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Cook County Janitors Plead for Jobs

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Budget cutbacks continue to hit and layoffs continue to ripple through Cook County government.

At Tuesday’s county board meeting, dozen of janitors came hoping to plead for their jobs.

Chicago Public Radio’s Ben Calhoun reports.

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The janitors originally wanted to speak to commissioners during the public comment part of the meeting.

But public comment was recently eliminated.

So for most of the meeting, they stood quietly against the back wall—watching the people who had cut their janitorial jobs at the county Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Andrea Holmes worked at the center for 13 years.

HOLMES: It’s just me in the household. There’s nobody else. I’m the only one paying bills and everything so—there’s nobody but me and if I don’t have a job, it’s nothing.

Holmes is one of 51 janitors at the detention center who worked their last shift on Monday.

A spokesperson for Cook County Board President Todd Stroger who led the cutback process did not know if the group was allowed to meet with him after the meeting.

I’m Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio

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