You want to know why this time around the Census will do a better job and fewer persons will be missed. You want to know this because Cook County alone has lost an estimated $200 million in the last decade because of the undercount.
You want to know how well the Census is prepared to reach people who are not easily reachable: elderly, those with minimal or no English skills, those on society’s financial margins, and those frightened that their participation will mean their arrest or deportation.
And you want to know how the Census is spending the millions that the government has set aside to buy advertisements in the ethnic news media and in separate efforts to reach out to communities. You want to know how this money has been spent and has it been spent in the best ways possible. You want an accounting, up front and clear.
And you can ask all of these questions on Thursday meeting at a briefing for the Chicago area’s ethnic news media held by the U.S. Census with the support of New America Media. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker, downtown, Chicago and there will also be a lunch served afterward.
I’ll be there to listen and ask and I hope you will be to.