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More than 300 Chicago gov't employees get lay off notice just before Thanksgiving

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Toni Preckwinkle - ChicagoMore than 300 government employees in Chicago learned they would lose their jobs just two days before Thanksgiving, due to budget cuts.

Cook County commissioners voted unanimously for a $5.2 billion budget that required 321 public employees be cut, the Chicago Tribune reported. The lay-offs are expected to begin next month.

County officials blamed the slimmed-down budget on the repeal of a penny per ounce soft drink tax that was repealed this year.

"Laying off more than 300 of our hardworking and dedicated employees is extremely difficult," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. "Behind every layoff there is a person, and often a family with bills to pay. You heard from some of those people today, and it was heartbreaking."

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