Thursday, May14, 2020, Ed Dowd, Executive Director of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce was a guest on 101.3 WMCI.  At the the bottom of the page you can listen to the entire interview.  Here is a brief description of what he covered during the interview:

Completing the Census is as important now as it is ever during this pandemic. Federal and State funding for healthcare, schools and social services are all dependent on an accurate census count. We need everyone’s help. Current statistics as of yesterday:

US total response rate  59.0%

Illinois rate                     64.0%

Coles County rate          61.7%

Charleston rate              56.8%

Mattoon rate                  62.1%

It appears that despite the great efforts of the Charleston Complete Count Committee, many EIU students were missed due to the pandemic. Everyone else must complete the Census for our County to receive the needed funding.

You can listen to the complete interview here: