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Robert Wittke Jr. announces bid for 62nd Assembly District

Bob Wittke Jr., a Racine Unified School board member, has announced his candidacy for the 62nd Assembly District after Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) announced that he will not be seeking re-election. Wittke, who is running as a Republican, joins Caledonia resident John Leiber in the race. Leiber announced his candidacy just hours after Weatherson’s announcement on Tuesday. An […]

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BREAKING: John Leiber announces bid for 62nd Assembly seat

John Leiber, of Caledonia, has announced his bid for the 62nd Assembly District seat. Rep. Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) announced Tuesday that he would not be seeking re-election due to personal reasons. He was elected to that position in 2012. The district includes Caledonia, Raymond, Norway, Wind Point, North Bay, some northern and western parts of the city of […]

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Weatherston announces he won’t seek re-election for 62nd Assembly seat

After five years of representing the 62nd State Assembly District, Tom Weatherston will be retiring after his term ends in 2019. Weatherston, who is 68-years-old, said that he will not seek re-election this fall because it was “time to take life a little easier. Having been elected in 2012, Weatherston said his decision was based on […]

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Editorial: Raising Racine Requires Action, Not Accusations

Racine Unified is filled with dedicated teachers working really hard to equip their students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to be successful adults. Likewise, the district has so many amazing kids doing incredible things that we just don’t have the time to write all those stories. But, you wouldn’t know any of that […]

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Caledonia Chooses Not To Appoint Challenger Against Willing for Trustee

UPDATE: The Caledonia Village Board opted not to appoint Mike Pirk as a candidate to run against Caledonia village trustee Ed Willing after a motion to dismiss the action was made at the meeting Monday night. ORIGINAL STORY: Following the death of April Weatherston, the Caledonia Village Board plans to talk at its meeting Monday […]

Posted inCommunity, Obituaries

April Weatherston Passes Away After Cancer Diagnosis

State Rep. Tom Weatherston’s wife, April, passed away Sunday after a short battle with an acute form of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell. She was being treated in the intensive care unit at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa and as recently as Jan. 14 said she intended to stay in the race for incumbent Ed […]

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April Weatherston Continues Cancer Fight, Run For Election

Despite being hospitalized and in the intensive care unit at Froedtert Hospital, April Weatherston has no intention of dropping out of the race for the Caledonia Village Board, according to a story by the Journal Times. She announced in December that she was running against Caledonia Village Trustee Ed Willing for the spring election on […]

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Opinion: Politicians Need To Consider Health Impact Of Coal Plants

Editor’s note: This opinion piece was written by former Caledonia resident Bill Pringle in response to Attorney General Brad Schimel’s letter to the editor about why the state is filing a lawsuit against the EPA.  There is a growing debate about whether the EPA’s ruling on carbon emissions is valid or unnecessary. I will try […]

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Opinion: Take the 4th Place Vote Getter & Get Back to Business

**Editor’s Note: This column is the opinion of Racine County Eye Editor Heather Asiyanbi. The fact that the Racine Unified Board of Education has been unable to make up its collective mind on the person who will fill a vacant seat at the table should really make residents angry. Not only is the stalemate – […]

Posted inGovernment, Schools

New School Board Boundary Committee Under Discussion Monday

Members of the Racine Unified Board of Education Monday will discuss and possibly create a committee to explore how to organize new representation districts now required under state law. The state’s biennial budget included a provision that creates equal representation districts in the Racine Unified community to give residents who live outside the City of […]

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Wanggaard Defends Bill to Change How School Board Fills Vacancies

State Sen. Van Wanggaard is not backing away from a bill he and Rep. Tom Weatherston introduced to try and break the stalemate on the Racine Unified Board of Education. Both lawmakers are Republicans from Racine and Caledonia, respectively. At issue is the lack of movement on filling the seat left vacant when Lisa Parham […]

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Citizens For A Caledonia School District Kicks Off Fundraiser For Study

Days after the Caledonia village board voted 4 to 2 to kill funding for a feasibility study to form an independent school district, local supporters have started a fundraising campaign to come up with the $30,000 on their own, according to the Citizens for a Caledonia School District Facebook page. Caledonia residents voted 2,481 to 2,372 […]

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Caledonia Independent School Study Voted Down 4-2

Some parents left the Caledonia village board meeting angry that a majority of the board members killed a resolution that would have paid for a feasibility study on forming an independent school district in Caledonia. Caledonia residents voted 2,481 to 2,372 in April to approve an advisory referendum to start pursuing an independent school district, but […]

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Gateway Says ‘No’ to Charter Schools

Despite approval by some lawmakers in Madison, Gateway Technical College isn’t looking to get into the charter high school business any time soon. Members of the Joint Committee on Finance last week approved a bill from Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia, that would give Gateway the authority to establish tech ed charter high schools in Kenosha, […]

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