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Why Census 2020 Matters

Reported by on 8/18/20

Every 10 years, a census is taken of all persons living in the United States. It is important that every Illinois resident be counted so our state population accurately reflects our needs. Census participation determines the amount of federal money Illinois receives each year to support needs, including schools— hospitals— programs that provide assistance for senior citizens, veterans and low-income families— and large companies’ and local business enterprises’ decisions to potentially build or expand their corporate offices or factories, bringing employment opportunities to communities. The most important thing you can do is respond to the census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. The census will end September 30, 2020. To learn more, visit

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