How are Census 2020 counts by Ward doing? Not great!

Date: 
08/29/2020
CountMe

With only 57.9% of Chicago households having filled in a Census 2020 form, there is a big need for many of you, your friends and family members to fill in the Census 2020 form. The one requirement is living in the United States on April 1, 2020…whether you are or are not a U.S. citizen. 

Need is high
The stakes are high. These counts determine how much money and how many legislators will be available to provide what each of us needs to live life in our Ward, County, State and the entire United States of America. 

Every 10 years, the results of the census is used to redistrict elected governmental districts starting with our City Wards. With a dip in population in our State, this census could also change the number of U.S. Congressional seats representing Illinois in Washington D.C. 

As of Aug. 17, only 57.9 % of Chicago households have completed a Census 2020 form. The City's total participation goal is 75% of all Chicago households and that seems too low.

As of 8/17/2020 from the City of Chicago ...

Ward

Alderperson

Response rate

Goal for response rate

Ward ranking

Total households

Household Responses

1

La Spata

58

76.9%

27th

25,559

14,733

2

Hopkins

58.1

80.4%

34th

38,070

21,907

26

Maldonado

50.8

71.9%

38th

18,738

9,346

27

Burnett

51.3

74.2%

40th

26,684

13,669

32

Waguespack

62.8

80.3%

23rd

25,722

16,238

35

La Rosa

54.5

72.1%

26th

18,576

10,171

As of 7/13/2020 from the City of Chicago ...

Ward

Response rate

Goal for response rate

Ward ranking

Total households

Household Responses

1

55.6

76.9%

26.5

25,559

14,124

2

58.1

80.4%

33rd

38,070

21,078

26

48.2

71.9%

38th

18,738

8,979

27

49.2

74.2%

41st

26,684

13,085

32

60.5

80.3%

21st

25,722

15,633

35

51.7

72.1%

28th

18,576

9,637

Why have so many appear to have done so little?
There are 25 people listed as being involved in getting out the count. Yet, with just about a month left to complete the count, the City's numbers are far short of its goal of just 75% of the City's households. 

   Members of Chicago’s Complete Count Steering Committee Chairs

  • Ric Estrada, CEO of Metropolitan Family Services
  • Rebecca Shi, Executive Director, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
  • Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of World Business Chicago
  • Alderman Pat Dowell, Chairman of the Committee on Budget and Government Operations
  • Alderman Jason Ervin, Chairman of the Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus
  • Alderman Roberto Maldonado, Chairman of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus
  • Alderman Ariel Reboyras, Chairman of the Chicago City Council Special Legislative Committee on the Census

   Members

  • Dr. Reginald E. Bachus, Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church
  • Anita Banerji, Director, Democracy Initiative, Forefront + Illinois Count Me In 2020 Funders’ Collaborative
  • Jaime di Paulo, President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance
  • Victor Dickson, President & CEO, Safer Foundation
  • Joseph Dominguez, CEO, ComEd
  • Daisy Feidt, Executive Vice President, Access Living
  • Meghan Harte, CEO, LISC
  • Adam Hecktman, Director of Civic Technology and Civic Innovation, Microsoft
  • Jack Lavin, President and CEO of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Barbara Lumpkin, Interim President & CEO, Chicago Urban League
  • Paul Luu, Chief Executive Officer, Chinese American Service League
  • Craig Maki, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Human Services
  • David Munar, President & CEO, Howard Brown Health
  • Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Nabeela Rasheed, Section Head of Intellectual Property, AbbVie
  • Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Co-Chair, The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago
  • Dr. Michael Runnels, Reverend, Greater Metropolitan Missionary Baptist
  • Doug Schenkelberg, Executive Director, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Dr. Dilara Sayeed, Board President, IL Muslim Civic Coalition
  • Maria Whelan, President and CEO, Illinois Action for Children
  • Griselda Vega Samuel, Midwest Regional Counsel, MALDEF
  • Alderman Carrie Austin
  • Alderman Roderick Sawyer
  • Alderman Gilbert Villegas 

Furthermore, it appears that this august group of leaders did not focus on aiding alderpersons to increase the counts. Both Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr., 27th Ward, and Alderman Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward, indicated that they wanted to do more but couldn't think of ways to engage people. Waguespack pointed out that the shortening of the deadline by a month did not help either. 

Shortened deadline
Responding to the announcement that census deadline was being shortened by a month, the U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham stated on Aug. 3 that prior to the new date of Sept. 30 , there would be a robust field data collection operation to ensure that households that have not yet self-responded will be counted for the 2020 Census. 

The "robustness" of the field work is questionable. According to census field personnel they do not always receive assignments when they are to be working. 

Action
If you are concerned about rat abatement, garbage pickup, street cleaning, schools, police, fire and other city, county, state and federal funds for roads, transportation and many other services, then you can do something. To ensure funding for all these services and to make sure we do not lose representatives in Federal government, help get out the census count.

If you and no one else in your household has filled in the easy, brief census form, click here to do it right now

Or, if you have not completed a form and a census taker comes to your door, be sure to talk with them. They will help you get the form filled in. 

AND, encourage everyone you know to fill in the form, it only takes a few minutes. Then ask everyone you know to encourage others to fill in the form. 

Census Field Personnel
Here are some tips about identifying official census takers.

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