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WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Committee set up to pick new UW System President

MADISON - The University of Wisconsin System has created a search committee to find a new president.

Current President Kevin Reilly is stepping down in January. The 18-member committee, appointed by Board of Regent President Michael Falbo yesterday, will make a recommendation of five finalists for consideration to the board. The committee’s first meeting is slated for September 6.


A spokesman for the Menominee Nation says the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved plans to build a casino. The proposed casino will be built at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park near Kenosha. The old racetrack has been closed since 2009. The project is meeting harsh opposition from another group, the Forest County Potawatomie tribe – who have its own casino near Milwaukee. Over half of the voters in Kenosha County approved the project in a non-binding referendum. The Menominee Nation says the $800-million dollar casino will include over three thousand slot machines, 75 blackjack tables, hotel, 50,000 square feet of shopping centers and a five thousand square foot entertainment area. Governor Scott Walker says his administration will allow a 60-day comment period between the two tribes.


A Milwaukee podiatrist has received a license suspension, amid accusations of lying to and overcharging patients. The Podiatry Credentialing Board unanimously voted against John Lanham and has suspended his license for at least six months. According to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Lanham received over 90 complaints since 2001. 66 of those cases were dismissed before reaching the Podiatry Board for review. While those complaints are not accessible, some clients told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Lanham would mislead them and say their visits were covered under their insurance plan, then sends them a big bill. Lanham is also accused of “boosting” bills, meaning additional fees were allegedly added to a client’s bill.