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Johnson County sheriff launches bid for Iowa House District 73 seat

Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, introduces Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell alongside Johnson Country sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

February 27, 2020

After 35 years in law enforcement, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek announced Thursday he will run for the Iowa House District 73 seat, which encompasses all of Cedar County and eastern Johnson County. The chair is currently held by Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, the son of Jeff Kaufmann, Iowa...

Iowa bill proposes limited control of rural farms from local government

The Iowa State Capitol building is seen in Des Moines on April 9, 2019.

Annie Fitzpatrick, News Reporter

February 25, 2020

A bill introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would give farmers more control over their land and businesses has generated mixed reactions among Johnson County supervisors, farmers, and residents. The bill limits local government control after the Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed an or...

New Mayor Bruce Teague takes helm in a historic year for Iowa City City Council

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

Hannah Rovner, News Reporter

February 19, 2020

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague leans forward in his seat in the center of the table during Iowa City City Council meetings, making eye contact with each person as they speak. He waits patiently until it’s time for discussion, then dives in with passion. How Teague sits at the City Council table r...

Iowa City City Council passes additional height bonus to building at 12 E. Court St.

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.

Hannah Rovner and Rachel Schilke

February 19, 2020

After a failed motion to defer the decision once again, the Iowa City City Council passed an additional seven-story height bonus to a new luxury apartment complex at 12 E. Court St. in a 5-2 vote. The building will now reach a proposed height of 15 stories, despite opposition from UI student-government...

Iowa City City Council unanimously votes to repeal rental moratorium

Iowa City mayor Bruce Teague presents Lemme Elementary school students Abigail Sigafoose, Ellen ‘Katina’ Stadtlander, and Mark Elwer with student leadership awards at the Iowa City City Council meeting on January 21, 2020.

Hannah Rovner, News Reporter

January 22, 2020

Iowa City City Councilors unanimously voted Tuesday to lift a controversial 10-month moratorium on new rental permits. The council implemented the moratorium in May 2019 to give city staff time to come up with alternative solutions to manage areas with a high concentration of rental properties after...

Throgmorton reflects on mayorship, ever-growing city

Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton listens to public hearings during a City Council meeting at City Hall on Monday, November 4, 2019.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

January 20, 2020

For former Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton, the confines of City Hall are not an unfamiliar atmosphere. He has presided over periods of transition — especially in the realm of policing and sustainability — over three decades in Iowa City. Throgmorton served on the Iowa City City Council in th...

Iowa City City Council names Bruce Teague new mayor

Mayor Pro Tem Mazahir Salih (left) and Mayor Bruce Teague smile after being sworn in during the City Council meeting at Iowa City City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The city councilors also voted on appointments for a number of city commissions.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

January 2, 2020

Sitting among the Iowa City City Council's five female members in its newfound woman majority, Councilor Bruce Teague highlighted his vision for an equitable City Council in making the case to become mayor before ultimately securing the governing body's top post Thursday morning. The councilors named...

Johnson County supervisors OK final version of Unified Development Ordinance

Johnson county residents prepare to speak to the Board of Supervisors during a public hearing to replace the Unified Development Ordinance at the Johnson County Human Services building on Thursday, December 5, 2019.  The ordinance plans to add a formal request application for alterations of farms under forty acres. Farmers from around Johnson county gathered to voice their concerns about how the new ordinance could affect family farms.

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

December 19, 2019

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed the third and final consideration of an ordinance that would tighten farmland regulations with a 3-2 vote on Thursday and will go into effect on Jan. 15.  The Unified Development Ordinance was passed by the board on Dec. 19 in favor of the 16 recomm...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors moves Unified Development Ordinance forward despite public scrutiny

Johnson County Board of Supervisors vote on the second reading of the Unified Development Ordinance at the Johnson County Treasurer office on Thursday December 12, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

December 13, 2019

Local farmers gathered in the hallway of the Johnson County Public Administration Building Thursday night to share frustrations after the county Board of Supervisors adjourned its meeting without a public-comment session following its second consideration of an ordinance that tightens agriculture land...

Racial equity report card grades Iowa City’s efforts to decrease disparities

Racial equity report card grades Iowa City’s efforts to decrease disparities

Gretchen Lenth, News Reporter

December 12, 2019

When Iowa City’s Diversity Committee first established itself in 2012, one of its earliest suggestions was to create an annual report on racial equity. With a new decade just weeks away, Iowa City’s Equity and Human Rights Commission has reflected on its years of working to improve equality through...

Democratic state lawmakers caution optimism of budget surplus in legislative forum

Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville speaks during the Eastern Iowa Legislative Forum hosted by The Daily Iowan at the Iowa City Public Library on Sunday. The forum surrounded topics including education, state budget, medicare, and environmental issues.

Charles Peckman, News Reporter

December 9, 2019

Although Iowa will close the 2019 budget books with a surplus of over $289 million, Democratic lawmakers from Johnson County characterized the extra dollars as a result of Republicans at the helm of state government neglecting social service programs. “It’s easy to have a budget surplus when you ...

Iowa City City Council urges U.S. Congress to pass Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

Iowa City city councilors meet at City Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The City council heard from community members and discussed various agenda items.

Hannah Rovner, News Reporter

December 3, 2019

The Iowa City City Council urged Congress to pass carbon dividend legislation that aims to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent and create 2.1 million jobs. In a resolution passed at the council’s Tuesday meeting, councilors pledged their support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act or...