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DMV explains steps to obtain an ID to vote

Most Wisconsin voters already have some form of ID needed to vote, including a Wisconsin driver license or ID. There is no separate “voter ID” and a federally-compliant REAL ID card is not required for voting purposes. The Wisconsin Elections Commission provides a list of acceptable options to bring to the polls on its website, bringit.wi.gov. […]

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Partisan gridlock at Wisconsin Elections Commission frustrates voters, local officials

By Vanessa Swales Wisconsin Watch This article is co-published by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. As ballots began pouring in by mail after Wisconsin’s April 7 primary, local election officials became increasingly perplexed over which ones to count. A federal judge had ordered that ballots arriving as many as six days […]

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Vos Announces Speaker’s Racial Disparities Task Force Members

MADISON – Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, on Wednesday announced the members of the newly formed Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities, which is chaired by Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, and Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison. The group, consisting of four legislators and 28 community members, will focus on ways to address racial disparities, educational […]

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State Collects $256.4 Million From Out-of-State Sellers; Funds To Provide Tax Relief for Lower, Middle-Income Residents

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has collected an estimated $256.4 million that it says will go toward tax relief for lower and middle-income residents. The revenue was collected from out-of-state retailers and marketplace providers in the 12-month period ending Sept. 30. Gov. Tony Evers’ office announced Tuesday that the amount is more than […]

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Additional Benefits For Some FoodShare Households This Month

MADISON – Wisconsin’s ongoing public health emergency – related to the COVID-19 pandemic – means that households not currently receiving the maximum FoodShare benefit this month will be getting additional benefits bringing them up to the maximum amount. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reported that the benefits are being provided under the federal […]

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Countdown to November’s General Election: Wisconsin DMVs ready to provide identification

With less than one month left until the November General Election, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is ready to provide identification needed to vote by expanding online services and bolstering locations. Most people already have a driver’s license or ID card, or other forms of acceptable identification, to show at […]

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Wisconsin election infrastructure is mostly secure — but inaccurate counts are hard to catch and correct

Long-time Wisconsin resident and election reformer Jim Mueller said when he was a municipal clerk two decades ago, elections were not a stressful part of small town administration. And, “in my mother’s age, anybody that learned how to count by grade five could be a poll worker,” he said. His mother worked the polls in […]

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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. This photo shows the scene during the citizens’ comments portion of the County Board’s Sept. 8, 2020, meeting. Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. For the first time in months, people treated each other, mostly, with civility throughout the process. In fact, Chairman John O’Day made it […]

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24 states in coronavirus ‘red zone,’ White House says

by Liz Essley Whyte, Center for Public Integrity October 8, 2020 Twenty-four states are in the “red zone” for new coronavirus cases, according to documents the White House Coronavirus Task Force distributes to governors every week but does not publish. States in the middle of the country — North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana, and […]

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Kenosha health officials encourage compliance with Evers’ new order

The message from Kenosha County officials is clear: Follow Gov. Tony Evers’ new COVID-19 emergency order. In a release issued Wednesday, the Kenosha County Division of Health strongly urged residents and businesses to comply with the statewide order.  The order notably limits “public gatherings, prohibiting groups larger than 25 percent of an indoor space’s occupancy […]

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Kenosha County Joint Information Center Announces Food Pantry Needs

In response to numerous inquiries from community members on how they can help during the COVID-19 emergency, the Kenosha County Joint Information Center is periodically publishing a list of needs at local food pantries. This list is compiled by Extension Kenosha County in cooperation with the Joint Information Center. To add your organization to the […]

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City of Kenosha offers new options for residents to participate in listening sessions

KENOSHA –  Kenosha residents interested in the City’s efforts to unify and heal can now weigh in via an online feedback form on the City’s official website. City officials and community leaders previously announced a series of in-person community listening sessions to gather residents’ input on the City’s Commit to Action Roadmap, a community call […]

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Kenosha Tavern League decries cabaret license changes

KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha Tavern League opposes the changes proposed to the city’s cabaret license requirements. They made that opposition very clear at their meeting Tuesday at Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St. The league especially opposes new measures that place an extra burden on business owners already dealing with a pandemic. Sponsored by Ald. […]

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State Increases Kenosha Business Loans Program to $4 Million

KENOSHA – A Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) no-interest microloan program for Kenosha businesses damaged during the recent civil unrest has been increased to $4 million, it was announced Wednesday. “We know Kenoshans are working to reconstruct and repair in the wake of devastation, and we want to do everything we can to support the […]

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Kenosha County’s Summer Youth Employment Program Celebrates Another Successful Season

KENOSHA — Kenosha County’s Summer Youth Employment Program marked another successful year in 2020, providing work skills and life lessons to nearly 90 at-risk youth in the community. The program, which recently wrapped up its 12th season, aims to teach these skills while also decreasing juvenile crime and gang involvement in Kenosha County. “The Summer […]