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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Finds Additional Chicago Residents, Wants U.S. Census Bureau Redo

(Chicago, IL) – February 20, 2012. Whattya know. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has uncovered additional Chicago residents. And the mayor now wants the U. S. Census Bureau to revise Chicago’s 2010 Census count.

What does it means?

It means nearly $3 million more each year for the Chicago’s cash-starved treasury.

In Chicago’s submission to the U.S. Census Bureau, Emanuel has presented 66 census blocks covering 23 wards which he estimates may contain as many as 1,160 additional housing units and as many as 2,350 additional people. Actual, breathing people.

“The accuracy of the Census is of critical importance for its role in determining federal funding distributed to our city,” said Emanuel.

The census bureau has a program that gives state and local governments the opportunity to challenge 2010 Census housing unit counts.

The City stands to gain as much as $1,200 per year in federal funds over the next ten years for every additional person added to its count. A gain of this size in population could result in an increase in federal funding by $2.8 million annually.

The census bureau estimated that Chicago’s population stood at 2,695,598 in 2010 or a 6.9% decline since 2000.

Other cities, like New York City, Houston, Miami, Des Moines, Detroit, Nashville, and Washington, DC have taken similar action.

Will Emanuel next announce that he has found more voters, too?

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About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and blogger at The Huffington Post, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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