Daley Cuts Nearly 240 City Jobs

City faces $400M+ deficit

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is cutting nearly 240 jobs by combining several departments as the city continues to try to close a budget hole esimated at more than $400 million.

Daley's plan to combine departments from human services to planning comes less than a week before he's set to introduce his city budget for 2009. Aldermen have said Daley is preparing them for a difficult budget.

The city said the job cuts announced Friday will be achieved by layoffs and attrition.

Daley has previously said he'll lay off about 1,000 city workers, but it isn't immediately clear if the latest cuts are part of that total.

In August, the mayor said layoffs would be done according to union rules because most of the city's 38,760 workers are covered by labor contracts.

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