2020 Census Begins in Illinois March 12th: Residents May Go Online to be Counted

State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) is working with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to remind Illinois residents they can be counted in the 2020 Census online beginning today, March 12th. The census is nine questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete my2020census.gov.

“It is very important that everyone who lives in our area is counted in the 2020 census because it will determine our representation in the U.S. Congress and in federal funding dollars that could come to Illinois,” stated Rep. Bailey. “According to IDHS, Illinois received nearly 20 billion dollars in federal assistance for sixteen programs in 2015. If we undercount our population by just one-percent that could mean about 200 million dollars lost over the next decade.”

The number of seats Illinois has in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next 10 years will be determined by the census count this year. Illinoisans deserve proportionate representation in the U.S. Congress, and a fair and accurate census count is how that happens.

In June, Governor Pritzker signed an executive order that established the Census Office within IDHS and an advisory panel to guide public outreach. The $29 million approved for 2020 Census efforts in Illinois is the largest per capita investment of any state in the nation this year, and is funded through the FY20 budget. IDHS has already awarded $20 million dollars in grants to over 350 local and community organizations to reach every corner of Illinois.

To fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire, visit my2020census.gov. For more information about the 2020 Census in Illinois and a listing of the community organizations that IDHS funded, visit census.illinois.gov.