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January 19, 2001 Contact: Bryant Payne (312) 355-2523; bpayne2@uic.edu



Urbanologist and demographer Pierre de Vise will discuss "What the Chicago Area and Illinois Will Look Like in 2025: A Projection of Population Trends Based on Census 2000," as part of UIC's "Future of Chicago" annual lecture series. His talk will focus on the Chicago area's population trends, employment and housing changes compared to the nation."Projections for 2025 show a gain of more than 1 million people for Chicago's nine-county area," says de Vise. "Soaring immigration will fuel adversarial competition between blacks and Hispanics for political offices and government jobs. Public housing and welfare will exacerbate the plight of hardcore poor in Chicago who are not housable and employable in the private sector."According to de Vise, Chicago's population will continue to hover just below 3 million in 2025 and is projected to be about 35 percent Hispanic, 32 percent black, 28 percent white and 7 percent Asian.


Wednesday, Jan. 24
Noon - 1 p.m.


UIC Lecture Center D-4
800 S. Halsted St.


A professor emeritus at Roosevelt University, de Vise is widely known for his demographic studies of Chicago. His local notoriety grew with his book-length study "Chicago's Widening Color Gap," first published in 1967, in which he proclaimed Chicago the most segregated city in the nation.

"The Future of Chicago" is an annual lecture program that promotes public debate on Chicago issues. The public program, hosted by UIC since 1976, is organized by Dick Simpson, professor of political science and former Chicago alderman.

De Vise's lecture is the 11th in the Chicago Regional Inventory series on 1990 and post-1990 Census data. The Chicago Regional Inventory is a project of the Population and Demographics Committee of the City Club of Chicago.

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