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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 26, 1911, Image 1

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THE
DAY BOOK
500 SO..PEORIA ST. " c398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol I, No. 77 Chicago, Tuesday, D.ec. 26, 1911 One Cent
SOME LIGHT ON THE TRACTION SITUATION
Hpw Public Business is Ttansacted i by Council When
Private -Interest Is Involved The Public Interest
WouldBe. Protectedyby a Referendum Vote on All
-Franchise Ordinances.
' When thieves fell out, honest folks usually get some unexpected
'information. '..,
, Many a citizen of Chicago has worked overtime unsuccessfully
trying to figure out the" various angles of Chicago's peculiar trac
tion situation..
. At',the regular meeting of- the city council, .Monday, Dec. 18,
'Aid! Mclnerney gavehis audience a bit, of unwritten traction
history: - " " " " t
. He practically charged the former whip of the city council,
Milton Y. Foreman,' ex-alderman of the Third ward, with having
received a "fee of $265,000 to force through the council the Consol
"idafe'd'Tracton ordinance, whereby the city of' Chicago paid to that
company $4,000,000 for a, lot of bid junk and expired franchises.
,' Aid. Mclnerney's outburst was due to a fight over an ordinance
providing for the absorption of that part " of the .Chicago and"
Southern 'Traction 'company' system within' the city .limits, by the
Chicago Qty Rail way,. Company, at a, valuation of $600,000.
,Nb one could mistake Aid. Mclne'ruey's meaning when he
shouted: "I know whereof I speak. Some of. you men votecffor
that ordinance (Consolidated Traction),. Then why should&y.ou
"hesitate' to vote forthis ontwhich'places a valuation of only $600',000
j on certain properties." . . , ' ,
The ordinance which would have given the, residents of the
.southwest section of the city a 5-cent fare, down-town was defeated
by a yote of 35 to 26. -'"..,,
The provfsibrf'contained in the ordinance which would have
permitted -the Chicago'and Southern Traction Company to carty
express matter down-.town ovjer the tracks of the Chicago City Rail
way Company was responsible for the defeat of the ordinance. The
1 whole figKt to airiend the ordinance was directed against this
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