Illinois census outreach groups await delayed state funds

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(AP)- Some of the groups tasked with helping ensure that Illinois gets a good turnout for the 2020 census haven’t received their state funding yet.

Census advocates worry that the lag in funding could hurt the state’s showing in the 10-year count, which determines how many U.S. House seats each state gets and how to distribute billions of dollars in federal funding.

The Chicago Tribune reports only a few of the nine regional intermediary outreach groups in the Chicago region have received the funding they need to make sure every resident participates or is accounted for.

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(This story was originally published on February 2, 2020)

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