Black lawmakers push West Siders to take part in census

Traveling as part of the “Get Counted” bus tour, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus made a stop at MacArthur’s Restaurant to unveil a new partnership they hope will help hard-to-count areas such as Austin get an accurate count in next year’s census. The data collected every decade determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

Don’t miss these summer celebrations today in Austin

BUILD is celebrating the end of summer camp from 12 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at 5100 W. Harrison St. State Rep. La Shawn Ford and state Sen. Kimberly Lightfoot are sponsoring the “I count” event to highlight the importance of the 2020 Census, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the 800 block of Lawler.