LITTLE VILLAGE — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is urging Chicagoans to fill out the census before the deadline next week.
At an unrelated press conference in Little Village, Lightfoot said the city’s response rate was approaching 60 percent. Federal resources for parks, schools and infrastructure are contingent on residents being accurately counted, the mayor said.
“We have run out of time for excuses, we got to get it done,” Lightfoot said Wednesday morning. “We have a few precious days left, we must do more to make sure that our neighbors, our family members are filling out the census and being counted.”
The census can be filled out online or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020. It typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
The deadline to complete the census is Sept. 30.
“Everyone benefits when we are counted and we get our fair share of resources from the federal government,” she said.
In 2010, nearly 66 percent of Chicagoans took part in the 2010 Census.
Census participation helps determine federal funding for critical services including education, child care, workforce training and health care. The state risks losing $195 million per year for each 1 percent of the population undercounted.
Illinois could also lose two congressional seats to census-based redistricting.
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