The Archdiocese of Chicago hopes you have taken the opportunity to be counted by returning your completed Census 2010 form. It is important! The Census is how critical demographic information is gathered, analyzed and acted on for the next ten years. Representation decisions in our local, state and federal government legislatures are based on this information. Likewise resources and services are allocated using census data. For the sake of all of us, we need those numbers to be accurate and inclusive.
Census data helps determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services such as hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, bridges, tunnels and other public works and emergency services.
Federal law makes it very clear that the U.S. Census Bureau may not share information from Census data. Some people have been afraid to be counted because they fear the sharing of that information. It is against the law to disclose or publish names, addresses, or telephone numbers. All census employees are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.
What happens if we don’t send in the 2010 Census form?
If you don’t send back your form, you will receive a visit from a census taker. The census taker will come to your door but will not ask to come inside. If the census taker does not show you his or her ID, ask to see it. The census taker will not ask for social security numbers nor will they ask for money. If you do not speak the language of the census taker, he or she will contact the office and ask that someone who does speak your language make an appointment with you.
Why is the Church involved?
In the 2000 Census, many areas of Cook and Lake Counties were severely undercounted. Some parts of northern Illinois had as little as 35% participation in that census process. Our Archdiocese is encouraging everyone to participate in the 2010 process so that those who are under-represented, under-counted and under-served will be empowered and better served. To encourage census participation and to participate in the census are the right things to do.
For more detailed information including materials for use by our parishes go to www.2010.census.gov