Census workers have completed 96% of the 2020 Census “Update Leave” operation, where 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires are delivered to households that do not receive mail at home. When the operation is complete, nearly every household nationwide will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census either in the mail or from a census worker. As of June 18, 61.5% of households have responded to the census. You can respond by completing and mailing the paper questionnaire, responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020 using the provided Census ID. In addition to delivering census materials, census workers also update the Census Bureau’s address list in these areas to ensure no living quarters were missed. This helps reach people in areas where the majority of households may not receive mail at their home’s physical location, such as small towns where mail is only delivered to post office boxes or areas affected by natural disasters. If your household has not received an invitation in the mail or at your door, please respond online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.
On Saturday, June 27, join nature lovers and concerned citizens in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio to get outside and snap pictures of honey and bumble bees for the sixth annual BeeBlitz. Then, upload your findings to BeeSpotter, the citizen science project run in collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Entomology and the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. This event is a perfect candidate for social distancing, as you can go out on your own or in small groups; there's no need to gather in large crowds to go bee spotting!
The Illinois Monarch Project, led by state agricultural groups and agencies, announced a 20-year plan to plant 150 million stems of milkweed statewide by 2038. The project has launched a website urging Illinoisans to “be the super generation that saves the monarchs,” and suggests ways farmers, city residents, and other state residents can bolster the monarch population, which has been dwindling in recent years. The website points out: “It takes two or three generations of butterflies to migrate from the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, to the prairies of Illinois in the spring months. By late summer, a ‘super generation’ emerges, equipped to travel an estimated 2,500 miles back to Mexico for overwintering.” The project has set that goal of planting milkweed, essential to monarchs as it provides food for their caterpillars, and nectar as a food source for adults as they migrate over 3,000 miles to and from their winter grounds in Mexico. The plan urges farmers not to plow land sustaining wildflowers, and the Illinois Department of Transportation to allow wildflowers to grow along state roads and highways.
Join us on Thursday, July 16 at Noon CST for an upcoming discussion on racial equity in local government. Racial Equity: From Agency-wide Initiatives to Social Service Delivery Programs is presented by Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton, who brings extensive legislative, advocacy, organizing and applied research experience to her clinical professor position in the Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago. This webinar will cover how one can implement and expand racial equity policies and practices, include racial equity in decision-making, team-building and leadership development, and cover technical models such as racial equity impact analysis tools to improve the impact of policies across the city and state for all communities.