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THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
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VOL.3, NO. 108
Chicago, Wednesday, Feb. 4, .1914
MAXWELL EDGAR BACKS UP HOYNE
IN PLAN TO JOLT TAXDODGER!
Secretary of Illinois Tax Reform Ass'n. Lays Heavy
Blame on County Attorney's Office Wants To See
It Wiped Off the Face of Cook County
Marshall Field Estate Case Cited
. .- In Tax Affair.
One big deep hole where the city
and county lost money running into
millions (of dollars), according to
Maxwell Edgar, is the office of coun
ty attorney. This is the office the
County Board and state.'s attorney
are trying to wipe off the county map.
What Maxwell Edgar says is worth
listening to, because Edgar, who is
secretary of the Illinois Tax Reform
Association, has been the most per
sistent enemy of taxdodgers in Illi
nois. He was special assistant cor
poration counsel in 1906-1907, in
charge of tax affairs "for the city.
And he has pushed through suits
from one court to another, keeping
them alive, and, if they come to a
successful finish, will compel the pay
ment of one and one-half billion dol
lars of back taxes not paid by Illinois
Hundreds of cases in the county
books were marked "referred to the
county attorney." That was the last
of them. They were snagged, lost,
never heard of again, asserts Edgar.
"Vast, systematic stealing from the
people has gone on through the
dodging of tax laws," said Edgar to
a Day Book reporter. "The respon
sibility for this evasion of taxes
traces back to a number of sources.
The Board of Review has made ridi
culously small assessments. The
courts have rendered curious de
cisions. The county attorney's office