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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Vanderbilt urges residents to be counted before census deadline in CodeRed message


Late Thursday afternoon, residents enrolled in the CodeRed notification system received a recorded message from Park Forest Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt. In Park Forest’s continued effort to urge every resident to be counted in the 2020 census, Mayor Vanderbilt will remind residents of the upcoming Sept. 30 deadline and why being counted is so important to the future of the community.

Park Forest thanks all residents who have already participated in this important process. Below is the text of Mayor Vanderbilt’s CodeRed message:

This is Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt with an important message from the Village of Park Forest. This is not an emergency but please listen to this message in its entirety. This is a critical time for Park Forest that will have lasting impacts for the next ten years and beyond. The 2020 census deadline is Sept. 30 and as of today roughly 69% of our community has been counted. We need many more to be counted to best serve you. The mayor and board of trustees are asking all residents – whether you rent or own in Park Forest—to understand the importance of being counted. The federal government provides Park Forest with funding that goes toward serving you. Fewer people counted means fewer dollars to provide you with the highest possible quality of life. The quality of life that you deserve – from quality roads to quality schools to quality water to quality programming. Park Forest wants the very best for you and your family. I’m urging everyone who has yet to do so to be counted today by visiting The process takes just minutes. For residents without internet access, a census completion event will be held at the Park Forest Farmers’ Market on Sept. 12 and at Park Forest’s Recycling event on Sept. 26. Those in need of other accommodations can call Village Hall at 708-283-5602 and a village staff member will be happy to assist you. Also, be on the lookout for census takers in your neighborhood. Thank you and let’s all make sure that we’ve been Counted In 2020 for the very best for Park Forest.

For those not enrolled in the CodeRed Notification system, click on the following link to sign-up now 

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