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I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 5th District. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield.

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State Senator Patricia Van Pelt

5th Senate District

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CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) reminded city residents to fill out the 2020 Census, pointing out that their legislative representation and federal funding is dependent on their participation.

“Funding for everything from hospitals, unemployment, school lunch programs, community businesses– are all determined by census participation,” Van Pelt said. “It’s crucial that everyone fills it out. It will only take 10 minutes of your time.”

So far this year, several neighborhoods in the 5th District have had response rates below 50 percent. A decade ago, areas like Humboldt Park, West Garfield, and West Englewood had rates at least 10 percent higher than they are today. Thankfully, there is still time to change the final count.

“Many areas in my district are already tremendously underfunded, misrepresented, and underappreciated. This simple task is one step to fixing some of those issues,” Van Pelt said.

Residents can respond to the census in one of three ways: online (the most efficient way), by phone or by mail. It’s important to note that the more self-responses there are, the less likely individuals are to receive in person visits from census surveyors.

This year, high self-response rates are more necessary than ever before. Due to COVID-19, census surveyors are putting the health of themselves and their families at risk.

Those who haven’t already should visit 2020census.gov, where they can complete the online questionnaire and find further information about the census. To see local responses rates across Illinois and the entire nation, visit censushardtocountmaps2020.us.

 

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District Office
1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 
(312) 888-9191
(312) 277-3716 FAX

Springfield Office
121A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-6252