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State senators praise Wray’s appointment, differ on views of Jacob Blake shooting

KENOSHA ⏤ State senators Bob Wirch and Van Wanggaard agree Noble Wray is the right choice for someone to review the investigation of the Jacob Blake case. However, when it comes to their opinion of the case itself, they largely differ. Wray hired by DA Graveley, Kaul The state Attorney General’s office announced the former […]

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Local Reps Slam Lack of Funding to Finish I-94 Expansion

After Governor Scott Walker revealed this week the elimination of funding for the next two years to continue work on the I-94 expansion project, local elected officials from both sides of the aisle released statements slamming the decision. The I-94 project is a multi-year, $1.7 billion expansion of the expressway between downtown Milwaukee and the Illinois […]

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Democrats Schedule Listening Session

Local Democratic leaders announced Tuesday they will host a listening session Monday for area constituents. Representatives Cory Mason (66th District), Peter Barca (64th) and Tod Ohnstad (65th) and Sen. Bob Wirch (22nd) released a joint statement inviting residents to talk about Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-2017 budget. “Are things about Walker’s budget you like? Would […]

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State Of The State: What Local Legislators Liked, Didn’t Like

Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday gave his first state of the state address since being re-elected in November, and it received mixed reviews from local legislators. Click here to read the entire transcript of the 2015 State of the State Address. The bottom line: local Republican Legislators loved Walker’s focus on reducing property taxes, local control over school […]

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Labor Fest Racine Speakers Highlight Labor History

In front of a crowd of union members, Labor Fest Racine organizer Rich Hinderholtz talked about the ties the Racine area had to the labor movement at the Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park in Franksville Monday. The whole corridor — Chicago, Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee — grappled with employers to define a social contract that included an […]

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Fish Map for Area Anglers is No Tale

A new map for fishing aficionados makes it easy to find where certain species are locate for optimum angling. The map – https://cida.usgs.gov/wdnr_fishmap/map/ – is a joint effort between the state Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Center for Integrated Data Analytics using 130 years of fish surveys. Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, sent an […]