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(Chicago News Cooperative) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration will shut down its overnight emergency services shift for the homeless and lay off 24 employees in the city’s Department of Family and Support Services.  The moves were necessary after a 49 percent reduction in state funding, Family and Support Services spokeswoman Anne Sheahan said Tuesday.  Emanuel also recently announced that he would fire as many as 625 employees whose jobs will be privatized and also eliminate 97 traffic-control aide positions.  Most of the Family and Support Services employees who are going to be laid off worked to help homeless people find shelter between midnight and 8 a.m. Currently, the city offers that help 24 hours a day.

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