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With COVID cases hitting ‘high’ mark, face masks are now required in Johnson County municipal buildings

Johnson County now requires anyone entering a county-owned building to wear a face mask in response to the surge in new COVID-19 cases in Iowa caused by the highly contagious Delta variant. The county joins Linn County, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty, which had already enacted mask mandates for their municipal buildings. […]

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‘Names carry power’: Johnson County is now named for a different Johnson

Johnson County remains Johnson County, but has shed some historical baggage. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Thursday to change the county’s eponym — the person it is named for — from Richard Mentor Johnson, vice president of the United States (1837-1841) and lifelong slaveowner, to Iowan Lulu Merle Johnson, the first African-American woman […]

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‘We can steer ourselves to a better, more equitable future’: Jon Green on why he’s running for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

“I think this is a tremendous opportunity to really shake things up,” Jon Green told Little Village when asked why he was running for the open seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Green, the former mayor of Lone Tree, was selected Tuesday night as the Democratic candidate for the special election to fill […]

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Special election scheduled for June to fill vacancy on Johnson County Board of Supervisors

There will be a special election on Tuesday, June 8, to fill the vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors created by Janelle Rettig’s resignation. That was the decision reached at the Friday afternoon meeting of the committee of three county officials responsible for determining how to fill Rettig’s seat. Rettig announced her retirement, […]

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