Budget Prompts Secretary Of State Layoffs

Jesse White

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office is laying off 90 employees.
White’s spokesman, David Druker, tells The State Journal-Register in Springfield on Friday (http://bit.ly/KS10OL) that the layoff notices were sent this week. The cuts will take effect July 1. That’s the first day of the state’s new budget year. Druker says the cuts affect all levels in the office and employees statewide.
About 3,700 employees work for the Illinois Secretary of State. Druker says the office also won’t fill about 160 vacancies.
Druker says the office’s $398 million budget will fall by 3 percent next year, or $8 million. He calls that a “significant hit.”

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