With the deadline to complete the 2020 Census looming, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was joined by Governor JB Pritzker and local leaders at the Decatur Public Library for a press conference Wednesday afternoon to encourage residents of Macon County to complete the 2020 census.
“When your city council and your mayor sit down to formulate budgets, they need all the help they can get. Everyone needs to be counted so our communities have the revenue necessary to maintain the quality of our roads, schools, hospitals, and other programs people rely on,” Manar said. “Every last dollar is going to count as we continue to navigate our way through the COVID-19 crisis, so please take just a few minutes and fill out that census. This simple action will result in a positive impact on your community that will be felt for the next decade.”
Seven municipalities in Macon County have a response rate of 64% or higher. The cities and villages are:
· Forsyth 83.8%
· Mt. Zion 81.4%
· Harristown: 75.4%
· Blue Mound: 68.4%
· Niantic: 66.8%
· Decatur 66.2%
· Warrensburg: 64.1%
“I’m here today because I want to be sure the Decatur community gets its fair share and that all of you get counted,” said Pritzker. “It will bring more investment, better schools, better roads and better health care to your community – and you and your family. Call your friends and neighbors or send them a text or email and urge them all to do their part: just like voting, filling out the census is an act of civic engagement – a demand to be fully heard and fully counted.”
Residents can complete the census for their household and check response rates in their area at.