West Suburban Lyons has laid off one third of its police force.
The cut affecting seven officers took effect at midnight and follows months of contract talks between the village and the Fraternal Order of Police.
The move leaves 16 full time officers on the force.
On some shifts, the town of about 10,000 residents will be patrolled by as few as one or two officers.
Earlier this year the village proposed cutting a million dollars from the police budget, citing financial constraints.
A negotiator for the Illinois FOP says the union has not seen any documentation of the town’s fiscal problems.
The village manager and president have not been available for comment.