The Chicago Sun-Times newsroom is bracing for another round of cuts, which may or may not be eased by Tuesday's resignation of sports columnist Jay Mariotti.
Sun-Times Editor Michael Cooke said today, in a memo to staff, that a package of proposed cuts was presented to Newspaper Guild representatives. "The number has been reduced through recent attrition," Cooke wrote. "We'll be talking -- and negotiating -- over the next few days and I expect the picture to be clearer by the end of next week. The next few weeks are going to be hard as we say goodbye to valued colleagues and good friends."
Cooke would not elaborate, and union sources said the full impact of Mariotti's resignation, taking a six-figure salary off the books, was not immediately clear.