Illinois may be losing a Congressional seat, but new census figures could be good news for the state’s Latinos. A U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2009 suggests the number of Latinos in the state had grown by almost 440,000 since 2000.
The loss of a Congressional seat for Illinois means the state could lose out on federal dollars. Data from the 2010 Census show that Illinois has been growing more slowly than states in the south and west.
Illinois will lose one of its Congressional seats because its population hasn’t grown as fast as southern and western states. In the wake of that news, the redistricting battle begins. As early as next February, the census bureau will provide detailed population data for Illinois.
Illinois will find out Tuesday if, as expected, the state will lose a seat in the U.S. House. U.S. Census officials will release population numbers.The 435 seats in the House are split up among the states every ten years using Census data.
Almost all counties in Illinois have seen increasing poverty rates in recent years, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest numbers group together data for a five-year period from 2005 to 2009.