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    Mayor Brandon Johnson delivers his first budget address on Oct 11, 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Mayor Brandon Johnson used his 2024 budget address Wednesday to announce the creation of several new city departments, some of which have existed in the past but had been dissolved or consolidated. 

    One of the most notable pieces of Johnson's budget is the reestablishment of the Department of Environment, a long-awaited announcement for advocates who have pointed to a lack of enforcement actions since the city's environment department was eliminated a decade ago by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The department’s resurrection was one of Johnson’s campaign promises. 

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