Marquette Wire

LGBT Municipal Equality: Milwaukee scores high in LGBT acceptance

Monique Collins

December 4, 2012

Milwaukee and Madison earned high scores in a new rating system for LGBT inclusion in city law. The Municipal Equality Index survey, which was released last Tuesday, was conducted by the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights ...

Maintenance of foreclosed homes problematic

Monique Collins

November 29, 2012

The problem of foreclosed homes has discouraged city officials and is expected to become more costly in the coming months. On Nov. 21, the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee approved a plan that would allow $400,000 of the city’s contingency fund to be used for the upkeep of fo...

Milwaukee requests to join Act 10 lawsuit

Monique Collins

November 29, 2012

The City of Milwaukee has formally requested to join a state lawsuit that could decide the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining law, Act 10. The lawsuit was spearheaded by the Madison teachers’ union an...

Marijuana: Advocates for marijuana inspired by Election Day successes

Monique Collins

November 15, 2012

The legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington last week has raised questions about the drug’s future in other areas, including Wisconsin and at Marquette. While recreational and medical uses of ma...

Foreclosures and vacant properties a major problem in central city neighborhoods

Monique Collins

November 14, 2012

Four years after the housing crisis hit, foreclosures and vacant homes are a remaining a problem for Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods. Despite signs of a recovering economy, the number of foreclosures and vacant homes...

Milwaukee a finalist for Bloomberg’s ‘Challenge’

Monique Collins

November 13, 2012

A new idea will transform Milwaukee's foreclosed homes and vacant lots into urban farms, community kitchens and food distribution centers. The idea has earned the city one of 20 finalist spots in Bloomberg Philanthropies' "The Mayors Cha...

Two new beer gardens to be brought to Milwaukee County Parks

Monique Collins

November 1, 2012

Milwaukee County is planning to add two new beer gardens, or outdoor areas where beer and food are served, in county parks, according to a proposal released last Monday. Some of the revenue from the beer gradens would go toward...

Fair housing groups file discrimination complaint against Bank of America

Monique Collins

October 30, 2012

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and other fair housing groups from around the country filed a complaint on Oct. 23 against Bank of America, accusing the bank of housing discrimination. The complaintants obse...

Milwaukee area schools lose enrollment to virtual school

Monique Collins

October 25, 2012

Schools in the four-county Milwaukee metro area have been hit by a significant decrease in enrollment this year, while virtual charter schools have made gains, according to data released by the state that provides a preliminary h...