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reach of the same conspiracy clause
of the criminal code under which we
shall bring our prosecutions.
"The result of taxdodging in Cook
county has been the escape from tax
ation by large property holders at the
expense of the small payer, who was
compelled to bear the burden of high
er rates, created automatically as the
men higher up failed to schedule
"A conservative estimate of the
amount of tax money which has been
thus diverted from the county, I
should gay, would be more than $20,
000,000 for each year during the last
ten years. The $50,000,000 sought to
be recovered in the information filed
yesterday represented taxes dodged
for about two years."
One of the first things Hoyne will
go after will be the undervalued prop
erty in the loop. It is known that if
Hoyne can collect the rightful taxa
tion on this land that an immense
burden will be lifted from the
shoulders of the small property own
ers who iiave been forced to make up
the deficit caused by the dodging of
Berger refused to give out the
names 6f any of the men who will be
called tomorrow before Judge Owens,
but says they will be extremely
Hoyne is disgusted with merely im
posing cheap fines for failure to file
schedules and has determined to in
voke the criminal statutes.
From now on all flagrant taxdodg
ers will be prosecuted for conspiracy.
In the County Court today Ass't
State's Att'ys Berger and Bell will
start the serious work by filing blan
ket informations against several
wealthy men. If Hoyne is successful
in his campaign millions of dollars of
unpaid taxes will be restored to the
Those found guilty of the charges
contained in the information may be
fined $5,000 and Imprisoned not to
exceed a period of two years in the
penitentiary or in the county jafl.
The blanket information charges,
conspiracy to defraud the city, county
and state out of $50,000,000 of taxes,1
covering a period dating back about
Hoyne and his assistants exposed
some of the taxdodgers' methods yes
terday. The two principal ways are!
1. Avoiding legal tax payments
by refusal to file personal property
schedules and letting the Board of
Assessors fix a nominal assessment,
usually upon the basis of an under
valuation. 2. Dodging tax payment entirely
by the exertion of political or other
influence and having chedules mark
ed "no assessment."
Assistant County Judge Plain yes
terday ordered Frank Koraleski, chief
clerk of board of assessors to bring
the following records of the assessors'
office into the county court tomorrow
All personal property records of
persons, firms and-corporations for
the years 1912-13-14; all capital stock
reports for the same years; daily te-r
ports of the assessors' office and ihe
Undervalued property which Hoyne
hopeB to force legitimate taxes on:
1 Railroads. Property not on
3 Loop property. Office build
ings, department stores and other
4 Corporations with large hold
ings. 5 Individuals with large holdings.
1 Corporations. Capital stock,
merchandise, fixtures and credits.
2 Firms. Merchandise, fixtures
and credits. " .
3 Individuals. Mortgages, stock
in foreign corporations, notes and se
curities, bonds and other persohal
Property Escaping Entirely.
Another list of property which has