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3/5/2013 5:15:00 AM
Oglesby lays off 6 city workers

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

A half dozen Oglesby city workers were laid off, effective Monday, despite what Oglesby’s mayor described as good-faith efforts by the city and unions to cut costs.
Mayor Don Finley confirmed at Monday’s city council meeting that the workers — three full-time and three part-time workers — were released two weeks after being given notices.
Though last month city officials hinted they still were trying to avoid the layoffs by negotiating pay cuts, Finley said even with some concessions in hand the city still was forced to let people go.
“The unions really were willing to work things out,” Finley said. “It wasn’t enough to get us where we needed to be.”
Layoffs had been openly discussed since Springfield abruptly shifted some of its pension obligation to the city. With the city suddenly on the hook for more than $100,000 in compensation — and with raising taxes never under consideration — city officials began fishing for pay cuts or layoffs to reduce payroll.
In the end, Finley said, pay cuts weren’t enough.
Some of the workers could return, however. Finley said some of the workers were part-time clerical assistants who could return on an as-needed basis while some of the full-time workers have a two-year callback period under their contracts, meaning they can be rehired if the city increases its revenue.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Baddawg

Besides laying off 6 workers , the Oglesby City Council needs to only spend money on things that need to be done and things that need to be paid . It is also time to end the Oglesby Summer Festival , poor attendence and high costs is the biggest reason !! We must have accountability of ALL city workers . They all need to learn the term ," Eight For Eight ". Eight hours of work for Eight hours of pay !! Riding aound town for eight hours does not count !!

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Danged Sequester. Ya'll blame Obama now.
He said the sky would fall, just look out side.
It's falling about an inch per Hr. Dang em, dang em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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