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In smaller towns, empty storefronts and economic challenges loom large

In smaller towns, empty storefronts and economic challenges loom large

Missy Towery, executive director of the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, is seen Aug. 23, 2017, in the main square of downtown Canton, Ill. The J.C. Penney store in the central Illinois city has closed, and officials have so far struck out in finding a retailer to replace the department store. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)