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In smaller towns, empty storefronts and economic challenges loom large

In smaller towns, empty storefronts and economic challenges loom large

The Opera House Professional Center sustained damage from a natural gas explosion in November 2016 and is still boarded up in downtown Canton on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Canton, Ill. Utility workers were trying to fix a gas leak when the explosion occurred, killing one person and injuring several others and damaging many nearby businesses. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)