More than 110 Cook County, IL, sheriff’s office recruits and trainees were laid off this week after a proposed countywide tax on soda was put on hold, officials said.

The sheriff’s office layoffs are in addition to more than 300 county job cuts announced last week to make up for the loss of anticipated revenue from the soda tax.

“These are very difficult times for everyone,” said Cara Smith, chief policy officer for the sheriff’s office.

Sixty-six incoming recruits who were expected to start training next week have been notified that their class is suspended, and 47 trainees who began at the academy last month were laid off, the Chicago Tribune reports.

 

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