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How the Census will Invite
Everyone to Respond

 Getting the Count Out!

The 2020 Census is a snapshot of what takes place on April 1, 2020. The census aims to count the entire population of a country, and at the location where each person usually lives. The Census asks questions of people in homes and group living situations, including how many people live or stay in each home, and the sex, age and race of each person. Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Most areas of the country are likely to respond online, so most households will receive a letter asking you to go online to complete the census questionnaire. READ MORE. How likely are people to complete the Census? READ MORE

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Why is the 2020 Census important to Illinois?


Money and Power! Many of the services that we all use daily are partially, if not fully, funded through the federal government. Those allocations of funds are typically based on the population being served. If you are not in the count then money will not be allocated for you to receive funding for disability services, housing vouchers, tuition assistance, roadway improvements, capital building projects, technology enhancements, etc. READ MORE








About the Decennial Census

The framers of the Constitution of the United States chose population to be the basis for sharing political power, not wealth or land. “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…” - The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 2. READ MORE


 How is the Census being handled in Illinois?

Each state has a Complete Count Commission. In Illinois, the commission is led by the Secretary of State Jessie White’s office.  The Commission is responsible for being the liaison with the federal government and creating Complete Count Committees. The committees can be a community group, an association, a nonprofit, any group of people interested in spreading the word about the Census to help get everyone counted. If you are interested in forming a committee, please contact Sherrie Taylor at or call (815) 753-0925.



Explore My Congressional District Data Tool

Since the new Congress was sworn in on Jan. 3 and the midterm elections in November, interest in the U.S. Census Bureau’s My Congressional District (My CD) tool has remained high. My CD gives users quick and easy access to selected statistics collected by the Census Bureau through the American Community Survey (ACS) and County Business Patterns (CBP). READ MORE.

The ACS provides detailed demographic, social, economic and housing statistics updated each year for the nation's communities. CBP provides annual statistics for businesses with paid employees at a detailed geography and industry level.


How Does Illinois Stack Up?



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Contact Sherrie Taylor, CGS liaison to the Census & Interim Lead of the State Data Center in Illinois, at or (815) 753-0925 with questions or information requests.