Executive Order Signed by Governor Pritzker

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has officially signed an executive order, intended to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count across the state.  The order establishes a census office, within the Illinois Department of Human Services, to administer grant funding, with a bipartisan advisory panel guiding its work.  Pritzker says that $29-million is committed in the state’s budget for the census.  He says resources will go directly to outreach and education, with grants to community organizations across the state engaged in the work, particularly in hard-to-count communities.  Census data is used to divide the 435 US House seats, between the 50 states the country, in order to determine their clout inside the Electoral College.  It is also used to draw state legislative district maps, where they can divvy up federal funding to states, cities and counties.