Chicago aldermen push for Census recount

Mayor Daley cool on idea: Census is 'over with'

April 13, 2011

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Mayor Richard Daley takes questions from reporters after Wednesday's council meeting.

A Chicago alderman is asking the U.S. Census Bureau for a re-do. The 2nd Ward's Bob Fioretti and 44 other aldermen introduced a resolution urging the agency to do a re-count of the city's population.

New Census figures show Chicago lost about 200,000 residents over the past decade - a seven percent drop.

"It translates into hundreds of millions of dollars over a ten-year period that will affect the city of Chicago," Fioretti said Wednesday. "It will impact on everything we do - from roads, new construction. So if we can find the numbers, we ought to have a recount."

Fioretti pointed out that leaders in Detroit have said they plan to appeal their city's numbers. According to the Census, Detroit lost about a quarter of its population between 2000 and 2010.

But Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is not interested in a recount. Told of Fioretti's resolution, Daley said the Census is done, and the issue is finished.

"You know, they had a thorough - we had a really outreach program. I mean, we've done everything possible. That's over with," Daley said.

A spokesman for the Census Bureau noted that cities can file official complaints to the population counts starting in June.

Of course, any changes would likely happen too late for this year's redistricting process. The slow growth of Illinois' population resulted in a lost seat in the U.S. House.