State of Illinois Finishes First Among Populous States and Seventh Nationwide in 2020 Census Count
"In 2019, we committed one of the largest per-person allocations of funding of any state in the country to ensure an accurate and complete count in the 2020 Census," said Governor JB Pritzker. "A total of $48.4M went directly to outreach and education to ensure the voices of residents from all of Illinois' diverse communities were heard. Despite efforts by the federal government to halt the count, by partnering with local organizations across the state we led an aggressive effort to ensure as many residents as possible were counted."
"I'm extremely proud and thankful for all of the IDHS staff and partners across Illinois who helped in our efforts to achieve a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census," said IDHS Secretary Grace B. Hou. "Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that limited direct interaction with residents at their front doors, competing messages from the Trump Administration that dissuaded people from participating in the Census, and having to redo agreements with our grantees because of the ever changing deadlines, we had excellent results. It was so important for us to have a complete and accurate count so that all of our residents, including immigrants, are represented and have the resources they need."
On June 2019, the Pritzker Administration created the inaugural Illinois Census Office and established an Advisory Panel to help oversee and advise the State's Census efforts. To bring the 2020 Census to a close, the Census Advisory Panel will host their final meeting on December 18th. For more information about the 2020 Census and the final numbers, visit the Illinois Census 2020 Homepage.