May Report

The 2020 Census Office report for May 2020 includes updates regarding: COVID-19, the updated 2020 Census timeline, response rates, marketing, and data visualization, grant allocations and disbursements.

COVID-19: Please visit for the most current information.

Census and COVID-19: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) has delayed field operations and enumeration of group quarters, service based, transitory, and homeless shelters, and extended the self-response period to October 31st. Please see the updated timeline below:

US Census Bureau & State Census Office
April 8-30 For No Reponse (NR): A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
April 27- May 9 For NR: A final reminder postcard before Census follows up in person.
Aug 11-Oct 31 Enumerator follow up to NR
October 31 Self-response option ends
October 31 RI & Subrecipient outreach and education efforts conclude
**April 30, 2021 USCB transmits state population and congressional apportionment data to the President
**July 31, 2021 Redistricting data released to the states
** USCB requested an extension from Congress of statutory deadlines to allow for an extension and delivery of this data on or by the listed dates.

Response rate: As of April 27, 2020, Illinois ranked ninth in the country for Census self-response rates and has remained in the top ten for much of the time that the census portal has been open, since March 12th. To find response rates and rankings by city, county, town, or Congressional districts, please visit:

Please see the table below for specific response rates, as of April 27, 2020:

Location Self-Response Rate (%)
National 53.4%
Illinois 58.4%
City of Chicago 46.8%
Illinois Counties with Highest Response Rates:  
  Kendall 70.1%
  McHenry 70%
  DuPage 68%
  Monroe 67.7%
Illinois Counties with Lowest Response Rates:
  Hardin 16.5%
  Calhoun 19.5%
  Henderson 23.4%
  Alexander 36.6%

Marketing: Kivvit, the statewide Census marketing firm, has created an updated digital toolkit with visuals and messages tailored for different Hard to Count (HTC) populations. The toolkit can be used by elected officials, Regional Intermediaries, subrecipients, and partners to help promote Census completion. To reach Illinoisans during stay at home, Kivvit launched a statewide digital advertising campaign for all residents, with a focus on HTC residents, to encourage people to complete the Census safely and quickly: online, on the phone, and by mail.

Data Visualization: UIC has updated the Census maps to display the grantees of the City of Chicago and Cook County. Additionally, UIC is working to add aldermanic districts to the data maps to help focus in on the various Chicago neighborhoods and their leaders. UIC is also updating the maps with real time 2020 Census response rate data as it is shared by the U.S. Census Bureau daily. The maps are available to the public at

Grant Allocation and Disbursements:

Regional Intermediary Amount Amount Paid
(as of 4/28/2020)
Illinois Primary Health Care Association $1,373,873 $526,877.11
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $113,380 $65,276.16
Community Assistance Programs $1,400,000 $806,690.79
Habilitative Systems Inc $3,267,500 $1,542,783.95
Illinois Action for Children $1,108,050 $384,346.09
Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights $2,433,500 $756,271.43
Pilsen Little Village $148,500 $61,490.10
Puerto Rican Cultural Center $301,000 $186,768.07
Rincon Family Services $1,400,000 $588,306.03
University of Illinois at Chicago $248,500 $46,897.81
YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago $1,310,000 $707,858.67
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $207,580 $136,704.40
Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights $1,037,000 $307,642.32
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus $315,000 $119,893.55
Reaching Across Library Systems $825,000 $92,353.20
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago $220,000 $57,854.45
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $201,923 $118,721.12
Tri-County Regional Planning $630,000 $308,974.54
Champaign Urbana Public Health District $756,750 $240,012.89
Region 1 Planning Council $1,015,000 $363,694.20
Illinois Public Health Association $545,000 $183,301.83
Clay County Health Department $474,703 $308,061.96
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $56,583 $28,590.70
Illinois Public Health Association $841,525 $273,965.24
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $369,194 $153,947.27
Teens Against Killing Everywhere $473,500 $178,768.38
Illinois Action for Children $864,850 $265,356.62
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $781,735 $326,094.92
Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights $1,368,500 $387,191.94
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus $1,313,000 $506,308.88
Western Illinois Regional Council $345,000 $54,580.93
Department on Aging $500,000 $332,000
Department of Veterans Affairs $55,000 $36,667
Department of Agriculture $951,550 $429,166
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity $850,467 $566,978
TOTAL $28,103,163 $11,450,396.55
Census Data, Research, GIS Visualization
and Regional Intermediary Coordination
Amount Amount Paid
University of Illinois at Chicago $896,837 $371,643.59
TOTAL $896,837 $371,643.59
Appropriation Amount Obligated Amount Amount Paid
$29,000,000 $29,000,000 $11,822,040.14