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Residents look to expand authority of Iowa City Community Police Review Board

David Selmer a member of the Iowa City Community Police Review Board, speaks during a community forum.As seen on Monday, Sept.21,2020.

Clinton Garlock, News Reporter

September 22, 2020

During Monday’s annual Iowa City Community Police Review Board forum, community members had the chance to ask questions, give suggestions, and recount their perceptions of Iowa City’s police department and the effectiveness of its oversight review board. While some commenters conveyed their...

North Dodge Hy-vee recycling drop off center moving to Riverside Drive

The site of the new location 1200 South Riverside Dr. for Iowa City recycle bins. As seen on Tuesday Sept.15, 2020.

Morgan Ungs, News Reporter

September 17, 2020

The Iowa City Recycling Center will move to a city-owned location on Sept. 21, causing mixed community feelings about the change in distance. The center, previously located on Dodge Street and owned by Hy-Vee, will move 3.3. miles to 12001 S. Riverside Drive as Hy-Vee plans another use for the l...

City Council closer to creating commission addressing racial injustice in Iowa City

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

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 14, 2020

The Iowa City City Council may reach an agreement to create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address past and future systemic racial inequalities in Iowa City at Tuesday night’s meeting. Creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was something the council committed to in a 17-poi...

Iowa City extends mask mandate until November

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

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 14, 2020

The mask mandate for Iowa City has been extended into mid-November, almost two months longer than the original end date.Violation of the order is punishable by a simple misdemeanor. In a press release from the City of Iowa City on Monday, Mayor Bruce Teague extended the order on Monday until N...

Community member suggests creation of committee to continue supporting cyclists in Iowa City

City council member, John Thomas poses for a portrait in from of his home in Iowa City on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. John along with several other city council members and citizens are in the process of creating a bike advocacy committee to help Iowa City reach

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 8, 2020

Iowa City resident Bob Oppliger is advocating for the creation of a bike advocacy committee for Iowa City to more effectively represent the interests of all ranges of cyclists in future city development and policymaking. Oppliger is a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson Count...

City to contract with outside firm for investigation into June 3 tear gas incident

Bruce Teague, the mayor of Iowa City, leads the City Council meeting online at 7p.m. on September 1, 2020. Much of the meeting was focused around recent IFR protests and police brutality. Citizens feel the City Council has neglected their wishes. (Kate Heston/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 2, 2020

Iowa City will contract with an outside firm for an investigation into the events of June 3, when Iowa State Patrol and Iowa City Police Department officers used tear gas and flash-bangs on peaceful protesters. The city will also release a two-hour video including body camera footage from two di...

City Council holds off on taser purchase amid protests against police funding

The Iowa City City Council is seen at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Nichole Harris/The Daily Iowan

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 2, 2020

The purchase of new tasers for the Iowa City Police Department, deferred at the last Iowa City City Council meeting, was deferred indefinitely as the council awaits an inventory of ICPD military-grade equipment, with community members calling the potential purchase of tasers as a show of “bad faith...

IFR organizers encourage protesters to demand action from officials at third night of protests

Protesters march back to the Old Capitol Building during a Black Lives Matter protest organized by the Iowa Freedom Riders on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. This was the third protest of a four day protest streak in which protesters took to the street to put pressure on the City Council. These protests lead up to a Tuesday meeting during which three of their demands will be discussed.

Josie Fischels and Claire Benson

August 31, 2020

Part of a four-night protest streak to apply pressure to local government officials, Iowa City protesters marched for the third consecutive night ahead of Tuesday’s city council meeting.  Protesters have gathered for the past three nights to apply pressure on the council, as well as to march ...

IC Police Chief candidates speak at community forum to address concerns

Candidates for Iowa City's next Police Chief had the opportunity to speak to community members during a public forum at Mercer Park on Monday, August 24 in Iowa City. Each candidate had 5-10 minutes to address the crowd and then had the opportunity to go around and speak with community members directly. As the forum neared its end, community members continued to socialize and discuss the events of the forum.

Clinton Garlock, News Reporter

August 25, 2020

In the midst of protests calling for reformation of the Iowa City Police department, the Iowa City city government is currently in the process of selecting a new Chief of Police after former Chief Jody Matherly retired earlier this year. The recruitment and selection process, which is detailed on the Iowa C...

Violation of Johnson County mask mandate to be punishable by simple misdemeanor

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Supervisors discussed budget items for the year.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

August 5, 2020

Johnson County’s mask mandate is set to become enforceable and will be punishable by a simple misdemeanor. Johnson County’s Board of Supervisors signaled in a work session Wednesday that they would vote to pass the Board of Health’s updated resolution that makes the mandate enforceable. ...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors repeals gun ban in public buildings

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Supervisors discussed budget items for the year.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 23, 2020

Guns are allowed in county buildings in Johnson County for the first time in nine years. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors reluctantly rolled back a 2011 policy prohibiting firearms in public buildings in order to comply with state law on Thursday. The state legislature in June passed House File 25...

Iowa one of few states sharing drivers license data with U.S. Census Bureau

The Iowa DOT building is seen on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 21, 2020

Iowa is one of four states currently in an agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau to share driver’s license and identification information. While the Iowa Department of Transportation said the data will be used for statistical purposes only, advocacy groups throughout the state said the agreement could d...