Louis Fortis

Louis Fortis is the Editor/Publisher of the Shepherd Express. Click here for articles written by Louis Fortis.

Milwaukee boasts six small, family-run guesthouses or B&Bs that are all notably unique. The Shepherd Express visits them all and chats with each of the owners. more

Feb 13, 2018 5:19 PM A&E Feature


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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

Feb 13, 2018 5:19 PM News Features 2 Comments


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The example Trump sets with his attacks on women and minorities are directly linked; his bombastic vulgarities are designed to appeal to angry people, frightened by the positive changes they see in the world around them. more

Feb 13, 2018 5:17 PM Taking Liberties 2 Comments


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Questions about Paul Ryan’s “soul” as a decent sort of conservative appear to have been settled: His elated grins and whoops of glee as the House passed Trumpcare and the GOP Tax Scam answered that. more

Feb 13, 2018 5:16 PM Issue of the Week 1 Comments

The Shepherd Express believes either Tim Burns or Rebecca Dallet would make an excellent addition to our State Supreme Court and a vast improvement over the exiting Justice Michael Gableman. more

Feb 13, 2018 5:15 PM News Features 1 Comments


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Wisconsin’s capital is experiencing a job-creating tech boom and has a very low murder rate. more

Feb 6, 2018 5:16 PM Taking Liberties 9 Comments


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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

Feb 6, 2018 5:16 PM Issue of the Week 6 Comments

Wisconsin is about to elect a new state Supreme Court justice; the Shepherd Express sizes up the candidates: Madison attorney Timothy W. Burns, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock. more

Feb 6, 2018 5:16 PM News Features 3 Comments

In her 2016 book, Paying the Price, former University of Wisconsin professor Sara Goldrick-Rab presents the harsh realities of what she deems are the new economics of college in America. more

Feb 6, 2018 5:16 PM News Features 2 Comments

Like women in all places and professions, Milwaukee women have faced sexual harassment at work. Many are beginning to speak out assertively. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:29 PM News Features 7 Comments

There are Democratic candidates and activists organizing right now throughout the state in districts where moribund Republican incumbents have never had to worry about strong, legitimate challengers or energized voters. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:15 PM Taking Liberties 2 Comments

If the aim of Wisconsin State Assembly Bill 693 was truly to protect teachers, it might be deserving of more support from state Democrats, but the truth of the matter is that in this bill, Republicans are using vulnerable students as scapegoats. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:13 PM Issue of the Week 1 Comments

Impact100 Greater Milwaukee is a group of women who are using collective philanthropy to make a difference here in the city. The women are pooling their money together to give grants to people and organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:11 PM News Features

Will Downtown Milwaukee once again see a flourishing “red-light district”? A strip club has recently won a lawsuit against the city and obtained a license to begin operation. more

Jan 23, 2018 4:16 PM News Features 1 Comments

Now that we are at the end of Police Chief Ed Flynn’s tenure, we should ask our next chief to continue his data-driven deployment philosophy and to keep holding our police employees accountable when they violate the civil rights of our neighbors. more

Jan 23, 2018 3:58 PM Issue of the Week 2 Comments


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The end is nowhere in sight when all citizens in the community will be treated equally by their police, but it’s even more important the next Milwaukee police chief keep building on the progress under Flynn. more

Jan 23, 2018 3:57 PM Taking Liberties 1 Comments


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

Jan 23, 2018 3:50 PM News Features 6 Comments


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The Shepherd Express’ clearinghouse for all activities in the Greater Milwaukee Area that peacefully push back against discriminatory, reactionary or authoritarian actions and policies of the Donald Trump administration and others of his ilk. more

Jan 23, 2018 2:02 PM Saving Our Democracy

Except at peak times, Milwaukeeans hardly realize that they are sharing their city with millions of tourists who outnumber them 10 to one. more

Jan 16, 2018 4:52 PM News Features

Despite a well-researched and understood link between community-based investments and crime reduction, the Wisconsin legislature continues to favor tough-on-crime methods even as other states embrace progressive reforms. more

Jan 16, 2018 4:52 PM News Features 2 Comments