The Daily Iowan

Iowa Freedom Riders seek to share personal stories of racial injustice with Iowa City City Council

An Instagram post made by the Iowa Freedom Riders is seen on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The Iowa Freedom Riders are using social media to gather testimonials from BIPOC to share with the Iowa City Council.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

July 9, 2020

The Iowa Freedom Riders (IFR) announced at a protest on Independence Day that they wanted Black and Indigenous people of color (BIPOC) in the community to share their stories of racial injustice in Iowa with the Iowa City City Council. The organization followed up with an Instagram post on the same da...

Iowa City City Council lifts gun ban for public buildings, buses

A community member addresses the council about a zoning proposition regarding a proposed animal recreation center at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Rachel Schilke and Riley Davis

July 8, 2020

The Iowa City City Council approved 5-2 to rescind a resolution that prohibited weapons inside public buildings and transportation in order to comply with Iowa law, despite citing danger to the community and concern over open carry. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2502, an amendment that prohi...

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague against allowing Iowa Freedom Rider representatives a seat in City Council meetings

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan.

Caleb McCullough and Rylee Wilson

July 8, 2020

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague said he’s hesitant to allow the Iowa Freedom Riders (IFR) to sit in on City Council discussions of their demands, saying they shouldn’t be the only voice for the Black community in Iowa City. The IFR, a group leading protests in Iowa City that pushed for the c...

Iowa City parking permit and agreement holders to receive refund credit

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Riley Davis and Rachel Schilke

July 7, 2020

Parking pass holders and those with parking agreements for spaces in downtown Iowa City will receive a refund credit from the city for the 56-day period from March 23 to May 18 that hourly parking fees were suspended to the public amid the downtown’s pandemic-related closure. Iowa City Trans...

Johnson County residents urge Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to require face coverings

Photo Illustration by Jenna Galligan

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter

July 2, 2020

Amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Johnson County, community members and local officials are calling upon Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to require people to wear face coverings in public. The number of cases in Johnson County has reached new highs, especially among college-aged people. As of Thursda...

Iowa City City Council moves to establish truth and reconciliation commission

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 30, 2020

The Iowa City City Council took the first steps toward establishing a truth and reconciliation commission Tuesday to address past and current injustices highlighted by Black Lives Matter protesters in Iowa City. The council offered few details regarding what the commission will look like, but it pla...

City Council passes resolution addressing Iowa Freedom Riders’ demands

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

June 17, 2020

In response to the demands of the Iowa Freedom Riders, the Iowa City City Council passed a resolution that will allow for more city involvement in reviewing police procedures and city policies on Tuesday, despite disagreement over the written language of the demands. The adopted resolution inclu...

Iowa City staff responds to Iowa Freedom Riders’ demands

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

June 16, 2020

Iowa City staff responded to the 12 demands made by the Iowa Freedom Riders, stating which demands the Iowa City City Council has authority over and providing information on others that it does not have the power to address. The memo followed the June 9 work session and contained additional inf...

Iowa City’s oldest known residence to relocate

The Sanxay-Gilmore House on is seen on June 15 on Market Street in Iowa City.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

June 15, 2020

Pending approval by the Iowa City City Council Tuesday night, the University of Iowa will spend about $1.23 million relocating and rehabilitating the Sanxay-Gilmore House, Iowa City’s oldest known residence, from its current location on Market Street to a nearby parking lot. The Iowa City City ...

Iowa City City Council discusses Iowa Freedom Riders’ demands for policy change

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague sits alone in City Hall while leading a city council meeting conducted over video chat due to health concerns caused by COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

June 9, 2020

The Iowa City City Council met with a spokesperson for the Iowa Freedom Riders to discuss the dozen demands the group has made to city councilors and the Iowa City Police Department. Mayor Bruce Teague said the work session, held Tuesday at 2 p.m., aimed to be a collaborative effort between the counc...

Final ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ event held in Mercer Park

Iowa City mayor Bruce Teague speaks during the final session of the “Speak Up, Speak Out,” series at Mercer Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Mayor Bruce Teague invited community members to voice their thoughts and frustrations.

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

June 7, 2020

Members of the community gathered in Mercer Park on Saturday to have their voices, ideas, and frustrations heard at the final “Speak Up, Speak Out,” listening session held by Mayor Bruce Teague and other Iowa City leaders. The event followed two prior sessions held on Wednesday and Friday in differe...

Student organizations urge University of Iowa to cut ties with local law enforcement

Student organizations urge University of Iowa to cut ties with local law enforcement

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

June 6, 2020

University of Iowa and Iowa City leaders pledged Friday to review policing procedures after the Iowa City Police Department, under the direction of the Iowa State Patrol, used tear gas, pepper spray, and flash-bangs on peaceful protesters headed toward Interstate 80 Wednesday night. The actions of law enforcement on Wednesday prompted...