Chicago officials late last week said they are still talking with union leaders in hopes of avoiding more than 1,500 layoffs but no agreement has yet been reached.

“Unfortunately, time is running short for the city and our union partners to come to an agreement on a series of cost-reduction measures in order to avoid layoffs,” chief financial officer Gene Saffold said at a news conference. “Each day we are without an agreement with the unions, we move closer to being forced to take a step we don’t want to take.”

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