Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alison Dirr

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Alison:

Former head of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention calls firing 'unwarranted and unprofessional'

The statement by Arnitta Holliman came as Johnson was scheduled Monday morning to make an announcement about "the future of the city’s Office of Violence Prevention." → Read More

Site on Milwaukee's northwest side would replace Lincoln Hills under plan from Gov. Tony Evers

Gov. Tony Evers announced plans to build a new youth prison on Milwaukee's northwest side, calling it a "major step" toward closing Lincoln Hills. → Read More

A federal complaint accuses Milwaukee of creating 'containment zones' where low-income people are concentrated

Milwaukee Ald. Robert Bauman said the real goal of the complaint is to gentrify a near west side neighborhood. → Read More

Arnitta Holliman removed as head of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention

Holliman was notified Wednesday that her appointment at the position has concluded, Mayor Cavalier Johnson’s chief of staff said in a statement. → Read More

Apparent housing-related federal investigation surfaces, fades at Milwaukee City Hall

City leaders had been gearing up to spend $250,000 on outside counsel in response, only to abruptly abandon the effort. → Read More

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson tests positive for COVID-19 on 100th day in office

The result from the home test marks the second time he has tested positive. The first time was in January. → Read More

Historic tests and some wins have defined first 100 days of Milwaukee's first new mayor in decades

Cavalier Johnson's first 100 days have included wins (likely landing the Republican National Convention) and losses (continued violence in the city). → Read More

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis convicted of two campaign finance felonies, removed from office

She was charged with taking campaign funds and false travel reimbursements from the city. → Read More

First case of monkeypox in a Milwaukee resident identified, Health Department says

The discovery of the case was not a surprise, given the increasing number of cases across the nation, Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said. → Read More

Highland Park shooting suspect contemplated shooting in Madison, authorities say

Robert Crimo III turned back to Illinois, where he was later arrested after deciding he was not prepared to pull off a shooting in Wisconsin. → Read More

Here's how Wisconsin leaders, politicians and others are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

Gov. Tony Evers, Sen. Ron Johnson and candidates for office quickly weighed in on the decision eliminating a constitutional right to abortion. → Read More

Milwaukee Common Council approves $900,000 settlement with fired Police Department workers

The complaint states the employees received "no opportunity to respond, no recourse and no constitutional due process." → Read More

Milwaukee City Attorney Tearman Spencer's second chief of staff is leaving after a year

Her departure follows that of her predecessor, Kimberly Walker, last year and is part of a mass exodus from Spencer's office in his two-year tenure. → Read More

Three first-time candidates compete for the Milwaukee council seat vacated by Mayor Cavalier Johnson

Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff also appears poised to be the sole candidate for the east side District 3 seat vacated by Nik Kovac. → Read More

Milwaukee community groups call on city leaders to reject 2024 Republican National Convention

The letter came just a day before a key Common Council committee is due to vote on the contract. → Read More

'Pop-up' in-person absentee voting could come to Milwaukee hubs like Gee's Clippers, Fiserv Forum

The voting sites could pop up at events not only at Gee's but also at locations such as Coffee Makes You Black on North Teutonia Avenue. → Read More

Masks advised in Milwaukee due to 'high' level of COVID-19 community spread

The mask advisory applies when inside in public settings — regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection. → Read More

Former Milwaukee mayoral candidate Bob Donovan to seek seat in state Assembly

Donovan will be running as a Republican for the 84th Assembly District from his home in Greenfield. → Read More

Milwaukee's long-closed Lake Park footbridge on pace to reopen this fall

Ravine Road leading to Lincoln Memorial Drive under the bridge was closed in 2014 due to safety concerns related to the condition of the bridge. → Read More

Milwaukee property assessment notices are coming out soon. Here's what you should know.

The assessments are increasing nearly 18% on average for residences, with all of the city's 15 aldermanic districts experiencing a rise. → Read More