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City Council to Vote on 2012 Budget Wednesday

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces 150 more cops will be working the beat on Chicago's streets.

Hundreds of city workers could lose their jobs soon, if Chicago's city council approves Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 2012 budget today.

Approximately 385 people could be laid off as of Jan. 1 and 2,159 vacant positions wouldn't be replaced, as part of the Mayor's plan to close a $636 million dollar deficit in next year's budget.

Librarians, youth service coordinators, public health nurses and emergency call takers are the jobs in jeopardy.

If the budget is approved, seven of the city's primary care clinics will be privatized, six of 12 mental health clinics will be closed and there will be cuts in services for the elderly, homeless, domestic violence victims and at-risk kids.

The plan would also mean libraries would be closed Monday and Friday mornings, and three police stations will close.

City council will vote on the budget on Wednesday morning.

Related Topics Mayor Emanuel, City Hall, Budget
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