CHICAGO (CBS) — To help close a huge budget gap, Mayor Emanuel is planning to temporarily put a hold on hiring non-essential personnel reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

He wouldn’t give details but Mayor Emanuel essentially confirms that he will impose a 90-day hiring freeze in the budget he will formally present later this month.

“I am going to be putting in place a hiring freeze and further elimination of non-essential employees. In the first two years, that added up to about 1,500 employees or positions and we are going to continue to do that to bring reforms. Second, the last two budgets should give you guidance to my third budget,” said Emanuel.

In other words, his priorities continue to be children and public safety and he will be asking whether all programs and efforts are essential.

The hiring freeze is expected to save about $1.5 million but the Mayor was facing a more than $300 million shortfall.

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