Court Orders U.S. Census To Continue Through Oct. 31

Court Orders U.S. Census To Continue Through Oct. 31

Census takers have gotten the go-ahead to continue collected data through Oct. 31.

According to a U.S. Census Bureau news release, the bureau sent an Oct. 2 message to census takers working on the 2020 Census saying data collection operations will continue through Oct. 31, 2020.

“Employees should continue to work diligently and enumerate as many people as possible,” officials said. “Contact your supervisor with any questions.”

Links to the court orders from Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 were provided to employees, as well.

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating and and all external and internal guidance to ensure compliance with the orders.

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Illinois Progress

As of Sept. 30, 2020, Illinois ranked seventh in the country for Census self-response rates and has remained in the top 10 for much of the time, since March 12, that the census portal has been open.

Out of the states with the largest populations, Illinois ranks No. 1. To find response rates and rankings by city, county, town, or Congressional districts, please visit: or

The table below shows specific response rates, as of Aug. 31, 2020:

Location Self-Response Rate (%)
National 66.5%
Illinois 70.9%
City of Chicago 60%
Illinois Counties with Highest Response Rates:
Monroe 82.6%
Kendall 82%
McHenry 81.9%
DuPage 80.4%
Illinois Counties with Lowest Response Rates:
Hardin 34.4%
Calhoun 44.6%
Henderson 45.7%
Alexander 46.9%

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