State Journal-Register sports editor Todd Adams was laid off last Friday in what one source says was an economic move.
Adams’ departure came two days after SJ-R newsroom employees, plus editorial employees at the Peoria Journal Register and Rockford Register Star, were offered buyouts. Workers have until today to sign up for buyouts.
Adams joined the paper in January, 2017. Neither he nor Angie Muhs, SJ-R editor, could be reached for immediate comment.
GateHouse Media, corporate owner of the three papers, has told workers that those who sign up for buyouts will be told by the end of the workday on Wednesday whether the company will allow them to leave with severance packages. In the case of the SJ-R, a collective bargaining agreement with newsroom employees would allow one week’s pay for every year’s service, with a maximum payout of 15 weeks of pay.
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