City of Madison


Carolyn Fath Ashby

Mike Koval’s abrupt departure as Madison police chief was prompted by his frustration with the mayor and other elected officials over staffing levels: “I’ve grown weary of it.” Read more

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David Michael Miller

We have a plan! Some of the recommendations of the Madison Cultural Plan are being followed, but sometimes it seems like Karin Wolf, the city’s arts program administrator, is the only one using it. Read more

A & E


Rettler Corporation

In an effort to host athletic games, Edgewood is asking Madison to terminate its master plan. The school argues that the restrictions are a violation of their religious freedoms. Read more

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As the city starts to put together its next budget, there is again a projected gap between expenses and revenues. Agencies will be asked to cut back and some will offer options that are not feasible politically. Read more

Citizen Dave


City of Madison Engineering

The reconstruction plan calls for the slight narrowing of driving lanes and the addition of pedestrian sidewalks along the north side of University Avenue and east side of University Bay Drive. Read more



Dylan Brogan

The city of Madison adopted a new flag in 2018 but the old flag still flies at several city facilities. Read more

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Wisconsin Historical Society

The city has given the owner of the historic Suhr house on Langdon Street a deadline to fix the structure or risk losing it through demolition by neglect. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Former Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi argued for months over the reconstruction of Buckeye Road. Satya Rhodes-Conway was able to reach an agreement during the two weeks she was mayor-elect. What changed? Read more


The Madison Public Market, expected to open in 2021, is a chance to work toward equity by helping people create viable businesses. Read more


Tax incremental financing was a slick idea and for the most part it’s worked out great in Madison. But there’s a downside. Read more

Citizen Dave 3 Comments

Three alders were appointed to the Madison Common Council this year. They all pledged not to run for a permanent spot on the council. Yet, two of them are. Read more



Dylan Brogan

Paul Soglin has upset the apple cart in next year’s race for Madison mayor. His opponents say he’s been mayor long enough. Read more

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Wisconsin Historical Society / David Sandell

The ‘60s in Madison have been well documented, but a new book by Stuart Levitan digs up new treasures that amuse, enlighten and shock. Read more

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A task force is looking at whether to turn the current part-time 20-member city council into a full-time 10-member body. Read more

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After a week of rising water, sandbagging and worries of more flash flooding, Madison still isn’t out of the woods yet. Dylan Brogan relays the human toll of the disaster and, with the help of local experts, explains how we got to this point. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments

Even before Paul Soglin announced July 17 that he will retire as mayor when his term expires in April, three candidates were vying for his seat. Read more

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David Michael Miller

China, one of the world’s largest buyers of recyclables, has drastically limited the amount of material it will accept. That means the city is now sending things like children’s toys and five-gallon paint buckets to the landfill. Read more

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For the past seven years, the Madison Parks Division has applied for and received a federal permit to conduct an annual culling of Canada geese. Goslings found during the “roundup” are euthanized with gas. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Madison is investigating how city agencies surveil and collect data on the public. Officials say some of the technology needs to be kept secret. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Americans seem to be believe that free parking is a fundamental right. It’s not. If you can afford a car at all — gas, insurance, maintenance — nine bucks a month is not unreasonable for parking. Read more

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