Local Government

Politics in play: Six of nine Cedar Rapids council seats, including mayor, are in state of flux

CEDAR RAPIDS - A busy year in local politics - busier than a typical election year - could prove transformative for Cedar Rapids' top policymaking boa ...

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Repeated flooding in southeast Cedar Rapids neighborhood has residents seeking answers

CEDAR RAPIDS - Rainey Manes left her home in Wisconsin at 5 a.m. Thursday to drive four hours to sift through damp wreckage at her property on Grande ...

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Community Foundation of Johnson County names new executive director

IOWA CITY - The Community Foundation of Johnson County announced Thursday it has hired a new executive director to lead the organization, which overse ...

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Cedar Rapids exploring restaurants, retail, recreation at future pump station

CEDAR RAPIDS - City officials are seeking public feedback on how to best design a pump station that is going to be part of the flood control system ne ...

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Cedar Rapids 2016 flood costs close in on $7 million, with total still a moving target

CEDAR RAPIDS - Six months after the 2016 flood, Cedar Rapids continues to pay bills and incur new ones tied to the flood. Through April 7, Cedar Rapi ...

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Civic Literacy Workshop provides a lesson in city and county government to residents

CEDAR RAPIDS - Like many Americans, Tony Schoepske admits he's not a civics expert by any means.That's why Schoepske, 38, of Marion, decided to spend ...

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Two firms to conduct market studies for proposed Cedar Rapids casinos

COUNCIL BLUFFS - The path forward for a high stakes decision of whether to approve a gambling license for one or more casinos in downtown Cedar Rapids ...

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Cedar Rapids affordable housing project gets a second chance via ‘successive application’

CEDAR RAPIDS - CommonBond Communities is getting another chance to pitch its affordable housing project known as Crestwood Ridge Apartments. The Cedar ...

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Kingsley Botchway announces bid for re-election to Iowa City Council

IOWA CITY - Mayor Pro Tem Kingsley Botchway II announced Monday he's seeking re-election to the Iowa City Council.Botchway, 31, who serves as one of f ...

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Cedar Rapids officials consider second chance for Crestwood Ridge housing project

CEDAR RAPIDS - The City Planning Commission on Thursday is to hear a request to reconsider rezoning for an embattled affordable housing project some c ...

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Ryan Russell to run for Cedar Rapids City Council

CEDAR RAPIDS - Northeast quadrant resident Ryan Russell is making another run at the first district seat on the Cedar Rapids City Council. Russell, 36 ...

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Iowa City Clerk announces resignation after less than a month on the job

IOWA CITY - Iowa City Clerk Christopher Guidry has announced his resignation less than one month after starting the job.In his resignation letter to m ...

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Court clerk regarded as ‘problem solver’ retires after 37 years

CEDAR RAPIDS - Sylvia Dawson came to work in the Linn County Clerk of the Court's office after graduating high school in 1980 and stayed for 37 years. ...

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Spring tree planting plan hits a snag in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - Two six-figure contracts to plant new trees in Cedar Rapids derailed during a City Council meeting last week in debate over whether to ...

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Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry considering run for governor

IOWA CITY - Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry is considering a run for governor in 2018. Carberry, 56, a Democrat, said recently he's been meeti ...

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