Above and below is raw video from Todd Sherman of a protest yesterday (Monday) in McCook, Illinois after the layoff of eight firefighters and the outsourcing of the fire department operations to Kurtz Ambulance Service. McCook is south of Chicago.
Workers at the McCook Fire Department have taken to the picket lines to protest a mass layoff.
According to the Des Plaines Valley News, the nine-person fire department cost the village $1.2 million a year. McCook Mayor Jeff Tobloski told the newspaper that the village has been running on a $1.5 million deficit, and the tax base isn’t strong enough to manage the fire department’s expenses.
NBC 5 was unsuccessful in obtaining a response from Tobloski or Kurtz officials.