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Some Things You Need to Know About the Census

 

The 2020 Census is approaching.  

Conducting a census is one of the first responsibilities our Founding Fathers mandated the federal government to carry out every ten years. 

And for good reason. Every decade, census population data is used to determine how our state and congressional maps are drawn, how many members we will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and how many votes Illinois gets in the Electoral College. 

Just as important, though, is how census data is used to determine the distribution of federal funds to pay for programs such as a Medicaid, Head Start, Title 1 Educational funding, and infrastructure funds to fix Illinois' highways and bridges. 

All of this money and power is at risk if not everyone fills out the census form next year on April 1, 2020. An Illinois undercount in the 2020 Census would mean political maps that don't accurately represent us, less representation in Washington and in future presidential elections, and worst of all, greater funding crises in Springfield as lawmakers try to make up for lost federal funds. 

This isn't about politics. This isn't about what party controls Springfield or controls Washington. It's simply about Illinois getting the full resources and representation we deserve. 

To do that, we need to make sure every person is counted. That is why CHANGE Illinois and our partners will be convening events around the state to reach people in some of the communities that are hardest to count to help them understand the importance of being counted ahead of the 2020 Census. 

Will you support our efforts by pledging to participate in the 2020 Census? 

Too much is at risk if some children or others in Illinois are not counted. We will lose money, power and full representation. We need your help to reach your neighbors, friends, and family to make a concerted effort so everyone counts for the 2020 Census. 

 Together, we can ensure Illinois has the representation and the full resources our state deserves.

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