Gov. Pritzker stops in Macomb to push census count

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stopped in Macomb.

BY DEVIN BROOKS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

MACOMB (NEWS3) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stopped in Macomb Friday, Sept. 18, to get the word out about filling out the census form.

“Getting a complete count is work that will shape the next decade of federal funding and congressional representation and we have just 12 more days to secure the best count that we can,” Pritzker said. “So, Macomb, the stakes could not be higher for you in the state of Illinois.”

Pritzker said every count means funding for communities to support schools, hospitals and roads.

Macomb Community Development Coordinator John Bannon said the city’s self-response rate is around 60 percent.

“The more community resources we get, the more help that’s available for everyone in the community,” Bannon said.

Pritzker said Macomb’s census response rate is below where it was in 2010 and it’s below the state’s
average.

“What we want and what we need is communicated through the census and then it allows us to
communicate with our elected officials what would make our city better,” McDonough County NAACP President Byron Oden-Shabazz said.

To fill out the census, go to my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.