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Jones: Commission to ensure minorities properly counted in 2020 Census

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CHICAGO–A new Illinois commission launched by State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) will work to ensure diverse populations in Chicago and around that state are properly counted in the 2020 United States Census.

Jones’ legislation was passed in response to a U.S. Census Bureau report that said the 2010 census undercounted minorities in the United States by nearly 1.5 million with African-Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men not properly counted.

“It’s a shame that some of our most vulnerable citizens—people of color and low-income residents—are continuously being underrepresented,” Jones said. “This only leads to fewer federal dollars being spent in these areas and less representation in Washington. This commission will help prevent this problem from happening again.”

The Illinois Complete Count Commission will develop, recommend and help administer a census outreach strategy to encourage full participation in the census.

“It’s important that we get ahead of the issue this time around, and use this commission to make sure all communities in Chicago and other areas of Illinois are equally accounted for in the 2020 Census,” Jones said.

With the passage of Jones’ legislation, the work of the Illinois Complete Count Commission is already underway in preparation for the 2020 census.