census takers begin door-to-door data collection in Illinois
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[April 30, 2010]
CHICAGO -- This Saturday, May 1,
the U.S. Census Bureau will launch its Nonresponse Follow-up operation,
or NRFU, in which census takers will go door-to-door across the
three-state region of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin to collect
information from households that did not return or complete their
Residents from local communities in all three states have been hired
and trained as census takers to complete this important task.
Nonresponse Follow-up operation plays a vital role in helping
achieve an accurate 2010 census count in the Chicago Region and
determine the allocation of federal funds for community services,"
said Stanley D. Moore, Chicago regional director. "We ask that you
cooperate with census takers should they contact you.
"It's easy, important and safe. Information collected by census
takers cannot be shared with any other government agency; they've
taken a lifetime oath to not reveal any private data."
In most cases, census workers will make initial visits during
afternoons, early evenings and weekends. Workers will identify
themselves with a census ID badge that contains a Department of
Commerce watermark. The census taker may also be carrying a bag with
a Census Bureau logo. If asked, he or she will provide supervisor
contact information or the local census office phone number for
Census takers will visit each address up to three times, and each
time they do not get an answer, the census taker will leave a door
hanger with a telephone number the resident can call to schedule an
Residents are asked to please cooperate with census takers. Providing quality answers will guarantee that the Census Bureau has
a response and that everyone is counted in the place they live or
reside as of April 1.
Additionally, participating in this year's census will ensure
that local communities get their fair share of over $400 billion in
federal funds for each of the next 10 years.
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Recruitment for NRFU operations began last fall, and training
sessions are now under way across the region. NRFU operations are
scheduled to be completed by July 10.
About the 2010 census
The 2010 census is a count of everyone living in the United States
and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to
distribute congressional seats to states; to distribute more than
$400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments
each year; and to make decisions about what community services to
The 2010 census questionnaire will be one of the shortest in U.S.
history and consists of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to
complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and
the information they provide.
U.S. Census Bureau]