Illinois to lose congressional seat based on 2020 census

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From Capitol News Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday Illinois will lose a seat in Congress based on the results of the 2020 census.

Illinois will move from 18 to 17 seats in the U.S. House, an expected result after some advocates had warned that an undercount could lead to the loss of two seats. The state has lost at least one congressional representative in eight of the last nine decades after peaking at 27 seats in 1910 and remaining there until the 1940 census.

Six other states will also lose a seat — California, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. Illinois, Mississippi and West Virginia are the only three states to lose population over the past decade, Census Bureau officials said Monday. 

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