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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Census 2020

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On April 1, 2020, a census will be taken of all persons living in the United States. Census data is important because it determines political representation, funding distribution, and government and business decision making of all kinds.

Since 1950, Illinois has lost one congressional seat every 10 years. We will likely lose another this time (expected loss in Central Illinois). Without a complete count, we could lose a seat in the Chicago area as well.

Many residents think census data is only used to determine the number of legislative seats Illinois has in Washington or Springfield. This is only a part of what is determined by census results. Census participation and results also determine the amount of federal money Illinois receives each year to support:

  • Infrastructure needs, such as road construction and repair
  • Schools and school districts in your community
  • Hospitals and emergency healthcare centers for the insured and uninsured
  • Social services programs that provide assistance for senior citizens, veterans and low-income families
  • Large companies’ and local business enterprises’ decisions to potentially build or expand their corporate offices or factories, bringing employment opportunities to communities.

Each uncounted person will equal a loss of $15,350 in funding toward medical assistance, local schools and higher education, social services, infrastructure investment and more over the course of 10 years. The Village of Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale Park District, Bloomingdale Public Library, and local schools are committed to working to get as accurate a count as possible to help all of our residents, both locally and state-wide.

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