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The 2020 Census is Happening Now

Reported by on 3/27/20

Every 10 years, a census is taken of all persons living in the United States. It is important that every Illinois resident be counted so our state population accurately reflects our needs. Census participation determines the amount of federal money Illinois receives each year to support needs, including the following:

• Schools
• Hospitals
• Programs that provide assistance for senior citizens, veterans and low-income families
• Large companies' and local business enterprises' decisions to potentially build or expand their corporate offices or factories, bringing employment opportunities to communities.

Census Day is April 1, 2020. The most important thing you can do is respond to the census questionnaire when you receive it.

The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020.

For the first time, you can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below:

Online Response Guide
Phone Response Guide
Paper (Mail) Response Guide

Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. See the questions the census asks
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