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City of Racine residents to vote on five Common Council races

The Spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.  In total, there are nine candidates running for Common Council districts 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10, with one district’s incumbent running unopposed.  We reached out to all but the unopposed candidate. Follow the links to read their responses. District 2 Candidates: Mollie Jones, […]

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BREAKING: Dickert To Step Down From Job

Racine Mayor John Dickert will turnover the reigns to Common Council President Dennis Wiser at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Dickert announced in March that he planned to resign at the end of the summer to become the president and chief administrative officer of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. But he hadn’t announced a specific date until […]

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Dickert Announces Resignation Plans, Taking Job In Chicago

Mayor John Dickert plans to resign at the end of the summer to become the president and chief administrative officer of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Dickert announced his decision at a press conference held Monday morning at Racine City Hall. The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative focuses on protecting the Great […]

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Meet The Candidates: Racine Unified School District No. 2

State Legislators split up Racine Unified into districts, which means several incumbents will be facing one another on April 5 ballot. All nine seats are up for re-election. For district 2, long-time incumbent Dennis Wiser will face John Koetz, who was appointed to his seat in October. Click here to see map of Racine Unified District […]

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School Board Redistricting Would Mean 3 Incumbents Would Lose Their Seat

After state Republicans passed a law changing the way Racine Unified school board members are elected, it appears that some incumbent Democratic school board members against incumbent Republican school board members. New districts with assigned seats are required after a state law went into effect, and Republican lawmakers say the new model gives residents in Caledonia, […]

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7 Seats Open On Racine Common Council In Spring

Seven positions are up for the taking on the Racine Common Council in the spring election on April 5, but only five people have submitted campaign registration papers. The even numbered seats will be on the ballot, which are currently held by:  Mollie Jones, 2nd District Alderman Jim Kaplan, 4th District Alderman, Sandy Weidner, 6th District Alderman […]

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Wiser & McKenna Leave School Board Meeting, Prevent Salary Vote

The Racine Unified Board of Education once again did not vote on whether or not to approve salary increases because two members walked out of a special meeting Thursday. Dennis Wiser and Julie McKenna boycotted the regularly scheduled meeting Monday to prevent a quorum and effectively shutting down any action related the hotly contested employee […]

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Racine Unified Reschedules Meeting, But Handbook Changes Aren’t On Agenda

After two Racine Unified School District Board of Education members boycotted a meeting on Monday night over proposed changes to the employee handbook, a special board meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20. But the items to be discussed at the special meeting won’t include the employee handbook changes. School board members Dennis Wiser and Julie McKenna […]

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Teachers Union Asks 2 Board Members To Ditch Handbook Change Vote

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17:  School board members Dennis Wiser and Julie McKenna will not be attending the school board meeting tonight, according to a joint press release issued at 3:30  p.m. Wiser and McKenna said they believe there should be more than six board members present. “The school board agenda for August 17 […]

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Racine-area Legislators Talk To Racine Unified Board About State Budget

Governor Scott Walker​’s proposed 2015-2017 budget would result in cuts for the Racine Unified Schools District​; but Wisconsin State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester)​ said Monday that he’s not opposed to restoring some of the funding in the second year of the biennial budget if the state sees a bump in the state’s revenue in May. Representatives Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), […]

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Racine Education Association Re-certifies Teachers Union

Over 86 percent of the professional staff in the Racine Unified School District voted to re-certify their Racine Education Association union membership, according to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. There are 1,664 eligible union voters amongst RUSD teachers. Voting took place between Nov. 5 and Nov. 25 as determined by WERC. In 2013, 82 percent of eligible […]

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