Chicago cannabis sales help avert city layoffs under new 2021 budget agreement

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
City layoffs avoided under new 2021 budget agreement
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Lightfoot's original 2021 budget plan included layoffs to address the city's $1 billion budget deficit.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Christmas came early after an agreement was made to avert any layoffs for Chicago city workers.

Lightfoot presented her 2021 budget last month. She said it would include a property tax increase and layoffs to address the city's more than $1 billion budget deficit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Chicago budget for 2021 includes a property tax increase and layoffs to deal with a $1.2 billion deficit, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's budget proposal.

It had included $106 million in personnel cuts through eliminating, vacant positions, layoffs and furloughs.

Now money from the sale of cannabis will be used to protect those city jobs.

A joint statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter was released Saturday afternoon.

"After many productive conversations, we have come to an agreement to avert any layoffs of City workers in the 2021 budget. This will ensure Chicago's public workers, the backbone of our neighborhoods, maintain their jobs and health insurance while also protecting the critical services Chicagoans rely on during these unprecedented times. We are committed to continue working together to identify places where we can partner on savings."