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2020 census

Philip Kelly says there’s always something that needs to be fixed in Yale, Oklahoma. 

Rich Egger

Macomb city leaders continue urging residents to fill out their census forms. Community Development Coordinator John Bannon said he is encouraged by the recent response locally to the national head count.

Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

For the last two Saturdays, my daughter Maren and I have joined a small group of returned Peace Corps volunteers and friends from Macomb to help Genesis Gardens distribute food from the Loaves and Fishes pantry.  Armed with hand sanitizer and attempting to keep 6 feet between ourselves at all times, we loaded copious bags of dried, frozen and fresh food into our vehicles.  Maren and I spent the next hour finding nooks and crannies of Macomb that I never knew existed.   We knocked on doors and left food on front porches and stoops.  

Rich Egger

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many events to be canceled or postponed. But one event that will still go on is the national census.

Tomorrow will be the first day Illinois residents can start filling out the 2020 U.S. Census form online. State officials said remote technology will help with the count amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Illinois residents have been receiving mailers saying they’re a “2020 Congressional District Census.” But it’s not that census – the once-in-a-decade population count.

The mailer is a survey and fundraising document from the Republican National Committee, and that has the Democratic Party of Illinois crying foul.

U.S. Census Bureau

Communities in the region continue preparing for the national census, which takes place on April 1.

Rich Egger

The federal government is looking to sign up more people in McDonough County to help conduct next year's census. Macomb Mayor Mike Inman said only about 30% of the positions have been filled. 

Unlike other rural towns in central Illinois, officials in Beardstown say their population is growing. And they want to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census. 

For this week’s Illinois Issues, we look at the challenges to an accurate count and what’s at risk if not everyone participates.