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Daywatch: Mayor Johnson invests in mental health, but questions linger

Chicago Tribune - 10/30/2023

Good morning, Chicago.

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s first budget comes at a crossroads moment for the Chicago Department of Public Health.

More than three years after COVID-19 placed the Health Department on the front lines and made it among the most vital and prominent departments in the city, Johnson’s decisions on prioritizing spending there as federal pandemic dollars dry up will help shape how prepared Chicago is should another significant public health crisis arise.

While Johnson — who ran a campaign promising he’d emphasize spending on mental health — and his administration insist it has its eye on making sure Chicago is in good shape, some observers are concerned the city isn’t putting enough of its own money into ensuring the gains made over the past three years aren’t lost.

Read the full story from the Tribune’s John Byrne.

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