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Officials to host 2020 Census seminar in Bolingbrook on Thursday

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census showed parts of Crest Hill and Joliet, specifically the Near West Side by the Des Plaines River and in and around the downtown area, qualified as “hard-to-count.” The U.S. Census Bureau said that means 73% or fewer  residents in those areas responded to the census that year.
To address the concern, the Census Bureau is raising awareness about the decennial count across the country by connecting with local governments, organizations and nonprofits. Both Crest Hill and Joliet have partnered with the local campaign, and other municipalities, such as the village of Plainfield and the Will County Board, have formed committees focused on the census.
The Spanish Community Center in Joliet is helping to spearhead the effort with its Get Out the Count campaign. Verenise Alvarez, the GOTC campaign coordinator, said the data from 2010 indicates that certain populations in Joliet and Crest Hill were “highly undercounted.”
Data from the 2010 U.S. Census showed parts of Crest Hill and Joliet, specifically the Near West Side by the Des Plaines River and in and around the downtown area, qualified as “hard-to-count.” The U.S. Census Bureau said that means 73% or fewer residents in those areas responded to the census that year. To address the concern, the Census Bureau is raising awareness about the decennial count across the country by connecting with local governments, organizations and nonprofits. Both Crest Hill and Joliet have partnered with the local campaign, and other municipalities, such as the village of Plainfield and the Will County Board, have formed committees focused on the census. The Spanish Community Center in Joliet is helping to spearhead the effort with its Get Out the Count campaign. Verenise Alvarez, the GOTC campaign coordinator, said the data from 2010 indicates that certain populations in Joliet and Crest Hill were “highly undercounted.”

Local officials and activists will host a seminar in Bolingbrook on Thursday for residents to learn about how to get involved, and even employed, with the 2020 U.S. Census.

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, other legislators and U.S. Census Bureau staff will host the seminar at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook. 

The seminar will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road.

Connor stressed the importance of every household participating and getting counted this year. Officials at the seminar will also want to solicit ideas about how to ensure all residents are counted properly.

Government entities from the federal to the local level rely on census data to accurately dedicate resources and serve communities, according to a news release from Connor’s office.

Will County receives more than $200 million in federal funding via programs and grants that rely on census data. Connor said in the release such an investment is key to ensuring quality infrastructure, education and green energy in his district.

“Our area has seen tremendous growth in recent years, which means it is critically important that we qualify for the resources that we deserve this upcoming decade,” Connor said in the release. “I care about getting a complete count because this community needs strong representation and all of the additional funding that comes with it.”

Recruitment specialists will be at the seminar with information about full-time and part-time opportunities with the U.S. Census Bureau.

For information about the U.S. Census, visit census.gov.

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