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CARBONDALE — The Eurma C. Hayes Center has a new tenant.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Monday opened a senate constituent service office in the center, located at 441 E. Willow St.

According to a news release from Duckworth’s office, the office will help ensure families across Southern Illinois can take advantage of services offered by the senator and her staff.

The office will provide assistance with veteran’s affairs, social security, Medicare, small business development and other issues involving federal agencies.

Duckworth said she wants people in Southern Illinois to know that being accessible and addressing their concerns is a priority for her. 

“This new office will give more Illinois families easy access to a convenient and welcoming place to get assistance with federal agencies and benefits like social security, veteran’s benefits and Medicare,” she said in the release. “I look forward to opening more senate offices across Illinois in the months ahead.”

The Eurma C. Hayes Center also houses the nonprofit I Can Read! literacy program and offices for the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP and The Women's Center rape crisis outreach.

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In October, the center’s Board of Directors was seeking to raise $10,000 for the rehabilitation of the site. The board launched a campaign on the YouCaring crowdfunding site, which has raised $1,955. The campaign is still open for donations.

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The money raised would pay for repairs and/or rehabilitation for flooring, lighting, plumbing, HVAC, phone/internet, door access and painting, according to the YouCaring site. The money donated would all go to pay for the repairs and rehabilitation, according to the website.

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The board chairman, Carlton Smith, who is also a member of the Carbondale Elementary School District No. 95 Board of Education, said the board would reserve comments on the new tenant until a grand opening celebration. He said the date for that grand opening would be up to the senator.


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Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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