Since Chicago’s first-round failure to bring home an Olympic bid, calls have grown louder for Mayor Daley and the City Council to turn their attention back to running the city and addressing serious problems ranging from street violence to a troubled transit system. But after several years of budget problems and multiple rounds of layoffs—and another huge budget hole for 2010—it’s going to be harder and harder to pull off.

A close look at the city’s payroll records shows that over the last year and a half the Daley administration has been forced to shed scores of jobs responsible for core service delivery such as policing, criminal investigations, emergency communications, traffic control, garbage pickup, tree trimming, airport security, and public health care.