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Staff Cuts at Chicago Public Radio

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Chicago Public Radio today laid off 9 percent of its staff. The organization is the parent company of WBEZ, chicagopublicradio.org and vocalo.org.

The layoffs affect every department. The cuts include 11 full-time positions at the organization as well as a number of open positions. Senior staff members have also taken salary cuts.

The layoffs will not change the program schedules for WBEZ or vocalo.org.

Organization management says poor financial conditions forced the decision—it projected a $1.5 million revenue shortfall. That’s caused, in part, by a drop in individual donations and smaller than expected growth in corporate underwriting.

Other Chicago based non-profits and media outlets have announced layoffs in the past months.

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