After raising concerns about an undercount, Aurora does deep dive into census numbers

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Rob Paral, a senior research specialist with Great Cities Institute, who is helping the city of Aurora analyze data discrepancies to prepare for a Census Bureau recount ask.

Rob Paral, principal of Rob Paral and Associates, a data analysis company that provides demographic, social and economic information about communities, said Aurora showed a decline in population while most of the rest of the Chicago region showed a slight increase.

“So, it makes us wonder what’s going on in Aurora,” Paral said. “Aurora was definitely an outlier here.”

Paral talked to the City Council at its Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night. The demographics and research expert with the University of Illinois at Chicago Great Cities Institute has assisted more than 100 different human service, advocacy and philanthropic organizations by crunching comparative numbers through the years.

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