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April 20, 2018

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Variety of Vendors VENDOR INFO: (414) 481-5859 Admission: $2.00 Raffle Every Hour 10am – 2pm 259891020 Sat. April 21 & Sun. April 22 Sat. 9am-5pm • Sun. 9am-4pm LOCATED IN Product Building DID YOU KNOW? • None of The Beatles could read music. • Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake because their gyroscope-like ability is thrown off balance. – Source: MARK BELLING State GOP may be saved by one thing: the Democrats Page 8 'Lefty losers' and memories of last time they ran things MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO'S CASSIUS DIES AT AGE 31 – PAGE 5 OWEN ROBINSON Paul Ryan returns gracefully to private life Page 9 Hopefully he will return to public service one day MILWAUKEE COUNTY'S WEEKLY NEWSPAPER APRIL 20, 2018 By DAVE FIDLIN Special to the Post MILWAUKEE — In a show of solidarity, aldermen across Milwaukee this week passed legis- lation asking Ascension Wisconsin to reconsider its plans of scaling back services at the Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph campus on the city's near North Side. The Common Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of legislation that puts the elected body on record in oppos- ing Ascension's plans for the ven- erable health care facility. Aldermen have argued Ascension's decision could leave portions of the community under- served. Early this month, Ascension executives announced plans of operational changes at the St. Joseph site, 5000 W. Chambers St., including the elimination of sur- gical and inpatient stays. According to data released by Ascension, about 80 percent of St. Joseph's patients are covered through Medicare and Medicaid. An additional 5 percent of the hos- pital's patients are uninsured. Both scenarios mean the hospital receives less income for the serv- ices it renders. Alderman Khalif Rainey, whose district includes the St. Joseph campus, served as the pri- mary sponsor of the council's adopted legislation prompting Ascension to reconsider its deci- sion. Steps to ensure care After Tuesday's vote, Rainey in a news release said he planned additional measures designed to ensure near North Side residents continue to receive critical servic- es in close proximity. "I am plan- ning to spon- sor a commu- nication file to trigger a hearing that will allow for the council to continue dis- cussions with Ascension on this critically important issue," Rainey said in a statement. "Citizens across our city rely on Ascension facilities City officials implore Ascension to reconsider plans at St. Joseph site See ASCENSION on Page 15 North Side hospital to scale back care Local news at your fingertips Visit Like us on Facebook: Rainey

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