Immigrant families are part of the fabric of Illinois - and our communities are growing every day in all corners of the state. But our families are often excluded from policy-making, and our communities are often under-resourced. That’s why we’re leaders in ensuring a complete count of immigrant communities in the 2020 Census. Along with our 63 community-based partners in Chicago, suburban Cook County, and the collar counties we'll be making sure the immigrant community is completely counted.
Illinois is among the national leaders in Census response! But areas with large immigrant populations are responding at a slower rate than other areas in the state. JOIN US on June 17 for Illinois Immigrant and Refugee Census Day to make sure we ALL count in Illinois.
What is the Census?
The Census is a once-per-decade count of EVERY PERSON in the United States. Census data informs the distribution of federal resources to states, and apportionment of seats in Congress. The Census counts every person in the country regardless of citizenship status.
What's at stake for immigrants in Illinois?
The Census is a unique opportunity for the immigrant community to show its growth and power. We have only ONE opportunity to get this right, and a complete count of immigrants (historically a "hard-to-count" population) will ensure more equitable distribution of funding for schools, roads, and healthcare, as well as Congressional seats for an entire decade.
About ICIRR's Census campaign
ICIRR has been selected by the Illinois Department of Human Services as a Regional Intermediary. In our role as a Regional Intermediary, ICIRR has sub-granted to 63 organizations doing direct outreach within "hard-to-count" immigrant communities in the city of Chicago, suburban Cook County, and Collar Counties (Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, Grundy, and Kankakee counties).
Meet our 63 Census outreach partners across Chicago, the suburbs, and collar counties
ICIRR Census community partners in the news
For Census media inquiries contact
Brandon Lee: ,
or 773-259-5288 (call/text)