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Iowa City Council hears two very different plans for how to spend federal pandemic relief funds

Both of the Iowa City Council’s two meetings on Tuesday had speakers addressing how the city should spend the $18.3 million in federal funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). During the council’s 4 p.m. work session, city manager Geoff Fruin presented a series of recommendations for what he called a “two-prong approach” […]

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Students die-in on Pentacrest, protesting the ‘perpetual state of stress’ caused by UI’s lax COVID rules

Around 50 people “died” on the Pentacrest on Thursday to protest the University of Iowa’s COVID-19 policies. The die-in protest was organized by Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS), the union that represents graduate student workers at the university. Protesters laid down on the Pentacrest’s sidewalk, as COGS members drew chalk outlines of their bodies. […]

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‘Give it to the people’: Iowa City holds public discussion on how to spend $18 million in pandemic relief

Advocates for immediate action to assist marginalized members of the community made their voices heard in Mercer Park on Wednesday evening, as city officials held a public input session on how to spend the $18.3 million dollars in federal aid being provided to Iowa City under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). President Biden signed […]

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