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Mayor Daley Orders Partial Shut Down

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Oct 14, 2008 5:25PM

In order to save some money, Mayor Daley announced today that City Hall would be closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Years Eve both this year and next. The six day shut-down will save the city approximately $19.8 million total. Sayeth the Sun-Times, "The only city employees scheduled to work those traditionally high-absenteeism days will be police officers, firefighters, 911 center employees and a skeletal crew in departments like Streets and Sanitation, Water, Aviation and Family Services." The stinker? The rest of the city workers will have to take the days off unpaid in order for the whole thing to work. We guess a few unpaid days beats getting laid off. In the event of a snowstorm, the city workers would be called back in.