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COUNCIL WANTS OWN INVESTIGATING BODY
SITS ON CORPORATION COUNSEL
Corporation Counsel Ettelson was
before the council finance committee
yesterday with Howard Sprogle, att'y
for the merit board, .to object to the
finance committee's proposal to have
an efficiency and investigating bu
reau all of their own.
Sprogle, assisted by Ettelson, drew
a line between the things the coun
cil could and could not do. He said
the council might create such a board
to make investigations which might
help them to legislate, but that it
couldn't interfere with the work the
employes of the city were doing.
But there are some brainy men on
the finance committee, which is try
ing to keep the city's expenditures
within its income. So, after much
talk, debate and argument, the line
drawn became so fine the aldermen
couldn't see it.
Then by unanimous vote they de
cided to make an appropriation for
All this centers around the present
"secrecy" policy of the administra
tion, which would rather have almost
anything happen than have aldermen
get certain information regarding
certain departments in the City Hall.
For instance: Aid. Merriam would
like very much to see the inside of
the department of public works which
hires and discharges teams. He has
a hunch that there is more politics
than civil service in this hiring.
Other aldermen would like to look
at the inside workings of the civil
Aid. Kerner is especially interested
as to what might be found intheoffice
of the chief of police regarding the
ordinance which compels auto trucks
to have fenders. He has been trying
for two years to get the police depart
ment to enforce this ordinance which
Corporation Counsel Ettelson has de
cided, in iniitation of a supreme court
judge, is illegal.
Aid. Buck would like to get records
of certain strike-breaking gunmen
which are believed to be in the office
of the first deputy superintendent of
Aid. Toman's ambitions center
around several offices. Maybe he
could find out why Chicago went dry
for a seventh of the week.
And so it goes on through the
This efficiency bureau will be on
the job all year round. If a proposal
comes in to consolidate certain city
departments they will investigate its
feasibility. If another department is
recpmmended abolished they will be
authorized to look into the usefulness
of this department
In fact, the efficiency bureau will
put an end to anything crooked
which might be going on in the City
Hall and will widely separate politics
from civil service.
Most of the aldermen are strong
for it. It will show where the city's
moneys are going and how much they
are getting in return. It will inves
tigate before making big expend
itures. And the first, last and fore
most objects will be efficiency and
A fight is going to be made on this
measure. It will be called politics. It
is politics, admit the aldermen for it,
and the various exposes inthe papers
for the last six months have also been
the results of politics.
Backers of this measure advocate
this sort of politics. They say it is
soap, not whitewash. And they are
going to fight to put it through the
United States court of appeals up
held conviction of Terre Haute elec
tion conspirators today.
Saloons held up: Benj. Marks', 3037
S. Wabash av., $1.50, and Kent Mil
ler's, 106 E. 30th, $20.
Dexter Capron Stanley, 100, grand
old man of Downers Grove, dead.