Quinn makes push for strong Census showing

State Capitol Bureau

Gov. Pat Quinn today urged Illinoisans to fill out and turn in their U.S. Census forms as the state begins its final push to being counted.

Right now, Illinois has returned 73 percent of its forms, which already ties the amount turned in during the 2000 census.

"We don't have a person to lose in Illinois. We have to know the exact count," Quinn said at a Statehouse news conference. "This is a very important financial issue to the people of our state."

Census data is used to determine the number of congressional seats a state gets and how much money state and local governments receive from the federal government. The data also helps make decisions about what services are offered in which cities.

Illinois joins North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee as the only states to meet or surpass their 2000 return rate.