Mary Hansen | WGLT

Mary Hansen

Mary is a reporter at NPR Illinois and graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS and received her BA in International Studies from American University. Previously Mary worked as a planning consultant and reported for the State Journal-Register where she covered city government.

Mary is a lifelong NPR listener since tuning into her home station WESA in Pittsburgh.

As more retail chains shut down, cities across Illinois figure out what to do with millions of square feet of empty space.

As big box stores continue to close, some worry Illinois isn't ready for the changing economy.