The cities of Aurora and Elgin will be reminding their communities, and Kane County from north to south, to get counted for the 2020 Census effort by holding car caravans that will meet up for a special event on July 15.
Local car caravans will be held in each city beginning at 11:30 a.m. Elgin’s will commence at the old library parking lot (200 Grove) and drive through some of the city’s east side neighborhoods.
After both cities’ local activities, all caravan participants will come together at 1 p.m. for music and surprises at the Fox Valley Ice Arena, 1996 S. Kirk Road, Geneva. (The rain date for the event is July 17.)
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Elgin Mayor David Kaptain are scheduled to talk about the importance of the census. Please click here to watch Mayor Kaptain talk about the importance of the Census at last Wednesday’s City Council Meeting at the 1:41 mark.
While the car caravan will be limited in length, come to the Geneva meet up with Aurora participants at 1 p.m. Safety measures of social distancing and masks will be practiced. There is a large parking lot.
Because of COVID-19, the deadline to complete the Census has been extended through October 2020. The Census is critical for determining democratic representation, federal funding and more. Experts estimate that each individual counted represents $1,500 in annual federal funding into our community.
For more information about getting counted for your community, please go to www.gailborden.info/census.
“We will be providing more information about the Elgin route when it is available,” said Denise Raleigh, co-chair of the Elgin Complete Count Committee. “Thanks to all for continuing to make Getting Counted a priority for our community.”
SOURCE: Gail Borden Library news release
Aurora: Join The Rally To Promote Census!
As part of the National Census Surge Week, Aurora, Elgin and cities in Kane County are joining forces to literally make some noise about the importance of completing the 2020 Census.
With lights, sirens and horns activated, a caravan of vehicles from the Aurora Complete Counts Committee will make a short journey through Aurora neighborhoods Wednesday, July 15, as it heads to meet with the caravan of vehicles from Elgin as they all convene for a rally at one central location in Geneva.
The Aurora Complete Counts Committee caravan, led by Mayor Richard C. Irvin, will leave the Aurora Public Library, 101 S. River St., at noon and wind its ways through some of the neighborhoods in Aurora with lower self-response rates on the 2020 Census.
“This is an energetic way to remind our community to complete the Census,” Irvin said. “It is important for our city and county to have a strong response rate, so we are collaborating with Elgin and other cities in Kane Country to emphasize this point. What we do this year will impact funding and representation for the next decade.”
The current overall response rate for the city of Aurora is 68.9% compared to the state’s 66.8%. Some of the census tract areas in Aurora through which the caravan will travel have response rates as low as 52%.
Once the Aurora caravan exits the municipality on Farnsworth Avenue, it will head to the Fox Valley Ice Arena, 1966 S. Kirk Road in Geneva, where mayors in Kane County will host a press conference at 1 p.m.
Joining Mayor Richard Irvin to speak about the Census will be Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain and North Aurora President Dale Berman. Other speakers will include Kane County Complete Count Committee Chair Mohammed Iqbal, Elgin Complete Count Committee Chair Denise Raleigh, Aurora Complete County Committee Chair Dr. Brian Caputo and US Census Bureau Chicago Representative Laura Bedolla.
The 10-vehicle Aurora Census Caravan will step-off from the Aurora Public Library and travel:
- South on River St. to North Ave.
- East on North Ave. to Lincoln Ave.
- South on Lincoln Ave. to Simms St.
- Easton Simms St. to Fourth St.
- North on Fourth St. to Benton St.
- Easton Benton St. to Ohio St.
- North on Ohio St. to Claim St.
- West on Claim St. to High St.
- North on High St. to Jungles Ave.
- East on Jungels Ave. to Ohio St.
- North on Ohio St. to Indian Trail
- East on Indian Trail to Farnsworth
- North on Farnsworth to the Fox Valley Ice Arena.
The goal of the national Census Surge Week is to remind as many households as possible to complete the 2020 census questionnaire online.
“Getting an accurate count of the people in Aurora will help all of us since much of our funding is based on population. The more people we can count, the more funding we will receive for schools, hospitals, roads, libraries and many other necessary services,” Irvin said.
SOURCE: city of Aurora news release