Rockford, Illinois News

Governor reminds Illinoisans to complete 2020 U.S. Census

ROCKFORD – Part of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s trip to Rockford Thursday involved a stop at City Market Pavilion to remind Illinoisans to compete the 2020 U.S. Census.

The governor’s plea included the reminder that census numbers directly affect the amount of federal funding the state receives for a number programs, and that a low response rates detrimentally impact already marginalized communities.

“The same ZIP codes that are impacted the worst by COVID-19, those that have been hurting for generations,” he said, “are on track to be the most undercounted at a time when frankly we need full funding.”

Illinois is currently has a 67-precent response rate, which is below the 70.5% rate from a decade ago.

The census portal, which takes roughly 10 minutes to navigate, will be open until Oct. 31.

Earlier Thursday, Pritzker announced that the state has dedicated $9.3 million to the Illinois Department of Human Services’ COVID-19 Summer Youth Employment Program (C-SYEP), an initiative that will provide 2,400 jobs for young people.

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