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Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt is a third-year student at the University of Iowa where she studies journalism and mass communication and global health studies. She worked as a news reporter covering shared governance and higher education and a digital producer for The Daily Iowan since her freshman year. In the fall, she will return to the paper as a news editor. As a second-year, she hosted and co-produced "On The Record", the DI's news podcast that was named Best Podcast by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Barriers remain for felon voting rights in Iowa, advocates say

By: - August 13, 2021

A year after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order restoring felon voting rights, advocates said there are still various barriers to Iowans looking to restore their right to vote. Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP, said in an interview with “Iowa Press” that formerly incarcerated individuals may be hesitant to deal with government […]

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa lawmakers push for aid to contract swine growers

By: - August 13, 2021

This week in Washington, D.C., the members of the Iowa delegation penned a letter to get pandemic relief to contract swine growers. They also introduced amendments to the Senate’s budget blueprint and co-sponsored bills on telemedicine. Iowa Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst joined Democratic Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith in a […]

Online education options see increased interest as COVID cases rise

By: - August 12, 2021

As Iowa schools prepare for a third school year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, distance learning options are multiplying and receiving strong support. Steven Hoff, the head of the Iowa Virtual Academy, said the pandemic has created an influx of registrations to his school, alongside more online options popping up across the country and state. […]

Hundreds attend event calling for Reynolds to reverse ban on mask mandates

By: - August 11, 2021

A dozen days before the school year begins, hundreds of parents, educators, and doctors called on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to rescind the ban on mask mandates. Iowans for Universal Masks gathered Wednesday on the West Capitol Terrace with signs and banners, pleading with Reynolds to take executive action and allow localities to mandate masks. […]

Iowa child care crisis continues despite legislative pushes

By: - August 4, 2021

Iowa still has a child care crisis, advocates and lawmakers say, despite legislation approved this year aimed at easing the crunch. The Iowa Legislature passed three bills addressing child care this year, ranging from from changing tax credits to increasing the number of children in unregulated child care facilities. Rep. Tracy Ehlert, D-Cedar Rapids, said […]

Broadband grant applicants request nearly $300 million

By: - August 3, 2021

The state has received nearly $300 million in grant applications for the $100 million the Iowa Legislature passed to expand broadband services. A total of 178 applicants requested more than $292 million from the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program. Applications were submitted between July 1 and July 28. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that […]

Some Iowa animal shelters fill up as pet adoptions drop, surrenders increase

By: - August 2, 2021

Animal shelters across the state are seeing fewer pet adoptions as Iowans return to in-person events and work.  Animal adoptions skyrocketed in early 2020 across the country as Americans began working and learning from home, with one in five households acquiring a new pet between March 2020 and May 2021, according to a survey by […]

Iowa Board of Regents approves tuition increase for state universities

By: - July 28, 2021

Students at Iowa’s public universities will pay more this fall after the Board of Regents unanimously passed tuition increases on Wednesday.  The regents approved a 3.5% increase in tuition for both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University’s in-state students. The University of Northern Iowa’s residential undergraduates will see a 1.5% increase. Nonresidential students […]

Hundreds apply for parent-taught driver’s education under new law

By: - July 26, 2021

Parent-taught driver’s education applications are skyrocketing in Iowa after a bill that expanded the option was enacted earlier this month. The Iowa Department of Transportation has seen an exponential increase in inquiries about parent-taught options and applications to begin driver’s education from home, said Driver Education Program Coordinator Steve Stonehocker. “Before the law changed, we […]

Iowa businesses see delayed start to home alcohol delivery

By: - July 23, 2021

Iowans might be waiting for to-go alcohol by delivery apps for a little while longer. The Iowa Legislature this year approved House File 766, a bill that creates more opportunities for third-party delivery of alcohol in Iowa. As of July 1,  retailers and grocery stores can use food delivery apps to deliver products to customers […]

Des Moines, Polk County help more households with emergency rent than state-run program

By: - July 22, 2021

The City of Des Moines and Polk County have assisted more households with emergency rental aid so far this year than a state-run program serving Iowa’s other 98 counties combined. The city and county have received more than 3,500 applications for the federally funded Emergency Rental Assistance program. According to data from the U.S. Department […]

Iowa broadband expansion brings accuracy, affordability questions

By: - July 19, 2021

Iowa’s new broadband expansion program is already generating interest from providers, but the mapping of broadband and affordability of the service remain in question as the process moves forward. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 848 into law in April, a bill that appropriates $100 million for grants to companies to provide high-speed broadband services […]