Census 2020

The Illinois Secretary of State's Office has awarded a 130-thousand dollar grant to the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP.

The funding will be used to educate people on the importance of the 2020 census and target groups often undercounted, such as minorities, non-English speakers, college students and others.

U.S. Census Bureau

The Illinois State Board of Education is encouraging teachers to discuss the importance of the 2020 census with students and invites them to become census ambassadors.

The board is looking for teachers who really want to promote the importance of the upcoming census as an ambassador. 

Illinois is investing tens of millions of dollars to make sure no one is missed in the 2020 census.

State lawmakers included $29 million in the budget. The majority of the money will go to community groups to educate the public on how the census works and how the government uses the information it collects, according to Sol Flores, a deputy governor leading the census efforts.

She said about 10 percent will be earmarked for radio, television and online ads encouraging census participation. And a small amount will go to the administration of the grants and ad campaign.

The U.S. Census count is less than a year away, and the group tasked with making sure everyone is counted is asking state lawmakers for millions to help in that effort.

If the count on April 1, 2020 reveals that Illinois has lost another 45,000 residents, the state could lose two of its 18 congressional seats, according to an analysis from Election Data Services Inc., a political consulting firm.

Illinois Senators want to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams about the upcoming 2020 census and what it means for southern Illinois.

Illinois’ population loss could be a warning for larger changes to come.

Between July 2017 and July 2018, Illinois lost more than 45,000 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. It’s still the sixth-most populated state, but is one of only a handful of states that lost people over that time period.