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Following backlash, the Iowa City Council has decided to replace some of the new Ped Mall benches

The Iowa City Council decided to alter the Ped Mall Improvement Plan to include benches with no center armrest, during its work session on Tuesday. Twenty percent of the 70 new benches, or a total of 14, will be without center armrests. The council also directed the city engineer’s office to determine how many of […]

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Group asks Iowa City to remove ‘hostile’ new Ped Mall benches

A group demanding the removal and replacement of the new Ped Mall benches met with Iowa City Manager Geoff Fruin on Monday morning. Organized by Iowa City’s Catholic Worker House, the group believe the design of the new benches, which have armrests in the middle, are a form of hostile architecture, intended to stop people […]

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Bruce Teague is holding a reception on Saturday to thank his supporters

Bruce Teague will be sworn in as the newest member of the Iowa City Council on Saturday, during a reception at the Church of the Nazarene on Wade Street. Teague said he’s holding the two-hour reception, which starts at 3 p.m., to thank everyone who supported him in the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the city council. […]

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Bruce Teague wins the special election for Iowa City Council

Bruce Teague won a decisive victory in the special election for the at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. Teague received 2,277 votes, or 54.3 percent of the total ballot case, according to the preliminary totals from the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Ann Freerks, who finished first in the special election’s Sept. 4 primary, garnered […]

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Election Day in Iowa City: Learn about the candidates and what you need to be able to vote

It’s Election Day in Iowa City, and Little Village has been reporting on the sole race on today’s ballot, since the Iowa City Council voted on Aug. 3 to hold a special election to fill the at-large seat left vacant when Kingsley Botchway resigned. For the convenience of voters, LV has compiled below its profiles of both candidates (complete with video interviews) and information on where and how to vote in the election. […]

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Ann Freerks wants to apply two decades of planning and zoning experience to the city council

Ann Freerks arrived in Iowa City because she was willing to challenge something she considered unfair. While a student at a small high school in rural northern Iowa, she learned about a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Iowa. But there was a problem: the scholarship was only available to men. She wrote a letter […]

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Bruce Teague hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the city council, with a focus on accessibility

Since coming to Iowa City in 1993, city council candidate Bruce Teague has built a successful business and become an active participant in the community affairs. But none of it would have happened if he’d been better at chemistry in high school. […]

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Early voting for the Iowa City Council special election has begun

In-person early voting for the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council began on Wednesday. Voters wanted to cast an absentee ballot can do so at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office–913 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City—Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last day for in-person early voting will be Monday, Oct. 1. […]

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Letter to the editor: Vote Anne Freerks for Iowa City Council

In my 20-plus years working in local government, I learned that there are certain attributes you want in a city councilor. Someone on the council needs to have a vision for the future of the city. A councilor should be someone who is always prepared to address an issue by studying the material they are given and listening to information and opinions that are presented to them. Someone who will ask questions and ensure there is an answer. Someone who has an open mind. Someone who is thoughtful. Someone who will make a decision based on their sense of what is in the best interest of the larger community.

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Letter to the editor: Don’t forget the disabled on Oct. 2

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, vote Bruce Teague for Iowa City Council. With Bruce, you get the first member of Iowa City Council devoted to helping the disabled. We are all disabled visibly or invisibly, or will become so eventually in our lifetime due to aging. And we all need/want affordable and accessible housing. […]

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Letter to the editor: No excuses, Iowa City. Show up to vote.

Apparently 90 percent of the eligible voters in Iowa City forgot that yesterday was the day to vote for the vacant city council seat. Or maybe the five minutes it took to vote early for weeks now at the Johnson County Administration building was just to long of a wait. Really? For a county that holds itself out as an example to all other counties in Iowa, this is embarrassing to say the least. Iowa City, a city that prides itself on its social activism and political involvement. A city whose citizens constantly pontificate that they want to be leaders in legislation and want a transparent government and active participation. […]

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Letter to the editor: Finally a city council candidate that represents the disabled

By Mary Gravitt, Iowa City Bruce Teague, if selected on Sept. 4 and elected on Oct. 2, 2018, will be the first member of the Iowa City City Council to represent the disabled. He will provide additional balance on the council. For years, problems facing the physically disabled have been disregarded in Iowa City. This […]

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