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Chris Abele is the current Milwaukee County Executive. He was elected in 2011. Abele's father, John Abele, was a co-founder of Boston Scientific. 

Chris Abele wants control. When Abele-funded candidates win elections, who do you think they will be responsive to: their constituents or the guy that bought them their job? more

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As long as Wisconsin’s elected public officials aren’t greatly increasing their support of local road projects, it’s hard to believe they would have ever halted the ongoing general trend toward the adoption of county wheel taxes. more

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It’s long been a truism that Milwaukee County residents love their historic parks. Nonetheless, continual defunding for three decades has left much of the county’s parks frayed and even derelict. more

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The future of the Mitchell Park Domes is at stake. The public has an opportunity to express its ideas and opinions about various county proposals on Tuesday, June 26 in the lobby of the Mitchell Park Domes. more

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“Can the county afford a park system as extensive as it is today?” asks Wisconsin Policy Forum’s president Rob Henken. “Can Milwaukee County government continue its current level of support for things like the zoo, museum and the Marcus Center?” more

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Despite Milwaukee County’s long-standing Anti-Secrecy Policy, County Executive Chris Abele and his administrators often operate in the shadows; indeed, four county committees addressing parks issues, convened since 2016 by Abele or his ... more

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The Shepherd Express announces its political endorsements for the Tuesday, April 3, Wisconsin elections. more

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Photo credit: Chris Abele for Milwaukee County Executive Facebook Page

A bill to drastically increase Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s power and decrease the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors’ jurisdiction drew much opposition and limited support at a recent state legislative hearing. more

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Lest Milwaukee County residents who oppose parking meters in county parks feel too comfortable about the county executive’s decision to pull the plan, he is now trying to circumvent the public by gaining more personal power. more

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Photo credit: Chris Abele for Milwaukee County Executive Facebook page

As the Shepherd Express went to press this week, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele emailed and posted a statement entitled “You Spoke, I Listened.” more

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Last week’s meeting at the Mitchell Park Domes about parking meters in Milwaukee County parks revealed an overwhelming rejection of County Executive Chris Abele’s plan to impose another “revenue stream.” more

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Our county’s exceptional network of public parks was developed to serve everyone, but now Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is proposing a wrong-headed program of widespread and pricey paid parking throughout the park system. more

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Metro Milwaukee’s time-honored heritage of free and inclusively accessible parks is on the fast track to ending. more

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Milwaukee County plans to install parking meters in many of its landmark parks, raising questions about public access as well as the need to raise revenue to maintain the park system. more

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Democratic wins in the recent Virginia elections and elsewhere in the U.S. are good news for Wisconsin. more

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County Executive Chris Abele used his family money to win three elections, and he is now using his family’s money to launch a war against some of Milwaukee’s most respected elected officials. His line of fake news consists of half-truths an... more

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County Executive Abele has taken another page from Donald Trump’s playbook by manufacturing a county pension crisis to distract from his own ongoing issues. more

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Out of left field, Chris Abele has petitioned Gov. Scott Walker to shift federal job training dollars from the successful Employ Milwaukee to some entity under him. There are many problems with Abele’s request. more

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Milwaukee needs to restore a system of checks and balances so the county supervisors have the powers to serve as a countervailing force to an abusive and self-serving county executive. more

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Since the turn of the century, Milwaukee County has been shaped by pension scandal. The latest development—a recent revelation of an IRS report hidden for three years— demonstrates how the current pension system rules might actually incenti... more

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