Welcome to my 2020 Census Resource Page
Most people in the country will have received an invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 Census, along with a couple reminders maybe.
The Census count will play a big role in deciding how much funding the State of Illinois, Cook County and your local community will receive. That’s why everyone at Cook County, including myself, is working hard to make sure that all communities have a complete count.
Although we are going through some trying times right now, there is a simple way that you can contribute to and help your community, by filling out your 2020 Census. Click the graphic below to be connected to www.my2020census.gov.
This page is meant to be used as a resource as we work together towards a complete count in all communities. Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 matters and we need your help! Below you will find helpful information, tools, and ways to help your community ensure a complete count.
Let’s Make It Count Cook County!
What is the Census?
Every 10 years, the U.S. government takes a count of every person living in the U.S. through a short questionnaire that asks basic information about your household and the people who live in it. Below are some FAQs that I have heard about the Census from my constituents:
Why should I complete the Census?
It is important to participate in the Census because this is a way to make your voice matter! Data from the census is used to divide over $1.5 trillion dollars of government funding for important services, like schools, libraries, and health care. By participating in the Census, you are helping improve your community by ensuring your city and state have funding to provide resources and services for you and your neighbors.
Experts estimate that every person that doesn’t complete the Census represents a loss of $14,000 in funding over the next decade. Also, Census Data is also used by non-profits, advocacy groups, businesses, and individuals. There are so many more reasons but, truly, everyone should be counted.
What questions are on the Census?
The census survey will ask the name, sex, age, date of birth, race/ethnicity, and relationship of everyone in your household. It will also ask if you rent or own your home. It’s simple and easy to complete and will only take a few minutes!
Are my answers private?
Yes! Responses to the Census are completely confidential. Remember that Census information is used for statistical purposes only. They are trying to take a snapshot of your whole community and our country.
Can other government agencies see my Census answers?
No! The U.S. Census Bureau will not share your information with other government agencies. It is against the law for a U.S. Census Bureau employee to share your response with anyone.
Have more questions?
You can text 987-987 with all of your 2020 Census questions or visit the 2020 Census Frequently Asked Questions section of their website.
How do I fill out the Census?
For the first time, you can fill out your Census online, a convenient option for everyone as we stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. You should have received a notice from the Census with a unique code to complete your census online. Lost your code? No worries! You can still complete the Census online, you might just need to answer a few more questions.
If you don’t have access to the internet you can also complete your Census by phone or mail. Anyone can call to complete their Census. If you received a paper questionnaire, complete and mail to the U.S. Census Bureau (National Processing Center, 1201 E 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47132).
As a recap, complete your Census one of the following three ways:
📨 to the U.S. Census Bureau
How do I get help?
Filling out the 2020 Census only takes a few minutes! But, do you still have questions that you need answered? You’re in luck! 📲 TEXT 987-987 to get all of your 2020 Census questions answered quickly.
Language barriers shouldn’t prevent our family, friends, and neighbors from being counted in the 2020 Census. Share these language assistance resources because everyone deserves to #BeCounted.
➡️ Census Language Guides in 59 non-English Languages
➡️ Complete the Census online in 12 non-English languages
➡️ Complete by phone or get assistance in 12 non-English languages 👇
Why is the Census so important?
The Census is one of the most important things you can do to help make sure your community has the resources it needs. So, why does this even matter? Now more than ever, in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, federal funding that is based on the Census is critical. Here are some reasons why filling out your 2020 Census matters!
- For every person that doesn’t complete the Census, experts estimate that $14,000 from the federal government will be lost over the next decade. If we have a low count that could be millions in Federal funding lost.
- Illinois’ representation in Congress is determined by population data gathered in the Census.
- Federal funding going to your neighborhood schools will depend on accurate counts of you and your neighbors.
- Hospitals are in dire need right now. As the federal government looks to distribute funding, they’ll rely on Census data to do so.
- Emergency management departments receive federal funds for planning and responding to emergencies — including the one we’re in — is based on Census data.
- So many programs depend on accurate Census data to best serve their clients; programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults. Visit Census.gov for more reasons why your response matters.
How can you help?
Share a video! Hopefully you’ve seen a few videos from my #2020Census at Brookfield Zoo series woven through this resource page. Take a look at the full series on my YouTube channel and share whichever one(s) applies to the intended message.
In addition to my Brookfield Zoo series, I also partnered with the American Association of Retired Asians (AARA), Village of Hanover Park, and other community partners to create a series of Census PSAs in Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Polish, Korean, and Cantonese! Language barriers shouldn’t prevent our family, friends, & neighbors from being counted in the Census. Check out my YouTube channel playlist, Multilingual #2020 Census Videos, where you’ll find them all. Check out the video in Hindi below and share!
Be a Census Champion that your friends, family, and community can turn to. To help get you started, I hosted a Census Virtual Town Hall with Hanover Park Village Clerk Eira Corral Sepulveda, AgeOptions, and the Elgin Complete Count Commission. Email me at District15@cookcountyil.gov to find a Census Complete Count Commission near you!
By watching our Census discussion you’ll receive an update on 2020 Census self-response rates in the Northwest Suburbs as well as changes to Census outreach in response to COVID-19. Listen to discussion from some of our community partners on how the Census impacts local communities, non-profits, and more.
Watch my Census Virtual Town Hall anytime on my Facebook page here.