Morning update: Wednesday, Sept. 29

Keeping up with the capitol

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Now to the news.

— Hayley

⚖️ Keeping up with the Capitol: Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's legislative session.

👮🏽 Fitchburg's new police chief and his checkered past.

🚓 A Dane County Supervisor wants to strip law enforcement of qualified immunity.

  • District 14 County Supervisor Anthony Gray introduced the proposal that would allow law enforcement to face civil lawsuits for misconduct and malpractice.
  • What is qualified immunity? Qualified immunity is a defense that grants government officials and law enforcement immunity in the case they face lawsuits seeking monetary damages for civil rights violations.
  • Madison365 reports the Gray is still gathering support for the proposal before bringing it to a vote.

🏨 The Judge Doyle Square saga continues.

  • Some context: The $175 million development of Judge Doyle Square has been years in the making. The project involves two blocks of downtown split by Pinckney Street and aims to develop the area with a parking garage, hotel, and apartment complex. So far, the parking garage (and bike center!) and apartment have been completed.
  • Originally, the city selected Chicago's Beitler Real Estate Services in 2016 to develop two downtown blocks. Now Beitler wants out and the city wants to transfer its development rights to Minneapolis-based Mortenson, who will lead the charge on developing a nine-story, 260-room hotel, expected to be an Embassy Suites, on the 200 block of South Pinckney Street, the Cap Times reports.

🗳️ Milwaukee is ready for a DNC re-do.

📚 A record year for enrollment at UW-Madison.

🧸 Say hello to Wonderground.

  • As Isthmus put it: "No, it’s not New York's hottest new underground coffee’s the brand new all-season outdoor play space at Madison Children’s Museum, which has been gradually taking shape over the summer." The play space is having its grand opening this weekend.

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 53.6%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 70.9%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.