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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 16, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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QUESTION OF SECRET SCHOOL
BOARD BOOKS UP BEFORE
COUNCIL TODAY
Shall the school board keep two
sets of books one for the public as
THintPn in nffininl -rann-rric anil an-
M other for the Jake -Loeb insiders of
tne school board majority, inacces
sible even to aldermen of the city
council?
This question is up again in city
council this afternoon. Chairman
Lynch of schools committee will ask
passage of a new council rule. It
aims' at stopping the Jake Loeb ma
jority from again putting through
any real estate or other transaction
like that of the Thornton deal for the
Avpndale school playground site.
This action of schools committee
Jollows the recommendation of the
sub-committee headed by Aid. Robert
M. Buck. If the rule should be
passed by council and enforced on
the board of education it would throw
open to the aldermen and the pub
he all records of real estate transac
tions, give the names of owners and
taxpayers and enable any ordinary
citizen to know who are the buyers
and sellers and wno is getting the
long and short end of the deal. This
is the information aldermen will in
sist on having before they will vote
in council to approve real estate deals
of school board:
"Statement in full of the owner
ship of each parcel of property pro
posed to be acquired, together with
all information in possession of the.
board as to each parcel, concerning
existing contracts, options and
1 leases, and a history of all transfers
i within the next nrererHnp- fwn vpars
and a list of those who have paid
taxes thereon during the same pe
riod." Any time, a school board member
or friend or 'dummy tries to put
across a real estate or insurance deal
it is hoped by this rule that aldermen
and the public will know who's who
and what's what.
"Our action in council this after
noon is merely supplemental to our
action of the past year in trying to
get a system of reasonable publicity
for school board records," said Chair
man T. J. Lynch. "It is not fair to
ask aldermen to transact public
school business on the basis of the
meager records furnished by the
school bqard to us."
"Secrecy of public school records
is a more vital issue today than a
year ago and we shall press for
action until every item of informa
tion pertaining to financial transac
tions of the school board is accessible
both to aldermen and to the general
public," said Aid. Buck. "It is an out
rage on democracy that any group of
public officials should refuse to show
in complete detail the workings of
their accounting systems. Our action
today is only one result following the
refusal of the school board majority
last year to let council schools Com
mittee scrutinize certain specified
records."
NUDE "DEAD ONES" ALL RIGHT,
BUT WHO CARES
New York, Oct. 16. There's noth
ing immoral in a picture of a nude
woman when the woman is "dead."
Policeman Riley,' former sign paint
er, played this rule before his supe
riors today as a new precedent in
New York's art censorship.
The police received a hurry call to
send a censor to a 51st st. art store,
where a shocked citizen said an inde
cent picture was on display in the
window. Riley was assigned as cen
sor. He found a picture portraying
a man on his knees, weeping beside
the body of a woman. Riley was
about to hide the picture behind
newspapers he intended to paste on
the window when an art-loving pe
destrian objected.
"Why, man, the woman's dead,"
Riley was told.
"Then I guess she can't hurt any
one," replied Riley, and he so report
ed to headquartersj
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