Aldermen criticize Census Bureau for foreign-made items

May 10, 2010 (CHICAGO)

Local governments received hats and shirts for last month's March to the Mailbox campaign. They were made in China, Bangladesh and Haiti.

On Monday, some aldermen proposed a resolution that would declare a vote of no confidence for the Census Bureau for spending millions of tax dollars on.

"The use of manufactured goods that are made in foreign lands for the promotion of our census is to many both offensive and out of touch with the daily reality of the lives of Chicagoans," said Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward.

"I believe in the county, America and America's workers. It's a shame. I hope they don't send military contracts overseas," said Ald. James Balcer, 11th Ward.

Census officials have said the clothing was purchased from companies in the US which bought the items other suppliers outside the country.

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