Chicago’s solution to crime? Fire prosecutors.

The fallout from the Cook County pop tax delay was felt Friday in the county departments that prosecute and defend people in court, setting the stage for trial delays.

Nearly 40 people have been laid off from the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, including 17 prosecutors.

The layoffs were announced Friday, with a source confirming 22 staff members had been let go alongside the 17 state’s attorneys. A notice sent to clerks Friday warned they, too, could face layoffs, job eliminations or demotions in upcoming weeks.

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