CARBONDALE, Ill. | Democrats try to retake Illinois district won over by Trump

CARBONDALE, Ill. | Democrats try to retake Illinois district won over by Trump

CARBONDALE, Ill.— Democrat Brendan Kelly listened as the people crowded inside a Southern Illinois University conference room talked about how trouble at the Carbondale campus has brought trouble for the whole region.

Decreasing enrollment means jobs are not filled when employees quit or retire. A local furniture store that used to sell a truckload of mattresses to college students from its parking lot each August hasn’t come close to that level of sales in years.

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