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The DuPage County Board voted to create a DuPage Complete Count Committee on Tuesday, forming a special advisory group whose mandate is “to provide direction and advice to ensure an accurate 2020 census count of DuPage County residents.”
DuPage County Board Strategic Planning Committee Chairwoman Sadia Covert will chair the Complete Count Committee and District 5 Board Member Jim Healy, the longest-serving County Board Member, will serve as Vice-Chair. The primary function of the advisory committee will be community outreach. “The Committee will work with representatives of the federal Census Bureau and with state and local complete count committees to ensure a timely and comprehensive outreach plan to educate DuPage County residents as to the importance of a complete and accurate 2020 census,” according to the County Board resolution.
“This work is incredibly important as federal and state officials rely on population data derived from the census to allocate funds to the County and local units of government,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “It’s crucial that we count all individuals living in DuPage County as this data will also be used for congressional, state, legislative, county and local government representation as part of the reapportionment and redistricting process. We want our count to be accurate so that our communities are fairly represented here, in Springfield and in Washington, D.C.”
The DuPage Complete Count Committee will include a Board Member and a mayor from each DuPage County Board district. It will also include representatives from the Regional Office of Education, the DuPage County Health Department and the DuPage Community Services Department. The DuPage County Board Chairman may also appoint representatives of religious groups, minority communities, units of local government, civic organizations, educational institutions, the business community, and not-for profit organizations.
“Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible,” said Chairwoman Sadia Covert. “There’s a tremendous amount of federal, state and local funding at stake. Our job will be to ensure every person is counted and that each community is involved in helping us get the word out to residents about the importance of this effort.”
Complete Count Committee Vice-Chair Jim Healy said, “Accurate census data is needed to make decisions for infrastructure planning, such as building new schools or roadways and for decisions dealing with investing in social and community service programs,” said Healy. “It’s essential that we get a complete count as we will feel the impact of these efforts for decades to come.”
According to the County Board resolution, members of the Complete Count Committee will receive no compensation for their service. All meetings of the Committee will be open to the public, minutes kept, and notice of meetings will be given pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Meeting announcements will appear on the front page of the DuPage County website at www.dupageco.org