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August primary election results: Vos declares victory over Steen, city voters say no to tax increase for police

After early returns in the primary election showed him trailing opponent Adam Steen, Robin Vos, (R-Rochester) at the end of the night declared victory for the 63rd Assembly District seat despite a 260 vote difference between him Steen. Vos is the longest-serving speaker—since 2013—and has been in Madison since 2004. City rejects tax increase for […]

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Hotel Verdant: Officials, leaders get early look

RACINE –  Racine public officials and business leaders were invited to don hardhats on Wednesday afternoon for an early look at the transformation of the former Zahn’s building, 500 Monument Square, into Hotel Verdant. Milwaukee developer, Dominion Properties, is reconstructing the four-story, 1920s-era department store building into an 80-room boutique hotel. First launched in 2019, […]

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UPDATED: Tex Reynolds’ Toys for Tots 2022 gift registration opens Oct. 4

RACINE – Activity has ramped up at Tex Reynolds’ Toys for Tots, a home-grown charity that provides refurbished toys for area children at Christmas time. “Donations are picking up and the sorting area is busy,” said Kelly Frank, the organization’s secretary/treasurer. The Tex Reynolds’ Toys for Tots workshop, located in the basement of City Hall […]

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Kenosha Alderman: ‘Our town has changed’

KENOSHA ⏤ Near the end of the Kenosha Common Council meeting on Monday, Ald. Anthony Kennedy had one message for his colleagues: Listen ⏤ even if things get ugly.  “We have to understand that some people don’t have the ability to express their pain in ways that are constructive,” Kennedy said. “And so we’re going […]

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A Topical Topic: ‘Who Gets To Vote’ Education Program Offered at Racine, Kenosha Public Libraries

RACINE, KENOSHA – “Who Gets to Vote,” a community-wide education program is now underway at the Racine and Kenosha Public Libraries. The program features presentations, discussion sessions and free copies of a best-selling historical book. “The Who Gets to Vote program has been planned to create awareness of how you can get involved and to […]

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City of Racine officials discuss ongoing and increased gun violence

RACINE – On Monday, officials from the City of Racine gathered at Racine City Hall to discuss recent tragedies, namely the ongoing and increased gun violence that has been taking place in Racine. Participants included Mayor Cory Mason, Police Chief Maurice Robinson, Assistant Police Chief Alexander Ramirez, Common Council President John Tate II, Alderman Maurice […]

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3rd annual Make Your Mark Community Art Festival is June 11

The Make Your Mark Community Art Festival is back for the 3rd year in Uptown Racine. Join with family and friends on June 11 for a chance to participate in a community mural painting as well as a gardening project. The Art for Uptown initiative is working to promote local artists and creatives through a […]

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Friday protest planned, discussions continue on cabaret license changes

KENOSHA – The organizer of a planned Friday protest hopes the music and chants give officials pause in changing Kenosha’s cabaret license requirements. Friday’s protest, organized by Aimee Crucianelli, will start at 2 p.m. The event will focus on recent changes proposed for the city’s cabaret license. A live music cutoff in the city at […]

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In wake of Wisconsin’s racial justice protests, curfew tickets raise equity and speech questions

By Clara Neupert and Jim Malewitz Wisconsin Watch The envelope looked like any other — slightly wrinkled, a handwritten address scrawled across the front. This story also appeared in WisconsinWatch.org But Jared Cain said he felt violated after looking inside. He saw a ticket for breaking the curfew Milwaukee adopted to regulate protests after a […]

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Kenosha council urges state to give COVID-19 vaccine to residents at no cost

KENOSHA ⏤ The city of Kenosha formally approved a resolution calling for the state to offer a COVID-19 vaccine to residents free of charge. The measure, principally sponsored by Dist. 16 Ald. Dominic Ruffalo, passed unanimously Monday night.  Ruffalo pushes for funding Ruffalo encouraged his colleagues to support the measure by first reminding them that […]