Those of you working in less densely populated areas will find this story of interest.
As touchstones of economic vitality, recently released census estimates tell rural developers little they didn't already know. Unless more is done to attract or retain young people, the trickle of residents leaving bucolic central Illinois is likely to drain essential resources long-term. Unless jobs like those lost in the manufacturing sector are replenished, some skilled members of the work force will migrate to new positions in different cities.
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