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Reilly to leave UW System this year

Reilly to leave UW System this year

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly said Tuesday he's leaving, but that it wasn't because of controversies over the past year.

Reilly is expected to step down by the end of the year or sooner. He will begin his new position advising the American Council on Education in January 2014, before returning to teaching, he said.

"We overcame financial headwinds to build a higher education system that expanded access to college classrooms for Wisconsin families and responded to the needs of our economy for skilled graduates able to compete and succeed in a global economy," Reilly said in the release.

Reilly has been the UW System president since 2004.

His departure is not without questions over whether a controversial year had an impact.

Reilly was at the center of a legislative storm earlier this year, after revelations that the UW System had stockpiled $650 million in reserves while it was raising tuition by 5.5 percent a year.

Man receives license with wrong picture

Man receives license with wrong picture

A Madison man is cutting up his driver's license after receiving a card with his information and someone else's photograph.

The Department of Motor Vehicles said it's never heard of another case among Wisconsin's five million drivers where this has happened.

Jason Bye sought to renew his license online after misplacing his current license. When he received a PDF from the DMV instructing him to check to see if everything was accurate, he saw the picture of another man on the document instead of his. He thought he had corrected the mistake after talking with DMV customer service only to have his new license sent to him with the same inaccurate photo attached.

"It looks like they aged me and made me another race," he said. "We can joke about it all we want but a bad picture is a bad picture and I'd prefer my own bad photo in there rather than somebody else's."

Work on pedestrian path to congest John Nolen area

Work on pedestrian path to congest John Nolen area

Traffic officials said a construction project to improve a bike path area downtown is expected to delay traffic significantly through August.

The reconstruction project affecting motorists on John Nolen Drive, North Shore Drive and Broom Street is meant to improve the pedestrian and bike crossing at the John Nolen and North Shore intersection. 

It's also meant to increase the safety for northbound left-turn drivers from John Nolen Drive to westbound North Shore Drive. 

The project includes reconstructing two traffic islands and installing a new median and new storm sewer in the area, according to the Madison Traffic Engineering department.

City traffic engineer David Dryer said in a news release Tuesday that the following lanes will be closed for the path reconstruction:

Southbound John Nolen at North Shore:

Mayor: Monona Terrace upgrades necessary, may cost $1 million

Mayor: Monona Terrace upgrades necessary, may cost $1 million

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said upgrades to the Monona Terrace have to be done even if the facelift may cost more than $1 million.

"We start cutting corners and you start presenting a dilapidated old building, and you start losing significant numbers of customers," said Soglin.

The bathrooms, carpet and sprinkler system are all on the City's to-do list for the facility.

Madison's Common Council approved the process for the city to start getting bids for the work Tuesday night.

West Johnson Street lane closures expected through mid-August

West Johnson Street lane closures expected through mid-August

Lane closures are expected on West Johnson Street between North Charter and North Frances streets until mid-August, according to a release.

The City of Madison is replacing curb and gutter, and terrace pavers along West Johnson Street, according to the release.

Officials said the construction will close West Johnson Street between North Charter and North Frances streets from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Closures should also be expected 9 a.m. Fridays through 7 a.m. Mondays.

The project is expected to last until mid-August, according to the release.

Moderate traffic congestion is expected during the lane closures and officials encourage motorists to use alternative routes to avoid delays.

300 block of North Bassett St. to close Friday, Saturday

300 block of North Bassett St. to close Friday, Saturday

The 300 block of North Bassett Street will be closed from University Avenue to Conklin Place Friday and Saturday, according to a release.

The street will be closed for Kraemer Brothers to set up equipment to remove a tower crane, according to the release.

Traffic from Conklin Place to Bassett Street will be maintained, according to the release.

Officials said bike traffic from University Avenue southbound will be directed to the sidewalk and pedestrian traffic will be maintained during the closure.

Officials urge motorists and bicyclists to use different routes to avoid delays during the project.

Mills, Dayton streets to be closed Monday, officials say

Mills, Dayton streets to be closed Monday, officials say

Mills and Dayton streets will be closed Monday for resurfacing, according to a release.

Mills Street will be closed between Spring and Dayton streets from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the release.

After Mills Street is resurfaced and opened to traffic, Dayton Street will be closed from approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Charter and Mills streets for resurfacing, according to the release.