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made useful to the whole community,
not only during school hours, but in
the evening. We want a wider use of
But whenever there things are
brought up, the question of money is
also brought up. The schools are in
adequately financed "at -the present
time. The - fund for maintenance
would not cover keeping the schools
open at night, and it would be a case
of robbing Peter to pay Paul. In all
probability, the teachers would be the
ones who would have to pay for it.
The appropriations do not expand
as the needs of the city develop, and
so, if you are going to make wider
use of the schools, involving addi
tional expense, it must be taken out
of some already inadequate fund.
Illinois has always been away be
hind in school appropriations. Only
$1,000,000 for about thirty years was
appropriated, while the little State of
New Jersey appropriated $10,000,000,
and California the same amount.
When the teachers and the labor
unions got together in 1911 we suc
ceeded in getting the legislature to
double the appropriation. In 1913 we
got another million.
There are three ways by which suf
ficient funds could be secured by the
state to enable it to appropriate suf
ficient for educational purposes to
provide these girls and boys who have
no place to play with a playground
and also a course in vocational train
ing that would be a help and an
The Board of Education has lands
In the heart of the city, Madison,
Monroe, State and Dearborn streets.
The leaseholders on certain of these
pieces of land want the revaluation
clauses stricken out and a straight
99-year lease given the same as the
In May, 1915, the Board" of Educa
tion will have to reappraise these
lands. If the board would put a fair
pppraisal on th land Tfi r '1"
tinient would force these people to
pay and not take it into the courts 1
and drag it along for years, .there
would be some money to do these'
The land here in the loop is scan
dalously inadequately appraised as
compared with homes. In 1915 the
four-year appraisal will come up. If
there could be a city-wide movement
to make assessors appraise these loop
lands as they should the Board of
Education would have money enough M
to open the schools and put somebody
in them to take care of them.
The railroads have never been as
sessed as they should be. Since 18J6
not a railroad in this county has paid
a dollar of franchise tax. In 1876 the
franchise tax exceeded the tax on
their physical property over $600,000.
There should be a movement to
force the railroads to bear their share
of the public burden. They have gob
bled up the best lands in this city ancl
pay comparatively no taxes.
If the people would do these things
and then give the money over for the
children, they would be showing a
measure of justice toward those chil
dren, and I want to say God bless this
little O'Connor boy who has-made us
see how unjustly we are treating our
boys and girls.
There is no place for them to play.
The other morning I was coming
along LaSalle avenue. A child of
five years ctme out of a fiat building
that was so close to the street there
was no room for the child to play on
the pavement and it ran into the
street only to be harshly commanded
to get off the street as an auto truck
This isn't a matter alone for the
city to take care of ; it is for the state.
If Chicago had been alive to the Ljk'
nnortn nf Us r.hildrfin instead nf
supine, inert and asleep, that square
mile of school land in the heart of
the city would be producing an in"
come of $40,000,000 a year, but the
Board of Education and the city
"ouncil sold it and so children like
thi? bov haven't any place to play.
The Teachers' Federation is going
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