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Expect Changes in Chicago's Snow Removal Service This Winter

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Chicago city officials are warning residents that snow removal service could be slower this year. Officials say budget cuts and increasing costs have prompted the changes. To save money, the city is cutting back on overtime for truck drivers.

Matt Smith is a spokesperson for the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

SMITH: When people see us out there and wonder why aren’t you doing this...or why haven’t you gotten to my side street immediately...or you know what are you going to do for me...they need to realize it’s tax dollars that are being used to clear snow and we’re trying in these tough economic times to not only do that job but to find as many ways to conserve our resources.

Smith says Monday’s snowfall cost Chicago nearly half a million dollars in equipment, salt, and workers.

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