Thursday, April 4, 2013
In the first and only public hearing in southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele asked Legislators to put money back into transit and child support services.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele testified in front of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on Thursday asking them to restore funding for the Milwaukee County Transit and statewide Child Support Services. The JFC met in Greendale for the first of four public hearings across the state on Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget. The proposed budget calls for a 10 percent cut in transit funding and Abele wants the funding restored because 150,000 people rely on the Milwaukee County Transit every day. If the funding is cut, routes could be cut and fares might be increased, he said. “Few priorities are as important in the current economy as creating and maintaining private sector jobs,” Abele said. “That is why we are …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Sparks have been flying for well over a year between Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and County Executive Chris Abele. But now, Abele has criticized Clarke's stance on guns and that has Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke calling Abele names.
An all-out war has been brewing between Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele over the budget and Clarke's statements about guns. Waged via Facebook, emails, and in the media, the battle between the two is anything but quiet. Clarke’s latest barb accused Abele of having “penis envy,” according to a blog on the Journal Sentinel. In the article, Daniel Bice chronicles Clarke’s frustrations. On the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Facebook page Clarke has been critical of Abele's intelligence. Abele, on the other hand, acts like the smartest guy in the room. That must be quite a heavy burden to walk through life with. The many people in his cabinet that he has hired, only to turn around and soon …
Monday, February 11, 2013
During his State of the County address Monday at the Oak Creek Police Department, County Executive Chris Abele recalled the solidarity shown after the Sikh temple shooting.
County Executive Chris Abele's decision to give his annual State of the County address at the Oak Creek Police Department was no random choice. As disagreements regarding the direction of county government abound, Abele hearkened back to the days following the Aug. 5 mass shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh temple, when residents throughout the county united around the Oak Creek and Sikh communities. In particular, the thousands of people who descended on Henry Miller Park for a community vigil left lasting images and showed "the Milwaukee County I'm proud to represent," Abele said. "Too often, the disagreements we all have get the attention," Abele said. "Everyone in this room, regardless of our political parties, have a lot more in common …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Chris Abele will deliver his second State of the County address at the Oak Creek municipal courtroom.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will come to Oak Creek to deliver his State of the County address. Abele will speak at 11 a.m. Monday in the Oak Creek municipal courtroom, 301 W. Ryan Road. It will be his second State of the County speech since taking office in April 2011. Click here for more details, including how to register to attend.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Milwaukee County official's first post lets readers know about PGA Junior Championship moving here from Madison.
From updates on new projects in the parks to the latest news about county taxes and the budget, Patch readers can find out what's happening in Milwaukee County from our newest blogger: County Executive Chris Abele. Abele, who has been county executive since 2011, will use his Patch blog to as another way to communicate with constituents. In his first blog post, he announced that the Wisconsin PGA is move its Junior Championship to Milwaukee County golf courses this summer — after 22 years in Madison. "I'm excited to share the news of Milwaukee County, and Patch gives me a great opportunity to help spread the word to a wide audience," Abele said. Over the past year, several key political figures have used Patch's blogging platform as a way …
Friday, October 19, 2012
In a town hall meeting Thursday, Taylor also said he disagreed with the county executive's plan to shift patrol of county parks in Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Police Department.
County Supervisor Steve Taylor says he supports increases to county employees' health care costs, though he does not agree with a plan to shift patrols of county parks away from the sheriff's office. Taylor touched on a number of other topics at a sparsely-attended town-hall meeting in Oak Creek City Hall Thursday night, but the proposed county budget was the central focus. The county board is mulling County Executive Chris Abele's proposal and is scheduled to approve a budget in November. The proposal calls for health care costs to continue to shift toward employees and retirees to help make up for a $28.5 million budget shortfall. Under Abele's plan, $9.3 million of anticipated health care costs increases would be covered by moving $10.5…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Steve Taylor will host a listening session regarding the proposed Milwaukee County budget.
County Supervisor Steve Taylor will host three town hall meetings, including one in Oak Creek, to hear from residents about Milwaukee County's proposed budget. The Oak Creek meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave. Other meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Franklin City Hall and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Hales Corners Village Hall. The county board is deliberating County Executive Chris Abele's proposed 2013 budget, which among other things, calls for a property tax freeze, changes to the sheriff's office budget and increases in both pay and health costs for county employees.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Chris Abele will submit testimony about the impact the shooting had on the Milwaukee area and the need to find solutions to prevent another tragedy from happening.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will be among those attending Wednesday's U.S. Senate hearing on violent extremism, held in the wake of the Aug. 5 shootings at the Oak Creek Sikh temple. Abele will also submit testimony about how Milwaukee County came together after the attack, as well as the need to explore solutions to prevent another tragedy from happening, according to remarks released Tuesday in advance of the hearing. "The deadly and senseless shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last month had a big impact on our community and the nation. It was not only an act of extreme violence; it was also an inexcusable act of evil. All these weeks later it is still difficult for me to put into words my sorrow," Abele says…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After 10-year tenure of dealing with budget cuts and still winning awards, Black is "no longer with Milwaukee County," County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday.
- Jim Price
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Updated at 5 p.m. Thursday to include comments from County Executive Chris Abele. Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black was fired by County Executive Chris Able, who declined to say why Black was dismissed after a decade on the job. At an afternoon press conference, Abele declined to give any specific reason for terminating Black, saying only that his responsibility was to make decisions that were in the best interests of county taxpayers. Asked repeatedly what had changed in Black's relationship with the administration, Abele replied that he could not comment on personnel matters and would not indulge in "gossip." "What I owe you as an elected official is the best use of your tax dollars," Abele said. "What I owe you is responsible …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to the scene and was ambushed and shot up to nine times while attempting to help an injured victim. When support arrived, he refused help and ordered officers to go into the temple and help others.
Just more than 24 hours after the tragic mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, stories of heroes are emerging as details from the incident are revealed. When an unintelligible call came into the Oak Creek Police Department from a person inside the temple, 21-year department veteran Lt. Brian Murphy entered his squad and was first to the horrific scene just four minutes later. Murphy immediately came upon a wounded victim in the parking lot of the temple, and rushed to assist the person. At that moment, Murphy found himself in a situation most officers will only have to prepare for in their careers. While he was helping the victim, the 51-year-old officer was ambushed by the shooter — now identified as Wade Michael …