CHICAGO
09/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

City To Fire 1,000 -- At Least

Chicago has a $425 million budget gap that will require a "paradigm shift" in services the city provides, the way they are delivered and the number of employees and agencies responsible, top mayoral aides told organized labor on Wednesday.

In a closed-door meeting with 40 union leaders, Mayor Daley's chief-of-staff Lori Healey, Chief Financial Officer Paul Volpe and Intergovernmental Affairs Director John Dunn promised that redundant layers of middle management would share the burden of employee layoffs.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this week that Daley would be forced to lay off at least 1,000 city employees to close a budget gap that a mayoral adviser pegged at between $400 million to $450 million -- exceeding the figure previously disclosed by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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