Governor Pritzker and his administration are committed to ensuring that Illinoisans get their fair share of federal resources and Congressional representation by encouraging the full participation of all Illinoisans in the 2020 Census. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) administered a statewide Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to issue grants to community providers and local governments to encourage full participation in the 2020 Census. These grants will be given to Regional Intermediaries (RIs) who will be the central coordinators of the census outreach efforts and provide subawards to subrecipients. Efforts focus on populations and geographies deemed "Hard to Count" by the U.S. Census Bureau. IDHS released their statewide RIs in the fall 2019.
The Illinois Complete Count Commission was formed in 2017 with a mission to help educate communities, organizations and Illinois Residents about the importance of the upcoming 2020 census. The Commission has formed Subcommittees to help with education and outreach efforts.
The Cook County Complete County Census Commission will encourage participation, increase public awareness and ensure Cook County is accurately represented. Commissioner Stanley Moore, 4th District, serves as Chairman of the Complete Count Census Commission with Commissioner Dennis Deer, 2nd District, Commissioner Alma Anaya, 7th District, and Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District, serving as the Commission’s Vice Chairs. Cook County released a Census Outreach Application to support community based organizations with to raise awareness, provide education, and encourage participation. The application can be found here. The Cook County Commission developed and released a Census digital toolkit to raise public awareness. The toolkit can be found here.
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced on October 1, 2019, a $2.7 million investment in the City’s 2020 census efforts—the largest amount of funding Chicago has ever committed to the census—for an all-hands-on deck outreach strategy to ensure that every Chicagoan is counted. With nearly half of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents considered “hard-to-count” by the U.S. Census Bureau, outreach methods will be even more important than in years past and for achieving a complete, full count that accurately reflects the City’s electoral representation and federal funding needs. The City of Chicago created their own Complete Count Committee which includes about 30 community leaders, elected officials, advocates, organizers, and service providers. The Complete Count Committee will mobilize resources, align priorities, and recommend strategies for reaching hard-to-count populations. Members of the City's Complete Count Committee can be found here.