Over 1,300 Illinoisans are poised to soon lose their jobs, according to the monthly Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act report from May.
Layoffs are planned at Aramark Educational Services and Bedford Park-based Northstar Aerospace, which are slated to cut 297 and 226 positions, respectively. Those pending layoffs stem from contract losses at the companies, including Aramark's loss of a campus dining contract with the University of Chicago.
Also impacted by lost contracts are Centrad Healthcare in Naperville and Positive Connections in Orland Park, which are planning 162 and 77 layoffs, respectively.
Laird Technologies is expected to layoff 53 workers at its antenna manufacturing facility in Schaumburg, while packaging manufacturer WestRock is looking to cut as many as 173 positions from its Chicago plant. Also, 61 layoffs began last month at the Chicago-based woodworking tools manufacturer Pony Tools.
Sears, meanwhile, is set to close its Chicago store in Ravenswood in early August and plans to layoff 57 workers.
Companies with more than 75 workers have to submit layoff notices to the state, as required by Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, 60 days prior to plants being shuttered or large employee layoffs.