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Froedtert, Children's Hospitals to Buy Land from Milwaukee County PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:19

froedtert-hospitalLand was the former home of the Milwaukee County General Hospital, which later became Doyne Hospital, before closing in 1996.

WAUWATOSA, WI - According to a report last week in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin all are expected to buy the real estate they’ve been leasing for decades at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center under option-agreements they negotiated with longtime landlord Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wants to sell the three leased properties and the nearby land rented by the BloodCenter of Research Institute according to the Business Journal. Abele’s office believes the time is right to sell the leased properties and negotiated purchase-option agreements with the four organizations.

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and Curative Care are not part of the deal.

scott-manskeHere are the organizations at the medical complex and the appraised value of the properties they lease, according to Milwaukee County comptroller Scott Manske: BloodCenter $1.06 million; Curative $1.47 million; Medical College $5.15 million; Children’s $9.8 million, and Froedtert $7.0 million.

The land was the former home of the Milwaukee County General Hospital, which later became Doyne Hospital, and other county health-related services. The County closed it's hospital, which provided emergency services to the entire area and health care to many low income residents, in 1996. The closure resulted in more than 2,500 medical staff and support employees to be let go, some of which were rehired by Froedtert.

Brad Schimel Added to Rape Kit Backlog as DA PDF Print E-mail
Written by DPW Press   
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 08:50

brad_schimelAppleton Post Crescent reports he allowed at least 26 rape kits to remain untested as Waukesha County district attorney.

MADISON - An investigation from The Post Crescent revealed last week that as Waukesha County district attorney, Attorney General Brad Schimel allowed at least 26 rape kits to remain untested, directly contributing to the rape kit backlog that as Attorney General he has failed to adequately address.

From The Post Crescent’s Keegan Kyle:

rape-1“In one case with an untested kit, a 3-year-old girl's parents worried she was molested at a party. In another, a teen reported falling asleep and waking up to a friend raping her. In a third, a homeless mother reported being raped at a motel near popular shopping centers.”

“From the Waukesha DA office to the Attorney General’s office, Brad Schimel has demonstrated a disturbing pattern of not taking Wisconsinites’ safety seriously,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Martha Laning. “Survivors of sexual violence deserve advocates who take their pain seriously, but Brad Schimel’s neglect and incompetence has deprived them of justice and answers.”

Milwaukee Health Care Advocates Highlight GOP Sabotage PDF Print E-mail
Written by DPW Press   
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 08:32

trumpcareCoalition of Democratic Senators call on Trump to rescind rules that threaten access to quality affordable care after thousands of citizens submit comments on ‘junk’ health insurance plans.

Supreme Court Ruling Shows Need for Redistricting Reform PDF Print E-mail
Written by League of Women Voters WI, Erin Grunze   
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:02

wi-dist-mapsRuling allows plaintiffs opportunity for further legal action.

MADISON - The Supreme Court did not give us the ruling we had hoped against partisan gerrymandering. As we explained in our amicus brief, the Wisconsin maps deny many citizens the full power of the vote and should be redrawn. The current redistricting process protects the party in power -- whichever party it is -- and is not an open and transparent process carried out in the interest of the voters. It is notable that the Court ruling still allows the plaintiffs a chance to demonstrate this in further legal proceedings.

voter-us-elections“Regardless of what happens in the courts, Wisconsin can still right this wrong. So far 39 of 72 Wisconsin counties have passed resolutions in support of a nonpartisan redistricting process. Lawmakers in the Wisconsin Capitol need to be accountable to voters and support legislation that will take the power of map drawing out of partisan control and give it to an independent body, with plenty of public input, in the interest of fairness and democracy. Wisconsin voters are demanding this reform and the League of Women Voters will continue to advocate for a nonpartisan redistricting process,” said Erin Grunze, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

For more on this, see ​this statement​ from League of Women Voters of the United States.


The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for informed and active participation in government. There are 20 local Leagues in Wisconsin. Learn more at

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