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Johnson County Board of Supervisor Chairperson Royceann Porter listens to Pat Heiden during a Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting in Iowa City on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

Johnson County to defer disciplinary action for unvaccinated county employees

Cooper Worth, News Reporter January 19, 2022

Johnson County will stop disciplining employees who do not comply with the county’s vaccination, testing, and face covering policy, including suspending testing requirements for unvaccinated staff. During...

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at the Senior Center during an Iowa City City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Dec, 7, 2021. City Council Members discussed the new redistricting plan for Iowa City.

Iowa City City Council plans to give $1.5 million in pandemic payments for excluded workers

Emily Delgado, News Reporter January 19, 2022

The Iowa City City Council plans to transfer $1.5 million from its American Rescue Plan Act funding to Johnson County’s  Direct Assistance fund. The City Council will need to vote on this before...

Johnson County Supervisor RoyceAnne Porter addresses the crowd on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Supervisor Porter held a victory for Biden party at Mercer Park.

Royceann Porter to serve as Board of Supervisors chair

Rachel Schilke, Senior Print Editor January 3, 2022

Royceann Porter, Johnson County supervisor and founder of the Black Voices Project, will take on a new role as chairp of the supervisors. Porter is the first African American to hold the position...

Johnson County’s Social Services Director Lynette Jacoby poses for a portrait outside of the Johnson County Department of Human Services on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.

Johnson County Social Services proposes raising money for countywide funeral assistance

Meg Doster, News Reporter December 14, 2021

Johnson County Social Services is proposing more financial assistance for families paying for funeral services, as funeral assistance hasn’t been updated in seven years, said Lynette Jacoby, the...

Patients are injected with the COVID-19 vaccine at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The center received the Modern vaccine for its employees.

UI Hospitals and Clinics mark one year of COVID-19 vaccines

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter December 13, 2021

One year ago, 178 University of Iowa Health Care employees were the first in Iowa and among the first in the nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Close to 2 million Iowans have been vaccinated since...

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Iowa City business owner knits winter apparel for K-12 students, Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Sam Knupp, News Reporter December 12, 2021

Edyie Stika, owner of the Knitting Shoppe, is helping Iowa City residents stay warm this year. Stika has owned the Knitting Shoppe on Muscatine Avenue for 35 years. For that same amount of time,...

Johnson County residents protest the use by law enforcement of armored vehicles at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting held at the County Administration Building on December 6 2021. The meeting focused primarily on the Sheriff Department’s budget for the next fiscal year and the purchasing of a Bearcat G2 armored vehicle.

Johnson County Supervisors weigh replacing MRAP with smaller armored vehicle

Cooper Worth, News Reporter December 6, 2021

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is divided on a $240,000 proposal by the sheriff to replace its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle with a smaller armored truck. The county is considering...

At Large Janice Weiner speaks at the Iowa City City Council Meeting at the Senior Center Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

Iowa City City Council to approve increased number of voting precincts

Emily Delgado, News Reporter December 6, 2021

Iowa City residents can expect a change in their voting locations, as the city plans to introduce three precinct maps. The maps to determine where Iowa City residents will vote for the next decade,...

Vera Cavalier smiles while riding a pony as teachers Maya Haukap and Heather Norman guide the pony at the Kinderfarm outside of Iowa City on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

Iowa City Kinderfarm Preschool looking for new owner

Natasha Keicher , News Reporter December 5, 2021

Kinderfarm Preschool, a nature-based early learning center in Iowa City, is looking for a new owner. Heather Norman, the owner of the preschool since 1993, said she is ready to pass her role on to someone...

The Milwaukee County Sheriffs Lenco BearCat (armored vehicle) is a popular attraction during the Sussex Touch-a-Truck event on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. The free event, located behind at the Civic Center, features emergency vehicles, fire trucks, police cars, construction vehicles and more.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office budgets for MRAP replacement

Cooper Worth, News Reporter December 5, 2021

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting funding to replace its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle with a more compact vehicle with similar functionality. The Sheriff’s Office...

The Johnson County Administration Building is seen in Iowa City on Monday, Aug. 1, 2021.

Johnson County employees will be required to be vaccinated, or undergo weekly testing

DI Staff December 2, 2021

Johnson County employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 13 or undergo weekly testing, in accordance with federal policy requiring employers with more than 100 employees...

State Representative Dave Jacoby (D- Coralville) answered questions at a Johnson County Legislative Forum held by The Daily Iowan at the Iowa City Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Questions were asked by The Daily Iowan staff and the general public, ranging from issues of public education funding and curriculum to state and federal COVID-19 response.

Johnson County legislators offer education policy critiques in forum hosted by The Daily Iowan

Emily Delgado, News Reporter December 2, 2021

Democratic legislators from Johnson County said recent cuts to higher education and bills limiting content in K-12 schools are harming educators while Iowa faces a teacher shortage. They critiqued...

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