01/21/2012 02:36 pm ET Updated Jan 21, 2012

Chicago Public Libraries To Reopen Mondays

After shutting down library branches on Mondays earlier this month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Saturday that he planned to re-open them on Monday afternoons for most of the year and all day on Mondays when schools are not in session.

Emanuel had blamed the closures on the city's budget woes and an impasse with the library employees' union. Discussions with union leaders had not led to a resolution, but aides to the mayor said they had scrounged up about $2 million to staff the libraries on Mondays after all.

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