Cook County Census Response Falling Short: Preckwinkle

Officials are making one last push before the shifting federal deadline
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County is beginning a new push to try to get people to fill out a census form because less than two-thirds of residents have responded.

This is the beginning of a Census Action Week in Cook County.

But it’s really the next two weeks that count.

This past spring, the census deadline was pushed back to Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. But last month, the Trump Administration said the census deadline would be Sept. 30 after all.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says that was a setback.

"We’ve been doing our outreach and awareness for more than a year, and it’s been critical to our efforts to achieve  complete count,” she said Monday.

“I’m informed that we’re at about 66 percent. The state of Illinois is at 70 perfect. So, we still have work to do.”

The earlier, Sept. 30 deadline is being challenged in federal court.