Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alison Dirr

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Alison:

Milwaukee to spend remaining $179 million in federal aid on affordable housing, lead paint abatement and more

The city will receive another $197 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds next year. → Read More

Milwaukee residents, visitors could face delays in snow plowing this winter due to driver shortage

Milwaukee snowplows could be sitting idle this winter because of a shortage of drivers, extending the amount of time needed to clear the streets. → Read More

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis enters not guilty pleas in embezzlement case

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis entered not guilty pleas Monday to criminal charges that she took more than $20,000 in campaign funds and false travel reimbursements from the city. → Read More

Milwaukee Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic enters race for mayor, touts local government experience

"We have some really tough decisions ahead, and I feel that I'm the woman for the job," she said. → Read More

Milwaukee committee targets federal aid to affordable housing, lead paint abatement and more

Nearly $180 million in federal pandemic aid would be spent on affordable housing, lead paint abatement, pandemic response and more. → Read More

Milwaukee is debating bringing back the mask mandate. Here's where the two sides stand.

The city's mask ordinance only remained in force as long as the city's COVID-19 health orders were in place. → Read More

Milwaukee eyes potential bid for 2024 Republican National Convention

Just weeks after Mayor Tom Barrett said the city was interested in the 2024 Democratic Convention, Milwaukee is considering a bid for the GOP event. → Read More

New agreement requires Milwaukee police supervisors to receive COVID-19 vaccine

The agreement announced Wednesday requires union members to be vaccinated by Nov. 30 or wear masks while on duty. → Read More

$45 million in federal aid to be spent on violence prevention, crime victim services, Gov. Evers announces

"Violence, and the impact on kids, families and communities, is not inevitable," Gov. Tony Evers said during a press conference Wednesday. → Read More

Milwaukee Common Council members put forward more than $1 billion worth of ideas for federal aid spending

The 82 proposals released Tuesday will be taken up at Friday's meeting of the council's Finance and Personnel Committee. → Read More

Punch Bowl Social outside Fiserv Forum is trying to 'reopen as soon as we can'

Punch Bowl Social's Milwaukee location closed and laid off its 91 staff members effective March 16, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

195 proposed Milwaukee police recruits could face opposition on Common Council

Parallel debates are playing out over how to allocate federal aid and where taxpayer dollars should go to build a safer community. → Read More

Milwaukee City Attorney Tearman Spencer entered into 'diversion agreement' following state-level complaint

Diversion programs do not constitute discipline, according to the Supreme Court rules. → Read More

Milwaukee seeking clarification on subpoenas in partisan election review, unclear if officials will testify

City Attorney Tearman Spencer called the scope of the subpoenas "very broad" and said his office has not yet received a response to requests for clarification. → Read More

With no solution to Milwaukee's pension problem, 24% of workforce could be let go in coming years

The reduction of about 1,300 employees would be "catastrophic," Ald. Scott Spiker said. → Read More

For the second year, Milwaukee County expects no major service cuts

An estimated $20 million budget shortfall was addressed primarily by requiring departments to absorb cost increases due to inflation. → Read More

New attorney leaves Milwaukee City Attorney's Office saying he was asked to write retaliatory memo

"That is an intolerable abuse of power and I will not be party to it," attorney Christian Thomas wrote in the letter to City Attorney's Office staff. → Read More

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis makes her first court appearance on criminal charges

Lewis entered a not guilty plea to the single misdemeanor charge of theft by fraud of less than $2,500. She is also charged with four felony counts. → Read More

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the city is ready to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention

The city's opportunity to host the massive convention last year was stymied by the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis briefly booked Saturday ahead of court appearance this week

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis was briefly booked into the Milwaukee County Jail Saturday ahead of an initial court appearance on Wednesday. → Read More