An online map of response rates for the U.S. census displays self-reported rates for the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Last Chance for McKinley Park Neighborhood to Get Counted for Census

Published September 16, 2020

Although reporting rates are rising, the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago still risks undercounting in the United States 2020 Census, a tally of all residents nationwide and a critical benchmark for apportioning funding and political representation over the next decade.

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Especially in the southeast corner of the neighborhood, rates have failed to exceed 50 percent, according to the Self-Response Rates Map published online by the census program, and the deadline for reporting looms on September 30.

"Now more than ever, we need people counted so we can have the proper resources in our communities," announced Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah. "The economic distress intensified by the pandemic has left thousands in need of government assistance."

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Citizens can reply to the census at no cost by responding online, responding by phone by calling (844) 330-2020, or responding by mail via census materials sent to your home, wrote Illinois 1st District State Senator Antonio ("Tony") Muñoz. "Data from the 2020 Census will be used to determine funding for ... critical public care services for the next decade," Muñoz said. Replying to the census takes only a few minutes, he said.

"For every person who completes the census, the city will receive approximately $1,400 in federal funding," announced 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. "That's money that goes back to our everyday infrastructure needs, our schools, our parks and more."

Mah noted that census workers have been roving the community, personally seeking out census respondents who may have been missed. "It is part of their job to be out from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and they are all properly identified with a lanyard and ID," she said.

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"If you fill out your questionnaire on your own, they won't have to come to your door, but in some cases they may ask for your help in reaching a neighbor," Mah said.

"Your community is counting on you," Muñoz said.

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