censuslogoSpringfield – Despite a lower court ruling extending the census deadline, Democratic members of the Illinois Senate are urging residents to complete their census forms as soon as possible. There’s a possibility this decision could be overturned on appeal and this extended window could be cut short.
“While I’m grateful for the court ruling extending the deadline to fill out the census, we can’t become complacent,” said State Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin). “We’ve seen this deadline move several times already. Everyone should complete the census in case it moves again.”
In August, the Census Bureau announced they would end all counting efforts a month earlier than scheduled despite concerns that the pandemic had impeded census outreach efforts. A federal court issued a ruling Thursday ordering the bureau to abandon this last-minute change, but the Justice Department is expected to appeal the decision.
“We need everyone in our communities to be counted,” said State Sen. Christopher Belt (D-Centreville), Chair of the Senate Black Caucus. “Our census numbers will affect federal funding and government representation for the next decade.”

Read more: Illinois senators urge residents to fill out census as soon as possible

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03042020HAO1170EAST ST. LOUIS - To allow Illinoisans to visit driver services facilities at a time that is safe and convenient for them, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) announced that expiration dates on Illinois driver’s licenses and IDs have been extended until Feb. 1, 2021. 

“No one should be putting their health in jeopardy trying to renew their driver’s license,” Belt said. “The secretary of state’s office has done everything in their power to put the wellbeing of Illinois residents first, and I applaud them for their efforts.” 

Read more: Belt announces three-month extension on driver’s licenses, IDs

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04102019CM1670EAST ST. LOUIS – As many teachers and students adapt to e-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) announced schools in St. Clair and Madison Counties will receive over $2 million to provide the necessary resources to students who lack access to remote learning technology. 

“E-learning has been difficult for many students in disadvantaged areas, who might not have access to the internet or a computer,” Belt said. “These grants will support schools’ efforts to make sure every student can actively participate in class, even from outside the classroom.”  

The Digital Equity Formula Grant will help ensure students have the technology they need to access robust and equitable learning opportunities this fall. School districts may use the grant to purchase additional devices and connectivity or to cover purchases made since March 13, 2020.

Local school districts receiving funding include:

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PHOTO Metro East legislators urges residents to complete the 2020 censusEAST ST. LOUIS – With the deadline to fill out the 2020 census coming to a close nextWednesday, Metro East legislators and community leaders are urging all
St. Clair and Madison County residents to fill out the census to improve the low response rates.

“Filling out the census is an easy process and a 100% response rate is critical in sustaining the quality in community assets such as schools, roads and hospitals,” Belt (D-Centreville) said. “Sept. 30 is the last day to get counted and millions of dollars in federal funding is at risk if residents don’t take getting counted seriously. I strongly urge all residents to fill out the census before it’s too late.” 

In St. Clair County, participation in the 2020 census is currently lower than in the 2010 census. Only 67.2% of St. Clair County residents have completed their census form this year, as opposed to 70% of residents in 2010. Seven municipalities in St. Clair County and one in Madison County have a rate of 55% or under. The cities and villages included by name and rate listed are:

Read more: Belt joined area legislators to urge residents to complete the 2020 census

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