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Board of Supervisors expresses concerns with local option sales tax proposal

Chairperson Rod Sullivan reads the agenda during the Johnson County Board of Supervisors Work Session meeting that was held online at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

Clinton Garlock, News Reporter

October 21, 2020

Iowa City is one of the rare cities in the Hawkeye State that doesn’t have a local sales tax, but that might be changing with a proposal brought to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday. The current state sales tax rate is 6 percent, and local jurisdictions are permitted en...

Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Economic Development Authority launch program for Iowa residents experiencing financial loss

City of Iowa City Town Hall is seen on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Claire Benson, News Reporter

October 20, 2020

Iowa residents who are behind on their utility bills because of COVID-19 financial strain, can apply for a new state program to catch up. The Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority recently took part in launching the Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program, aimed to help residents across the state who hav...

Iowa City to consider eliminating fares for public transit

Iowa City Transit bus as seen on Sept. 21.

Brian Grace, News Reporter

October 20, 2020

Various changes could be coming to Iowa City’s public transit system, including an elimination of bus fares, extension of weeknight bus services to midnight, and implementation of Sunday service as a part of the city’s goal to double public transit ridership in a decade. Iowa City City Counc...

Johnson County gets $300,000 grant to enhance safety, security infrastructure during election

Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig  listens to a presentation during a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2020.

Clinton Garlock, News Reporter

October 15, 2020

Johnson County will receive a $336,275 grant for election security that has brought lawsuits in two other counties. The grant will come from the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civil Life. The grant is funded in part by a $250 million contribution to the nonprofit from Facebook founder Mark Zucke...

Iowa City, Coralville City Councils reject request to implement automated walk signals

A crosswalk button is seen at the intersection of Dubuque St. and Foster Rd. on Tuesday, Oct.6, 2020.

Claire Benson, News Reporter

October 11, 2020

Iowa City and Coralville City Councils have rejected a proposal from a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics employee to create automated signals at intersections instead of crosswalk buttons to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19. Research Dietician at the UI College of Public Health and U...

Dustin Liston appointed Iowa City Police Chief unanimously by city council

Iowa City Police Department vehicles are seen on July 9, 2019.

Brian Grace, News Reporter

October 7, 2020

Dustin Liston, a University of Iowa alum and former El Paso Police Department lieutenant, was appointed the new Iowa City Police Chief in a unanimous vote by city council Tuesday night. Liston will begin his role as Chief of Police on January 11, 2021. City Manager Geoff Fruin said Liston’s 22 ye...

Iowa City reaffirms homeowners association is responsible for stormwater management

Marsh and watershed tied to Olde Towne Village, Westbury and Glastonbury St..As seen on Tuesday, Oct.6, 2020.

Brian Grace, News Reporter

October 6, 2020

Although the City of Iowa City has reaffirmed its position that the city is not responsible for maintenance of the stormwater management facility located in the Olde Towne Village subdivision, it continues to receive complaints from residents about the system that the appearance of the wetland is an...

Hai Huynh elected as newest Coralville city councilor

Portrait of Hai Huynh

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 30, 2020

Hai Huynh will serve as the newest Coralville city council member, after a special election was held on Tuesday night to select a replacement for Tom Gill, the previous councilor who resigned after making remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement that were widely condemned as racist. Gill s...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors candidates give pitches on steering post-COVID-19 economy

Elinor Levin, the forum moderator for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, leads the conversation between candidates. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum took place Tuesday night over Facebook live. (Kate Heston/The Daily Iowan)

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 30, 2020

Four candidates running for Johnson County Board of Supervisors shared their perspectives on the future of an economy recovering from the effects of COVID-19 on housing and local businesses during a virtual forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Of Johnson County on Tuesday night. The candi...

Fourth community listening post discusses sexual, domestic assault intervention

Multilingual advocate and coordinator Wangui Gathua (far right) spoke out on behalf of NISAA African Family Services at The Community Listening Post in Wetherby Park on September 29,2020.  This Community Listening Post created opportunities for Iowa City residents to talk about police reform and sexual assault.

Clinton Garlock, News Reporter

September 29, 2020

Related: The fourth community listening post on improving community policing focused on how to improve sexual violence intervention, with representatives from community organ...

Iowa City Deer Friends file petition asking for stay of upcoming deer bow hunt

A pair of deer stand along the riverbank of the Iowa River north of Iowa City on June 11, 2019.

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 26, 2020

The Iowa City Deer Friends are taking legal action against the City of Iowa City, filing a petition on Thursday asking for a stay of the upcoming fall bowhunt meant to cull deer as a part of Iowa City’s deer management plan, which would begin on Oct. 1 and end on Jan. 10. The petition argue...

“Back the Blue” demonstrators encourage increasing law enforcement funds

Des Moines citizen Gary Leffler leads the Back the Blue march from his tractor on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Citizens marched through downtown Iowa City to show solidarity with the local police force. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

September 25, 2020

A “Back the Blue” march hosted by Turning Point USA was held Friday in an effort to show support for police officers amid Black Lives Matter protests and vigils in Iowa City. The march started at College Green Park where people gathered with American flags and pro-police posters with messag...