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Oak Parkers urged to make a difference by participating in coming Census

Oak Parkers who take a few minutes to answer nine simple questions will be helping to make sure Illinois has a strong voice in the U.S. Congress and gets its fair share of the nearly $700 billion in federal funds, grants and support distributed each year to states, counties and communities.

The results of the census are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. Illinois had 24 districts in the 1970s, but has declined to 18 districts today. A census undercount could further diminish Illinois’ representation in national matters.

Notices with instructions on how to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail will begin arriving in mailboxes in March for the April 1 official population count day. Residents who do not respond by the end of April can expect a census taker to be knocking on their doors in May through July, as efforts focus on making sure the constitutionally mandated count is as accurate as possible.

With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2020 Census asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and whether you own or rent your home. The questions are intended to gather information about how we live as a nation, our diversity, education, housing and jobs.

All information provided to the Census Bureau is used for statistical purposes only, and is strictly confidential.

In addition to grant funding and congressional representation, census data also guides local decision-makers on where to build new roads, hospitals, housing, schools, places of worship and more.

For more information, visit For local information about Oak Park's efforts related to the Census, visit, call 708.358.5410 or email

Part-time workers needed…The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census — including workers for the 7th Congressional District that includes Oak Park.

These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible hours, paid training and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work.

Census takers often work right in their communities and earn a minimum of $26.50 per hour in Cook County.

Applicants must be 18 years old when work begins in the spring.

For more information on qualifications and to apply, visit or call 1.855.JOB.2020.