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So why did the La Crosse City Administrator referendum fail? We asked UW-L Political Professor, Joe Heim, his thoughts on the matter.
He says people in La Crosse are more conservative when it comes to change unless they think they have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen. The referendum failed by a vote of 5,937 to 3,934.
Another step forward in the effort to reopen the Hollywood Theater of La Crosse...
Attorney Phil Addis announced on a Facebook page yesterday that his company, Main Street Renaissance, has been granted the deed to the old movie theater at 5th and Jay. Addis says plans for the renovation of the Hollywood will be started soon. Addis's company bought the building at an auction in February for 15-thousand dollars. It had been owned previously by the Children's Museum of La Crosse. The Hollywood originally opened in 1936, and presented movies and live concerts before shutting down within the last 10 years.
A new delay in the murder trial of Eric Koula...
Jury selection is being delayed until the first week of June, to give both sides more opportunity to review evidence and witnesses. The Koula trial had been scheduled to start next week. This May will mark two years since Koula's parents were found shot to death at their Barre Mills home. Eric Koula is accused of committing the murders in order to get money from his parents' bank account, to pay off debts from stock trading.
On the day after being elected mayor of Onalaska, Joe Chilsen has his new routine figured out...
Chilsen will balance his new duties at City Hall with his main job, teaching marketing at U-W-La Crosse before 9 a.m., and then heading to his office to do what he calls "mayor stuff."
Chilsen pledged to work closely with members of the city's executive team who are the experts in different departments. He won Tuesday's election with 77 per cent of the vote over opponent Samantha Carter.
Three weeks ago, Congressman Ron Kind was asked if he had made final plans for this election year, and he said he would have a statement "shortly."
So far, the La Crosse Democrat still has not made that announcement...but another statement today from Kind takes him out of the race for governor. Kind is endorsing Tom Barrett for the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott Walker in the spring recall election. He calls the Milwaukee mayor a leader who can 'bring Wisconsin together again.' A few months ago, Kind decided not to run for the U-S Senate seat being vacated by Herb Kohl.