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Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association launch a task force to examine police-community issues

The Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association (IPCA) announced the creation of a new statewide task force to work on improving relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. “It is undeniable that now is the time for improving law enforcement and community relationships. Those relationships are authenticated by transparent practices […]

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‘This is amazing,’ says mayor as Iowa City Council passes resolution to restructure ICPD and address other demands of the Iowa Freedom Riders

“I’m excited,” Mayor Bruce Teague said at the end of the Iowa City Council’s special formal session on Tuesday night. The almost four-and-a-half-hour meeting followed the city council’s two-hour-long normal formal meeting, and was devoted to developing a plan to address the social justice issues that have come to forefront as a result of local […]

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Interim ICPD chief makes vows to the public ahead of protests Tuesday, where some police removed riot gear

Mayor Bruce Teague began the Iowa City Council meeting on Tuesday night by addressing the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, and the protests that have followed. Teague, who spoke at a protest over Floyd’s killing and the problems of racism and police violence, talked about “shock and horror” people […]

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Iowa City Council moves its meetings online in response to COVID-19

Because of the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the Iowa City Council is moving to online meetings, starting with its Tuesday, March 24, work session and formal session. The public will still be able to watch the council session in real-time and participate in the meetings. People can watch both council sessions on City Channel 4, the city’s YouTube page and the city’s Facebook page. […]

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‘We have work to do’: Laura Bergus and Janice Weiner officially join the Iowa City Council

The two newest members of Iowa City Council took their oaths of office in council chamber on Thursday afternoon. Laura Bergus and Janice Weiner, both elected to at-large seats in November, were sworn in by City Clerk Kellie Fruehling. For Bergus, it’s a new role in a familiar setting. Her first job as a teenager was televising council meetings for the city’s cable channel […]

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An Election Day guide for Iowa City voters

Voting in the combined city and school election starts at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Voters in Iowa City will choose two city council members, and four out of seven members of the Iowa City Community School District Board. Voters must cast their ballots at their designated polling place on Tuesday. The Johnson County Auditor’s Office has an online look-up tool for anyone uncertain of where to vote. […]

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