Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alison Dirr

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Alison:

What to know about the new proposals for changing Milwaukee's public safety system

Officials say they want to answer community demands after the 2020 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and save money. → Read More

What you should know about Tony Evers' proposal to boost funds to Wisconsin communities and help maintain services.

Tony Evers' budget proposes raising shared revenue to local governments. Here's what we know so far about his plan. → Read More

April Milwaukee council elections to feature household names, political newcomers

Milwaukee voters in three northwest side aldermanic districts on Tuesday narrowed the field of candidates from 20 to six. → Read More

The Milwaukee DPW has refused to answer questions following a crash that killed an employee and two others

DPW is declining to say how it determines whether an employee's medical condition should preclude them from driving city vehicles. → Read More

Milwaukee police investigating circumstances of 1-year-old's death

The baby was pronounced dead after arriving at a local hospital, police said in a statement. → Read More

Milwaukee police seek help finding critically missing 13-year-old

Madison Lee, 13, is considered "critically missing," a designation for people who are especially vulnerable. → Read More

Former DNR Secretary Preston Cole named to Milwaukee cabinet position

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson named Cole to lead his Department of Administration, marking his return to Milwaukee city government. → Read More

Milwaukee council committee backs $175,000 settlement in police civil rights case

The lawsuit claims police continued to kick and beat a man after he had been subdued and while he was suffering a mental health episode. → Read More

Milwaukee Marathon seeks to return in 2023 as a half marathon

Organizers are pursuing a full 26.2-mile race in favor of just a half marathon and 5K this year. → Read More

Three Milwaukee council districts will elect new representatives. Here's who's running.

Some are household names. Others are running their first race for elected office. → Read More

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson's port director pick would be first woman, person of color in the role

Jackie Q. Carter would be the first person of color and woman in this role if she is confirmed by the Common Council, the Mayor's Office said. → Read More

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says there's no 'pathway' to legalizing recreational marijuana

Vos warned if Gov. Tony Evers includes legal recreational marijuana in his budget it could jeopardize an agreement with the GOP on medical marijuana. → Read More

Northwest Side Milwaukee location for Lincoln Hills youth prison replacement wins key support

A new 32-bed youth prison proposed for Milwaukee's northwest side is moving forward after another lengthy meeting at City Hall. → Read More

Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson to resign, prompting another leadership shift

Longtime Department of Administration Director Sharon Robinson will also leave in the coming weeks. → Read More

Three vacant Milwaukee Common Council seats draw crowded field

The three vacancies on the 15-member Milwaukee Common Council will be filled in the April 4 election, finally bringing the council to full strength. → Read More

Milwaukee Mayor Johnson files challenge to 2020 U.S. Census tally, says the city was undercounted by thousands

City officials argue that the once-a-decade survey fell 16,500 residents short of Milwaukee's true population figure. → Read More

2022 was a historic year for Milwaukee but not all of it was positive. Here are the stories you should know.

Mayor Johnson counted landing the 2024 Republican National Convention as the the city's biggest win and record homicides its biggest challenge. → Read More

Milwaukee Plan Commission recommends juvenile prison on city's northwest side

The approval from the Plan Commission came after 3 1/2 hours of discussion that featured disagreement over the proposed location. → Read More

Michael Gableman-linked law firm represents former Milwaukee election official Kimberly Zapata in court

Kimberly Zapata is free on a $2,500 signature bond after her first hearing in court. → Read More

Expect delays in snow removal, garbage pickup and other services this winter, Milwaukee DPW warns

The changes and delays in services to city residents are the result of a serious staffing shortage in the Department of Public Works. → Read More