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1. City of Chicago Department Of Police Department Police Department

Salary expenditure: $1 billion
Number of positions: 14k

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

Salary expenditure: $597 million
Number of positions: 5k

Data year: 2017
3. City of Chicago Water Management Department

Salary expenditure: $186 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
4. City of Chicago Streets And Sanitation Department

Salary expenditure: $161 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
5. City of Chicago Department Of Aviation Department

Salary expenditure: $127 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
6. City of Chicago Department Of Transportation Department

Salary expenditure: $109 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
7. City of Chicago Office Of Emerg Communications Department

Salary expenditure: $96 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
8. City of Chicago Fleet & Facilities Mgmt Department

Salary expenditure: $88 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
9. City of Chicago Chicago Public Library Department

Salary expenditure: $56 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
10. City of Chicago Health Dept Department

Salary expenditure: $44 million
Number of positions: 545

Data year: 2017
11. City of Chicago Department Of Finance Department

Salary expenditure: $41 million
Number of positions: 613

Data year: 2017

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