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Cook County layoff notices go out

Monday, October 31, 2011
Chicago Tribune
by Erika Slife

Layoff notices went out today to approximately 100 Cook County employees as Board President Toni Preckwinkle seeks to close a $315 million shortfall next year.

Preckwinkle’s proposed budget for 2012 includes more than 1,000 layoffs to help save $40 million. She’s offered to save approximately 500 jobs if unions agree to eight unpaid days of work next year – including six unpaid holidays – but the unions have so far rejected the deal.


Layoff notices were sent to employees in the public defender’s office, procurement, facilities management and the highway department, according to Preckwinkle’s office. A “handful” of notices were also sent to risk management, the law library, zoning board of appeals and the county’s health and hospital system, her office said.

In all, Preckwinkle’s $2.94 billion spending plan calls for eliminating approximately 1,600 jobs, including 543 vacant positions. Among them, 282 would come from Preckwinkle’s administration.

Preckwinkle introduced her budget to county commissioners Oct. 25. She wants to have the plan passed by the start of the next budget year on Dec. 1. 


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