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County Board Creates 2020 Census Commission

Updated: Jul 19, 2019

Over the past few months, the Cook County Board has been hard at work to develop and implement a strategy to guide the County’s work on the 2020 U.S. Census and ensure every resident is counted and the County's residents receive every federal resource they deserve.

The 2020 Census will determine the annual allocation of more than $800 billion in federal investment across states, counties and cities -- the George Washington Institute of Public Policy estimates that more than $34 billion in federal programs in Illinois is tied to the census. In addition to those investments, the Census determines Congressional representation and district boundaries to ensure fair representation at all levels of government.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners established the Complete Count Census Commission to encourage participation, increase public awareness and ensure Cook County is accurately represented. The County's 2019 budget set aside $2 million for this effort.

Members of the Cook County Board leading this effort include:

  • Commissioner Stanley Moore, 4th District, Chairman of the Complete Count Census Commission

  • Commissioner Dennis Deer, 2nd District, Vice Chair

  • Commissioner Alma Anaya, 7th District, Vice Chair

  • Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District, Vice Chair

The additional members of the Commission are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Anita Banerji, Policy Director, Forefront ChicagoMarlon Everett, Director, Cardiovascular Unit, Advocate Trinity Hospital 

  • Patrice E. Ford, Executive Director, Steans Family Foundation

  • Layla Suleiman Gonzalez, Director, Human Services Interdisciplinary Program

  • Emmanuel Garcia, Development and Communications Manager, Crossroads Fund

  • Sean Garrett, Chief Executive Officer, United Way

  • Kimberly A. Lightford, Illinois State Senator, 4th District, Senate Majority Leader

  • Phyllis Logan, Founder and Executive Director, Universal Housing Solutions CDC

  • Barbara A. Lumpkin, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Urban League

  • Lamell McMorris, Founding Principal, Greenlining Realty USA

  • Vanessa Valentin, Director of Organizing and Programs, Northwest Side Housing Center

  • Griselda Vega Samuel - Midwest Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

  • Johnny Wilbon, VP/Marketing Manager, Bank of America

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