Almost 1,900 Illinoisans are poised to lose their jobs beginning next month, according to the monthly Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act report.
General Mills is slated to cut 444 jobs in January as it gears up to close its facility in West Chicago next summer.
Another 821 layoffs are planned by Gate Gourmet, the airline catering firm. The layoffs, set for January, are connected to the decision by United Airlines at O'Hare International Airport to switch its catering company from Gate Gourmet to LSG Sky Chefs. A number of Gate Gourmet employees have reportedly been hired by LSG Sky Chefs.
Orbitz Worldwide also warned of an unspecified number of job cuts. There were reports last month, however, that the company is looking to layoff 326 Chicago-based workers.
Streator-based St. Mary's Hospital is expected to eliminate 350 jobs next month because its inpatient service department is closing. A total of 81 jobs are also being cut in January at the Balmoral Park and Maywood Park horse racing tracks, which are facing bankruptcy.
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.