“ER” and the city exchange presentations Friday

MAYOR DALEY PROCLAIMS JAN. 30 “ER” DAY in Chicago, and in a twist you rarely if ever hear of ? “ER” will present a gift to the city, “in recognition of the generosity the people of Chicago have shown while the hit series has filmed in the city for the past 15 years.”

The mutual presentation of proclamation and gift takes place at the Upton Baptist Church, 1011 W. Wilson at 11:30 a.m

The Mayor will be there, along with producer Chris Chulack, and “ER” cast members Noah Wyle, Parminder Nagra and David Lyons.

LEO BURNETT WILL DROP 75 JOBS or 5% of its workforce, across all disciplines at the agency and its marketing division, Arc Worldwide.

“With client revenue projections down for 2009,” said agency president Richard Stoddart in a letter to employees, “we were forced to take steps to address the fact that we have had more staffing than our plan can support.”

He added that the cuts were not “a purely financial exercise.”

“SHORTCUTS,” the Illinois Film Office’s short film contest, is back in business for a second year and statewide filmmakers have six months from now ? June 30 — to enter to win a cash prize, a crystal trophy and a spot in the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival’s Short Film Contest.

Simple entry rules: All Illinois residents over 18 may enter. Submit any genre, in any format, 15-minutes or less in length.

Entries will be judged by a panel of film industry professionals. Entry fee is $25.

Entry forms will be posted Feb. 2 on