City plans to lay off 97 traffic aides

August 1, 2011 7:47:36 PM PDT
Dozens of Chicago traffic aides are facing mass layoffs to reduce city spending.

Ninety seven full-time traffic control aides in the Loop and at Chicago airports are losing their jobs through layoffs and the elimination of job vacancies.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the cuts are part of a $75 million savings he announced when he took office in May. The city is keeping a few dozen full-time traffic aides while expanding part-time positions. Some of the laid-off workers may be eligible for part-time positions.

The layoffs reportedly take effect on August 15.

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