2020 Census

Federal Resources:
2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

United States Census Bureau

In-Office Address Validation Process Presentation

United Census Partner Materials

How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond

2020 Census Operational Timeline

2020 Census Toolkit for State and Local Officials

2020 Census New Construction Program

Type of Enumeration Area Map for 2020 Census

Census Bureau Release 2020 Census Public Service Announcements

PSA Toolkit

Census Tip Sheet 22

Live Map
State Resources:

Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2020 Census Grants

Illinois Complete Count Commission

2020 Census Brochure

Forming a Local Complete Count Commission

Chicago Region Newsletter November 2019

Other Resources:

National League of Cities Municipal Action Guide

Cities Count: Preparing for the 2020 Census

COVID-19 and the Census

The Census Open Innovations Lab (COIL) is currently running the “Get Out the Count” Video Challenge, where participants are encouraged to submit their most engaging, impactful and informative videos about the 2020 Census. The deadline for submission is now May 7th, with a possible $30,000 grand prize, along with $10,000 for the runner up and $10,000 for the best student entry. CPEP is encouraging staff to reach out to partners to participate, especially those who may have already created videos. More info can be found here: https://accelerate.census.gov/video-challenge/

The state of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education have partnered to create Wi-Fi hotspots across the state that can be accessed by students who have to learn remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The hotspot project was finalized by the governor’s office, the IBHE and the IBSE on Friday. The access spots can be found here

A plan is in place at Eastern that will cover the parking lot north of Taylor Hall with Wi-Fi, according to Ryan Gibson, Eastern’s director of web services.  

“We were fortunate to find a location that could be covered by two outdoor access points that already had wiring ran,” Gibson said. “A benefit to putting it near Taylor Hall is that they will continue to provide increased Wi-Fi coverage in the hall when our students return.” 

Gibson said the goal is to have the access points available immediately for students.  

Eastern Provost Jay Gatrell said this was a “fantastic” project executed by state leadership, and one he said he appreciated.  


Census Bureau Adapts Operations to Ensure Everyone Is Counted

The Census Bureau is sending a seventh mailing, including a paper questionnaire, in late August to early September to the lowest-responding census tracts.

The Census Bureau will mail an additional paper questionnaire to nonresponding households.

To encourage more households to respond on their own to the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is contacting nonresponding households by mailing an additional paper questionnaire to some households that have yet to respond.

The Census Bureau is sending a seventh mailing, including a paper questionnaire, in late August to early September to the lowest-responding census tracts.

The Census Bureau is emailing households in low-responding areas.

The Census Bureau recently announced that households in low-responding areas would be receiving emails to encourage response to the 2020 Census.

The emails will go to all households that the Census Bureau has contact information for in census block groups with a response rate lower than 50%. This will include households who may have already responded. In total, the Census Bureau expects to email more than 20 million households in these low-responding areas. The email messages will come from 2020census@subscriptions.census.gov and will give recipients the option to opt out of receiving future messages.

The Census Bureau is using email addresses that households have provided in response to another Census Bureau program, or received from states (such as from their WIC, SNAP or TANF programs) or from a commercial list.