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ALDERMEN ARE STRIPPED OF
POWER JN PROPOSED BILL
J Springfield, June 11. Telephone,
gas, electric light and surface street
railway corporations will be under
' complete controT of-Mayor Thomp
son personally if the bill which passed
. the senate shortly after midnight this
morning also getsby the house.
Five commissioners appointed by
the mayor of Chicago win have pow
.ers wider than any exercised today
. by the city council or by the state
.utilities commission. Salary of each
commissioner is fixed at $10,000 a
Sen. Morton D. Hull said the bill
takes away the most important
rights of the city council and makes
-the aldermen nothing but a lot of
I clerks. Because aldermen are di-
i rectly elected by the people and are
-closer to the masses of the people,
-Hull declared, the city council is the
I only official body that should have
power to regulate utilities.
j Sen. Ettelson spoke for the bill He
f said Chicago ought to have home rule
-and this bfll is the last chance of
-Chicago for getting any home rule.
- The bill would give the five $10,000
commissioners power to authorize
.the merger of the surface and elevat-
red lines at any capitalization they
j choose. The city council gas-oil and
-transportation committees are com
pletely wiped out so far as any
orders they might originate would
.have final force over corporations.
.The commissioners will fix rates, su
jperrise service, control equipment,
meters and so on to a finish.
Sen. Cornwell of Chicago joined
lEttelson in declaring the bill is bet
ter than no home rule bill at all.
These eight senators voted against it:
Campbell, Canaday, Hull, Manay,
TPiercy, Roos, Tossey, Woodard.
Jt now goes to the house. Rep.
Medill McCormick and others say
they will urge it go to a committee
or hearing. A$ such committee i
hearing it is sure there will be warm
sessions, Chicago aldermen probably
appearing againBt the bill.
"Sam Ettelson, the senator who
was most active for this fake home
rule bill is known to us," said Morton
L. Johnson, president Penny Phone
league. "He is the lawyer who was
hired by the Illinois Telephone & Tel
egraph Co. to get results for them in
the council gas-oil committee. He
fought against a count of the phones
and contended the company had over
"His law partner, Dan Schuyler, is
the new attorney for the State Street
Retail Stores ass'n. The two wrote
a brief arguing that the city has no
right to forfeit and the forfeiture
clause of the automatic franphise
should not be held to mean what it
says on the face of it. It is clear a
powerful and cunning lobby is at
work with Ettelson.
"The one official body which should
have control over Chicago utilities is
the city council," said Aid. Charles E.
Merriam. "Aldermen elected by the
people of their wards every two years
are much more likely to know what
the people want from the utilities
than a board of appointed commis
sioners responsible very indirectly to
SABATH FINDS WAY TO HAND
"PEST" A SENTENCE
Frank Wicke, no home charged
with an indecent action towards
Dorothy Wicke, 6, 4000 W. Van Buren
st, while she was in a movie show
with her father, was given a hearing
in morals court today.
Wflke said he was intoxicated and
did not know what he was doing.
"There is no use holding this
youth in jail," said Judge Sabath. "It
would be practically impossible to get
a jury conviction in ihs case. Change
the charge to disorderly conduct and
I will give him six montrs or a fine of
The charge was changed.
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