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Chicago's City News Service to close

Dec. 2, 2005 at 7:33 AM

CHICAGO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- City News Service, successor to Chicago's legendary City News Bureau that served as a boot camp for generations of reporters, is closing after 115 years.

The City News Service fell victim to budget cutting at the Tribune Co., which announced this month it would trim about 100 positions at its flagship Chicago Tribune and scores of jobs in other operations.

All 19 City News employees will be laid off along with 28 editorial employees at the Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The newspaper's WomanNews section will be combined with the Tempo arts and entertainment section.

City News will cease operations Jan. 1 and employees can apply for 13 jobs on the paper's 24-hour Internet news operation.

City News was a training ground for Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike Royko, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, and novelist Kurt Vonnegut, part of a long roster of alumni.

"That's sad," Vonnegut, 83, told the Sun-Times. "It was something to be proud of -- like being in the infantry."

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