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Bennett, Marron and Williams remind Vermilion County residents to respond to 2020 Census

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 02:00 PM

census 090920DANVILLE — With the 2020 Census entering the final stages of its count, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) are reminding Vermilion County residents to complete the census for their household. 

“As the census draws to a close, I would encourage folks in Vermilion County to take a few minutes to complete the census so our community receives the resources and representation it deserves,” Bennett said. “Until there’s a 100% response rate, schools, roads, hospitals and other critical community services could be negatively affected. I encourage you to participate in the 2020 Census and get counted before the Sept. 30 deadline.”

Across Vermilion County, participation in the 2020 Census is lower than in the 2010 Census. Only 65.3% of Vermilion County residents have completed their census forms this year, as opposed to 70.2% of residents in 2010.

Marron says he is encouraging residents in the 104th district he represents in East Central Illinois to make sure they are counted, noting communities lose out on funding and representation for every person that does not fill out the census.

"September 30, 2020, is your last day to make sure you are counted in the census. The process is simple and completed online in about 10 minutes total," Marron said. "The census count affects the number of Federal tax dollars that make their way back to our communities. An accurate count also ensures that the residents of East Central Illinois will have adequate representation going forward for the next ten years."

The census is now safer, more secure and just as confidential. Filling out the form is crucial, as data from the 2020 Census will be used to draw new congressional district maps, helps determine how federal funds flow into states and provides information that will affect communities across Illinois for the next 10 years.

“Completing the Census is one of the most fundamental ways our citizens can invest in our community!  It only takes a few minutes to answer nine quick questions, and the return on investment for doing so is amazing,” Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said.  “Remember, not only do we lose approximately $1,400 for every person who doesn't reply, but our congressional representation is directly dependent on folks being accurately counted in our community. Therefore, if you haven't already done so, please complete your census response today!”

Residents can complete the census for their household at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.

Bertino-Tarrant encourages small businesses to apply for second round of BIG Grants

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:55 AM

pexels oleg magni 2058147PLAINFIELD – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and small businesses are faced with more financial hardships, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is encouraging business owners to apply for assistance through the second round of Business Interruption Grants.

“Small businesses in our community have been significantly impacted by closures and fewer people going out,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Small businesses suffering the most during the pandemic must know they have allies willing to help them keep their doors open.”

Manar encourages Macon County residents to take advantage of mobile COVID-19 testing site

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:50 AM

covid 19 5057462 640DECATUR – To keep pace with the State of Illinois’ testing goals, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is encouraging residents to take advantage of a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Decatur this weekend.

“The State of Illinois has implemented a robust statewide testing operation, but we cannot let up. Continuing to meet our testing goals is one of the key tools we have at our disposal to fight the spread of COVID-19,” Manar said. “Taking advantage of this free opportunity to get tested will pay dividends for you, your loved ones, and your community. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 takes effort from all of us, and I urge everyone who is able to get tested.”

Bertino-Tarrant, McGuire to lead hearing on Early Childhood Education Funding and Access to Early Literacy

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 09:08 AM

preschool 091620SPRINGFIELD – State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) will host a subject matter hearing on early childhood education funding and access to early literacy Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m.

“Illinois children should be given the opportunity to succeed – from the day they enter preschool,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “That starts with expanding evidence-based funding to early childhood education programs.”

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