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SENATE TO GET MINIMUM WAGE
BILL TODAY $7.50 NAMED
Bill Provides Fine and Imprisonment
For Employers Who Give Less
Than Living Wage.
Springfield, III., May 21. Follow
ing the collapse of the immorality
charges against Lieut-Gov. Barratt
O'Hara, the Illinois Welfare Commis
sion, of which he is chairman, met
last night and decided upon the min
imum wage bill which will be pre
sented to the senate by Sen. Niels
The meeting was the first held
since Barratt O'Hara got up on the
floor of the senate a few weeks agd
and demanded a probe of the scandal,
rumored about Springfield, connect
ing him with Maude Robinson in an
orgy at the Hotel Sherman, Chicago.
In addition to the lieutenant gov
ernor, Senators Juul, Beall, Wood
ard and Tossey were present.
The principal features of the
measure to be presented to the Sen
ate today follow:
It creates a state industrial com
mission of three members to estab
lish a minimum living wage for wo
men and minors in the various trades,
occupations and industries.
It fixes the minimum wage for wo-,
men and minors at $7.50 a week until
such time as the commission shall
have established a permanent mini
mum. It declares it unlawful for any em
ployer to pay women and minors less
than a living wage.
It fixes the punishment for any vio
lation of this law at a fine of $25 and
imprisonment from one month to one
It provides that county boards in
the various counties shall ascertain
in August of each year the minimum
cost of living for women and minors,
the cost of board, including 21 meals
a week, the cost of decent lodging,
gosfedOf, cJo.tbJng, carfare , and-other Ji
necessities and report the same, to
the Illinois Industrial Commission.
It provides that every day during
which any employer shall employ a
girl, woman or child in any occupa
tion at less than the prescribed min
imum living wage shall constitute a
separate violation of this act and
shall be punished accordingly.
It provides that the minimum liv
ing wage established by the commis
sion shall be presumed to be just and
reasonable in all courts of justice.
It provides that the members of the
commission be appointed by the gov?
ernor for the term of three years and
are to receive salaries of $2,000. Two
members are to be chosen from the--majority
party and one from the
It provides that every firm," cor- ,
poration and individual must give to;
the commissioa free access to to
books,, contracts and pay-rolls aijd
full information as to the employ
ment or wages of women and minors.
As soon as possible after its or
ganization the commission must get
together and determine the minimum
living wage. Jt must also establish a.
suitable minimum living wage for;
learners and apprentices.
The commission may provide, a ,
lower minimum living wage for learn
ers and apprentices, but this rate is i
limited to a period of six months.
The commission will have full
power to summon any witness, -adr
minister oaths and take testimony.
Clergyman's wife You have spent
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study. What is the matter? Clergy?
man Several members of the con
gregation complain that my sermbns
are too long, and Tve been tryingt
to write a short one!
During the first month of Wilson's,
administration, Uncle Samfs imports!
increased two millions and hs ex
ports of manufactured articles abou$
13 millions, although the total of ex-J
ports fell off IS millions.
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