s Design Awards

21st annual program will honor everything from new towers to pocket parks.

Aldermen Ask City Attorney for Legality of Paul Nannis’ position
Press Release

Aldermen Ask City Attorney for Legality of Paul Nannis’ position

Mr. Nannis was appointed Commissioner of the Milwaukee Health Department by Mayor Tom Barrett and has reportedly already reported for work, but his appointment has not been confirmed by the full Common Council.

FPC launches Milwaukee Collaborative Reform Initiative Community Feedback Portal
Press Release

FPC launches Milwaukee Collaborative Reform Initiative Community Feedback Portal

The FPC and MPD are committed to continuing the community conversation started during the US DOJ Collaborative Review process.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Responds to Lead Crisis
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Responds to Lead Crisis

Following Health Dept fallout, nine bills introduced to address lead poisoning issues.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Grills Mayor, City Health Staff
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Grills Mayor, City Health Staff

Tense meeting with unprecedented scrutiny of mayor and few answers from staff.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Launches Health Dept. Probe
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Launches Health Dept. Probe

In wake of Bevan Baker's ouster, council investigating Barrett administration decisions.

Commissioner Baker’s departure leaves us all with many, many questions
Press Release

Commissioner Baker’s departure leaves us all with many, many questions

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan - January 16, 2018

Community Groups Want Say On Police Chief

Community Groups Want Say On Police Chief

In search for new chief, pushing for a candidate committed to community relations.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Ousts Bevan Baker Over Lead Fiasco
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Ousts Bevan Baker Over Lead Fiasco

Failure to notify families of lead-poisoned children at issue; aldermen outraged.

Health Department mistakes worsen city’s lead crisis
Press Release

Health Department mistakes worsen city’s lead crisis

Statement of Alderman Mark A. Borkowski - January 12, 2018

Freshwater For Life Action Coalition (FLAC) to Hold Press Conference After Announcement Of Firing Health Commissioner Bevan Baker
Press Release

Freshwater For Life Action Coalition (FLAC) to Hold Press Conference After Announcement Of Firing Health Commissioner Bevan Baker

"...What FLAC wants to hear is when is the City going to release data regarding lead blood testing of Milwaukee infants..."

City’s Employer of National Service status offers promise for service agency vets
Press Release

City’s Employer of National Service status offers promise for service agency vets

News conference set for Wednesday, January 17 at City Hall

2018 Milwaukee Film Festival Opens Call For Entries
Press Release

2018 Milwaukee Film Festival Opens Call For Entries

Free Entry for All Films; Festival Offers To Pay for Work That Is Screened

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Awarded $1 Million Grant to Address Housing
Press Release

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Awarded $1 Million Grant to Address Housing

The project was selected for its potential to drive systems and policy changes that could lead to equitable and sustainable improvements in health.

Donovan Says City Terrorized by Villains

Donovan Says City Terrorized by Villains

“I am not fabricating, falsifying,” he says, decrying current approaches to crime.

Eyes on Milwaukee: NM Tower Hired 800 City Residents
Eyes on Milwaukee

NM Tower Hired 800 City Residents

Tower project also gives $127 million in contracts to disadvantaged small businesses.

Campaign Cash: Walker’s Reliance on Outside Donations
Campaign Cash

Walker’s Reliance on Outside Donations

Governor decries them, but no candidate in state is more reliant on them.

New Season of ‘Around the Corner with John McGivern’ Kicks off with sold-out Preview party
Press Release

New Season of ‘Around the Corner with John McGivern’ Kicks off with sold-out Preview party

Highly-Anticipated 7th Season Launches with Screening Event on January 8

Murphy’s Law: 11 Sure-Fire Predictions For 2018
Murphy’s Law

11 Sure-Fire Predictions For 2018

How crazy will 2018 be? Let us count the ways.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 10 Most Popular Stories of 2017
Eyes on Milwaukee

10 Most Popular Stories of 2017

A second lakefront tower, a mini-High Line and other favorite stories.

Alderman Murphy and Alderman Pérez encouraged by Chief Flynn and Mayor’s new stance on traffic enforcement policy
Press Release

Alderman Murphy and Alderman Pérez encouraged by Chief Flynn and Mayor’s new stance on traffic enforcement policy

Ald. Murphy and Ald. Pérez look forward to further changes being implemented on the roadways to ensure safety.

Data Wonk: How Are Our Schools Doing?
Data Wonk

How Are Our Schools Doing?

Much worse than Chicago’s. And little difference between public and choice schools.

Martinsek & Krueger Elected MMSD Commission Chair, Vice Chair
Press Release

Martinsek & Krueger Elected MMSD Commission Chair, Vice Chair

Kris Martinsek is principal and owner of Martinsek & Associates.

Murphy’s Law: 22% of City Workers Live in Suburbs
Murphy’s Law

22% of City Workers Live in Suburbs

Nearly 1,000 workers have left city since state ended residency rule.

City’s Housing Fund Has Big Impact

City’s Housing Fund Has Big Impact

$7 million invested over 11 years has leveraged an additional $176 million in spending.

Milwaukee Film Celebrates 10th Anniversary; Announces 2018 Festival Dates
Press Release

Milwaukee Film Celebrates 10th Anniversary; Announces 2018 Festival Dates

Festival organizers hope the later dates will expand programming opportunities.

Common Council Strengthens Lead Standards

Common Council Strengthens Lead Standards

But Health Department leaders contend it doesn't really change how they operate.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Zielinski Will Run for Mayor
Eyes on Milwaukee

Zielinski Will Run for Mayor

Alderman declares for mayor, two years before the election, and police union endorses him.

Solutions for Affordable Housing Crisis?

Solutions for Affordable Housing Crisis?

City has shortage of affordable housing, high eviction rate. Experts share ideas at panel.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves Waukesha Water Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves Waukesha Water Deal

Only one alderman objects to 40-year, $286 million deal.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Overrides Most of Mayor’s Vetoes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Overrides Most of Mayor’s Vetoes

Bauman accuses Barrett of false promises, Stamper calls mayor "disingenuous."

Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Council Action
Press Release

Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Council Action

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement after today’s Common Council meeting where the Mayor’s budget vetoes were addressed:

$100,000 Grant for Violence Prevention Plan

$100,000 Grant for Violence Prevention Plan

Bader Philanthropies grant helps fund effort pushed by Health Commissioner Bevan Baker.

City leaders and community partners collaborate to prioritize DOJ recommendations
Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Okays Waukesha Water Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Okays Waukesha Water Deal

Key council committee approves largest collaborative deal in region's history.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Issues Three Budget Vetoes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Issues Three Budget Vetoes

Will council override Barrett? They'll have to decide next Tuesday.

Photo Gallery: The 91st Milwaukee Holiday Parade
Photo Gallery

The 91st Milwaukee Holiday Parade

100 different marching bands, floats, costumed characters, huge balloons and more.

The State of Politics: Will Democrats Set Record for Governor Race?
The State of Politics

Will Democrats Set Record for Governor Race?

A record 16 candidates have registered, making predictions difficult.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Preservation Park Opens Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

Preservation Park Opens Downtown

The new park, located in The Brewery, honors area's blue ribbon history.

City of Milwaukee and Harbor District, Inc. Release Draft Water and Land Use Plan
Press Release

City of Milwaukee and Harbor District, Inc. Release Draft Water and Land Use Plan

Plan Calls for New Urban Development, Active Waterfront Uses, and Environmental Restoration Within a “Working Waterfront.”

Serve Marketing Celebrates 15 Years of Making a Difference Through Creative Advertising
Press Release

Serve Marketing Celebrates 15 Years of Making a Difference Through Creative Advertising

Milwaukee advertising agency best known for helping reduce city’s teen birth rate by 65 percent

Eyes on Milwaukee: BMO Harris Breaks Ground On 25-Story Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

BMO Harris Breaks Ground On 25-Story Tower

$132 million office tower across from City Hall will be Milwaukee's 12th tallest building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Affordable Housing in Every Major Project?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Affordable Housing in Every Major Project?

Proposal would require it for any project with 20 or more units. Will developers oppose it?

Milwaukee’s Riverwalk Earns Prestigious International Award
Press Release

Milwaukee’s Riverwalk Earns Prestigious International Award

Urban Land Institute Names RiverWalk a Global Award of Excellence Winner