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Kenosha City Council passes face mask ordinance

Note from your friendly neighborhood Observer: This story has been updated as of 11:35 a.m. Tuesday to include comments from the public and from aldermen on the ordinance. KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council passed a new mask ordinance Monday night for residents and businesses in the city. The ordinance, approved 15-2 by the council, requires […]

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Kenosha City Council approves emergency authorization for mayor ahead of Blake shooting decision

KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council approved a resolution giving Mayor John Antaramian emergency authorization powers in the event of unrest.  Once activated, the mayor will have emergency authorization for eight days. After eight days, the City Council will have to approve additional measures taken concerning any violent unrest. The emergency powers come as Kenosha County […]

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Last night’s meeting: Council increases bond for inciting violence more than 10 times normal amount; alderpersons object to city methodology

KENOSHA ⏤ During last night’s City Council meeting, alderpersons voted to increase the bond amount for the charge of inciting violence by more than 10 times from $124 to $1,321. That measure passed by a slim margin of 9-7. It is effective immediately. Likewise, the city also approved emergency authorization for Mayor John Antaramian, which […]

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Kenosha mayor wants to focus on rebuilding relationships, youth in coming years

KENOSHA ⏤ For its mayor, Kenosha needs to focus on its youth as future leaders of the community. Mayor John Antaramian, in an interview with the Observer Friday, commented on the smooth operation of the local election process.  However, in looking to the next few years, the mayor states that he wants the city to […]

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Kenosha council to discuss, potentially approve New Kenosha agreement, provisions tonight

KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the Common Council will discuss and potentially approve the city’s agreement with New Kenosha, LLC to develop the Downtown ⏤ along with inclusionary provisions. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Those wanting to listen in on the virtual meeting can do so through a telephone connection. Call 312-626-6799 or 646-558-8656 and […]

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Common Council to hear new proposed local mask ordinance

KENOSHA ⏤The Common Council will hear a new proposed local ordinance in November that would require masks in businesses in the city. The ordinance would also limit the capacity of a business to 10 people or 50% of its occupant capacity load as determined by the City Bureau of Fire Prevention ⏤ whichever number is […]

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Ballot drop box cases against Racine, Kenosha dismissed

RACINE AND KENOSHA – A conservative law firm’s lawsuits against the Cities of Racine and Kenosha over the use of unstaffed absentee ballot drop boxes were recently dismissed after a pair of separate District Court hearings. The Thomas More Society of Chicago, through its special counsel, Erick Kaardal, filed the lawsuits on May 25 against […]

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Kenosha kicks off Bike-to-Work Weeks with Bike Rodeo on June 5

KENOSHA — Kenosha County and the City of Kenosha’s annual Bike-to-Work Weeks will kick off with a Bike Rodeo event for families on Saturday, June 5, County Executive Jim Kreuser and Mayor John Antaramian announced today. During Bike-to-Work Weeks, June 5-19, people are encouraged to commute by bicycle and to discover — or rediscover — […]

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After months of tension, a possibility of change for Kenosha County Board

Tuesday evening’s Kenosha County Board meeting was different. For the first time in months, people treated each other, mostly, with civility throughout the process. In fact, Chairman John O’Day made it a point at the end of the meeting to call for civility and respect in all proceedings moving forward. Protesters not going anywhere To […]

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Militia member says Kenosha police sought to push protesters toward them on night of deadly shootings

A militia member patrolling the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin on Aug. 25 claimed that police on the scene told him they planned to herd demonstrators toward the armed men — and then leave. This story also appeared in In a widely shared video from that fateful evening when two people were killed, Ryan Balch, […]

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Racine Common Council meeting time change starting March 21

CITY OF RACINE — The start time for the Racine Common Council meetings will now begin at 6 p.m. according to the City of Racine. The change came following the Racine Common Council’s decision to approve the change to Ordinance 0016-22 on March 7, which affects the regular meeting time. All Council meetings will now convene […]

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City, firefighters union reach tentative agreement; Common Council to vote March 7

RACINE — Members of Racine Professional Firefighters Local 321 have ratified a new contract with the City of Racine. The tentative agreement, approved in a vote this week, goes before the Racine Common Council for a vote next Tuesday (March 7). The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall Room 205. Local 321 […]

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Burlington Council approves Echo Lake Dam modification, repairs to cost nearly $8 million

BURLINGTON — On Dec. 6, the City of Burlington Common Council unanimously approved the Echo Dam Modification as a part of the Echo Lake Dam Spillway Compliance Project. View the meeting minutes online. What’s next? According to the city, this approval will: The repair is set to cost nearly $8 million. Results of referendum “This […]

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ABM Industries begins parking operations management for Racine as of Jan. 17

CITY OF RACINE — On Jan. 17, ABM Industries took over the role of managing parking operations in the City of Racine. The bid from ABM was advanced to the Racine Common Council on Nov. 9, 2022 by the Public Works and Services Committee. The contract was approved by the Common Council on Nov. 15, […]

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Racine mayoral candidate forum set for Feb. 2

RACINE — A coalition of community organizations is sponsoring Racine’s first mayoral candidate forum on Thursday, Feb. 2. The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. The forum, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Racine Interfaith Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens […]

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