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ditures are crammed into the 100
Trades union officers say that this
report backs up their charges often
made against the SouthJPark board.
Secret operation and czar-like power
are the two things the labor men
say they want to break.
Simon O'Donnell, president of the
Building Trades Council, has this to
say: "Those South Park commis
sioners get away with anything they
want to. Each one is appointed for
six years by the circuit judges of
Cook county. They are not elected
by the people. They are not respon
sible to the voters. They pay lower
wages than any other public body in
the county. They give labor men the
laugh. The way they act they might
as well say, 'The public be damned'
and be done with it"
Lawrence P. Lindelof, secretary
Painters' District council, gave this
"If any so-called roughnecks on
the county board or in the city coun
cil should do what the South Park
board is doing they would have the
newspapers on their necks in a min
ute. These millionaire commission
ers are supposed to be business men
giving us a business administration
of public property.
"It takes them over ten months
to fix up their annual .report. And
at last, when the annual report
comes out it doesn't tell the most im
portant things that ought to be told.
"The public has an investment of
$23,000,000 in the property con
trolled by the commissioners. Isn't
ten months too long a time to delay
a report on such a vast public prop
erty? When the report finally comes
shouldn't the citizens be informed as
to where the richest governmental
body in Chicago keeps its cash on
deposit? Is it not the right of any
citizen to know whether this cash is
drawing interest, and, if so, how
J. F Robinson, business agent of
the machinists, said: "There is no J
more irresponsible set of public of
ficials in Chicago than the South
Park commissioners. All you need
do is look at their records. See who
they are. They are tied up with big
business interests all the way
through. Not one of them has any w
working class feeling. They see
everything In the light .of low wages
and big profits."
This is the lineup of the South
Park board as it stands today:
President of the board is John Bar
ton Payne, one time a judge; later
attorney for the Armour-Swift-Morris
packing companies; attorney "for
the Chicago Junction Ry.; member
of the firm of Winston, Payne,
Strawn & Shaw, the highest-priced
corporation lawyers in Chicago.
Edward Tilden is president of
Libby, McNeil & Iibby, a branch of
Swift & Co., brother of William Til
den, head of the Fort Dearborn Na
tional bank; director of the Drovers'
Charles L. Hutchinson is president
of the Corn Exchange bank.
Joseph Donersberger, auditor of
board, is former president of the Chi
cago Real Estate board.
Albert Mohr is the son of a South
Chicago foundryman and is rated as
holding about two million dollars left
him by his father.
Treasurer of the board 'is George
M. Reynolds, president of the Con
tinental & Commercial bank, head
of the Rockefeller banking chain of
the middle west, and, with James
Forgan, of the First National bank,
lately named in complaints to the
United States treasury department
as dominating the government re
serve bank of the Chicago district
and exercising powerful money con
trol over the-small banks of Illinois.
Attorney for the board is Robert
Redfield of the firm of Tolman, Sex
ton & Redfiield, attorney for the rail
roads seeking a union terminal or
dinance; attorney for - Marshall
Field & Co. In getting the ordinance
for the 80-foot subway Field's now