Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alison Dirr

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Alison:

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

Milwaukee council overrides Mayor Cavalier Johnson vetoes, restores fire, library funds

"We heard from our constituents in the community that they wanted those restored services," said Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic. → Read More

1 person dies in a fire on Milwaukee's northwest side, officials say

The official says the fire is in the 4800 block of North 61st Street and that at least one person has died. → Read More

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson signals openness to I-794 deconstruction

"I'm certainly interested in having the conversation to see what the possibilities are," Johnson said Monday. → Read More

Milwaukee Mayor Johnson vetoes library, Fire Department restorations, offers alternative

In his veto message, Johnson wrote that the council's changes "would place the city in a worse fiscal situation next year and in subsequent years." → Read More

Here's how votes are counted in Milwaukee and when to expect election results in Wisconsin

Absentee ballots cannot be counted until Election Day in Wisconsin. Late results from Milwaukee took center stage in 2018 and 2020. → Read More

Lawsuit asks to sequester military ballots following Milwaukee election official case

Kimberly Zapata said she sent military ballots with fake names to Rep. Janel Brandtjen's home in Menomonee Falls to make a point about voter fraud. → Read More

Milwaukee Common Council adopts 2023 budget that reverses cuts to library, fire services

Mayor Cavalier Johnson could issue vetoes to restore the cuts he recommended in his budget as the city confronts financial challenges. → Read More

Milwaukee Election Commission official Kimberly Zapata charged with felony and misdemeanor counts over fraudulent military ballots

Milwaukee Election Commission official charged with felony and several misdemeanors for sending fraudulent military ballots to Rep. Janel Brandtjen. → Read More

Milwaukee Election Commission official Kimberly Zapata fired after fraudulently requesting military ballots, mayor says

A Milwaukee election official fraudulently requested absentee ballots reserved for members of the military, an internal city review shows. → Read More

Live Nation-backed FPC Live gets Milwaukee Common Council approval for Deer District venues

While earlier debates were at times contentious, the proposal gained council approval without discussion or opposition Tuesday. → Read More

Milwaukee Ald. Nikiya Dodd to step down at the end of November

She is the fifth to leave the 15-member council this year. → Read More

Milwaukee council committee recommends $400k settlement with former diversity recruiter

Royce Redell Flowers Nash II said his supervisor was treating Black employees, including himself, differently from white employees. → Read More

Republicans use open records suit to raise questions about Milwaukee voting campaign

The mayor's office suggested the lawsuit is more about political posturing than how the city handles open records. → Read More

Supply chain issues slow Milwaukee lead service line replacement in 2022

Next year's proposed budget includes funding for 1,200 replacements, but officials hope to exceed that figure. → Read More

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson seeking 2% raises for general city employees

The mayor is also open to raises for elected officials, even though the city faces a fiscal cliff in 2025. → Read More

Milwaukee officials highlight efforts to make voting accessible to people with disabilities

People with disabilities have seen their access to absentee voting become the subject of recent litigation. → Read More

Former Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis has been sentenced to 30 days in custody, 3 years' probation

If Lewis violates the terms of probation, she would face time in the prison system for her conviction on two felonies related to conduct in office. → Read More

State funding boosted for Milwaukee County-run youth facility to help close Lincoln Hills

The move by state legislators is key to allowing the long-delayed plan to move forward. → Read More

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