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JUDGES GET FIFTY PER CENT
RAISE IN PAY
Distinguished lobbyists were on
the job early last night in the lounge
room of the city council. They were
the municipal court judges, and they
wanted a raise.
The judges had the aldermen buf
faloed. Only 16 aldermen voted
against the salary increase, and of
the nine aldermen who are attorneys
only one voted against the measure,
and that was Aid: Rodriguez. Att'y
Walker, 21st ward, was strong for
the pay boost Att'y Walkowiak,
17th ward; Otto Kerner, 12th ward;
Carl Murray, 18th ward, and U. S.
Schwartz, 3d ward, all voted for the
raise. Three other lawyer aldermen
were not present They were Thos.
J. Lynch, Jas. Kearns and Henry Ut
patel. The judges formerly were paid
$6,000 a year or $20 a day all year
round with two months' vacation.
Now they get $9,000 a year. A raise
of 50 per cent
Recently day laborers employed by
the city had to go on strike to obtain
a wage increase from $2.25 to $2.40
a day. Aid. Richert, chairman of the
finance committee, told the alder
men that the deficit would probably
be made up by doing less street
Aldermen who argued against the
pay boost for judges pointed out how
at the end of six years the people
would be saddled with an extra year
ly tax burden of $264,000 by this one
Aid. Kearns and compensation
committee this week will take up
subject of how much money "L"
lines should pay to city for monopoly
of overhead trackage in Chicago.
Now the city is paid $80,050. Alder
men think-this is not enough.
Other council doings:
Aid. Miller had order passed di
recting test of automatic stopping
device for movie machines when film
Appointed Col. Alin ns hn'1 of
waste com'n to see that garb-qe
plant on which city spent $750,000;
at his dire recommendation works
all right. Col. Allen has also recom.-
mended auto truck fenders.
Ordinance protecting the jobs off
laborers by compelling civil services
commissions to air the charges
against the men before they fire
them was passed after bitter opposi- )
tion of administration aldermen, whd
bravely stood up in the face of the!
declaration that now, just after the
jobs had been made more desirablej
was the time the men should be pro
Aid. Lawely and Aid. Michaelsori
fought against this.
PRETZEL SEES HUMOR IN AN
APPOINTMENT BY MAYOR
With delicate irony and subtle hu-
mor, Mayor Thompson appointed a
new commission on downtown mu
At the tail end of the list of citi-
cens who are part of the commission:
is the name of D. F. Kelly, gen. mgr.,
of Mandel Bros, and secretary of the
State Street Business Men's ass'n.
Only one alderman saw the joke
and that was Aid. Pretzel. It sud
denly came to his mind how Kelly
had fought for the sub-basement of
Mandel Bros., which has continued in
defiance of the b;:ilding code, with
the connivance of the city building
and heatlh departments.
Kelly fought for the sub-basement,
a direct and open violation of the law,
and now he is a member of a com
mission of downtown municipal im
provements. The aldermen failed by one vote to
pass an ordinance legalizing the
basement and overwhelmingly de
feated an order directing the build
ing coin'n to close it as a salesroom.
The subject of Mandel Bros, sub
basement is now "up in the air"
rather than more than 30 feet below;
the surface of the sidewalk.