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News about the Complete Count Committees of the Chicago Region

Illinois Edition

CCCCountdown Summer 2010

Illinois CCCs propel Chicago Region to Number One in Census mail participation rate - 77 percent The untold story of the 2010 Census in the Chicago Region is the unprecedented work of more than 2,400 Complete Count Committees (CCCs), serving as the vanguard for Census awareness and mobilization in communities across the region. From big cities to rural outposts, from suburban townships to small towns and local byways, CCCs carried the day for their constituents during the 2010 Census.

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CCC efforts resulted in several firsts for the Chicago Region: • First among all national regions in the number of CCCs created. • First among all national regions in the mail participation rate of residents. • The only national region to have all of the states within its purview finish in the top 10 in the mail return of Census questionnaires. CCCs are volunteer groups established by state, local and tribal governments, and community leaders to increase awareness of the 2010 Census and motivate residents to respond. Each team’s primary focus is to promote the 2010 Census in a particular community and to ensure that every resident in that area is counted.

Outpacing the nation The Chicago Region, with 2,487 CCCs, outpaced the nation and contributed to an overall Chicago Region average mail participation rate of 77 percent. Illinois tied for sixth, along with Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, and South Dakota. Wisconsin led the nation with 81 percent. Indiana tied with Iowa [in the Kansas City Region] for third in the nation. Establishing CCCs was one of the national core strategies of the 2010 Census. In fact, the concept of CCCs was born in the Chicago Region. These committees are strategically important because: • Representatives speak the language of their community. • They enable the U.S. Census Bureau to tap local knowledge, expertise and influence to design and implement a targeted awareness campaign. The U.S. Census Bureau began the decennial with a goal of coalescing 10,000 CCCs that were well-organized, highly productive and had quality outreach strategies in place; the Chicago Region’s CCC tally alone fully constituted more than 20 percent of that national goal.

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Inside: Illinois CCCs in action


A thank you message to Illinois from Stanley D. Moore Regional Director for the Chicago Region

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Chicago Regional Census Center 500 W. Madison Street Suite 1600 Chicago, IL 60661 312-454-2700

Stanley D. Moore Regional Director

Marilyn A. Sanders Deputy Regional Director

Partnership Coordinators Felix Burrows Henry Gray Ellisa Johnson Toni Pitchford

llinois is a shining example of how the Chicago Region has embraced the Complete Count Committee structure. You responded to our call for assistance, and more than 1,500 mayors and village presidents signed proclamations or letters of intent. Of course, at stake is a fair distribution over the coming decade of more than $4 trillion in federal funds, accurate reapportionment of congressional seats and proper representation in state and local governments. Thank you for solidly embracing the CCC model across Illinois, and making it your own. The impressive mail participation rates that we achieved are indicative of your exemplary effort and eagerness in creating positive awareness about the 2010 Census. CCCs are the key to this success, as they brought communities together despite differing cultural and religious beliefs, and united them to reach the goal of receiving one questionnaire from every single household. It truly was In Our Hands as we saw 2010 Census messages on buses, benches, signs, posters, vehicles, floats and broadcast all across the region’s radio and TV stations. Also, your personal Census stories were told in countless newspaper stories, blog posts and Web sites. It is slice-of-life anecdotes like these that motivated others to be a part of the 2010 Census. As we prepare to cross the finish line, I am very grateful for all of your efforts. Thank you for helping us make history!

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CCCs led the Chicago Region to be Number One The Chicago Region led all 12 Census Bureau regions with a 77 percent mail participation rate, with the region’s three states—Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin—posting rates of 75 percent, 78 percent and 81 percent, respectively. Each state surpassed the national average rate of 72 percent; Wisconsin’s 81 percent rate led all 50 states; and Illinois and Indiana both topped their Census 2000 rates by two full percentage points! 2


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Active City of Chicago CCC raises mail participation rate five percent

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ver the past 18 months, Mayor Richard Daley’s City of Chicago Complete Count Committee (CCC) conducted a number of activities with the intention of increasing the city’s 2010 Census count. When Chicago’s mail participation rate was announced at 63 percent on April 27—an increase of five percent over Census 2000’s rate—everyone involved in this effort was pleased and breathed a collective sigh of relief. The majority of the city’s efforts were bookended by two, highly publicized press events, the first of which took place on April 9, 2009 at an Open House at the Chicago Regional Census Center (RCC). Before a packed house that included a number of local media outlets, the Mayor presented a formal proclamation of the City of Chicago’s partnership with the Census Bureau where he emphasized “the importance of everyone getting behind the 2010 Census. We have to get everyone counted; it’s as simple as that.” The second was a noon rally on Census Day—April 1, 2010—at Federal Plaza in the Loop. Here, hundreds of attendees and people walking by the plaza on the city’s first warm, spring day heard the Mayor’s keynote remarks. “You all need to mail back your questionnaires as soon as possible. When you don’t, you shortchange your children and grandchildren living in your community,” he said. Those who had yet to receive a questionnaire could complete one at the site’s Be Counted center for immediate mailing. The day’s festivities also included an autograph signing session with members of the Sports Collaborative, the

opportunity to walk through Mail it Back, the Census Bureau’s National Road Tour’s 50-foot interactive trailer, and musical entertainment by Radio Disney. While advance letters, questionnaires and reminder cards were arriving in mailboxes all over the city, the Mayor kept active with weekly speaking engagements. He emphatically addressed groups whose funding is based on formulas tied to Census data, such as when he told Veterans at Soldier Field, “You want your tax dollars returned to you from Washington, but if you don’t fill out a 2010 Census form, you won’t get that.” The Mayor also spoke before Latinos at the Humboldt Park Public Library; African Americans at the Abbott Park Senior Services Center; as well as ex-offenders, people who are homeless and people with disabilities. In late March, a two-story replica of the 2010 Census questionnaire was on display in Daley Plaza for five days where thousands could pass by it on foot, in cars/taxis or on CTA buses. While the larger-thanlife questionaire was up, CCC members and RCC staff were available to answer questions and pass out literature about the need to partipate in the Census.

Mayor Daley joins 2010 Census volunteers dressed in March to the Mailbox garb outside the National Road Tour vehicle during the April 1st Census Day Rally at Chicago’s Federal Plaza.

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Illinois mail participation rate ties for sixth highest in the nation Chicago Region

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Maintaining close ties with the Korean community

Byoung Sug Kim addresses his infuential audience with a Korean language PowerPoint presentation on the importance of CCC involvement in the 2010 Census during the four critical phases: education, promotion, motivation and action.

Last December, the Korean American Association of Chicago hosted its end of the year party with close to 200 leaders of the Korean American community. It was an opportune event to gain support for the 2010 Census. Byoung Sug Kim, a KAAC vice president

who was in charge of its Census efforts, addressed the group in Korean about the importance of the Census. By gaining their support, these influential leaders of the Korean community carried forth the 2010 Census message to the rest of their community.

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Oak Park artists help humanize the Census

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articipating artists in Oak Park helped publicize the importance of the Census by developing a twominute video that was projected on buildings and public spaces around town. In this project, Artists Count in Oak Park, each artist or art group “dramatized” in a creative way the numbers from 1 to 33. A dancer made the number 2 with a pose, followed by a painter brushing out a 3, and so on. The video displayed the diversity of artists supporting the Census from this culturally vital neighborhood by media, race, gender, and age. Each video ended with the tag, “Artists count in Oak Park. Can we count you in, too?” followed by the 2010 Census logo. 4

These arts organizations agreed to be Census partners because they are aware that it is crucial that all residents of Oak Park are counted so the city can rightfully receive its share of federal funds. By working together, these organizations built stronger ties with each other. Their art helped humanize the Census, making it a community celebration.

Participating artist Jonathan Franklin

Supporters of this venture include the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park Arts District, Oak Park Concert Chorale, Village Players, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. To add to the celebration, the Road Tour appeared at the event’s premiere in March. Participating artist Laura Minty


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CCCs replace fear with trust in one of America’s most diverse neighborhoods Albany Park The vibrant Chicago neighborhood of Albany Park is one of the most diverse in the nation. Over 100 languages are spoken there. The human richness of this enclave is reflected in the authentic ethnic dining, shopping, and cultural experiences apparent on its streets. It harbors a large population of foreign-born residents – 30,110 counted in the 2000 Census. This makes it a neighborhood with one of the highest percentages of immigrants in the nation – 52 percent!

Starting with a realistic view To reach every person in this complex immigrant community in 2010, members of local CCCs started by clarifying the reality of its special problems. Monika Starczuk of the Polish Initiative of Chicago

and the Polish American CCC: “Education is key.” Recent immigrants, or even those who arrived around the time of the last Census, “…either don’t remember or don’t know about the Census,” adds Starczuk.

Sam Lee, Citizenship and Immigration Coordinator for Korean American Community Services, Inc. and a Korean American CCC member, broadcasts this message using every tool available to his CCC. “The Census is important especially to immigrant communities who do not have enough voice in our society. Because we know that it will shape our lives for the next decade, we will do our best for everyone to be counted.” Mr. Lee explains, “We have developed a Census outreach plan that includes local media, mailings, and door-to-door visits.” Jerry Clarito, Alliance of Fillipinos for Immigrant

Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE). “The Fillipino community in Chicago has a 100-year history of contributing to the rich diversity of Chicago. The 1910 Census counted three Filipinos living in Chicago. Since then the community has grown a 100,000-fold. With the activity of our CCC, I am expecting that Filipinos will feel more confident about declaring their presence in Chicago. A correct count will spark a more active civic participation.”

Special challenges Albany Park CCCs face two special challenges: linguistic isolation and concerns regarding confidentiality. Language. Especially helpful in immigrant communities is the Take 10 campaign. Although it does not eliminate language challenges, it greatly reduces

them by making completing the form shorter and easier. Another tactic to meet the language challenge is hiring people from the community with language ability. Confidentiality. Key CCC activities that build trust are explaining the Census, providing information in different languages, and educating people about the way Census information is used. Of concern for Mr. Lee and others representing immigrant communities is that the Census “could cause a fear of deportation” for those who do not have legal status. For them to participate, ensuring confidentiality is essential. CCC members are doing their best to get the message across: no one, but no one, can access personal information from Census data collection. In simple terms, this means: no IRS, no INS, no CIA, no FBI, no police, no welfare, no court, no Homeland Security, no Freedom of Information Act, not even the President of the United States. But there is lingering skepticism. It takes people from the community to build community trust in the Census.

In Albany Park, ethnic festivals were an important means of reaching the public. Here at the Korean American Street Festival, CCC Chair Byoung Kim answered questions.

An important partner Another important element in raising Census numbers in Albany Park was the partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Early in January the ICIRR hosted a training session sponsored by the New Americans Initiative. The goal of this effort was to support a complete count in the 2010 Census. Working alongside the CCCs, participants from member organizations gained skills in community organizing, community relations and effective recruiting methods in order to encourage full participation in the 2010 Census. To Joshua Hoyt, Executive Director of ICIRR, the reason for such efforts is clear. The estimated 400,000 to 500,000 undocumented residents in Illinois need to be taken into consideration for their economic contributions and political power. Thinking of those working toward this realization, Hoyt said, “People act to make democracy real.”

Albany Park: 65 percent mail participation rate – in some tracks, up over 20 percent from 2000.

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City of Venice CCC meets goal to improve response rate – 66 percent

Marques Sullivan teaches Venice Elementary students that “It’s In Our Hands.”

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thriving area, which has continued to lose steelmaking jobs and decline in population since Census 2000.

The City of Venice CCC utilized a number of key strategies that had immediate and direct effects on increasing mail participation rates to 66 percent. One was to bring together a group of committed volunteers that included educators, church leaders and community organization heads with extensive ties to the community. After learning more about the Census Bureau’s CCC strategy, it was full speed ahead for this group to help rebuild this once

The group set out to increase Census 2010 awareness, including holding regular planning meetings each month to develop and implement a comprehensive awareness campaign that included: placing newspaper articles to publicize local recruiting efforts; distributing fact sheets and faith-based toolkits to the area’s churches and religious organizations; and blasting e-mails on the CCC’s calendar of events, that included: • a community-wide Christmas celebration • Black History Month events in February • Census in Schools and Sports Collaborative efforts • a slogan contest that resulted in a continuous Census 2010 message on the school district’s marquee •two stops in East St. Louis in late Janaury by the regional Road Tour • March to the Mailbox events in April to increase mail participation rates.

he southern Illinois city of Venice straddles the Mississippi River, and is located just north of East St. Louis and across the river from St. Louis, Missouri. Due to the work of its Complete Count Committee (CCC), a committed group of civic leaders who knew that an accurate population count would lead to the city earning its fair share of federal funds for the coming decade, the city was able to meet its goal of increasing its Census 2000 response rate of 61 percent.

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Blues message boosts Westmont’s mail participation rate to 75 percent

One of many creative entries

Muddy Waters Exhibit

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On March 29, the Village of Westmont and the Westmont Special Events Corporation (WESC) co-hosted an Open House that promoted the kick-off of Census 2010 while also celebrating the 95th birthday of blues legend Muddy Waters with music by Eddie Taylor, Jr., Harmonica Hinds, Rick Kreher and others. “We realized that both Muddy Waters’ 95th birthday and the Census 2010 kickoff were occurring in the same week, so we decided to partner with the Village of Westmont to co-host an Open House,” says WSEC President Bob Mackert. And the winners are... The event also announced the winners of two contests which were held this spring to give local student and adult residents a chance to express themselves artistically on the meaning of the Census, while also stressing the importance of having every resident counted on April 1st. One involved residents under age 20 coming up with creative posters that depicted ways to help promote the 2010 Census, and

were judged on marketing creativity, artistic expression and overall impact, with winners named in pre-, grade-, middle- and highschool categories. A second had middle/high school students, children and adults (over 19) who were judged similarly for lyrics they wrote to short (2-3 verse) blues songs about the importance of the 2010 Census. Muddy Waters’ Exhibit The event also featured: performances of the blues songs, tours of the Muddy Waters Exhibit (which featured the unveiling rare artifacts on loan from the McKinley Morganfield Estate by Mud Morganfield, Waters’ oldest son) , and the debut of a new on-line version of the museum that promotes the exhibit and the ten years Muddy Waters lived in the village up until his death in 1983. This event was an example of a focused and energized CCC successfully creating awareness about the 2010 Census among local residents and the media. Doing so helped boost the village’s mail participation rate to 75 percent, surpassing the country’s 72 percent rate.


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Create a clever contest: How West Chicago made it happen The dazzling display of hundreds of lights at West Chicago’s Frosty Fest last December did more than illuminate the city’s holiday tree. They also shed light on the importance of being counted in 2010. Using a Count the Lights Contest, Ron Kernkamp, a CCC volunteer, found a clever way to reach the public. Young and old alike submitted guesses on the total number of lights on the city’s holiday tree. The guesses ranged from 7 to 40,000. The winning guess came from 10-year-old Drew Rukavina of St. Charles. He guessed the number of lights to be 3,674; the correct number was 3,800. Among the many gift prizes that Drew won were a few counting games to re-emphasize the point: it’s important to be counted. Recognizing a strategic opportunity, Ron used this festive, well-attended event to make contact with visitors, answer their questions, and distribute Census

print materials at the warming station. The materials included Census-related coloring sheets, educational flyers and pamphlets. And Ron’s strategy worked, as the city’s mail participation rate increased by four percent over Census 2000’s 72 percent.

Anticipating high attendance, Census volunteer Ron Kernkarmp set up in the warming center to distribute information and answer questions.

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How the Wheeling CCC leveraged Passport to the World In March, the Wheeling Complete Count Committee tapped into an especially appropriate event, the Passport to the World. For the past nine years, this festival has celebrated the cultures and ethnicities of the community by displaying a spectrum of traditions, costumes, delicious food and live entertainment. Like the 2010 Census, this celebration recognizes the important contributions made by all people, and the benefits different groups gain by sharing what they value and that make them unique. As Shari Huizar, Wheeling’s CCC Liaison, put it, “this was an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to segments of the community that are typically undercounted. We made them aware of the benefit to the community of their participating in the Census.”

“We sought out CCC representatives who speak Russian, Polish, Spanish, Korean and Tagalong and this multi-ethnic event allowed us to showcase Census materials as well as enlist residents to help us further drill down this message to family members and friends with similar backgrounds. Passport to the World provided a strategic platform to reach out to the diverse ethnicities our residents represent.”

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Census in Schools / The Sports Collaborative

Former NFL players connect with kids on the 2010 Census How can Illinois benefit from the 2010 Census?

The Sports Collaborative program utilized the star power of 12 former NFL players working as Partnership Specialists to raise awareness in historically undercounted communities. The team promoted the central message of the 2010 Census during visits to Illinois schools, community groups and other organizations. Working in accord with the Census in Schools program, these efforts are continuing throughout the summer. Under Secretary Rebecca Blank helps launch Census in Schools In Dec. 2009, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary Rebecca Blank, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, the Sports Collaborative team and students from King College Preparatory High School helped U.S. Census Bureau officials launch the national 2010 Census in Schools program in Chicago. “The program, ‘2010 Census: It’s About Us,’ gives schools a wide range of free, optional, standards-based lesson plans on subjects related to the Census, ranging from math to social studies,” Under Secretary Blank explained.

Census in Schools teacher’s big book for classroom use.

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School age children have historically been undercounted in Decennial Censuses, and Census in Schools was designed to reverse this trend, as funding allocated by Census data goes towards education programs, school construction and new school buses. The program described to K-12th grade students how the Census is relevant to their studies and their community in the hope that students would help their families fill out the 2010 Census form.

Artist Patricia Gonzalez (seated on the bench she designed) and her art teacher, Angela Hayes, from Prosser Career Academy in Chicago.

To promote the program, the Sports Collaborative team arranged meetings with school administrators and spoke to students at school assemblies. The team also worked with high schools to form over 100 CCCs across the Chicago Region. The high school CCCs created Census banners, songs and public service announcements (PSAs), and conducted schoolwide censuses. Prosser Career Academy Prosser Career Academy was a willing participant in the high school CCC program. The school formed a CCC comprised of Social Studies, Arts, JROTC and Technical/AV subcommittees. Art student, Patricia Gonzalez, designed a Census bench, which was constructed and painted by her colleagues during art class. Social Studies teachers educated students about the history of the U.S. Census and its impact on the community. Technical/AV students

produced three PSAs about the Census in English, Spanish and Polish. Other students utilized their talents outside of the classroom to support the 2010 Census. The JROTC’s award-winning Flag and Bugle Corps performed at the regional Road Tour Kick-off event held in downtown Chicago in early January. The CCC also distributed Census handouts, calendars, posters and coloring books to three local elementary schools. Finally, the CCC hosted a community walk to kick off its Mail It Back campaign and invited Sports Collaborative former Chicago Bear Keith Van Horne to attend. The group paraded through the neighborhood with Census flags and banners, chanting “Mail It Back.”


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Making news: a winning strategy for Illinois CCCs

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Illinois CCCs in action

Bobby Howard signing Census materials at a Back to School event

Mayor Edward Schock of Elgin signs the “World’s Largest Census Form” at the Elgin CCC Kickoff

Under Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke meeting with leaders of the Polish community on the north side of Chicago

Volunteers in Chicago’s Westside March to the Mailbox event

Representative Luis Gutierrez and Representative Jan Schakowsky at the Illinois Congressional Press Briefing

Angela Maclin, Cook County CCC Liaision speaking at the 2010 Census Partnership Refresher Training

Student with her design of the Harwood Heights City Village Vehicle sticker

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Congressman Danny Davis stressing the importance of mailing back the 2010 Census forms at his March to the Mailbox Press Conference

Village of Worth CCC event Governor Quinn announces the Illinois CCC and Andre Ashmore as State Liaison Springfield CCC displaying Census Awareness Banner

MALDEF CCC kick-off

Springfield CCC in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Norris City CCC training

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West Town Community CCC displaying a Census Awareness sign at the Chicago Region Road Tour Kick-off

Oak Park CCC Kick-off

From the second on left, U.S. Census Bureau Associate Director for Decennial Census Arnold Jackson, Assistant Director for Communications Burton Reist and Chicago Deputy Regional Director Marilyn A. Sanders at the New America Media Conference

Wayne D. Watson, Chancellor Emeritus of the City Colleges of Chicago, at a Chicago State CCC event


State Farm and Bloomington CCC Kick-off

The Chung Ang University Ballet Team perform at the 2010 Korean American Day Celebration .

Chicago Region Director Stanley D. Moore and Undersecretary of Commerce Becky Blank pose with kids at the Census in Schools Kick-off at King College Preparatory High School

Mayor Daley announces the formation of the City of Chicago Veterans Subcommittee

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Cook County CCC Training

Chicago Region Director Stanley D. Moore and Cheryl Hyman, Chancellor of Chicago City Colleges, stress the importance of the 2010 Census to the students of Daley College

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Ongoing... Our Region Quality Assurance Operation:

Vacant/Delete Check (7/24/10 - 8/25/10)

The Census Bureau collects additional information to ensure housing units classified as vacant were in fact unoccupied on April 1st. In this operation, we follow up with housing units that were classified as vacant or nonexistent during the Non-Response FollowUp operation. A Census Taker, different from the one who made the original classification, visits the housing unit

to confirm the classification. If they determine that classification was wrong, they will collect the Census information for the housing unit and from any Census Day residents. During this operation, we also will visit and enumerate addresses that were added to our master list too late to include them in the Form Delivery and Mail Back phase or in the Door-to-Door Follow-Up phase.

Ongoing...

Also on tap in Illinois: The American Community Survey The American Community Survey (ACS) is a key component of the Census Bureau’s program that provides timely and detailed demographic, social, economic and housing data about the country’s communities every year. In a nutshell, the ACS: • is an on-going survey • is sent to a small sample of the population on a rotating basis • is a snapshot of what the population looks like and how it lives •h  elps communities determine where to locate services and allocate resources • has replaced the long form in the Decennial Census.

The ACS and the 2010 Short Form The ACS and the 2010 Census show not only the number of people who live here, but how we live as a nation—our education, housing, jobs, and more. The information collected through the ACS and 2010 Census helps community leaders decide where schools, highways, hospitals, and other services are needed. A percentage of Illinois households and group quarters (residence halls, nursing facilities, barracks, etc.) will receive both the ACS and the 2010 Census this year, and response to both is required by law. Release of results The full ACS allows the Census Bureau to provide annual single-year estimates of demographic, housing, social, and economic characteristics for the nation. It includes all states, as well as cities, counties, and other geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more. In 2008, the Census Bureau began publishing three-year estimates on an annual basis for areas with a population larger than 20,000. Beginning later this year, the Census Bureau will release five-year ACS estimates annually for less populous governmental units and population groups. Data are available through: American FactFinder, www.factfinder.census.gov and the ACS Web site, www.census.gov/acs.

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Illinois Quick Facts

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In Illinois, persons per square mile, 2000 In the U.S., 79.6.

19.2 percent

Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2000

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Foreign born persons, percent, 2000

29.7 percent

Women-owned firms, percent, 2002

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Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000 28.0

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Persons per household, 2000

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Homeownership rate, 2000 67.3% Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts.

Things to come

Reapportionment and redistricting to empower the people The writers of our Constitution intended a Decennial Census to empower the people, as our system of government depends on equal representation in Congress. Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution, requires that an “actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” By law, in Decennial Census years, Census population data must be delivered to the President within nine months after Census Day (no later than December 31st) for the accurate reapportionment of congressional seats among each of the 50 states, and to meet the Constitutional requirement that electoral districts be periodically adjusted to account for population shifts.

What is reapportionment? The process of apportionment determines the number of representatives to which each state is entitled in the U.S. House of Representatives, and accurate data reflecting changes in communities across Illinois is crucial to this process. Therefore, states that have grown significantly in population since 2000 could gain congressional seats after this year’s Census. Conversely, those that have decreased in population, or increased more modestly, could lose seats. Why do states redistrict? Redistricting is the process of revising the geographic boundaries of areas from which people elect representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, a state legislature, a county or city council, a school board, etc. Public Law 94-171 requires that Census data needed for redistricting must be submitted to the states no later than April 1, 2011; however, the Census is not actually responsible for the act of redistricting. State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions (depending on the state) are the bodies that actually redraw district lines.

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Ongoing Operation Our Region

Encouraging Illinoisans to respond to the 2010 Census Participating by mail In mid-March, more than 23 million households in the Chicago Region were mailed their 10-question 2010 Census questionnaire, the shortest since 1790. Residents were encouraged by Complete Count Committees (CCCs) across Illinois to complete and return their Census forms by mail as soon as possible. CCCs carry the day As a great deal is at stake—including fair distribution over the coming decade of more than $4 trillion in federal funds, accurate reapportionment of congressional seats and proper representation in state and local government—CCCs across Illinois found many creative and innovative ways to promote this message. They used town hall meetings, informal presentations at civic events, parades and interviews with local media outlets. When final mail participation rates were announced on April 27, Illinois posted an impressive 75 percent rate which exceeded— by two percent—the figure it posted in Census 2000. Credit for this increase can be attributed to the exceptional effort of the state’s CCCs. Since 25 percent of Illinois households did not return their Census forms by late April, Census Takers were deployed in May, June and July as part of the Nonresponse Follow-Up (NRFU) operation. These Census Takers visited every uncounted house to ensure its residents were included. CCC’s augmented these door-to-door enumeration efforts with the collaboration of partnership staff. They reminded residents that cooperating with Census Takers was safe, easy, confidential and would take less than 10 minutes. Revamped Road Tour enhances follow-up efforts As the May 1st NRFU kick-off date approached, the decision was made to enhance the Road Tour with multiple vehicles wrapped with 2010 Census artwork and logos. Soon the regional Road Tour was holding events in Chicago where NRFU workers were experiencing difficulties in getting households to complete their 2010 Census forms. 14

At these events, residents met Sports Collaborative members, had their questions answered by Census Bureau partnership staff and got help completing their questionnaires. While NRFU workers were stopping by those households that had not yet returned their questionnaires, Road Tour vehicles were going up and down the streets of the Lawndale, West Lawndale, Englewood, Woodlawn, South Shore and Belmont/ Cragin neighborhoods delivering the 2010 Census message. These extraordinary outreach efforts were successful in raising participation levels in hard-to-count areas across Chicago. Also, more people learned that their participation in this every-ten-year attempt to count everyone living in the U.S. helps form the basis for many decisions that will affect them, their families and communities well into the future.

Chicago residents were treated to a number of events across the state designed to boost 2010 Census participation rates. Teams of Census Takers accompanied these colorful vehicles as they traversed Chicago neighborhoods. They urged those residents who had yet to complete and mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires to take 10 minutes and answer this year’s 10-question form.

Members of the Sports Collaborative join Palatine area kids fresh from a swim at the village’s Aquatic Center on a hot and steamy July 29.


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Algonquin Allen Allison Alto Andover Annawan Appanoose Apple River Artesia Asbury Ashmore Atkinson Aurora Avon Bald Bluff Barren Barrington Batavia Bear Creek Bell Plain Benton Berreman Berwyn Big Rock Blackberry Blackhawk Bloom Bloomingdale Boone Bowlesville Bowling Boynton Braceville Bradford Bremen Bristol Brooklyn Brookville Browning Bruce Brushy Buckeye Burns Burritt Calumet Cambridge Campton Canteen Canton Carbondale Carman Carrier Mills Carthage Cass Catlin Cave Centreville

Chatsworth Cherry GroveShannon Chestnut Cincinnati Clinton Clover Clyde Coe Coldbrook Colfax Collinsville Coloma Compromise Condit Cortland Cottage Counsel Hill Crete Cruger Dale Dayton Dement Dimmick Downers Grove Drury Dundee Dunlieth DuPage Durham Eagle Eagle Creek Eagle Point East Eldorado East St. Louis Eastern Elgin Eliza Elizabeth Elk Ellison Engelmann Equality Erie Erin Evans Evanston Ewing Fairhaven Fall River Fenton Flagg Fondulac Forreston Foster Fountain Bluff Fountain Green

Fox Frankfort Franklin Grove Freeburg Freeport Fulton Galatia Galesburg City Genoa Germanville Gladstone Godfrey Gold Hill Goode Grafton Grand Detour Grand Rapids Grand Tower Grant Greenbush Greene Greenfield Greenville Groveland Guilford Hamilton Hampshire Hampton Hanna Hanover Harlem, Stephenson County Harlem, Winnebago County Harrisburg Hartland Henderson Henry Herrick Highland Hire Hope Hopewell Humboldt Independence Indian Point Indiantown Jefferson Joliet Jordan Keithsburg Kelly Kendall Kent Kewanee Kickapoo Laona

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COUNTIES

TOWNSHIPS continued LaSalle

Ora

Sheldon

Lee Center

Oregon-Nashua

Sheldon

Lemont

Orland

Shirland

Lenox

Oswego

Six Mile

LeRoy

Otego

South Dixon

Lexington

Owen

South Ottawa

Leyden

Palatine

South Twigg

Limestone

Palmyra

Spring Bay

Lincoln

Palos

Spring Lake

Lisle

Pecatonica

St. Charles

Little Mackinaw

Pembroke

Stickney

Lone Grove

Pendleton

Stites

Long Branch

Peru

Stockton

Long Point

Pike

Stonefort

Loraine

Pilot

Stookey

Loudon

Pin Oak

Stronghurst

Lynn

Pine Creek

Sugar Loaf

Lynnville

Pleasant Mound

Sullivant

Lyons

Pleasant Ridge

Sunbury

Magnolia

Pleasant Valley

Swan

Maine

Pontiac

Tate

Marengo

Pontoosuc

Taylor

Marion

Port Byron

Thompson

Marissa

Princeton

Thornton

McHenry

Raleigh

Timber

Media

Rawlins

Toulon

Medina

Reading

Troy

Menominee

Rector

Tyrone

Metamora

Rice

Valley

Milks Grove

Rich

Venice

Miller

Richland

Vermilion

Milton

Richland Grove

Victoria

Monee

Ridgeland

Viola

Monroe

Ridott

Virgil

Montgomery

Riley

Waldo

Munson

River Forest

Walnut

Na-Au-Say

Roberts

Walnut Grove

Nachusa

Rock Grove

Warren

Naperville

Rock Island

Wauponsee

Nauvoo

Rock Run

Wayne

Nelson

Rockton

Weller

New Athens

Rockvale

West Galena

New Boston

Rooks Creek

West Jersey

New Haven

Roseville

West Point

New Lenox

Round Grove

Westfield

New Trier

Rozetta

Wheatland

Niles

Rush

Wheeling

Nora

Rutland

White Rock

North Fork

Salem

Whitefield

North Henderson

Sand Ridge

Wilberton

Northfield

Sandwich

Winfield

Northville

Saratoga

Wood River

Norwood Park

Saunemin

Woodland

Oak Park

Scales Mound

Woosung

Odell

Schaumburg

Worth

Odin

Scott

Wyanet

Ohio

Seneca

Wysox

Omaha

Serena

York

Oneco

Shawnee

Yorktown

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Adams Alexander Bond Brown Bureau Cass Champaign Christian Clark Clinton Coles Cook DeKalb Dewitt Edwards Effingham Fayette Franklin Fulton Gallatin Greene Hamilton Hancock Hardin Henderson Henry Iroquois Jackson Jasper Jersey Jo Daviess Johnson Kane Kankakee Knox

VILLAGES Macon Macoupin Madison Marion Marshall Mason McDonough McHenry Menard Mercer Monroe Montgomery Morgan Ogle Peoria Perry Pope Putnam Randolph Rock Island Saline Schulyer Scott St. Clair Stark Stephenson Tazewell Union Warren Washington Whiteside Will Williamson Winnebago Woodford

Karl Brinson, President of the Westside NAACP, at the 37th Ward March to the Mailbox event

Addieville Addison Adeline Albany Albers Alexis Algonquin Alhambra Allendale Allenville Allerton Alma Alpha Alsip Alto Pass Altona Andalusia Andover Annawan Antioch Argenta Arlington Arlington Heights Aroma Park Arrowsmith Arthur Arzenville Ashland Ashton Astoria Atkinson Aviston Avon Barrington Barrington Hills Bartlett Bartonville Basco Beach Park Bedford Park Beecher Belknap Belle Rive Bellwood Bement Bensenville Berkeley Bethalto Big Rock Biggsville Bismarck Blandinsville Bloomingdale Bolingbrook Bonnie Bourbonnais Braceville Bradford Bradley Bridgeview Brighton Brimfield

Broadview Brookfield Brooklyn Browning Brownstown Buckner Buffalo Grove Buncombe Bureau Junction Burlington Burnham Cahokia Caledonia Calumet Park Cambridge Camp Point Capron Carbon Cliff Carol Stream Carpentersville Carrier Mills Cary Caseyville Catlin Cave-in-Rock Cedar Point Cedarville Central City Chadwick Channahon Chapin Chatham Chebanse Cherry Valley Chicago Ridge Cisne Clarendon Hills Clay City Cleveland Clifton Coal Valley Cobden Coleta Colp Compton Cordova Crainville Crestwood Creve Coeur Crossville Dahlgren Dakota Dalzell Damiansville Dana Davidson Davidson Davis Davis Junction Dawson De Soto Deer Creek


VILLAGES Deer Grove Deerfield DePue Diamond Dieterich Divernon Dix Dixmoor Dolton Dongola Donnellson Dover Dowell Downers Grove Du Bois Dupo Durand Dwight East Alton East Carondelet East Hazel Crest Eddyville Edgewood Elizabeth Elizabethtown Elk Grove Village Elkville Ellis Grove Elmwood Park Elsah Elvaston Elwood Emington Enfield Equality Erie Evansville Evergreen Park Ewing Fairmont City Fairview Fayetteville Findlay Flossmoor Ford Heights Forest Park Forest View Forrest Forreston Forsyth Frankfort Franklin Grove Franklin Park Freeman Spur Fults Galatia Gardner German Valley Germantown Germantown Hills Gilberts Glen Carbon

Glen Ellyn Glencoe Glendale Heights Glenview Glenwood Godfrey Golden Golf Goreville Gorham Grand Ridge Grantfork Granville Grayslake Green Oaks Greenwood Gulf Port Gurnee Hainesville Hamel Hanaford Hanover Hanover Park Hardin Harristown Hartford Harwood Heights Hawthorn Woods Hazel Crest Hebron Hecker Henderson Hennepin Herscher Heyworth Hillcrest Hillsdale Hillside Hinckley Hindsboro Hinsdale Hodgkins Hoffman Hoffman Estates Homer Homewood Hopewell Hopkins Park Humboldt Huntley Hutsonville Illiopolis Ina Indian Creek Indian Head Park Industry Inverness Irving Irvington Irwin Island Lake Itasca

Jerome Johnsburg Joppa Junction Junction City Kaneville Karnak Kell Kenilworth Keyesport Kincaid Kingston Kinsman Kirkwood La Rose Ladd LaGrange LaGrange Park Lake Barrington Lake in the Hills Lake Zurich Lakemoor Lakewood Lansing Leaf River Leland Lemont Lena Leonore Lily Lake Lisbon Lisle Litchfield Livingston Lomax Lombard London Mills Lostant Louisville Luka Lyndon Lynwood Lyons Machesney Park Makanda Malden Malta Manhattan Manlius Manteno Maple Park Maquon Marine Marissa Mark Maryville Matherville Matteson Maunie Maywood Mazon McClure

McCook McCullom Lake McLean McNabb Mechanicsburg Media Melrose Park Melvin Mendon Menominee Merrionette Park Midlothian Milan Mill Creek Millbrook Milledgeville Millstadt Mineral Minier Minooka Monroe Center Montgomery Morton Morton Grove Mount Prospect Mt. Zion Muddy Mulberry Grove Mundelein Naplate Nelson Neponset New Athens New Berlin New Burnside New Douglas New Grand Chain New Haven New Lenox New Milford New Minden Niantic Niles Noble Norridge Norris City North City North Riverside North Utica Northbrook Northfield Oak Brook Oak Lawn Oak Park Oakdale Oblong Odin Ogden Ohlman Okawville Olmsted Olympia Fields

Omaha Orangeville Orion Orland Hills Orland Park Oswego Owaneco Palatine Palestine Palos Park Panama Park City Park Forest Parkersburg Patoka Paw Paw Pearl City Pecatonica Peoria Heights Percy Philo Phoenix Pierron Pittsburg Plainfield Pleasant Hill Pleasant Plains Pocahontas Pontoon Beach Poplar Grove Port Barrington Port Byron Posen Prairie du Rocher Prairie Grove Pulaski Raleigh Rapids City Richmond Richton Park Richview Ridge Farm Ridgway Ridott Rio River Forest River Grove Riverdale Riverside Riverwoods Robbins Rochester Rock City Rockton Rockwood Romeoville Roscoe Rose Hill Roselle Rosemont Rossville Round Lake

Round Lake Heights Round Lake Park Roxana Royal Royalton Ruma Sandoval Sauget Sauk Village Scales Mound Schaumburg Schiller Park Seatonville Secor Shannon Sheffield Sheridan Sherman Sherman Shiloh Simpson Skokie Sleepy Hollow Smithboro Smithton Somonauk Sorento South Chicago Heights South Holland South Roxana South Wilmington Spillertown Spring Grove Springerton St. Anne St. David St. Jacob St. Joseph St. Marie St. Peter Steeleville Steger Stickney Stillman Valley Stockton Stone Park Stonefort Streamwood Stronghurst Sublette Summerfield Summit Sun River Terrace Swansea Symerton Tamaroa Taylor Springs Teutopolis Thayer Thebes Third Lake

Thomasboro Thompsonville Thomson Thornton Tilden Tinley Park Tolono Tonica Tower Lakes Tremont Trout Valley Ullin Union University Park Valier Valmeyer Venedy Venice Vergennes Vermilion Vernon Vernon Hills Villa Park Virgil Wadsworth Wapella Warren Washburn Washington Park Wataga Waterman Watson Wauconda Wayne Weldon Wenonah West Brooklyn West Dundee West Salem Westchester Western Springs Westmont Wheeler Wheeling Whiteash Williamsfield Willow Springs Wilmette Wilmington Winfield Winnetka Winslow Winthrop Harbor Wonder Lake Woodhull Woodlawn Woodridge Worth Wyanet Xenia

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ORGANIZATIONS 17th District CAPS Office, Chicago Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights, Skokie Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, North Chicago Alpha Temple Baptist Church, Chicago Alton School District 11, Alton American Indian Center, Chicago Archdiocese of Chicago Aspira Inc. of Illinois, Chicago Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, Chicago Baptist Minister Alliance, Chicago Bethel New Life, Chicago Boys & Girls Club of Chicago Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown, Chicago Cambodian Association of Illinois, Chicago Caribbean Association of Midwest America, Chicago CeaseFire West, Chicago Center for Economic Progress Central Lakeview Merchants Association, Chicago Champaign County Economic Development, Champaign Champaign Urbana Public Health District, Urbana Chatham Business Association, Chicago Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology, Chicago Chicago Area Project, Chicago Chicago Westside Branch NAACP, Chicago Chinese American Service League, Chicago Christian Fellowship Church, Chicago Claretian Associates, Chicago Community Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), Cicero Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Crossroads Bible Church, Norris City Dank Haus German Cultural Center, Chicago Deutsche Amerikanischer National Kongress Chapter North, Chicago East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Bloomington Edgewater Community Council, Chicago Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, Elgin Enlace Chicago Erie House Community Center, Chicago Family Focus Center, Evanston Father Gary Graf Center, Waukegan Friendship Baptist Church of Chicago Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin Great River Economic Development Foundation, Quincy Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Greater King David Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago Holy Angels Baptist Church, Chicago House of Prayer to All Nations, East St. Louis Humboldt Park Community, Chicago Iglesia Evangelica Emmanuel, Chicago Illinois Action for Children, Chicago Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Chicago Indo-American Center, Chicago Inner City Muslim Action Network, IMAN, Chicago Interfaith Leadership Project, Saint Anthony’s, Cicero Islamic & Arab Community Service Office

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Jackie Joyner- Kersee Foundation, East St. Louis Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Mount Vernon Joe W. Roberts Youth Club, Venice Jones Harold Colbert Memorial Community Center, Chicago Heights Kankakee Chamber of Commerce/Kankakee Development Corporation Kankakee County Youth Intervention, Saint Anne Keumsil Cultural Society, Chicago Kishwaukee United Way, Dekalb Knowledge Hook Up, Chicago Korean American Association, Chicago Korean Bethany Presbyterian, Chicago Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, Chicago Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Logan County Highway Department Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Chicago Major Adams Community Committee, Chicago Martin Luther King Center, Rock Island Matthew Reed Crusade, Chicago Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce, Melrose Park Multilingual Chicago NAACP Alexander Pulaski Branch, Mounds Near South Planning Board, Chicago Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, Chicago New Beginnings Church, Chicago North Park University, Chicago Northeastern University, Chicago Northwest Community Church, Chicago Organizacion Latina del Suroeste, Chicago PASO-West Suburb Action Project/OLMC Community Center, Melrose Park Peoria Manuel, Chicago Pilsen Community Center, Chicago Polish American Congress Division, Chicago Polish Initiative, Chicago Polish National Alliance, Chicago Portage Park Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Promise of Life Temple, Rockford Proviso/Leyden Council For Community Action, Inc., Maywood Quad Cities Bi-State Regional Commission Richard L. Grabowski, Illinois State Representative, 36th District Rogers Park Community Council, Chicago Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Roseland CeaseFire Project, Chicago Roseland Community Hospital, Chicago Rosemoor/Roseland Community Residents, Chicago Sound Vision Foundation, Bridgeview South-East Asia Center, Chicago Southern Que Restaurant, Carbondale Springfield Urban League, Inc., Springfield St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago Target Area Development Corporation, Chicago Thai Americans for the Future, Niles The New Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago Turkish American Cultural Alliance (TACA), Chicago Vermilion Advantage, Danville

Village of Maywood Mayor’s Office Wayman AME Church, Chicago West Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Chicago West Town Community Center, Chicago Westside Ministers Coalition, Chicago Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation, Chicago Wright City College, Chicago Youth Service Project, Inc., Chicago YWCA McLean County Health & Fitness, Bloomington

SCHOOLS Ace Technical Charter High School, Chicago Benito Juarez Community Academy High School, Chicago Bowen Environmental Studies High School, Chicago Cairo School District 1, Cairo Collins Academy High School, Chicago DeLaSalle Lourdes Hall, Girls Campus, Chicago Dyett High School, Chicago Frederick Douglass Academy High School, Chicago Global Visions High School, Chicago Hales Franciscan High School, Chicago Harper High School, Chicago Holy Family School, Danville Holy Trinity High, Chicago Hope College Preparatory High School, Chicago Joliet Township High School, Joliet King College Preparatory High School, Chicago Leyden Township, Franklin Park Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School, Chicago Logandale Middle School, Chicago Manley Career Academy High School, Chicago Marcus Garvey Math and Science School, Chicago Marine Military Academy, Chicago Michelle Clark Academic Preparatory Magnet High School, Chicago Morgan Park High School, Chicago Morril Elementary School, Chicago Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School, Chicago New Millenium Health High School, Chicago North Lawndale College Prep High School, Chicago Phoenix Military Academy, Chicago Prosser Career Academy High School, Chicago Proviso East High School, Maywood Proviso West High School, Hillside Robeson High School, Chicago Shoesmith Elementary School, Chicago St. Elmo City Unit School District 202, St. Elmo Streamwood High School, Streamwood Team Englewood High School, Chicago Thomas Kelly High School, Chicago Thornton High School, Harvey Thornton Township High School, Harvey

This list of Illinois CCCs is continually being updated, and any omissions will be in next month’s issue.


Illinois CCCs

Peoria’s 77 percent mail participation rate tops state’s and nation’s Peoria departments gave their all-out support, including the Police, Fire, Legal and City Manager’s Office.

In January, over 700 Peoria-area residents attended the annual Martin Luther King breakfast. The Chicago Regional Road Tour was also there to distribute 2010 Census information and promotional materials.

The work of the Peoria Complete Count Committee toward creating awareness for the 2010 Census was phenomenal, especially in light of all the CCC activities throughout March, just a few weeks shy of Census Day. All the stops were pulled out to create awareness in the state’s oldest community – and seventh largest city – located on the Illinois River in the middle of the state. A number of different strategies and tactics were employed, including establishing an open line of communication with the CCC’s government subcommittee. As a result, a multitude of City of

Another key to this CCC’s success was the partnerships it made with organizations that developed a plan of action to increase awareness of the benefits of participating in the Census in Peoria’s hard-to-count areas. Instrumental in this effort: the Workforce Development YouthBuild program; the Illinois Central College Harvesting Dreams program; and the Peoria Community Action Agency-PCCEO Headstart program. The combined effort of all of these groups culminated in April’s March to the Mailbox event that featured a Peoria Fire Department vehicle and a parade of volunteers – many from the aforementioned partner organizations – dressed alike in March to the Mailbox T-shirts with signs and banners that read Today We Count! The goal to remind Peoria residents that it was not too late to mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires was reached, as the city posted an impressive 77 percent mail participation rate.

Thank you to the Illinois corporations and associations who contributed to the state’s success During the 2010 Census outreach/awareness phase, part of our charge was to reach out to corporations and various community organizations to assist us with the awareness of the 2010 Census, since their members are trusted in their communities. We reached out to many organizations but those listed below made an especial commitment: • State Farm Insurance Utilized drop-in articles, encouraged employees to fill out their questionnaire, participated in the 2010 Road Tour, appointed a Census liaison, displayed and distributed promotional materials. • PepsiCo Encouraged employees to complete and mail their questionnaires, provided a Census link on their Web site, provided speaking opportunities and utilized drop-in articles. • Chicago Bar Foundation Allowed the Census Bureau to be put on their agenda for presentations, provided a Census link to the Web site, and issued a public endorsement supporting the Census.

• Walgreens Distributed over 700 posters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and designed 2010 Census messaging for Sunday newspaper circulars that were distributed across the country. Chicago’s west-Loop Walgreens store was the launch site for the Chicago Region’s 2010 Census Road Tour in January. •American Rental Association Utilized drop-in articles for their newsletters, appointed a Census liaison, engaged regional and local chapters, distributed educational materials and provided a Census link on their Web site. • Vienna Beef Utilized drop-in articles, encouraged employees and members to fill out the questionnaire, appointed a Census liaison, distributed educational materials and hosted a Be Counted site. • Yellow Taxi Association Displayed and distributed promotional materials. • Kerasotes Theatres Displayed posters and utlilized drop-in articles. These corporations understood the importance of the Census and dedicated time to assisting with outreach. The U.S. Census Bureau would like to take time out to thank you! 19


Illinois CCC

The Joyce Foundation A national prototype for funding The Joyce Foundation, a charitable organization based in Chicago, and nine other leading Illinois philanthropies jointly invested $1.2 million to boost participation in the 2010 Census in Illinois. Known as the Count Me In campaign, the initiative constituted the nation’s largest alliance of philanthropic funders in a single state for the 2010 Census, serving as the prototype for funders across the country.

Count Me In participants The Count Me In campaign was funded by ten of Illinois’ leading philanthropies, including: • The Joyce Foundation • Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship • Chicago Bar Foundation • Chicago Community Trust • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation • Grand Victoria Foundation • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation • Polk Brothers Foundation • Steans Family Foundation • Woods Fund of Chicago

Illinois philanthropies supporting the 2010 Census.

Grant funding for community-based organizations The funders delivered invitations to more than 200 nonprofit

organizations, inviting them to apply for grants for projects that would increase the mail back response rate in select Illinois communities. The campaign targeted 37 historically undercounted communities, including low-income, African American, Asian, Latino, immigrant, children, and limitedEnglish-speaking communities. 26 grants were awarded to 60 nonprofit organizations working in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Funding was provided for Census activities such as public education campaigns, community outreach, special events and other grassroots efforts, targeting 25 communities within Chicago and 12 cities/towns outside of Chicago. The funders opted for communities with sizable populations, low participation rates in the 2000 Census, and at least two nonprofit organizations equipped to do Census work.

The Chicago Region’s involvement In cooperation with the Chicago Regional Census Center, the Joyce Foundation worked to identify areas of need and maximize the use of the Chicago Region’s already established Complete Count Committees. The Census Bureau was pleased to take part in the early strategy meetings to ensure higher mail back response rates for the entire state.

Recognized for excellence on Census efforts In recognition of its distinguished effort to increase 2010 Census participation in Illinois through the Count Me In campaign, the Joyce Foundation was named a Gold Award Winner for excellence in communications by the 2010 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program. Sponsored by the Council on Foundations, the awards program recognizes effective communications efforts to increase public awareness of foundations and corporate-giving programs. The Chicago Regional Census Center thanks all 10 foundations for their valiant efforts.  

Timeline 2010 Coverage Follow-up April 26 – August 13 Nonresponse Follow-up Reinterview May 7 – July 17 Vacant/Delete Check July 24 – August 25 Field Verification August 6 – September 3 Census Coverage Measurement Person Interview August 14 – October 2 Population Counts Reported must be delivered to the President of the United States by December 31

2011 Census Coverage Measurement Person Follow-up January 28 – March 19 Census Coverage Measurement Final Housing Unit Follow-up May 5 – June 15

Resources www. 2010census.gov Chicago Region Facebook Page Census in Schools http://blogs.census. gov/2010census/

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