Congresswoman Kelly Hosts 2020 Census Briefing in the City of Kankakee


Share post:

Kankakee, IL – Residents learned how they can do their part in the 2020 Census. A community briefing was held at the Kankakee Public Library with Congresswoman Robin Kelly. The census is a mandated count of the population in the United States that takes place every 10 years. The results impact the amount of representation in government, the amount of funding the State of Illinois receives and the resources that will be available to the City of Kankakee.

“People need to realize the importance of the census. If everyone is not counted, we are in jeopardy of losing a voice in Congress. We will lose representation on important committees and a large amount in federal funding including Medicaid, federal student loans, food stamps, as well as cuts in more than 100 critical programs across the state. All of this is based on the census,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

The United States Census Bureau has developed the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) application to identify areas that have a low response score.

“At this time, the City of Kankakee has home rule status as defined by the Illinois Compiled Statutes with a minimum population of 25,000 residents.  It is important to note that as a home rule community, the City has the ability to exercise local control and implement solutions to address the challenges of the municipality.  We need every resident and community stakeholder doing his/her part to make sure there is an accurate census count so that the City can continue to provide services and resources while maintaining authority to implement solutions that work for our municipality,” said Mayor Wells-Armstrong.

An invitation to participate in the census count will be sent to residents during mid-March. The 2020 Census will be accessible by responding online, by phone, in person or through a paper questionnaire. The United States Census Bureau is also hiring temporary employees to become census takers. For more information, visit


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related articles

Kankakee Kultivators Share Buzzworthy Insights on Bees and Honey at Public Library

Kankakee, IL - On Thursday, April 13th at 1:00 p.m., the Kankakee Kultivators Garden Club will be hosting a...

Illinois Law Enforcement Ramps Up Distracted Driving Enforcement Efforts for April

In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Will County Sheriff's Office has joined forces with the Illinois...

Mobile Pantry Pops up Thursday in Bourbonnais, Secret Food Pantry Returns March 30

Bourbonnais residents facing food insecurity will have access to the Secret Food Pantry's mobile pop-up event on Thursday,...

50-Year-Old Man Shot Dead in Joliet Domestic Incident

JOLIET, Ill - A domestic-related shooting in Joliet left a 50-year-old man dead Monday afternoon. Police officers responded...