Campaign Coverage 2020

Chicago's census count lags behind as deadline approaches

CHICAGO — The census count in Chicago is behind the rest of Illinois, particularly in largely Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in the city. The Chicago Tribune reports Illinois' response rate is 70%, which is slightly higher than the national average. But the city's rate is roughly 59% with some neighborhoods at around 30%. The deadline is approaching fast. Usually it's in July, but it has been changed to the end of September. However, a lawsuit is pending over the deadline with a court hearing Thursday. Census data is used to calculate federal funding and determine representation in Congress.

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