The city received some much anticipated news: the Illinois Secretary of State’s office has certified the results of the special census.
The decision to conduct a special census appears to be paying off for Macomb.
In what’s become a once-a-decade tradition, Macomb will ask the US Census Bureau to conduct a special census.
The 2010 census came up with a headcount of 19,288. But the city believes its population is closer to 20,000.
The city also had a special census done after the 1990 and 2000 headcounts came up with totals below 20,000. In both cases, the special census returned the city’s population to 20,000.