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Pritzker to ‘work tirelessly’ for Illinois to get fair share of federal funding after nearly 2% census undercount

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Published: May. 19, 2022 at 10:50 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD (Heart of Illinois ABC and AP) - Contrary to concerns that people in recent years were moving in droves from Illinois, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Thursday that it undercounted Illinois’ population by nearly 2% during the 2020 headcount.

The census revision means the state’s population grew by 250,000 people, boosting the number of residents above 13 million for the first time, according to the governor’s office.

Gov. JB Pritzker said he plans to ‘work tirelessly’ to ensure Illinois receives its fair share of federal funding, which is based on a state’s population.

Pritzker released the following statement on Thursday:

“I ran for governor on a promise to be our state’s best chief marketing officer and reverse the trend of outmigration we’ve seen over the past few decades. These latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Illinois is now a state on the rise with a growing population.

From boundless economic opportunities, to booming economic development and leading institutions of higher education, Illinois has so much to offer our new residents.

While it is disappointing that these numbers were not reflected in the initial count, I have already spoken to members of our congressional delegation and will work tirelessly to ensure Illinois receives its fair share of federal funding.

I look forward to celebrating this development with all Illinoisans, including those who routinely badmouth our state.”

Nationwide, Illinois was one of six states which were undercounted in the census.

Eight states were overcounted, including Minnesota, according to the census bureau.

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