Many service jobs in Chicago’s suburbs are being cut, and municipalities are bracing to see less tax revenue as the economy continues to dwindle.
According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, a recent survey showed that 48 of 78 municipalities in the State of Illinois are planning to eliminate positions through attrition or layoffs because of budget restraints. Many officials, employees and residents are worried they will be directly affected by this.
In some places, such as Barrington and Orland Park, the cutbacks are going to affect how much public works employees can accomplish, including plowing and salting major roads, which could end up being a hazard to motorists. Barrington plans to lay off 13 employees and leave at least three jobs unfilled, resulting in a cut of about 10 percent of its workforce. Elgin, which laid off 16 workers last month, plans to cut 38 more positions through attrition and the elimination of unfilled jobs.