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Iowa City Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration virtually celebrates human rights advocates

A vehicle display in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan 18, 2021.
Sarah Watson, Executive Editor January 18, 2021

The University of Iowa and Iowa City kicked off their Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration — a full two weeks of festivities, online programming, and service projects this year — on Monday, to celebrate...

City Councilor Susan Mims won’t seek reelection in November city election

Iowa City City Council District B candidate Susan Mims speaks during the UISG City Council Forum in the IMU on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The event gave students and community members the opportunity to ask city council candidates about the issues. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)
Claire Benson, News Reporter January 13, 2021

Iowa City City Councilor Susan Mims, 64, will not be running for reelection this November, after three terms and 12 years with the city council. “I haven't made any secret of it,” Mims said...

Iowa City extends mask mandate

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.
Rachel Schilke, News Editor January 11, 2021

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague has extended the city’s mask mandate to May 31. According to a press release sent on Monday, the city cited COVID-19 a surge in cases nationwide and the city entering...

Dustin Liston sworn-in as new Iowa City police chief

Iowa City Police Department vehicles are seen on July 9, 2019.
Rachel Schilke, News Editor January 11, 2021

University of Iowa alum and former El Paso Police Department lieutenant Dustin Liston has been sworn in as the new Iowa City Police chief, taking on the new role as the department undergoes a restructuring...

Iowa City considers pilot program for late night, Sunday transportation services

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
Claire Benson, News Reporter January 9, 2021

The Department of Transportation Services is likely to launch a self-funded pilot program that would offer late night and Sunday transit services. Director of Transportation Services Darian Nagle-Gamm...

Iowa City considers 2.5 percent police budget increase with new outreach staffers

Iowa City Police Department vehicles are seen on July 9, 2019.
Rylee Wilson, News Editor January 9, 2021

The Iowa City Police Department budget will increase by 2.5 percent for fiscal year 2022 if approved by the Iowa City City Council as part of the fiscal 2022 budget. There are two new budgeted...

City proposes upcoming capital projects

The Iowa City City Council is seen at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Nichole Harris/The Daily Iowan
Caleb McCullough, Managing Editor January 5, 2021

Iowa City will conduct a variety of projects over the next five years, part of its five-year capital improvement plan which was introduced alongside the 2022 budget. The plan includes $184.3 million...

New Iowa City ordinance reinforces unbiased policing efforts

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.
Brian Grace, News Reporter December 15, 2020

A new Iowa City ordinance prohibiting racial profiling and bias-based policing will be adopted in the city code, supplementing existing Iowa City Police Department policies restricting discriminatory...

Board of Supervisors unanimously votes to allow Shelter House to house homeless people in local hotels

Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness and Executive Director of Shelter House Crissy Canganelli at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors Work Session on October 28, 2020. Lyness and Canganelli are seen discussing an agreement on shelter houses for the low-barrier winter shelters at two different locations in Iowa City.
Clinton Garlock, News Reporter December 10, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to pass an agreement with Shelter House to provide “non-congregate sheltering alternatives” for homeless people in Johnson County. The...

Iowa City declares Juneteenth official city holiday

A protester walks with A Black Lives Matter flag on Saturday, June 20 on Burlington Street. The Iowa Freedom Riders hosted a celebration after the march to commemorate Juneteenth, the anniversary of when the last enslaved people were freed.
Claire Benson, News Reporter December 3, 2020

Starting next year, the City of Iowa City will make Juneteenth — a holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. — an official city-wide holiday,...

New recommendation would make Good Neighbor Program meetings between developers, residents mandatory

Iowa City Downtown District office front as seen on Sept. 2.
Brian Grace, News Reporter December 3, 2020

The Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city’s Good Neighbor Program make certain meetings between land developers and neighboring residents mandatory. The proposal includes...

Johnson County health officials expect vaccine rollout by Dec. 14 if approved

Johnson County holds a virtual meeting for the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12, 2020.
Clinton Garlock, News Reporter December 2, 2020

The Johnson County Public Health Department is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine to be available to certain populations within as little as two weeks, according to Emergency Preparedness Planner Stephen...

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