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Neil Johnson

Closed-meeting notes to be revealed
- The city of Janesville wants to release a glut of closed-session city council meeting minutes spanning back as far as 2009—records that as of yet haven't seen the light of day in public. Read more >>
Walker pitches 'comeback' plan
- Gov. Scott Walker used a tour at Janesville manufacturing facility Precision Micro Tool on Thursday as a campaign stop to highlight his new "Continuing Wisconsin's Comeback" plan. Read more >>
Fire station homes up for bids
- A dozen homes in the footprint of the planned Central Fire Station are up for grabs for anyone who'd want to move them. Read more >>
Janesville officials eye shared revenue
- The Gazette looks at the city of Janesville's cut in state revenue, one of the wheels that drives the city's budget. It's a wheel remains frozen at levels much lower than other peer communities in the state, and the city is... Read more >>
Estimates: Fire station over budget
- First-blush estimates show costs for the planned Central Fire Station project in Janesville are at least $1 million over the budget the city council set in April, according to a project consultant's analysis. Read more >>
Council ignores McCoy petitions
- The Janesville City Council signaled Monday it is done dealing with resident Billy McCoy's direct legislation petitions. Read more >>
Janesville's Fourth Ward in fear?
- Fourth Ward resident Gina Smith believes she's seen drug dealing in her neighborhood this summer rise to a peak she hasn't seen in more than a decade. Read more >>
Council to take no action on petitions
- Janesville City Council President DuWayne Severson said the council plans to do nothing with the petitions filed by Bill McCoy. Read more >>
Just call it City Hall
- Janesville City Council members will consider changing the name of the city's municipal building at 18. N. Jackson St. to City Hall. Read more >>
Tavern patios going dog friendly?
- Janesville is tweaking its restaurant and tavern rules to allow people to take their dogs onto patios and other outdoor seating areas at establishments that have state designation as dog friendly. Read more >>
New tavern at former Quotes site?
- A pair of Janesville residents seek to open a new tavern at the home of the former Quotes Bar & Grill, a tavern that in the past had proved to be something of a fight club. Read more >>
McCoy, council not eye-to-eye on petitions
- Though the Janesville City Council gave resident Billy McCoy's two petitions a big rebuff this week, McCoy said he believes at least one of the petitions is still on solid legal ground. Read more >>
Streets referendum will be on ballot
- Janesville residents will see a referendum on the November ballot asking them for $1.2 million a year to help remedy the city's faltering street maintenance program. Read more >>
Council won't act on McCoy petitions
- The Janesville City Council gave resident Billy McCoy's two petitions a big rebuff Monday night, saying they won't act on them. Read more >>
Group gets chance to save gas station
- The city-owned former gas station on South Franklin Street got a reprieve from demolition Monday night, but the heat is on for a group proposing to save it. Read more >>
Local greenhouse donates beauty
- A local greenhouse is one of a few private businesses that have beautified normally drab spots of the city by planting flowers in a median on Highway 14. Read more >>
Group wants to save old gas station
- Janesville city staff is pressing the city council to pull the trigger on demolition of a city-owned, former gas station, but a group of residents is scrambling to save the building. Read more >>
Is Janesville streets referendum coming?
- The Janesville City Council Monday will consider pursuing a referendum for the November election ballot that seeks voter approval of up to $1.2 million in spending beyond levy limits for ongoing street repairs. Read more >>
Attorney: McCoy petitions are 'invalid'
- Janesville's city attorney is recommending the city council take no action on a pair of petitions aimed to halt the planned central fire station project and curtail spending on city projects. Read more >>
Resident blames city for storm runoff
- A Janesville resident is blaming the city for a stormwater runoff problem he says he never had before the city built the new transit services center along Highway 51. Read more >>
Transit center geared for 50 years
- The Gazette takes an early tour of the new Janesville Transit Service Center. Transit Director Dave Mumma shows how the center is set up to operate and expand over the next 50 years. Read more >>
Is new city bus garage a 'Taj Mahal'?
- Janesville Transit Service Director Dave Mumma sounds off on the public sentiment by some that the new Transit Service Center has the look of a "Taj Mahal." Read more >>
Petitions in hands of city council
- Janesville resident Billy McCoy's two petitions aimed at halting construction of a city fire station and capping city project spending are now in the hands of the city council. Read more >>
BTC referendum fails by wide margin
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JANESVILLE—Blackhawk Technical College’s president said he believes voters may have shot down a $4 million spending referendum Tuesday because they were leery the referendum had no sunset.

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Janesville residents to see increase in trash pickup costs
- The Janesville City Council on Monday approved a plan aimed at floating the city's listing sanitation fund, but it will cost residents about $30 more in taxes and fees in 2015. Read more >>
Raze it or renovate it?
- As the city grapples with whether to raze or repair the former Standard Oil station it bought seven years ago, a group of residents is optimistic about saving it. Read more >>
A view from The Garden
- The Gazette takes an inside look at life in Garden Court, the high-rise apartment complex at 208 N. Main St. in downtown Janesville. Read more >>
Council to tour former gas station
- Janesville City Manger Mark Freitag hopes a tour Monday of the vacant former gas station next to police station will help the city council decide whether or not to keep the building. Read more >>
Janesville seeks retirement notices
- Janesville City Hall has handed down a “non-binding” rule for employees who are considering retiring: Please give the city one-year notice. Read more >>
'Night Out' mixes cops, kids, fun
- SWAT officers and K-9 cops swarmed Jackson Street near downtown Janesville on Tuesday night. But not for real. It was for fun, part of the city's annual National Night Out. Read more >>
Janesville has closed on 9 homes
- Janesville has closed on nine of 12 residential homes it plans to remove to build the $9 million Milton Avenue fire station. It could close on two more homes by mid-August. Read more >>
McCoy files petitions
- Resident Billy McCoy has officially filed two petitions to try to block a fire station project in Janesville and to set limits on how much the city can spend on projects without voter approval. Read more >>
Group plans to target City Hall with suits
- A group of Janesville citizens is trying to mount a legal defense fund aimed at forcing the city to change its ways on sidewalks, code enforcement and even the city's at-large aldermanic structure. Read more >>
McCoy plans to file petitions at City Hall
- Resident Billy McCoy says he plans this week to submit petitions he's been circulating to halt the planned Milton Avenue fire station and to cap spending on big-ticket city projects. Read more >>
Janesville OKs 'baby steps' to ease alcohol sales
- Janesville is rolling ahead with what officials call “baby steps” toward relaxing long-standing rules on physical separation of retail alcohol sales and liquor license quotas. Read more >>
Janesville eyeing Bond Park for skatepark
- Bond Park on the city's west side could be the location of a new skatepark that has been more than a decade in the making. Read more >>
Janesville proposing landfill changes
- The city is proposing a plan to shift debt at Janesville's landfill back to the city's general fund and allow more “flexibility” in garbage contracts and where garbage could come from. Read more >>