City of Madison

Madison’s pilot composting project has been plagued by contamination of plastic and the city no longer has anywhere to process the waste. But officials insist city-wide composting will eventually happen. more

Jan 25, 2018 5:03 AM News 2 Comments

Provenance Hotels proposes a high-end nine-story hotel with 110 to 120 rooms, two bars and restaurants and a rooftop terrace. But the facility would provide no parking and would need special city exceptions to zoning regulations. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments


Benjamin Zastrow

In the early 1980s, Madison Metro set a high standard with its paratransit service. Now the city proposes axing the service as the state shifts funding away from counties toward private operators. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

The city of Madison’s golf courses are running a deficit. There is a proposal to close either Yahara Hills golf course or the course on Monona Drive. more

Oct 24, 2017 10:08 AM Citizen Dave 5 Comments


Michael Matheson

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts benefits for thousands of couples in domestic partnerships. The budget will also bar additional same-gender couples from joining the statewide domestic partner registry to receive inheritance, hospital visitation and o more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

Mayor Paul Soglin says a racist organization, decades ago, installed a “slab of propaganda” at the Confederate gravesite in the city’s Forest Hill Cemetery. more

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Civil rights lawsuits stemming from police shootings in Madison are raising the city’s insurance costs. The city’s share of just two recent multimillion dollar lawsuits cost taxpayers $600,000. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

It’s tough for local rappers to book shows in the Madison market. A new city task force is charged with looking at problems — and coming up with solutions. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Incidents of “shots fired” are up 63 percent in Madison compared to last year. The city is on track for a record number of homicides. But officials don’t agree on how to stop the violence. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments


Alejandro Alonso Galva

Dane County has multiple initiatives aimed at cleaning up the lakes, but the benefits of those efforts will take years to achieve. In the meantime, officials are experimenting with cleaning up small portions of the lakes so people can swim there. more

Jun 21, 2017 3:21 PM News


Justin Sprecher

During debates at Isthmus, things get heated between Ald. Harrington-McKinney & Handowski over Jeffy Trail, and Martin & Campbell face off in the only open seat for council this year. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM News


Joe Tarr

Although a lot of people travel to and from Madison on intercity buses, there still isn’t a decent place to wait for them. The numerous private companies who serve the city continue to drop off and pick up on a public sidewalk. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Dylan Brogan

Ald. Sheri Carter and challenger José Rea debate new panhandling ordinance and Madison College leaving downtown in order to expand its south-side campus. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM News

After nearly seven hours of testimony and debate and over strong opposition from some neighbors, members of the Madison Common Council vote 12-7 to approve the controversial Olbrich Park biergarten. more

Mar 8, 2017 1:19 PM News 2 Comments


Steven Potter

On Monday, lawyers for Tony Robinson’s family released the evidence and arguments they were planning on making had the case gone to trial. Now one alder is calling for a new investigation and another wants the city to have more say in settlements. more

Mar 8, 2017 11:12 AM News


David Michael Miller

Did a Madison alder help pave the way for a biergarten run by her husband at Olbrich Park? The Common Council is expected to vote on the project on March 7. more

Feb 28, 2017 2:13 PM News 12 Comments

Six candidates are running to fill two seats on the Madison school board. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM News


Dylan Brogan

The Madison Common Council sent a symbolic message to President Donald Trump, declaring its office and the city’s public libraries will offer aid to immigrants. more

Feb 8, 2017 10:53 AM News


David Michael Miller

Madison is known for its politically active citizenry. So why are so many Common Council members running unopposed? more

Jan 12, 2017 12:00 AM News 1 Comments

Ald. David Ahrens says there is “no conspiracy” to foist the Olbrich Biergarten onto the community, and plenty of opportunities remain for the opposition to be heard. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM Beer 12 Comments