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Daley Announces Parts of Budget Plan

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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is giving some signs of what his new budget plan will look like. A part of the plan he announced today would eliminate hundreds of jobs by merging several city departments.

The Mayor’s plan would scrap 240 jobs through layoffs and closing vacancies. The cuts are across the board, but administration staff say nearly a third would be non-union jobs.

Daley says he’s making the cuts because he sees the city’s economy struggling over the next few years.

DALEY: In a crisis you have to realign and re-look at everything and that’s what you have to do. This is a national, worldwide crisis. This is going to get worse. It will not get better. That’s the sad thing.

Daley says he’d combine departments that serve families, seniors, and children into a new department of Family and Support Services. He says this and other consolidations are planned in order to save the city an estimated $5 million a year.

Under his proposal, the new departments would be up and running in January.

Daley is set to unveil his entire 2009 budget plan next week.

I’m Tasha Flournoy, Chicago Public Radio.

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