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Opposition Brewing Against Funding Arena

Spurred on by an educational meeting by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Association on how to get a referenda question on the ballot, a group against the public funding of an arena has started. The Racine Common Council voted 10 to 5 in March in favor of spending $600,000 from its intergovernmental revenue fund to pay for […]

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City Passes Arena Phase One Funding

The Racine Common Council voted 10 to 5 Tuesday in favor of spending $600,000 from its intergovernmental revenue fund to pay for the first phase of a $43 to $49 million downtown arena and hotel/events center project. Aldermen Mollie Jones (2nd Dist.), Sandy Weidner (6th Dist.), Steve Smetana (5th Dist.), Michael Shields (3rd Dist.), and […]

Racine Common Council Takes A Step Closer To Building Arena

During a Committee of the Whole, Racine’s Common Council took a step closer to making the final decision on whether to build a $43 to $49 million arena, and hotel/convention center downtown. In a 14 to 1 vote, the Committee voted to hire Madison-based Hammes Company Sports Development to complete the first of three phases in […]

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Ask and Answered: Why Can’t The City Consider Other Arena Locations?

Editor’s note: Ask and Answered is a new feature for the Racine County Eye. We’ll take readers questions about municipal issues they have east of the interstate and our columnist Missie Mauldin will answer them. If you have a question, email The construction of an event center on 3.5-acres on the southeast corner of Lake […]

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Dickert On Arena, Hotel: ‘We’re Going To Figure Out How To Make This Happen’

Racine Mayor John Dickert vowed during a 2017 budget address on Wednesday to keep fighting to find a way to fund a $46 million hotel and event arena project in downtown Racine. In making this promise, Dickert highlighted the need for more jobs and bringing more tourism to the downtown area. He also chastised corporations that […]

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Tax Floated Out As Possible Funding Source For Arena

A $46 million downtown arena would need taxpayer money to move forward. But the project would come with hundreds of jobs, a possible minor league hockey team and a Milwaukee Bucks developmental franchise, according to an initial plan rolled out by Racine Mayor John Dickert. The construction of the event center — which would be located […]

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