Elgin Census Kick-off August 29, 9:15 am with Debut of World’s Largest Census Tablet - Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin

Join – State and Local Dignitaries to kick off the Elgin 2020 Census Campaign.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal government allocates almost $19 billion in annual funding for critical community services in Illinois. Experts estimate that each person counted represents $1,500 in federal funds for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP), Section 8 Housing Vouchers, National School Lunch Program and much more. With the population count from 2010 for Elgin being approximately 108,000, it means that Elgin would receive approximately $162,000,000 per year in federal grant funding if there was no population growth and everyone is counted. However, officials believe that Elgin has grown since 2010 and even more funding is at stake to support the people who live here. The census takes place every ten years.

Along with an extraordinary number of organizations , the City of Elgin and Gail Borden Public Library District are committed to the Census campaign. Recently, the Gail Borden Public Library District was awarded two grants from Forefront and the Illinois Secretary of State to conduct a public education campaign for boosting participation in hard-to-count communities. The Committee would like to specifically thank the funding bodies and the Grand Victoria Foundation, a member of the Forefront funders group. Assistant City Manager Laura Valdez-Wilson of the City of Elgin and Denise Raleigh of the Gail Borden Public Library (who chaired this effort in 2010) are co-chairs for the 2020 Elgin Committee.

Please read the Daily Herald Editorial: Counting everyone in the 2020 Census, the Daily Herald How Elgin hopes to reach 'hard-to-count groups' in 2020 census and the Courier News -Elgin kicking off big campaign to get people counted in the upcoming 2020 census.

To learn about the efforts of the Elgin Census Committee, please visit gailborden.info/census.

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