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Q: Chicago-area job cuts ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Chicago-area job cuts
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: kengeneca-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 14 Dec 2005 12:39 PST
Expires: 13 Jan 2006 12:39 PST
Question ID: 605855
Provide a list of 12 or more companies in the metropolitan Chicago
area that publicly announced and executed employee layoffs or job cuts
since November 1, 2005.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 14 Dec 2005 14:46 PST
12 companies in the space of the past 6 weeks or so seems like it
might be a lot to ask.

Can you loosen the criteria a bit?


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 14 Dec 2005 15:20 PST
Alternatively, companies that have either laid off employees, or have
announced layoffs since Nov 1(but possibly haven't implemented them
yet) seems much more do-able.

Clarification of Question by kengeneca-ga on 19 Dec 2005 10:41 PST
Good feedback.  Thank you very much.  How does this work for you?

Provide a list of 6 or more companies in the metropolitan Chicago
area that publicly announced or executed employee layoffs or job cuts
since November 1, 2005.
Subject: Re: Chicago-area job cuts
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 19 Dec 2005 11:48 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for getting back to me.

The job cuts, or announcements of same, that I found from the past few
months for Chicago-area companies are listed below.  A few companies
appear on the list more than once, as a single company may have
announced layoffs at different subsidiary companies.

I trust the information below fully answers your question.

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If there's anything more I can do for you, just post a Request
for Clarification, and I'm happy to assist you further.



Chicago Sun Times
December 16, 2005 
CBOT to lay off 40

...On the same day that its share price fell by more than 4 percent,
the Chicago Board of Trade said Thursday it will lay off 40
people....The cutbacks affect about 5 percent of the exchange's work
force and should be completed by Dec. 31, the exchange said after the
market's close. CBOT President Bernard Dan said extensive spending on
technology made the jobs expendable.

Chicago Sun Times
November 17, 2005 
Tribune to lay off 100 workers: About 30 of those expected to come from newsroom

...They're trembling at Tribune Tower...With shareholders unhappy and
its major businesses languishing, Tribune Co. executives are cutting
newspaper jobs -- even at their flagship paper...The Chicago Tribune
will eliminate close to 100 jobs, though the actual number will
"likely be fewer than 100," according to spokeswoman Christine
Hennessey. The cuts will hit all parts of the paper's operations,
Hennessey said.

The Associated Press 
November 3, 2005
Aon announces layoffs, posts flat profits

...Insurance brokerage Aon Corp. on Thursday reported third quarter
net earnings that were flat compared to a year earlier, and announced
it is eliminating 1,400 jobs...Chicago-based Aon, which disclosed
restructuring plans in August, said the three-year effort would result
in $250 million in total charges, about half expected in 2006. It
hopes to achieve annual savings of $150 million by 2008 through
layoffs, lease consolidation and other steps.

Chicago Tribune
November 9, 2005
Layoff ax hits nursing home

...Despite the tearful pleas of employees at Winchester House, the
Lake County Board voted Tuesday to lay off 54 workers at the
county-run nursing home...More than 15 percent of the nursing home's
330-person staff will be out of work beginning Dec. 1, when the
county's $ 411 million budget for fiscal 2006 takes effect.

Chicago Sun Times
December 9, 2005 
Tribune Co. eliminates WGN station manager

...An 18-year veteran of WGN-Channel 9 who rose to station manager (or
second-in-command) became the latest casualty of Tribune Co. layoffs
Thursday...Dominic Mancuso will be leaving the company when his
position is eliminated, effective at the end of the year. The role of
station manager, typically a stop on the way to attaining general
manager stripes, previously was eliminated at Tribune Co. stations in
New York and Los Angeles.

Chicago Daily Herald
November 4, 2005 
Layoffs possible at SBC/Midwest

...SBC/Midwest is planning to lay off 58 directory assistance
operators at its office in south suburban Harvey due to a decline in
call volume. The layoffs are scheduled for around Dec. 16, unless the
company can place the union represented workers in other positions.

The Associated Press 
December 16, 2005
Midway Games to cut up to 11 percent of work force

...Midway Games Inc. plans to cut up to 96 employees in order to
reduce costs and increase product development, the video game
developer said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission
on Friday...The Chicago-based company said it will cut between 71 and
96 positions, or 8 to 11 percent of its work force. A majority of the
layoffs will occur by the end this year, the company said.

Chicago Daily Herald
December 7, 2005 
Auto parts company to shut plant in Lake Zurich

...The struggling auto industry claimed another victim Tuesday when
Birmingham, Ala.-based Citation Corp. said it would close its Lake
Zurich auto parts plant, one of two it operates in Illinois...The
closing will eliminate 76 jobs in an already dwindling workforce,
which had been about 280 workers during the 1990s.

Chicago Daily Herald
December 1, 2005
Alcan closing plastic plant in Centralia

...Aluminum producer Alcan Inc. announced Wednesday that it will close
its plastic packaging plant here by March and lay off all 221
employees. Production will be transferred to other plants in North

The Associated Press 
December 1, 2005
AT&T will cut 151 operator jobs in Illinois

...Phone giant AT&T will eliminate 151 operator jobs in Illinois and
close three of the state's SBC operator services offices early next
year, the company said Thursday...SBC Communications Inc. completed
its merger with AT&T on Nov. 18. The new company, called AT&T, is
based in San Antonio...Directory service offices in Danville,
Libertyville and East St. Louis will close and some positions will be
cut at the office in Harvey, said David Saltz, a spokesman for AT&T
Midwest...He said the cuts are expected to be made by March 16.

The Associated Press 
December 1, 2005
City News Service being closed

...The City News Service, successor to the legendary City News Bureau
of Chicago, is closing its doors at the end of December, part of a
round of newsroom cuts announced Thursday by the Chicago Tribune...The
elimination of the 19 City News jobs comprise the majority of a net
loss of 28 jobs in the Tribune's 670-person newsroom. They are part of
a round of cuts the Tribune warned of two weeks ago amid declining
circulation and revenue.

The Associated Press 
December 6, 2005
Chiquita to close plants in Illinois, Missouri

...Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Tuesday it will close
processing plants in Manteno, Ill., and Kansas City, Mo., by February
to cut costs, eliminating about 100 jobs from its fresh-cut fruit
processing operations in the Midwest.

Chicago Sun Times
December 15, 2005 
Bankrupt Independence ends flights to Chicago

...Independence Air, which filed for bankruptcy last month, will
reduce its flight schedule by as much as 23 percent on Jan. 5 to
reduce costs...The airline, a unit of FLYi Inc., will end service to
Chicago; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla., and Manchester, N.H., when
it drops the number of daily flights to 170 from between 210 and 220
now, spokesman Rick DeLisi said...About 50 jobs will be cut. The
carrier now has 2,800 employees.


Again, let me know if there's anything else I can do for you on this one.


search strategy -- Searched off-line newspaper databases for stories
referencing [ layoffs or laid-off or laying off or job cuts ] in
Chicago-area news sources.
kengeneca-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $8.00
Nice work.  I'll be back.  Is it possible to direct future requests
specifically to you?

Subject: Re: Chicago-area job cuts
From: pafalafa-ga on 19 Dec 2005 19:34 PST

Thanks so much, and happy holidays, coming up.

And yes...if you want to direct a future question to me, just put my
name in the Subject line, and in the question text (e.g. "For
pafalafa-ga") and I'll be sure to see it.


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