AURORA, IL — Aurora officials are set to embark on a mini parade Wednesday afternoon to encourage city residents to fill out the U.S. Census.
The “Census Caravan” is scheduled to travel through several city neighborhoods with lower census-completion rates to encourage residents to fill out the 2020 Census to ensure they are accounted for when federal and state lawmakers allocate funding and make long-term decisions.
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The parade, which is set to start at noon, will feature 10 Aurora city vehicles with lights flashing and horns and sirens blaring “to literally make some noise about the importance of completing the 2020 Census,” officials said in a new release.
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“This is an energetic way to remind some of our lowest response areas to complete the Census,” Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said in the release. “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.”
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Other cities in Kane County are set to have similar parades before officials from around the county rally outside the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva. A joint press conference at 1 p.m. is scheduled to feature speeches by Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain and North Aurora President Dale Berman, the release states.
Officials are holding the parades and rally as part of National Census Surge Week, which aims to get as many people as possible to complete the 2020 Census online.
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“Getting an accurate count of the people in Aurora will help all of us since much of our funding is based on population,” Irvin said in the release. “The more people we can count, the more funding we will receive for schools, hospitals, roads, libraries and many other necessary services.”
This article originally appeared on the Aurora Patch