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A Top 10 list that's all Wisconsin
In these final weeks of 2017, come along with us as we dive into our archives and rank the top 10 stories we've ever published — a fitting way, we believe, to celebrate the dawn of the Center's 10th year of operations, which begins in January!

You'll receive insights into issues shaping Wisconsin, as residents' lives have been roiled, and sometimes uplifted, by political, social and economic forces.

Today, we get started, with quick looks at the stories ranking ninth and 10th on WCIJ's all-time list of top stories.

Thanks for reading!

Andy Hall
Executive Director

10. State passes up federal disabilities aid for jobless, despite backlogs

By Tegan Wendland, July 14, 2013

In this story, WCIJ found that Wisconsin was forfeiting $14.2 million in federal funds for job training for the disabled, which meant that thousands of people with disabilities faced long waiting lists to access state employment resources. After we reported the story, Gov. Scott Walker reversed his stance and accepted the money, wiping out a waiting list and allowing thousands of people to get to work.


9. Lost signals, disconnected lives

By Mario Koran, March 24, 2013

This investigation explored GPS monitoring of offenders in Wisconsin. The report found that the monitoring suffers from technological malfunctions that sometimes prompt offenders to be tossed in jail for false alerts. Despite these warnings, the state continues to expand GPS — and problems persist. The state has declined to study the effectiveness of its monitoring program. 


Watch for numbers 8 and 7 next week!

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