censuslogoSpringfield – Despite a lower court ruling extending the census deadline, Democratic members of the Illinois Senate are urging residents to complete their census forms as soon as possible. There’s a possibility this decision could be overturned on appeal and this extended window could be cut short.
 
“While I’m grateful for the court ruling extending the deadline to fill out the census, we can’t become complacent,” said State Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin). “We’ve seen this deadline move several times already. Everyone should complete the census in case it moves again.”
 
In August, the Census Bureau announced they would end all counting efforts a month earlier than scheduled despite concerns that the pandemic had impeded census outreach efforts. A federal court issued a ruling Thursday ordering the bureau to abandon this last-minute change, but the Justice Department is expected to appeal the decision.
 
“We need everyone in our communities to be counted,” said State Sen. Christopher Belt (D-Centreville), Chair of the Senate Black Caucus. “Our census numbers will affect federal funding and government representation for the next decade.”
 
The federal government uses census figures to determine funding for a wide variety of programs and grants that span health care, education, infrastructure, and more. Census population counts are also used to determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and to draw the district lines for state and local legislative districts.
 
“Don’t wait to fill out your census form,” said State Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago). “You can do it online, over the phone, or through the mail, and in most cases, it takes 10 minutes or less.”

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05022019CW0260CHICAGO – Two new grants from the U.S. Department of Labor will create nearly 1,300 jobs across Illinois to support the state’s ongoing pandemic response, and State Senator Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) encourages job seekers to apply.

“Expanding job opportunities for unemployed workers is the most important asset we need in our current climate,” Jones said. “The creation of these jobs will help unemployed workers while assisting in the recovery of our community.”  

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03202019CM0091CHICAGO – To help unemployed workers find jobs, State Senator Emil Jones (D-Chicago) is encouraging people to apply for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s seasonal snow-and-ice removal positions.

“The pandemic has left many workers unemployed and it has been hard for them to find other jobs,” Jones said. “IDOT’s snow removal positions are a great chance for people to seek employment through the agency. These snow removal jobs are critical in keeping our roads safe and could last beyond the winter season.” 

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