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Only two municipalities remain: Recount of Milwaukee County votes finally back on schedule

After the first two days of Milwaukee County’s recount of the 2020 presidential election were bogged down by several lengthy objections, Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said the recount is back on schedule. By noon on Wednesday, November 25 workers had processed approximately 413,000 out of 460,000 ballots, including all 169,000 absentee ballots from the City of Milwaukee, and most of Milwaukee’s ballots that were cast in-person at individual polling locations on Election Day. “We are back on track and things are running very smoothly,” said Christenson. “I am incredibly appreciative of hard work of the local clerks, their...

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City of Milwaukee welcomes holiday season with 107th Christmas Tree lighting

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett officially welcomed the 2020 holiday season by lighting the City of Milwaukee Christmas Tree. On November 23, Mayor Barrett dedicated this year’s tree to essential workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. “I’m proud to kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition so many Milwaukeeans cherish. The holidays is truly about peace on earth. With the challenges of this year, now more than ever we need to embrace this idea. The holidays is also about family and friends. While you may not be able to gather in-person with loved ones this year,...

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Wisconsin declares a new public health emergency until 2021 due overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases

Governor Tony Evers declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin on November 20 as Wisconsin’s hospitals are operating at or very near full capacity and healthcare providers are struggling to keep up with the demand for care. Executive Order #95 and Emergency Order #1 were effective immediately, and are set to expire after 60 days or with a subsequent superseding order. “Wisconsin hospitals are overwhelmed and facing staffing shortages,” said Governor Evers. “We continue to see record-setting days of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. We need everyone to stay home and wear a mask if you have to you...

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Snowcially-Distanced: Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival goes virtual in adjustment to pandemic

Milwaukee’s downtown will shine brightly November 19 to January 1, as more than 500,000 lights and dozens of animated displays are set aglow for the 22nd annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival – a “snowcially-distanced” celebration. The annual display of lights, coordinated by Milwaukee Downtown BID #21, will transform three downtown parks into winter wonderland scenes – “Community Spirit Park” at Cathedral Square Park, “Tinsel Town Express” at Pere Marquette Park and “Polar Plaza powered by We Energies” at Zeidler Union Square – as well as illuminate three downtown thoroughfares, including an 18-block stretch of lights along Wisconsin Avenue. The...

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Up Close (but not too close): John McGivern’s socially-distanced holiday shows postponed until 2021

The 1,400-seat Pabst Theater was scheduled to host a series of live one-man shows, limited to a 250 person capacity, from November 20 to December 20, with Emmy award winner John McGivern. However, due to newly implemented restrictions on public gatherings at both city and state levels, the performances have been postponed until February or March of 2021. After missing the holidays season due the pandemic safety measures, the shows will take on a slightly different theme: UP CLOSE (but not too close) with John McGivern. They will still include a fresh mix of old and new tales, from...

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Milwaukee County leaders sign 2021 budget with emphasis on racial equality and improving health

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson held a press conference in front of the County Courthouse on November 12 to officially sign the County’s 2021 budget. The County Board of Supervisors voted to pass the budget on November 9 in a 14-4 vote, and set into action a strategic plan to implement a vision to achieve racial equity. The amendments were included in order to help make Milwaukee become the healthiest county in Wisconsin. The 2021 budget passed by the County Board continues investments in children, families, public safety, parks, public transportation, neighborhood services...

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