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Durbin likes Chicagoan nominated to Census Bureau

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's impressed with President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Census Bureau.

Obama has nominated Chicago resident John Thompson. Durbin presented Thompson to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Tuesday in Washington. Thompson currently is president of the Chicago-based National Opinion Research Center.

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Durbin says Thompson is a strong candidate for the position. The Illinois senator says Thompson has ideas to improve data collection and get the best possible results.

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