EDITOR’S NOTE:  In this blog, you will find a list of resources, including local and national sources working on the Census as well as articles to give you context.  For a list of sources, please download this PDF USCensus source list.


There is a lot at stake for Illinois and Chicago residents in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census count. The state receives almost $20 billion in money that is tied to this count.

And there are a multiplicity of issues — big and small — and some unique to Chicago and Illinois.

  • Are we ready at the state, county and city level for this count?
  • Will there be a citizenship question on the Census form?  If so, will that dimish response from the immigrant communities?
  • Will an undercount mean the loss of millions in funds for critical social services at a time when many are vulnerable, including veterans, young people and homeless?
  • Will Illinois lose one or two congressional seats?
  • And will county and city political seats be shifted and representation for some communities be wiped out entirely?

The April 24th event is part of Public Narrative’s ongoing ‘speed-dating’ series. These briefings are held to inform and update journalists and journalism students on stories they may be missing in the community, while introducing the journalists to a multiplicity of community resources. The format is always the same: A short panel for updates on the issue and context and the rest of the evening left open for journalists to talk individually to sources.

We are grateful to the Democracy Fund for its support of this work.

For more information, please call Susy Schultz at 312-369-6400.


Population loss in Chicago and Cook County

Example of Reporting Chicago’s Demographic Changes

GAO Reports on the 2020 Census

Funding for the Census

Analysis and Resources

Measuring the financial loss from undercounts and critical services

Civil Rights and Advocacy Groups

Problems with the Census

More sources