The Madison Common Council approves a $239.8 million operating budget, which hikes property taxes by 4.1%. To the mayor's proposed budget, the council adds $100,000 for community services, $25,000 to help the homeless, and money to restore staff positions in planning and Madison City Channel.
Madison's Hannah Rosenthal tells friends she's been named by the U.S. State Department as Special Envoy for Global Anti-Semitism.
Gov. Jim Doyle vetoes a bill to restore the power to appoint a Department of Natural Resources secretary to a citizen's board, rather than the governor. A Legislative override would require a two-thirds vote, something it hasn't mustered since 1981.
Madison School Board member Johnny Winston Jr. says he won't run for a third term in 2010, but doesn't rule out other electoral bids.
A UW grounds crew finds the decomposing body of an apparent suicide victim near Picnic Point. The unidentified man appears to have died in the summer or early fall.
After months of hem-hawing, Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett confirms his plan to run for governor. Barrett says he delayed this decision while recovering from an Aug. 15 incident at the State Fair, where he intervened in a dispute and was beaten with a tire iron. That may pale in comparison to what happens in this race.
The body of Pamela K. Clyde, 44, missing since Thursday, is found in a wooded area on the city's east side. Foul play is not suspected.
The Dane County Board of Supervisors, on a 23-13 vote, approves a $460 million operating budget for 2010. It will raise county property taxes by 7.9%.
A state appeals court reinstates a $5 million award in a feud involving the family that owns Link Snacks, which markets its jerky with the "Messin' with Sasquatch" TV ads. The court ordered Jack Link to pay the judgment to his son Jay, who claims he was unfairly cut out of the family business. The real victim, Bigfoot, gets nothing.
A spokesperson for Kathleen Falk says she has no interest in running for lieutenant governor, as she's been urged to do.
The Wisconsin Department of Health reports that 11 people have died from swine flu here since Nov. 11, raising the state's death toll from the virus to 31 since spring. Two of the 11 were in Dane County.
Compiled (in part) from local media