In Postville, Iowa on May 12th, 2008, 900 heavily armed immigration agents shackled and took away 389 undocumented workers while working at Agriprocessors, the largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant in the country.
A temporary earthen levee is the only barrier standing between Hamburg and the floodwaters of the Missouri River, and officials hope efforts to beef it up will be enough to keep the small southwestern Iowa town from filling up like a bathtub.Crews working for the Army Corps of Engineers hope to pile
By the time this goes up on the site, I’ll be speeding from Iowa back to Chicago, where we’ll take the briefest breather and then fly south to Miami. It is what my wife is calling our new holiday arrangement: Christmas with her family, New Year’s with mine.
The loss of a Congressional seat for Illinois means the state could lose out on federal dollars. Data from the 2010 Census show that Illinois has been growing more slowly than states in the south and west.
Illinois State Representative Deb Mell says she plans to marry fiancée Christin Baker in Iowa, despite the likely passage of a civil unions bill next year. “We’re thrilled and grateful, obviously,” Mell said about the law. “But we really want that marriage license.”
Last summer, before my bride and I stepped out on a bright and clear Iowa afternoon to be married in her parents’ backyard, we kept peering through the windows to see who’d arrived. My cousins. Her cousins.