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Legislators Propose Compensation Hike for Wrongfully Convicted

**Updated 10:15 a.m. Oct. 1 A bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday introduced new legislation that increases how much compensation wrongfully convicted citizens could receive from the state after their exoneration. Wisconsin currently offers the lowest compensation levels in the country; $5,000 per year and a total of $25,000. Under the proposed bill, exonerees could qualify […]

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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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SC Johnson Expansion Plans at Heart of Misunderstanding with Sturtevant

The possible expansion of SC Johnson’s Waxdale manufacturing plant and the company’s lack of disclosure about its plans there is making some Sturtevant trustees wonder if all the fuss over Willow Road – and now the village’s yard waste site – could have been avoided. Specifically, SCJ CEO Fisk Johnson and spokesperson Kelly Semrau have both made public statements about Willow Road and how […]

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Opinion: Racine Unified School Board Reconfiguration A Good Idea

Editor’s Note: This letter to the editor was submitted by Eddie Willing. On Tuesday night, May 19, the State Budget Committee in Madison approved an amendment to their current education package that will change the makeup of the Racine Unified School District Board of Education. Currently, all nine seats are at-large. The proposed changes, passed […]

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Caledonia Approves Independent School District Advisory Referendum

Caledonia voted 2,481 to 2,372 to approve an advisory referendum to start pursuing an independent school district. The approval will also now allow the Caledonia village board the opportunity to move forward with paying for a feasibility study. But by no means is a potential divorce from Racine Unified a done deal. As it stands now, Racine Unified would need […]

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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 Unified Seeks Answers From Legislators For School Budget Cuts

Under Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget, the Racine Unified School District will see a reduction of $3.1 million in state funding, which the district says is being used to fund a statewide private school voucher program and is “the main threat to RUSD’s continued progress.” The proposed budget cuts have prompted the Racine Unified administrators to outline several concerns around […]

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Vos, Wanggaard Schedule Listening Sessions

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and state Sen. Van Wanggaard announced Friday they will host listening sessions March 23 throughout their combined districts. Vos, R-Rochester, and Wanggaard, R-Racine, in a joint statement said the dates were scheduled to discuss Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-2017 state budget. Vos represents the 63rd Assembly District, and Wanggaard represents the […]

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Right-To-Work Rally, Hearing Respectful… But Passionate

Racine County residents for and against a proposed right-to-work bill attended a protest and public hearing that drew a crowd of thousands to the State Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 24. The legislation would only affect workers in the private sector, not public workers. But a number of public sector union members from the Racine Education Association and members of the Ironworkers Union attended […]