Kenosha County is under a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Monday.
The Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off took place Sunday evening at the UAW Local 72 headquarters, 3615 Washington Road, Kenosha.
Proceeds from the event benefited the club and the Octagon Club at Tremper High School.
Attendees sampled pizzas served from different vendors and voted for their favorite. There also was a panel of celebrity judges that selected a winner in two specialty pizza categories — one for chain restaurants and one for local restaurants. The panel was made up of Chef Tony Mantuano of Kenosha’s Mangia, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman, state Rep. John Steinbrink, Boys and Girl Club of Kenosha President Wally Graffen and WLIP Radio Personality Bill Lawrence.
Hundreds of warm-blooded souls were freezin’ for a reason at the 2011 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie Saturday.
Plungers collected pledges in exchange for a plunge into the icy water. All the money raised goes to support Special Olympics, including participants throughout Kenosha County. Special Olympics conducts athletic contests and training for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Here’s some video from the day, including appearances by the Sheriff’s Department team, the Tremper Key Club and the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex Discovery team:
Here’s some video by freelance photographer Mike Gordon of the labor rally held at the UAW headquarters in Kenosha Thursday night:
The Republican majority in the state Assembly called an end to debate on the governor’s budget repair bill today and then proceeded to pass it.
State Rep. Peter Barca, the Assembly minority leader who represents a north side Kenosha district, blasted the move as “contempt … toward democracy.”
Wisconsin legislators have been clashing for two week over the bill, which among its provisions includes reducing collective bargaining rights for public employees.
An ordinance proposed by Alderman David F. Bogdala regarding dress code for members of the Common Council was approved 9 to 7 at Monday’s meeting.
Under the ordinance, all Common Council members are to wear “proper attire.” For male members, that’s a suit or sportcoat and dress pants, with a shirt and tie. For female members, that’s a dress, pantsuit, skirt with a sweater or blouse, or blazer with dress slacks. All members’ clothing must be clean, neat and pressed.
Bob Wirch, the Democratic state senator who represents most of Kenosha County, is one of the legislators in Illinois to avoid a quorum call and subsequent vote on Walker’s proposal.
This determination means federal reimbursement could be made available to local governmental bodies — county, municipal, schools, some non-profits.
An effort to gather enough signatures of 22nd Senate District residents to force a recall election for state Sen. Robert Wirch has begun.
Dan Hunt, the chairman of recall exploratory committee, announced Thursday afternoon in Wirch’s hometown of Pleasant Prairie that the group has 60 days to gather approximately 18,000 signatures of district residents 18 or older, who may or may not be registered voters.
If enough legitimate signatures are gathered, Wirch would face any other properly filed candidates to retain his seat in a special election.
Wirch is one of 14 state Senate Democrats who are out of state in order to avoid a quorum call and vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.
Hunt said the recall was driven by Wirch’s ”dereliction of duty” in staying away from the Capitol.
Here are some video highlights of Hunt’s press conference:
The 22nd District, which Wirch has represented since 1996, currently includes all of Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers.
People tough enough to brave the icy Wisconsin waters in February – and those who aren’t but still want to support a good cause — will be participating in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge this Saturday, Feb. 26 at Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie.
The Polar Plunge is the largest fundraising effort benefiting Special Olympics Wisconsin in the state. Last year, the Pleasant Prairie Polar Plunge raised more than $ 90,000 for local Special Olympics athletes. Participants collect pledges and Plunge into the frigid waters of Wisconsin. All proceeds collected by Plungers benefit local Special Olympics athletes.
Anyone with a little guts and a warm heart wanting to support Special Olympics athletes is welcome to participate. In past years, participants have included 7-year-olds to 70-year-olds, congressmen and mayors, police chiefs and officers, company teams, dogs, mothers, high school clubs, fraternities and everyone in between. And for the more hesitant souls, there is always plenty of room for watching and cheering.
More snow is in the forecast for tonight — perhaps as much as 1 to 3 inches, says the National Weather Service.
Then the chance for a variety of precipitation continues through Monday. The greatest possibility is Sunday night, with a 70 percent chance of rain or snow or sleet or a mix thereof.
State Sen. Robert Wirch, the Democrat who represents most of Kenosha County in the State Senate, was quoted extensively in a Huffington Post story on Scott Walker’s phone call with a reporter posing as a well-known ultra-conservative businessman.
Wirch says the phony call was useful in a couple of ways. One, the Democratic senators now know some of the governor’s more sneaky plans for getting Democrats back to the state. The 14 Democrats are in Illinois to avoid a quorum being called to vote on Walker’s budget repair bill that would reduce collective bargaining rights for public employees statewide.
Asked if the 14 Democratic senators are now less likely to trust Walker, Wirch replied, “Yes. In a word, yes.”
The Kenosha County Board adopted a resolution Tuesday opposing Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to reduce collective bargaining power for state employees to only wages as a way to address anticipated budget deficits.
The resolution passed 19-9.
The marathon meeting saw a packed audience section and multiple citizens expressing their views. Here’s some video of opinions from citizens at the meeting gathered for KenoWi.com by freelance journalist Mike Gordon:
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If this proceeds, you might be asked to sign a petition. To get a recall on the ballot, 15,000 signatures would have to be collected within 60 days.
At about 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, just after the school day, about 30 Bradford High School students along with members of the community and of local unions marched from the school across Washington Road to the UAW Local 72 union hall on Washington Road on Kenosha’s north side.
The idea of the event was to rally for union rights, student organizers said.
Here’s some video shot by freelance journalist Mike Gordon for KenoWi.com:
Boy Scout Troop 525 will be hosting a pancake and porky breakfast, Sunday, Feb. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7104 39th Ave., Kenosha.
The breakfast will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.
Tickets are $5, with those 3 years old and younger free.
A recount of the Somers town chairman primary conducted yesterday has not changed the field for the April 5 election.
Unofficial totals from the Feb. 15 primary showed Larry Harding edging Fred Loomis by just one vote to earn a spot on the ballot along with first place finisher Vernon Wienke.
Harding reports that after the recount he still had a one-vote margin.
The policy was approved 5 to 2.
Before the vote, Annie Fredriksson, coordinator of library media and instructional technology, and a team of several other administrators and teachers gave a presentation on the use of mobile devices in the classroom.
“Mobile devices can be disruptive, but they can also contribute to learning,” Fredriksson said.
State Rep. Peter Barca, who is the Assembly minority leader and represents a northside Kenosha district, wants to clear something up about the intentions of his fellow Democrats now offering amendments to to Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.
As he said in a press release issued today:
Even drunk hunters know you don’t go into the woods unless you’re wearing orange during deer hunting season, because it makes it easier to see you. So how hard can it be to find a bunch of Democrats wearing bright pumpkin colored shirts that scream they support worker’s rights, while they speed out of town in a Prius?
Over 125 people were in attendance at Monday’s Kenosha Common Council meeting. Seventeen citizens spoke, mostly in regards to Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that includes reductions in collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Later on in the evening, a resolution by Mayor Keith Bosman and Aldermen Daniel Prozanski Jr., Michael Orth, Tod Ohnstad, Jan Michalski, Rocco LaMacchia and Ray Misner to register the opposition of the city to efforts by the governor and/or the legislature to adversely affect the collective bargaining ability of government employees, was passed unanimously.
Michael Gable, a Kenosha County supervisor, informed everyone of the Kenosha County Board Meeting Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., where a similar action will be considered.
“Negotiate, don’t dictate,” Gable said.
The resolution to create the The Job Opportunities By Several Neighbors Offering Work Program (J.O.B.S. N.O.W. Program) passed by a 12 to 4 vote. The measure was sponsored by Aldermen Anthony Nudo (11th Dist.), David F. Bogdala (17th Dist.), Michael J. Orth (15th Dist.), G. John Ruffolo (4th Dist.), Ray Misner (13th Dist), Steve Bostrom (12th Dist.), Theodore Ruffalo (2nd Dist.), and Jesse Downing (16th Dist.).
The proposed plan creates and retains jobs through lending or granting various unallocated on-hand funds to commercial tenant and property owners for rehabilitation of commercial real estate, so long as jobs are created or retained for a majority of low-to-moderate income persons.
The Kenosha Professional Police Association on Monday announced its opposition to the provisions in the Budget Repair Bill designed to dismantle public employee unions in Wisconsin.
“We appreciate the fact that Governor Walker recognizes the unique work that law enforcement officers do. However the KPPA is unable to stand by while legislation moves forward that undermines the rights of our brothers and sisters in other public employee unions,” Steve Lampada, president of the KPPA said in a statement today. “We work with these public employees every day and cannot support a two-tier collective bargaining system that treats them so different than we are treated.
Gateway Technical College is hosting a series of free workshops aimed at providing road users, both drivers and motorcyclists, with useful and accurate tips and information on sharing the road, perception in traffic, group riding and “seasoned” rider motorcycle operation.
Gateway’s Motorcycle Rider program will provide four free motorcycle and driver programs designed to make our roads safer for everyone.
All sessions will be held 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in March at Gateway’s Horizon Center for Transportation Technology, 4940 88th Ave. For more information or to RSVP, please contact 564-3904 or [email protected].
Ticket price is $6. Children 3 and under eat free. Carry outs are available.
Tickets are available in advance from troop members or by contacting spaghetti dinner chairperson Sandi at 694-0794.