The 2020 Census is now underway and we encourage all residents to participate.
The impacts of this Census will be felt in other areas for years to come for the 1,298 cities, villages and towns in Illinois and more than 11 million people they serve. In 2015, the State of Illinois received more than 19.7 billion in federal assistance for 16 programs, or approximately $1,535 per capita. The problem you might ask? That funding is based primarily off of the 2010 Census count where only an estimated 76% of Illinois residents participated. The billions of dollars Illinois received was not the full proportion of funding it could have received if every Illinois resident was counted.
Regarding State spending, many municipal revenues are dictated on a per capita basis. The State’s Motor Fuel Tax, Local Government Distributive Fund and much more will determined by how many people are counted in our community this Spring.
So please take a few minutes and participate in the 2020 Census.