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Milwaukee County in the News

Airport's Coat Check a Huge Success

Feb-21-2020

Mitchell Airport's ingenious new winter coat check program is 'going gangbusters' in first week.

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  • Airport

A Mural the Length of two Football Fields Will Soon Dress up Downtown Milwaukee

Feb-12-2020

A mural is planned for a portion of the city-owned parking structure beneath MacArthur Square: a "canvas" that is roughly 620 feet wide and between 5 and 6 feet high.

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Department
  • ALL
  • Parks
  • Transportation

County Zoo to Hold Polar Plunge on February 15

Feb-11-2020

The Milwaukee County Zoo is hosting the fifth annual Polar Plunge on February 15. In 2019, the event raised $84,000 for Special Olympics. Organizers hope to surpass last year's total in 2020. Check in for the event begins at 10 a.m. and the plunge begins around noon.

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  • Zoo

County Board Approves Extra $50,000 for Voter Registration and Education

Feb-06-2020

A measure to put an additional $50,000 toward voter registration and voter education prompted a nearly hour-long, heated debate among county supervisors Thursday over a larger effort to quickly purge the state's voter rolls of people who were believed to have moved.

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Department
  • Board of Supervisors
  • Health & Human Services

County Board Honors Chief Judge Maxine White

Feb-06-2020

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors honored Chief Judge Maxine White on Thursday as the first African American woman to serve on the state Appeals Court.

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  • Board of Supervisors
  • Courts

MCTS Introduces New App to Help Visually Impaired

Feb-05-2020

It will soon be a lot easier for people who are blind or low vision to get around Milwaukee County, and it's all done through a smartphone application. "Aira" app users will get free one-on-one guidance for riding Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses to any of the county's 5,000 stops.

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  • County Executive
  • Transportation

County Launches Pilot Program to Expand Accessibility

Feb-05-2020

The launch of a pilot program that supports Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) riders who are blind or low vision with increased access to public transportation has been announced by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, MCTS and the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD).

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  • County Executive
  • Transportation

Milwaukee Art Museum Announces New Strategic Direction

Feb-04-2020

Milwaukee Art Museum on Tuesday announced its first new strategic direction since 2006, with its goal of emphasizing a focus on community, impact and financial sustainability most visible to the public initially via a Listening Lab that will be installed in the museum's Collection Galleries.

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  • Parks

Milwaukee County War Memorial Unveils African American Model

Feb-03-2020

In a place where those who have served are honored a new mural depicts just that. The Milwaukee County War Memorial unveiled a new mural that shares the history of African Americans who served our country.

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Department
  • Veterans' Services

6 More Weeks of Winter

Feb-02-2020

Gordy, the Milwaukee County Zoo's groundhog, made his weather prediction Sunday morning, Feb. 2 -- it's going to be a long winter.

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Department
  • Zoo

Chris Abele Gifts $300,000 to African American Chamber

Jan-30-2020

The Milwaukee County executive, investor and philanthropist Chris Abele has gifted $300,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin to fund the chamber's project that's expected to come online this spring.

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  • County Executive

"Forever Plastics" May Soon Leave Milwaukee County

Jan-29-2020

Milwaukee County supervisors are continuing to tackle the use of plastic products, with Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic and Marcelia Nicholson being the latest to introduce a new resolution. The measure, sponsored by the duo, would phase out single-use plastics from county facilities, in the hope of reducing pollution and improving water quality.

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  • Health & Human Services

Mitchell Airport Partners With Milwaukee Art Museum

Jan-28-2020

The partnership gives the Airport a presence inside the Museum and the opportunity to participate in public events such as Art in Bloom and Lakefront Festival of Art. The Airport is also sponsoring space at the Museum for visitors to stow their backpacks, big bags, baggage and luggage while visiting the galleries.

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  • Airport
  • County Executive
  • Parks

Milwaukee Unveils Cozy Learning Space in Children's Courthouse

Jan-24-2020

Set in a corner of Milwaukee County's sprawling children's court center is the latest effort by the City of Milwaukee to seed a better future for its poorest children.

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Department
  • Courts

Register of Deeds Initiates Cost Savings Plan

Jan-22-2020

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds (ROD) Israel Ramón announced major reforms for 2020 on January 6, which include changing providers for credit card services, updating record storage and creating personnel efficiencies.

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  • County Executive
  • Register of Deeds

Gov. Evers Appoints Chief Judge White to the Court of Appeals

Jan-17-2020

Gov. Tony Evers today announced his appointment of Judge Maxine White to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District 1. Judge White is the first woman of color to serve on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

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Department
  • Courts

Milwaukee Museum Week Opens Doors to Tours

Jan-15-2020

The fun includes numerous activities at the 17 participating museums, which feature programs, tours, workshops, new exhibits and collaborations among them.

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  • Parks

United Airlines to add Nonstop Service Between Milwaukee and SF

Jan-10-2020

United Airlines will now add nonstop service between San Francisco and Milwaukee beginning June 4 and ending Sept. 7.

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  • Airport

Local and State Officials Will Work Together to Prevent Downtown's Homeless Camp

Jan-08-2020

State and local officials vowed Wednesday they would work together to prevent homeless people from forming a large camp in downtown Milwaukee again this spring. But they cannot guarantee that the camp, which in 2019 had dozens of tents beneath I-794, won't return as city officials and others prepare for hosting the Democratic National Convention in July.

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Department
  • Administrative Services
  • Health & Human Services
  • Transportation

Bus Driver Helps Woman in Wheelchair Cross Busy Milwaukee Street

Jan-07-2020

A Milwaukee bus driver is being praised for pulling his bus over to help a woman in a wheelchair make her way safely through a busy intersection.

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Department
  • Transportation

Milwaukee County Announces major Reforms in the Register of Deeds Office

Jan-06-2020

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds (ROD) Israel Ramón today announced major reforms in 2020, which include changing providers for credit card services, updating record storage and creating personnel efficiencies.

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Department
  • County Executive
  • Register of Deeds

Expect Delays on Same day of Trump Rally and Bucks Game

Jan-03-2020

Milwaukee's downtown will fill with folks wearing MAGA hats and Giannis Antetokounmpo jerseys Jan. 14 as President Donald Trump's rally and the Bucks game on "free scarf night" start at the same time two blocks apart.

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Department
  • Transportation

A Look at Chris Abele's Baffling Political Transformation

Jan-02-2020

With his surprise decision not to seek a third full term, Abele’s enigmatic stint leading Wisconsin’s largest county ends this spring. And yet, after nine years, we don’t know him any better than we did when he was first elected – and maybe not even as well as we thought we did back then.

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Department
  • County Executive
  • Transportation

Pilot Program Treats Housing as Healthcare

Dec-19-2019

The program is a partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Milwaukee County's Housing Division.

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Department
  • Health & Human Services

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