Census 2020 logo
Monday, April 01, 2019 State of Illinois

Eligibility: Any public, parochial, private or home school student in grades 4-12.

Rules: Use the "Census 2020 Make Sure Illinois Counts" Poster Contest Entry form or a facsimile, located in the link for download with the submission. The entry form must securely adhered to the lower left-hand corner of the submission. Do not use glue to adhere the entry form. Information on the entry form must be typed or printed clearly.

Entries should be submitted on poster board no larger than 12" x 18", but no smaller than 11" x 14".

Posters may be horizontal or vertical in format.

Lettering on the poster submission maybe hand-written or type-face.

Poster must include the "Census 2020 Make Sure Illinois Counts" logo (http://illinoiscensus2020.com).

Posters should address the main message of "Census 2020 Make Sure Illinois Counts" and may also contain one or more sub-messages about the positive impact of high census participation. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Funding for road construction and repair;
  • Funding for schools and libraries;
  • Community access to hospital and emergency healthcare;
  • Services for people with disabilities, veterans, senior citizens and low-income families; or
  • Economic and employment impact on local communities.

Poster messaging may be in English, Spanish, Polish, Hindi, French or Chinese. If the message is in a language other than English, an English translation of the messaging must accompany the entry.

Entries must contain artwork that is original. Applicants may utilize computer-aided design or graphics that may be hand drawn. Entries SHOULD NOT use chalk, oil, glitter. Entries may not be laminated.

Entries must not contain the likeness or images of copyrighted characters, such as super hero characters or Disney characters.

Deadline: Posters will be accepted for submission from May 1-June 17, 2019. Submissions are to be sent to the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building, 300 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62701.

Judging: Posters will be judged on creativity and the best use of census messaging.

Judging Divisions will be: grades 4-6; grades 7-9, and grades 10-12.

Winning posters in each division and exemplary entries will be displayed at the Gwendolyn Brooks Building/Illinois State Library in Springfield, the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago and other locations throughout the state.

The overall winning poster will be reproduced for statewide distribution.

Questions about this poster contest should be directed to Joe Natale, Illinois State Library, 217-558-1745.