Budget cuts in Illinois funding for early childhood education played out geographically in an article published by Catalyst Chicago, an independent publication reporting on school reform. The article mapped the schools that had a waiting list for children wanting to enter the "Preschool for All" program. Budget deficits in Illinois meant that programs like Preschool for All could not be adequately funded. In the same article, a map was used to show schools that were denied funding statewide and displayed information such as the number of students affected and the amount of money requested for the program.
It's maps such as these that help both citizens and politicians understand the impact, severity, and repercussions of government policy actions.