Why Should It Matter To Me

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Many residents think census data is only used to determine the number of legislative seats Illinois has in Washington or Springfield. This is only a part of what is determined by census results.

Census participation and results also determine the amount of federal money Illinois receives each year to support:

  • Infrastructure needs, such as road construction and repair;
  • Schools and school districts in your community;
  • Hospitals and emergency healthcare centers for the insured and uninsured;
  • Social services programs that provide assistance for senior citizens, veterans and low-income families; and
  • Large companies' and local business enterprises' decisions to potentially build or expand their corporate offices or factories, bringing employment opportunities to communities.