What Chicago’s new mayor means for environmental justice

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Brandon Johnson, the newly elected mayor of Chicago who won a tight race on Tuesday, campaigned on crime and education but he also talked about something else: environmental justice. 

Johnson, 47, is a former teacher and union organizer and currently serves as a Cook County commissioner. His campaign promises included making Chicago a leader in sustainability and addressing pollution-burdened neighborhoods in the city. 

His opponent in the run-off election, Paul Vallas, 69, is the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and ran on a tough-on-crime platform. 

While environmental activists are cheered by his mayoral win, they and other observers also know the reality. 

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