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County Executive David Crowley outlines measures to heal racial injustices in his State of the County speech

David Crowley presented the 2021 State of the County address on February 24, his first as Milwaukee County Executive. The main topics included investments in transportation, mental health services, and measures needed to resolve racial disparities while enduring the pandemic. This is the text of his speech as written and delivered. Ladies & Gentlemen of Milwaukee County, County Supervisors, Elected Officials, members, and others watching – it is an honor to present the 2021 State of the County address. As we come to an end of a month of celebrating Black History and honoring the accomplishments of those who’ve...

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Milwaukee Repertory Theater to reopen after a year with first in-person performance in April

Milwaukee Rep announced on February 25 that it would reopen with in-person performances of the previously announced “Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song” with Alexis J Roston beginning April 27 and running through May 23 in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. City of Milwaukee health officials recently approved Milwaukee Rep’s safety plan for in-person performances. Reinforcing protocols to support healthy and safe environments for patrons, staff and artists include increased cleaning procedures, paperless tickets, and upgrades to the HVAC system. “We are thrilled to finally welcome audiences back in a carefully conceived and safe environment to enjoy the shared experience...

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New TV ad campaign urges Senator Ron Johnson to stop blocking relief checks for Wisconsin families

Opportunity Wisconsin today launched a $1 million statewide TV ad campaign calling on Senator Ron Johnson to stop blocking relief checks for Wisconsin families as part of COVID relief legislation being considered by the Senate. The ads will blanket most of the state for the next several weeks leading up to an expected vote in March on the American Rescue Plan. The ad campaign kicks off Opportunity Wisconsin’s 2021 work holding Senator Johnson accountable and urging him to support legislation that will help Wisconsin families. “Wisconsin residents are struggling and Senator Johnson is only making it worse. Senator Johnson...

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Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry announces campaign to run for Ron Johnson’s Senate seat

The senior Vice President of the Milwaukee Bucks, Alex Lasry, announced his candidacy for the United States Senate on February 17, challenging Republican incumbent and staunch Trump supporter Ron Johnson. Lasry called on Washington to abandon the stale ideas of the past and usher in a new way of thinking about the American economy — to raise take-home pay for working and middle-class families and start getting real results and prosperity for Wisconsin. “We’ve lived through three systemic shocks to the system over the last 20 years: 9/11, the Great Recession and now this pandemic, and Washington still hasn’t...

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To Paint is to Live: Jewish Museum reopens with exhibit of artwork recovered from Theresienstadt Ghetto

Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM) launched its newest exhibit, “To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly,” both in-person and online February 19. To Paint is to Live explores the life and work of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, a Czech Jewish artist who used art and satire as tools for coping and resistance while imprisoned in Theresienstadt Ghetto during World War II. The exhibit features 65 original paintings and drawings by the artist and runs through May 30. “The exhibit title To Paint is to Live is a direct depiction of how Leskly faced and survived an unimaginable situation,” said...

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Regional development plan outlines transformation of 30th Street Corridor into Shared-Use Trail

The 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation, in collaboration with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Rail-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and seven regional partners, released findings and recommendations from a study outlining the path forward for the development of the 30th Street Corridor Shared-Use Trail. The Preliminary Feasibility Study answered critical technical questions and defined next steps for the construction of the 6.7-mile trail corridor, which could unlock additional economic and social opportunities for Milwaukee by providing equitable trail access for all. The 30th Street Corridor Shared-Use Trail would be built along a low-traffic, active-freight rail line that serves businesses along...

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