What is the Census? Why is it important?
The United States Census count is a complete count of everyone who lives in the United States. The U.S. Census count is completed every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, and the results determine the number of seats each State receives in the U.S. House of Representatives. The results are also used to draw the congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the U.S. Census results are used by the federal government to determine how to divide over $675 billion of federal funding to schools, transportation, healthcare, social services programs, and many other organizations and programs that depend on the federal government for sustainability to serve their communities. For example, in Illinois, we lose approximately $1,400 per person for each individual who goes uncounted. In other words, another under count of 40,000 people in Champaign County (like the one from 2010) would cost us $560,000,000 over the course of the decade. It would also cost us to lose an additional seat in the House.
We believe EVERY person in our community should be counted and represented in the U.S. Census. Ensuring everyone is individually represented ensures our part of Illinois is accurately represented and supported by the federal government. In turn, this helps the schools and social services programs in our communities to better provide education and resources for everyone.