Officials urge Chicago Latinos to fill out census forms

The census is coming to mailboxes this week. Residents are urged to fill out the forms.

April 8, 2010 2:20:59 PM PDT
Chicago leaders are encouraging the city's Latinos to fill out their census forms so that they are not under-counted.

Officials were out drumming up support Thursday in the city's Logan Square neighborhood. They say Latino communities are often under-counted in the census.

Census results are used to determine political representation and federal funding. If those forms are not filled out, communities can lose thousands of government dollars.

"It represents millions of dollars for our communities it means thousands of jobs to this community. That is why its key get involved and everyone fill out the census report," said Elio Montenegro, Latin American Chamber of Commerce.

Congressman Danny Davis also announced an initiative Thursday called The Mail It Back Campaign. On Saturday, he and a team will go door to door in Chicago's North Lawndale community to make sure people filled out their forms.