Kenosha, WI Local Legal Resources

The city of Kenosha, the county seat of Kenosha County in the State of Wisconsin, is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin (population 99,738). Kenosha is on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, 35 miles south of Milwaukee and 50 miles north of Chicago, Illinois. Kenosha is part of the Metropolitan Statistical Area comprised of both the Milwaukee and Chicago metropolitan areas. Kenoshas comprehensive municipal plan projects an increase in industrial land by 268 percent, to 1,804 acres, by 2035 and an additional 11,586 housing units by 2035.

Kenosha is a bedroom community serving the Chicago-Milwaukee megalopolis and is considered one of Chicagos northernmost suburbs. Kenosha is not a typical suburb; years ago it was a successful manufacturing center. Decades later, Snap-on Tools and Jockey International remain as the areas major large-scale manufacturers.

Tourism in Kenosha was boosted when the Civil War Museum opened in June 2008. Other attractions in Kenoshas downtown section are the Dinosaur Discovery Museum and the Kenosha Public Museum, each a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. Kenosha is known throughout the megalopolis for its scenic eight miles of public-access urban Lake Michigan shoreline. Visitors to the lakefront are greeted to a welcoming paved bike path that traverses a series of lakefront parks, pristine beaches, historic lighthouses, a harbor with a full-service marina, and numerous venues for outdoor/urban, family/tourist recreation. The city maintains a network of 74 municipal parks, which Kenosha residents cherish.

Kenosha Area Services for the Elderly

  • Meals on Wheels Program:This program allows the elderly, the sick, and the disabled in Kenosha to remain in their own homes and receive home-delivered meals. Meals on Wheels are available to individuals aged 60 and over and to persons with disabilities who are homebound and unable to prepare meals for themselves. This program also offers a daily check-in' for seniors. If they have trouble delivering meals to a participant, they contact the family to find out why.
  • Benefit Specialist Program:Older adults often encounter hurdles when accessing and receiving public or private benefits. The Benefit Specialist Program is designed to help them successfully navigate the maze of paperwork and eligibility requirements. The level of assistance needed depends upon the skills and abilities of the older adult and the complexity of the benefit issues that are identified. Benefit Specialists are trained advocates.
  • Aging and Disability Resource Centers:The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) as the first place to go for accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. ADRCs are friendly, welcoming places where anyone individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals working with issues related to aging or disabilities can go for information specifically tailored to their situation. The ADRC provides information on a broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long-term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly-funded long-term care. These services can be provided at the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is most convenient to the individual seeking help. In Kenosha the ADRC is located at 8600 Sheridan Road. Phone 262-605-6646.

Kenosha Court Resources

  • The City of Kenosha Municipal Court is tasked with hearing and deciding all noncriminal traffic and city ordinance cases and collecting all forfeitures and fees imposed by the Municipal Judge. The court facilities are located at 625 52nd Street, Room 97, in Kenosha. The offices of the court are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at (262) 653-4220.
  • Kenosha County Circuit Court operates from the Kenosha County Courthouse in the county government complex also known as the Molinaro Bldg., 912 56th St., in Kenosha. The District Attorney and the Clerk of the Circuit Court also operate from this building. The courts handle both civil and criminal matters and are presided over by eight judges. Legal proceedings in Kenosha Circuit Court fall under three categories: Criminal, Civil and combined Family/Juvenile division.
  • The Family/Juvenile Division presides over all cases involving children as well as all domestic family issues, such as child support, child custody, visitation, and divorce. Protective services, charges of juvenile delinquency, processing of adoptions and enforcement of parental rights fall under the courts jurisdiction.
  • The Kenosha County Circuit Court Civil Division determines both small claims (under $5,000) and large claims (over $5,000). This division handles all civil proceedings, including the personal injury category, which includes medical malpractice, wrongful death claims, nursing home neglect and other senior-care issues, defective products liability, motor vehicle accidents and subsequent personal injury.
  • The Criminal Division of the Kenosha County Circuit Court Civil Division handles the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. The division also handles traffic violation tickets and other violations of ordinance charges issued by departments within the county that do not have a lower-level municipal-style court venue, such as DNR officers, the UWM campus Police Department, the Kenosha County Sheriff, and State Police Patrol officers issuing traffic citations within the county.
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