Illinois 2020 Census

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Census 2020: Everyone Counts!

Welcome to Census.Illinois.gov

The State of Illinois official website for 2020 Census.

Governor Pritzker and his administration are committed to ensuring that Illinoisans get their fair share of federal resources and Congressional representation by encouraging the full participation of all Illinoisans in the 2020 Census.


The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted every ten years for the purpose of ensuring fair representation and distribution of resources. The U.S. Census Bureau will carry out the census next spring, and Census Day is on April 1, 2020. The decennial census provides foundational information that will be used to make policy decisions for ten years. Given how much is at stake in Illinois, the Illinois General Assembly appropriated $29 million of General Revenue Funds for census outreach, education and mobilization. That work is being launched now to prepare for a fair and accurate count.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) administered a statewide Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to issue grants to community providers and local governments to encourage full participation in the 2020 Census. Efforts focus on populations and geographies deemed "Hard to Count" by the U.S. Census Bureau. "Hard to Count" areas are defined as a geography where the self-response rate in the 2010 decennial census was 73% or less. There are also populations that have been historically undercounted, including young children, immigrants, low-income households, people of color and rural residents to name a few.

What is at Stake

An accurate count of Illinois' population is essential to ensure that the State receives the funding it needs to properly care for its residents and provide critical services and programs. In 2015, Illinois received $19,738,866,367, or approximately $1,535 per capita, in federal assistance for sixteen programs. The failure to count every Illinois resident would have devastating effects on Illinois' ability to meet the needs of its residents.  Even a one-percent undercount would result in the State losing $19,557,435 per year for a decade, resulting in a total loss of $195,574,350.

As important, 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 in 2020. Illinoisans deserve proportionate representation in the U.S. Congress, and a fair and accurate census count is how we ensure that happens.

Finally, state and local governments will use census data to redraw electoral maps in order to align with the principle "one person, one vote". Our own state's legislative maps will be re-drawn, and this will impact the size and make-up of each district in the Illinois General Assembly.

We hope you visit this site often, as we will be adding information regularly and sharing important local and national census news. Sign up for the Stakeholder Newsletter to get timely information about resources and funding available for you to participate in the 2020 Census to ensure Illinois conducts a fair and accurate count.

We welcome your input. Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions related to our census activities. You can email us at: DHS.CensusNOFO@illinois.gov

Stakeholder Newsletter

Sign up for our STAKEHOLDER NEWSLETTER to receive updates on the 2020 Census.

Other Census Efforts

The Complete Count Commission ("the Commission") was formed on August 25, 2017 from Public Act 100-0390 (The Illinois Complete Count Commission Act) to help educate communities, organizations and Illinois Residents about the importance of the upcoming 2020 census. Read the Complete Count Commission Interim Report to the Illinois General Assembly (pdf) to find recommended strategies.

Census Office Reports

September Report

October Report

November Report

Open Meetings

2019 Meetings

June 28

July 8

August 16

September 20

October 18

2019 Future Meetings

November 15

December 20

2020 Future Meetings

January 17

February 21

March 20

April 17

May 15

June 19

July 17

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO)

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is leading the 2020 Census efforts in Illinois. IDHS administered a statewide Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to issue grants to community providers and local governments to encourage full participation in the 2020 Census.  The link to the NOFO has been activated below.

To learn about Pre-Award Eligibility Requirements for potential grantees, subrecipients and helpful information about how to apply for the NOFO, click on the links under the "Stay Informed" heading: "Pre-Award Eligibility Requirements for potential grantees" and "Subrecipient Pre-Award Eligibility Requirements".

Merit Based Review

Merit Based Review Process

Survey

Note: This survey is for informational purposes only, so that potential Regional Intermediaries and potential subrecipients can connect with each other. Survey responses, including contact information, will be made public on www.census.illinois.gov

Listing of Regional Intermediaries

Question and Answers

Subrecipients

Contact Us

Please contact the Census Office at DHS.CensusNOFO@illinois.gov or call 1-844-950-0986 or 217-786-0046.

Stay Informed

Stay tuned for more information and resources....