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Congresswoman Kelly invites public to Census 2020 Community Briefing

She and other local officials encourage census participation

by Melanie Jongsma

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (July 28, 2019) – Congresswoman Robin Kelly invites the public to a second Census 2020 Community Briefing on Monday, August 5, 6:30–7:30pm, in the lower level of Country Club Hills City Hall (4200 W. 183rd Street). Experts will be on hand to inform constituents about major changes to the Census, including paperless surveys that may be completed online or via mobile phone.

This briefing is the second in a series hosted by Congresswoman Kelly to educate the community about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. The first, hosted in Chicago, was “completely packed.”

At last week’s Town Hall meeting, Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam encouraged people to participate in the 2020 Census. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
At the Town Hall meeting hosted at Fox Pointe last week, State Representative Marcus Evans and Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam also stressed the importance of participating in the census. As the website explains, “Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone.” If Lansing’s population has increased, but census participation decreases, Lansing will lose federal assistance dollars.

And a 2018 article by the New York Times explained that the census is “a snapshot of America that determines how congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are distributed, where businesses choose to ship products and where they build new stores.”

To RSVP to the Census 2020 Community Briefing, or for more information, contact Outreach Coordinator April Williams-Luster at 773-321-2001 or [email protected].

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.