Hundreds to Face Layoffs in Illinois in Coming Months

USA, State of Illinois

Many Chicago-Area Workers to Lose Their Jobs

More than a 1,500 workers in the state of Illinois face layoffs in the coming months. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has posted its most recent Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) report, which reveals that more than a dozen companies filed layoff notices with the state department in July.

Companies planning to lay off a significant number of employees are required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act to inform the affected employees at least 60 days in advance. The WARN Act also requires companies to file layoff notices with the aforementioned state department.

A total of 17 companies have submitted WARN documents with the Illinois government in July.

In Chicago, three companies will be laying off workers, beginning in September. The most noteworthy name on the list is Sears Holdings Corp, which is permanently closing a store in the city and laying off 116 workers.


Die casting company Pace Industries is laying off 120 employees in September and October, while flat glass manufacturer PPG Industries, Inc. will be laying off 55 workers in September as it closes a plant in Chicago.

In Des Plaines, Pacific Coast Feather Company will be closing a plant after the company was acquired by its peer, Hollander Sleep Products, LLC. The closure will result in 29 layoffs in September.

A significant number of layoffs will be taking place in Joliet, where medical equipment manufacturer Medtronic plc. will be laying off 185 workers between September and mid-December, as part of a restructuring initiative.

Third-party logistics company Kane Warehousing, Inc. reported that it lost a big contract, so it will cut 178 jobs at its  facility in Romeoville in September.

In Kankakee, 92 local workers will lose their jobs in September as grocery chain Ultra Foods closes a store in the city.

In Downers Grove, food container manufacturer Newell Brands Inc will be closing a facility and laying off 134 workers between October 2017 and the end of June 2018. In Wood Dale, air conditioning contractor Standard Refrigeration will cut 102 jobs in September, following the closure of its facility there.

All in all, the 17 companies that filed notices in July will be laying off 1,536 workers in Illinois over the next few months.


State Of Illinois Monthly WARN Activity Listing Month July Year 2017,” Illinois Work Net Center, Last accessed August 7, 2017.