By: Diane Benjamin
Since a BIG part of Normal’s population is college students, the census could have a huge impact on government funding.
The Town of Normal shouldn’t have to worry about the census if Illinois State University cooperates:
Student living on campus might be counted by the university, they wouldn’t need to fill out forms or go on-line if the university agrees to participate. Students living off campus or back home with their parents need to be counted as living in Normal. If they haven’t been told, their parents may have already counted them with the family.
The video below says the Census Bureau has a way of weeding out duplicates. If students are counted in two places hopefully they won’t be counted twice. Much more info is at the link above. The only way Normal will get hurt is if nobody knows or doesn’t follow the rules.
What Normal should be really worried is is Uptown, it’s largely deserted:
Without students and businesses forced to close, where is the money coming from to pay the developer rebates and massive bond debt?
Numerous emails I received by FOIA this week mentioned changing the vacation policy for employees. Evidently quite a few were planning on taking off for spring break. One email summarized Pam’s initial response to COVID-19. Note this is from Match 18th: Pam Reece email