Illinois To Lose Congressional Seat Based On 2020 Census

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday Illinois will lose a seat in Congress based on the results of the 2020 census. Illinois will move from 18 to 17 seats in the U.S. House, an expected result after some advocates had warned that an undercount could lead to the loss of two seats. The […]

Senate To Begin Redistricting Process

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Senate committee will hold its first hearing Wednesday to begin the process of redrawing congressional and state legislative districts in line with the 2020 census, despite the fact that detailed census data will likely be unavailable until September. Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said in an interview that despite the […]

Census Bureau Won’t Have Numbers Until After State Deadlines

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are required to draw new legislative and congressional district maps this year, but that process may be thrown into chaos because of delays in producing the census numbers needed to draw equal districts. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other delays, it will not be able […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 24, 2020

Illinois Low Census Response Puts Federal Dollars At Risk CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A low census response rate in southern Illinois is putting millions of federal dollars for infrastructure improvements, education and social service programs at risk. As of Monday, only about 46% of Carbondale households had responded to the 2020 census survey, The Southern Illinoisan […]

UI Professor: Census Participation ‘Crucial’ To Ensure Funding, Representation

Millions of American households this month will receive an invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau to participate in the 2020 census. Julie Dowling, chair of the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, and a professor of Latina/Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says it’s important to get […]