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(Chicago Sun Times) — Mayor Daley said Wednesday he would consolidate six city departments — and eliminate jobs — to chip away at the city’s record $654.7 million shortfall without a pre-election tax hike.

The changes, effective Jan. 1, would merge the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the Department of Culture Affairs. The Departments of Community Development and Zoning will also join forces. So will the Department of General Services and Graphics.

Daley acknowledged that jobs would be eliminated, but he refused to say how many. With retirements, he hopes to minimize the number of layoffs.

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