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CARPENTERS' VICTORY IS IN SIGHT
MYSTERY IN GIRL'S DEATH LATE WAR NEWS
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
VOL. 4, NO. 205 Chicago, Thursday, May 27, 1915
CHICAGO BUNKED IN
HOME RULE BILL?
Aldermen and Street Car Men's Union Show How Bill
Freezes Out Small Stockholders Stockyards and
Steam Roads Not Under Council Control.
What's behind that home rule bill
for Chicago now in the spotlight at
Springfield? From forty different
angles the bill doesn't look straight
It's a home rule bill all right And
then again there ain't ho home rule
City council and the people of Chi
cago will not have any power over
the stockyards, grain elevator, steam
railways and interurban railways. All
city government of these utilities has
been taken out of the bill.
We are to live here in Chicago and
smell the Armour works. But we're
not going to govern nor regulate
them. That power is placed in the
hands of the state utilities commis
sion, which in turn has its orders held
up or kicked out by Judge Kohlsaat
and the federal courts, as seen in th$
Oak Park track elevation case. t.
Also, we will let the Illinois Central
engines smoke along the lake front
and kill the trees and give us bad afrv
But we won't regulate the I. C. Tfte
home rule bill gives that power 'Co
the farmers downstate.
Maybe the home rule bill is good.
Medill McCormick says the only refcfl
enemies of it are "the Insull and Mdl
Kinley public utility interests." They
control now "75 per cent of the pub
lic utilities of the state and are fast
moving toward a monopoly of the
entire public service."
Aid. Eugene Block, former chair
man transportation committee, points
to where the bill is fixed so that any
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