The 2020 Census data will determine the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and will affect how districts are redrawn in 2021. Up to two Illinois congressional seats are on the chopping block.
Data affects how $675 billion per year in federal funds will be spent on important public projects like roads and schools. $1 billion of federal funding for Illinois is on the line. It’s estimated that each missed person costs Chicago $1,400 a year in federal funding.
The census is meant to count every person living in the United States, regardless of age, nationality or citizenship status. A person should be counted where they usually live or sleep—that could mean on college campuses or at senior centers.
By law, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to keep your information confidential and anonymous. Though the data is used to create statistics about your larger community, city or state, the Census Bureau cannot share individualized information with anyone, including law enforcement or groups that handle government benefits.