Common Council Archives

Council votes to make Juneteenth an official city holiday

September 22, 2022

On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the Common Council approved an ordinance making Juneteenth Day an official city holiday. The legislation – Council file #220475 – was authored by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs. “Juneteenth Day (June 19) holds a special significance for so many people — it is a federal holiday and a few years ago… [Read More]

Milwaukee one step closer to hosting Republican National Convention

June 2, 2022

Hours after the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved hosting the 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Milwaukee, Mayor Cavalier Johnson (right) signed a tentative legislative deal at a press conference for the Republican National Convention to meet in Milwaukee in 2024. Milwaukee and Nashville, TN are currently in final contention to be the 2024 host… [Read More]

Milwaukee Common Council hosts ’17th Annual Girls’ Day at City Hall’

March 31, 2022

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022 , the City of Milwaukee Common Council hosted their “17th Annual Girls’ Day at City Hall.” Students engaged in stimulating discussion that both empower them to became future leaders, and introduce them to a career path in public service. This year, Girls’ Day returned to an in-person format. As part… [Read More]

Common Council OKs renaming MFD HQ in honor of Alonzo Robinson

February 11, 2021

The Milwaukee Common Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 to rename the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) Headquarters at 7th and Wells in honor of Alonzo Robinson, Wisconsin’s first African American architect. Robinson is the designer and architect of the MFD headquarters. But he is also known for designing other buildings in downtown Milwaukee… [Read More]

Milwaukee Common Council approves “I can’t breathe” resolution

June 18, 2020

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the full Common Council voted unanimously in approving a resolution urging the Fire and Police Commission to adopt a policy addressing any “I can’t breathe” plea by an individual who is in police custody. The resolution was introduced by Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II in response to the recent death… [Read More]

Ald. Cavalier Johnson elected Milwaukee Common Council president in 8-7 vote

April 23, 2020

On an 8-7 vote, Milwaukee Ald. Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson was elected Common Council president, succeeding Ald. Ashanti Hamilton. Late last week, Hamilton, who had been seeking re-election to the council’s leadership role, dropped out of the race and instead endorsed Ald. Milele Coggs. The public split broke with recent precedent in which the race for… [Read More]

A View From The Top: Celebrating Five Decades of Common Council Leadership

March 29, 2018

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Marquette University, Avenues West Association and Near West Side Partners presented a luncheon entitled, “A View From The Top: Five Decades of Common Council Leadership,” at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 West Wisconsin Ave. The luncheon was a historic conversation with the past and present African American Common Council presidents,… [Read More]

Double-take on Fire and Police Commission nominee

March 28, 2013

The controversy and delay in the appointment of Ann Wilson to the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) was “due to the Common Council injecting politics into the Fire and Police Commission, and we try to avoid that,” FPC FPC executive director Michael Tobin said. Historically, for mayoral appointments the Common Council has always had the… [Read More]