• Alderman Carrie Austin: “See, contrary to popular belief, I’m not getting all these damn jobs to give out.”

It’s becoming an annual tradition.

Over the last year the city of Chicago cut nearly 1,200 middle-class jobs, the vast majority of them held by residents of black and Hispanic neighborhoods on the south and southwest sides that were already coping with disinvestment, vacant lots, empty storefronts, foreclosed homes, persistent joblessness, and crime.

This continues a trend that’s been underway for years. These cuts bring the total since 2006 to more than 7,000.