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Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication and global health studies, with a minor in German. She is a managing editor at the university newspaper, the Daily Iowan, and has served as an reporter intern at Iowa Capital Dispatch.

Iowa counties could see changes in property taxes to assist EMS departments

By: - July 9, 2021

Before this month, some rural Iowans were facing the prospect of calling for an ambulance and having no one show up, emergency services officials said. That may change now that counties can ask voters to increase property taxes to support their emergency medical services departments.  Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 615, which now allows […]

D.C. Dispatch: Grassley opposes marijuana, Hinson works on disaster recovery bills

By: and - July 9, 2021

After the holiday weekend, Iowa’s representatives in D.C. focused on a range of different things, from flood preparedness to drug policy to flags. Here’s the latest: Axne plugs child care tax credits in Des Moines U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, Iowa’s only Democrat in the congressional delegation, was in Des Moines Thursday to promote the expanded […]

City of Dubuque to help some residents pay for solar technology

By: - July 7, 2021

A few Dubuque residents could get help to install solar panels on their homes through a city-funded pilot program approved this week. The program, Renew DBQ, comes a few months after Iowa lawmakers ended solar tax credits in the state. The Dubuque City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved contributions of $3,285 for each participant. The […]

Iowa businesses offer more hybrid options for workers

By: - July 6, 2021

As more Iowans return to in-person work environments after a year of the pandemic, more businesses plan to offer partially at-home options for employees who want them. Hybrid working alternatives are a popular reality for businesses in the newest phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic, said Kevin Crowley, commercial manager at NAI Iowa Realty. While […]

A beacon of hope: Iowa entertainment venues wait for federal funding to hit

By: - July 3, 2021

Two months after applications opened for federal pandemic assistance, Iowa venues continue to wait for federal money to keep their businesses afloat.  The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, or SVOG, program, will allocate $16 billion to venues across the country as part the federal pandemic aid approved earlier this year.   Robert Warren, executive director of Hoyt […]

Public access to local government continues to adapt during pandemic

By: - June 27, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa cities and other local governments had to find new ways for citizens to participate in public meetings that were largely held electronically. As many Iowa cities prepare to return to in-person public meetings, public access is evolving again. In Des Moines, officials are looking at curtailing in-person public participation in […]

Iowa community college leaders oppose student debt forgiveness, free college

By: - June 23, 2021

Student debt forgiveness raises concerns about fairness to students who chose lower-cost educations, two Iowa community college leaders said during a recent interview on Iowa PBS. Forgiving student debt does not solve the underlying issues in higher education, said Kristie Fisher, the chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District. “What I’d hate to see […]

Iowa district court blocks 24-hour wait period, additional appointment for abortions

By: - June 22, 2021

A Johnson County district judge has found unconstitutional a state law enacted in 2020 that requires a mandatory 24-hour waiting period and a second clinic appointment for women seeking abortions. Rita Bettis Austen, legal director of ACLU of Iowa, said Tuesday she was immensely relieved by the decision. “The Iowa Supreme Court has recognized that […]

Iowa Supreme Court upholds part of Waterloo’s ‘ban the box’ ordinance

By: - June 21, 2021

A portion of Waterloo’s “ban the box” ordinance will remain in place after an Iowa Supreme Court decision. The court affirmed the ordinance’s regulation that businesses with more than 15 employees cannot ask about job applicants’ criminal histories until they extend a conditional job offer. The court nullified the section of the ordinance that prohibits […]

Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to evaluate Reynolds’ media campaign

By: - June 21, 2021

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will review Gov. Kim Reynolds’ coronavirus media campaign in light of allegations from Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand that it violated state law, the auditor’s office reported Monday.  Sand released a report in late May alleging Reynolds sought to “promote herself” through the taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness “Step […]

Iowa Supreme Court: Police can’t search trash without warrants

By: - June 18, 2021

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected and updated. The previous version incorrectly characterized the court’s ruling. The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday said police can’t search a suspect’s trash without a warrant. In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled a police search of garbage left outside of homes for collection is an “unreasonable and […]

Jury awards $8 million in defamation case

By: - June 18, 2021

A jury has awarded damages totaling $8 million to a Polk County man and his daughter in a defamation case against a Des Moines lawyer who repeatedly claimed the man had molested his daughter. A jury returned a verdict June 8 that awarded a total of $8 million to Thomas and Aynsley Starbuck against Jaysen […]