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July 11, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL ISSUES A STATEMENT REGARDING THE 2020 CENSUS

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today issued the following statement regarding the 2020 census.

“I am pleased that the administration will abandon its unconstitutional and discriminatory effort to place a citizenship question on the census. The Constitution requires the federal government to count every person in this country every ten years, and an accurate count is fundamental to our democracy.

“I strongly encourage all Illinois residents to participate and ensure that our diverse state receives fair access to federal resources and representation in Congress.”

In April, Raoul joined a coalition of states filing a merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the federal government’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Supreme Court was evaluating the coalition’s January 2019 victory in the district court. Raoul and his fellow attorneys general argued that adding a citizenship question to the census could discourage responses in states with large immigrant populations — having lasting consequences for those states’ political representation and access to critical funds earmarked for education, infrastructure, health care, and more. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in the state’s favor by finding the government’s rationale for the citizenship question “contrived.”

States across the country, including Illinois, are moving forward with education and outreach campaigns to ensure the most accurate count so that district lines best reflect local communities and federal funds are properly appropriated back to states, cities, and counties. The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct “Non-Response Follow Ups” with any household that does not complete the census in its entirety. Residents can avoid a follow-up by responding.

In an effort to reach as many people across the country as possible, the Census Bureau will allow responses online or over the phone in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog. Individuals who respond in print will be able to do so in English or Spanish.

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