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Zoo Offering Free Admission Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Dec-04-2018

The Milwaukee County Zoo is offering a full week of free admission for all visitors at the end of December. Frosty Free Week will be held Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

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  • Zoo

Sheriff-elect Earnell Lucas Reveals His Senior Staff

Nov-29-2018

Milwaukee County Sheriff-elect Earnell Lucas named on Thursday, Nov. 29 leaders to executive positions in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

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Department
  • Sheriff

Transit System’s Bus App Is a Hit

Nov-19-2018

The Milwaukee County Transit System‘s launch of a smartphone application has made it easier than ever to ride a bus. and thousands of riders are taking notice.

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Department
  • Transportation

Milwaukee May Be Largest County in U.S. to End Chronic Homelessness

Nov-14-2018

Milwaukee County is on a mission to find 100 permanent homes for the homeless in 45 days.

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Department
  • County Executive
  • Health & Human Services

Downtown Milwaukee's Couture High-rise Clears Major Hurdle in Getting Federal Loan Guarantee

Nov-02-2018

Milwaukee's long-delayed Couture apartment high-rise is getting some good news. The project has cleared a major hurdle in obtaining a key federal loan guarantee to finance its construction.

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  • County Executive

11 Things to Know Before You Ride The Hop

Nov-01-2018

While you wait in line to board the train, use our guide to brush up on streetcar history and learn how the line could be extended.

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  • County Executive

Lipscomb, Abele Launch "Fair Deal" Initiative

Oct-30-2018

County leaders to co-chair workgroup as it develops solutions to address a growing imbalance between the tax revenue sent to Madison by Milwaukee County and what the county receives back in state support for mandated services.

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  • Board of Supervisors

'The Hop' Grand Opening This Weekend

Oct-29-2018

County partners with City of Milwaukee to offer free rides along the streetcar route so that riders don't have to wait in line to return to their original location. The Hop is having its 'Grand Hop-ening' Nov. 2 - 4.

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Department
  • Transportation

Lipscomb Wants Electric Buses Sooner

Oct-27-2018

Budget amendment would purchase four electric buses this year for MCTS.

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Department
  • Board of Supervisors

MCW, Milwaukee County Could Partner on New Forensic Science Center

Oct-23-2018

Proposal includes relocating medical examiner's, emergency management offices to new facility.

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Department
  • Medical Examiner

Lipscomb Calls for Fair Deal With Madison to Solve Fiscal Challenges

Oct-01-2018

County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., is calling for a “Fair Deal” with the State of Wisconsin that addresses a growing imbalance in the tax revenue sent to Madison by Milwaukee County and what the county receives back in state support for mandated services.

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  • Board of Supervisors

BHD to Contract With For-profit Company for Hospital Care

Sep-27-2018

In early 2021, for the first time in more than 100 years, Milwaukee County will no longer operate a hospital to provide care to people with severe mental illness.

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Department
  • Health & Human Services

County Supervisors Meet With Barrett to Discuss The Couture

Sep-19-2018

Rick Barrett, the founder and chief executive officer of Barrett Lo Visionary Development, met with two members of the Milwaukee County Board last week following concerns they raised about how long The Couture project planned for downtown Milwaukee’s lakefront is taking to get going.

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  • Board of Supervisors

South Milwaukee Unveils Newest MCTS Bus Shelter Artwork

Sep-07-2018

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is bringing some artwork to bus shelters. The last bus shelter art project of the year was unveiled on Thursday, Sept. 6.

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Department
  • Transportation

Understanding Milwaukee’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Sep-05-2018

Americans are facing an affordable housing crisis. In some cities, the main issues are availability and soaring housing prices. But in Milwaukee, the biggest issue seems to be income. While housing prices have steadily increased, wages have remained stagnant.

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  • Health & Human Services

Eaton's $120,000 Zoo Donation Will Help Fund New Elephant Bedrooms

Sep-05-2018

Eaton power management company has donated $120,000 to the Milwaukee County Zoo's Window to the Wild capital campaign, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee announced Tuesday morning.

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  • Zoo

Milwaukee County Officials Propose a Compromise for Collecting Pension Overpayments to Retirees

Sep-04-2018

Milwaukee County officials on Friday proposed a compromise on collecting $1.85 million worth of pension overpayments made by mistake to 262 retirees in recent years.

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Department
  • Careers (HR)

Milwaukee County Retirees Could Lose Cost-of-Living Increases as Unfunded Pension Liability Grows

Aug-30-2018

A Milwaukee County pension reform task force has recommended the possible elimination of 2% annual cost-of-living increases now added to thousands of retirees' pension payments at a cost of up to $20 million a year.

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  • Careers (HR)

Supervisor Dan Sebring Proposes Ordinance to Curb Bus Fare Evasion

Aug-29-2018

Milwaukee County Supervisor Dan Sebring, Vice Chairman of the Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee, has proposed a change to Milwaukee County’s Code of General Ordinances to establish a policy regarding fare evasion on County buses.

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Department
  • Board of Supervisors
  • Transportation

Milwaukee's Free Birth Certificate Program Expands

Aug-24-2018

Milwaukee County leaders on Thursday, Aug. 23 signed a resolution that expands the county's "free birth certificates" program.

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Department
  • Board of Supervisors
  • County Clerk
  • County Executive

Potawatomi Tops Off New Hotel Tower

Aug-17-2018

The casino held a ceremonial lift Thursday morning of the highest steel beam in its second hotel tower. The new tower, which is directly connected to the first, now rises 19-stories and will contain 119 rooms when it opens in 2019.

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  • County Executive

Milwaukee County Bus Driver Finds Lost 2-Year-Old Girl, Helps Reunite Her With Mom

Aug-16-2018

For the eighth time in less than two years, a Milwaukee County bus driver has helped get a lost child home safely.

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Department
  • Transportation

Local Girl Scouts Donate More Than $20,000 to Milwaukee Co. Zoo

Aug-13-2018

The Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Southeast donated more than $20,000 to the Milwaukee County Zoo on Friday.

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Department
  • Zoo

Purple Heart Recipients Recognized in Ceremony at War Memorial Center

Aug-08-2018

Milwaukee's Purple Heart recipients were recognized for their sacrifice on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Department
  • Veterans' Services

Most Travelers Through General Mitchell Since 2012

Aug-07-2018

Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport is on pace for its largest yearly number of travelers in six years.

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Department
  • Airport

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