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1. City of Chicago Department Of Law Department

Salary expenditure: $31 million
Number of positions: 463

Data year: 2017
2. City of Chicago Department Of Buildings Department

Salary expenditure: $28 million
Number of positions: 294

Data year: 2017
3. City of Chicago Family And Support Services Department

Salary expenditure: $26 million
Number of positions: 451

Data year: 2017
4. City of Chicago Dept Of Planning & Development Department

Salary expenditure: $18 million
Number of positions: 234

Data year: 2017
5. City of Chicago Committee On Finance Department

Salary expenditure: $17 million
Number of positions: 452

Data year: 2017
6. City of Chicago Business Affairs/Consumer Pro. Department

Salary expenditure: $13 million
Number of positions: 185

Data year: 2017
7. City of Chicago Dpt Of Innovation & Technology Department

Salary expenditure: $9 million
Number of positions: 104

Data year: 2017
8. City of Chicago Mayor's Office Department

Salary expenditure: $8 million
Number of positions: 125

Data year: 2017
9. City of Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability Department Police Department

Salary expenditure: $7 million
Number of positions: 126

Data year: 2017
10. City of Chicago Office Of City Clerk Department

Salary expenditure: $6 million
Number of positions: 135

Data year: 2017
11. City of Chicago Board Of Election Commissioner Department

Salary expenditure: $6 million
Number of positions: 126

Data year: 2017

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