Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


WIU professor provides a new tool for communities in containment of COVID-19

Tim Shelley recently discussed the "shift method" of analyzing COVID-19 data with Adee Athiyaman, a professor of public policy and economic development with WIU's Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. In his paper, Athiyaman provides a new method for economic development specialists, as a tool to better compare and contrast a community's progress in containing COVID-19. Click below to listen.

Athiyaman also provides another paper on the economic impacts of COVID-19


Understanding the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Workshop

Participants will be presented with a thorough explanation of each step required in the process Pre-Award Process. The workshop will held on November 20th and 21st in Macomb. For more details or to register go here...


Farm Country Feeds America. But Just Try Buying Groceries There.

An exodus of grocery stores is turning rural towns into food deserts. But some are fighting back by opening their own local markets. Read the full story at the N.Y. Times...


US Health Map | Viz Hub

This interactive health map will allow you to manipulate trends/data at the county level, such as the 21 major causes of death, through the use of multiple pull-down menu.


How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News

Pew Research Center, in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, asked respondents twice daily for a week, whether they got news online within the past two hours and, if so, were asked about their experience with that news.