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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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Iowa City Council candidate Laura Bergus on the problem of affordability, the climate crisis and creating the correct process

Laura Bergus is a lifelong resident of Iowa City, and she’s been fascinated by the city council since she was a teenager — her first job was helping to televise council meetings. Now an attorney and managing partner of the Hayek, Moreland, Smith & Bergus law firm, Bergus said she wants to utilize her ability to establish common ground […]

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Iowa City Council candidate Megan Alter on the needs of the south side, equity issues and being a decision-maker

Like many people, Megan Alter first came to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa. While in graduate school, she got to know the city and after completing her Ph.D., decided to make Iowa City her home. Alter has been active with various community groups for many year, but it was the national election in 2016 that first made her think […]

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Iowa City Council candidate Janice Weiner on her career in the State Department, becoming involved in public service and the issues facing the city

After a career as a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department, Janice Weiner returned to her hometown of Iowa City and is now running for the city council. Weiner is one of three candidates for the two at-large council seats that will be on the ballot in the Nov. 5 election. Mayor Jim Throgmorton and Councilmember Rockne Cole, who […]

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