Illinois census data shows state undercounted by nearly 2%, gaining 250K residents, bureau admits

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Alex Linares, an economic development planner at the UIC Great Cities Institute, spoke to ABC 7 Chicago during a report on Illinois being undercounted in the 2020 census.

The U.S. Census Bureau suggests Illinois was undercounted by nearly 2%, and actually gained another 250,000 residents.

“We are not going to find out where the undercount was. We are not going to get a break down, but the folks that have been working on this can put two and two together and figure it out,” said Jay Young, Common Cause Illinois executive director.

Based on census surveys and previous undercounts, Young said the South and West sides of Chicago, as well as rural downstate areas, were likely undercounted. He said these are places where outreach organizations concentrated their efforts, but faced huge challenges.

“This work gets underway, then COVID-19 occurs and on the ground, outreach was then limited,” said Alex Linares with UIC Great Cities Institute.

The undercount means Illinois is getting fewer resources than it should.

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