May 31 2012
Northwestern Mutual is planning to build a skywalk over North Van Buren Street. The skywalk would cross an 80-foot span of Van Buren and link the company’s existing campus skywalk to a building the company will buy. The new building is set to provide temporary space to the company’s employees who must leave Northwestern Mutual’s building at 734 North Cass Street, which will soon be demolished. The company has requested city approval for a skywalk with a rounded glass dome top. If approved, it would be north of Northwestern Mutual’s historic stone building that faces East Wisconsin Avenue.
With Wisconsin’s recall election for governor right around the corner, state election officials are predicting voter turnout to exceed the 2010 race. An estimated 60% to 65% of voting-age Wisconsinites will cast regular or absentee ballots on Tuesday. Back in 2010, the election’s voter turnout was 49.7%. Officials say that this election could see the highest turnout for that office in more than a half-century. Mayor Barrett and Governor Walker are both currently on the campaign trail prepping for Tuesday’s race.
The Hunger Task Force and Kohl’s Department Stores are teaming up to serve dinner to thousands of children throughout Milwaukee. Kohl’s Cares committed $1.5 million over three years to Hunger Task Force to create the Kohl’s “Serving Up Supper for Kids Program”. The program is designed to provide nutritious suppers to Milwaukee children in need throughout the summer months when school meals aren’t available. The program kicks off today at the Hunger Task Force Warehouse where teams of volunteers will disperse, deliver and displays signs at meal sites throughout the city to create awareness.
A week ago, Mayor Tom Barrett and Governor Scott Walker went head to head during the first of two televised debates in the state’s historic recall election and the second debate is being held tonight. This Tuesday’s race is a rematch from 2010, when Walker defeated Barrett by a margin of 52% to 47%. That was the year in which Republicans also took control of both Houses of the Legislature. The debates are a partnership between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WTMJ-TV, Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. Tonight’s debate will be broadcast on WTMJ-TV, Channel 4.
Yesterday Wisconsin small business leaders received regional honors from the Small Business Association. The awards acknowledged local individuals on their outstanding achievements on behalf of small businesses throughout the state. Wisconsin winners include Jeff Bowman from West Allis. Jeff is the president of First American Capital Corporation and he’s been a long time champion for minority businesses. Then there’s Wendy Baumann who was recognized for Wisconsin’s Women’s Business Initiative, which is celebrating 25 years of providing economic opportunity.
The Journey House serves thousands of clients each year at its three facilities throughout Milwaukee, but starting in late July, all of its services will be offered under one roof. Today marks a groundbreaking ceremony for the organization as its long-awaited center opens its doors. The new facility will be called “The Journey House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics” and it will be located on West Scott Street. The ceremony is scheduled at 5 this afternoon.