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U Of I Student’s ‘Atlas Of Austerity’ Maps Impact Of Budget Impasse

Portrait of Melissa Heil.

Graduate student Melissa Heil created the 'Illinois Atlas of Austerity' to help people see the impact of the state budget impasse L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois

Most people in Illinois either have been affected directly or know someone who’s been affected by the state’s nearly year long budget impasse.  But it can be hard to conceptualize the total impact on the state.

Melissa Heil is a graduate student in geography at the University of Illinois Urbana campus.  Heil created an “Illinois Atlas of Austerity” website to help people get an idea of the total impact of the budget impasse.  Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Melissa Heil about her website and how she came up with the idea.

You can see a few of her maps below, and see the entire project at the Illinois Atlas of Austerity website.

Illinois Atlas of Austerity