Local Things You Need To Know 



Waukesha mayor calls on congressional reps to re-authorize Ex-Im Bank
11:28 p.m.

WAUKESHA — Less than a week after GE announced it’s moving hundreds of jobs from its Waukesha facility to Canada, Mayor Shawn Reilly called on Wisconsin’s representatives in Washington to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank to help prevent similar job cuts in the future.
Read the full story in Thursday’s Freeman.


First Portillo’s restaurant in Wisconsin proposed for Brookfield
11:24 p.m.

BROOKFIELD — The first Portillo’s restaurant in the state may open in the Shoppes at The Corridor as soon as 2016 if the city approves plans for the iconic Chicagoland restaurant.
For more details, see Thursday’s Freeman.


Minority bar owners settle lawsuit against Racine
11:20 p.m.

RACINE (AP) — Seven former Racine tavern owners have settled a discrimination lawsuit against the city for more than $1 million.    
 The plaintiffs argued in a federal lawsuit originally filed last February that the city and its officials engaged in an elaborate plot to driver minority bar owners out of the city. The agreement approved Tuesday night by the Racine City Council calls for its insurer to pay each plaintiff $15,000 with the remaining $1.2 million going to their attorneys.    
 The defendants have admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.    
 Mayor John Dickert issued a statement following the vote, saying the case ‘‘was a nuisance to the city and it is good to have it concluded.’’ 


Republicans introduce bills reforming elections board, reworking campaign finance
11:16 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — Republicans moved Wednesday to assert more control over Wisconsin elections, introducing bills that would dramatically re-shape the state elections board and rewrite campaign finance law.
For more details, see Thursday’s Freeman.     

Milwaukee Police Department gets nearly $2M to hire officers
5:41 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP)  — The Milwaukee Police Department is using a nearly $2 million federal grant to hire seven additional officers.
Mayor Tom Barrett said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice grant will help the police department bring the number of new officers scheduled to start training in December from 35 to 42. He said the grant will be used to cover the salary and benefits of the seven additional officers over the next three years.
A Milwaukee Common Council committee still must approve the federal grant.



2 killed, 3 injured following law enforcement chase in Watertown
Updated, 11:23 p.m.

WATERTOWN (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say two people have died and three others have been injured in a crash following a law enforcement chase in Jefferson County.  
 In a press release, Sheriff Paul Milbrath said sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle at Country Road E near County Road P in the Town of Ixonia at approximately 1:57 a.m. Wednesday. About 15 minutes later, the driver of the vehicle fled at high speed toward Watertown.
 The driver lost control on Concord Drive near Richards Avenue and crashed into a tree. Donovan Cagney and Bradley Chavez, both 17 years old, were killed. Three other passengers were injured, Milbrath said.
 The Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident, Milbrath said.