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be in the hands of the state of Illi
nois then the state of Illinois is the
governing power over the utilities. If
the legislature enacts this proposed
law which orders the city of Chicago
to keep its hands off all finances of
the gas, traction and phone compa
nies, then Chicago will have no more
home rule powers in the future than
it has now.
"The .utility corporations will be
free to go ahead and print all the se
curities they please and place these
securities on the market and sell
them, and the city of Chicago can't
stop- them. Our hands are tied be
cause all responsibility is placed nj.
the hands xf J;he state utilities com
mission." "Power to rqgulate utility corpor-
ations operation already rests with
1 the city," said Aid. Eugene Block. "It
is not operation, but finance, that is
important now. With the state gov
ernment supervising finance and the
city government supervising opera
tion we shall have no changes, no
betterment of service.
"I don't like to be kicker all the
time. But if any of my constituents
' ask me if this measure introduced in
the legislature today is a home rule
BILL I shall tell them frankly it is
home rule BULL."
Aid. Harry Litter said he iadn't
read the bill. He was told, it places
complete financial supervision in the
hands of the state utilities commis
sion. "Then I'm against it," said Littler.
"Unless the city has control
finances of utility corporations, it
nas no nome rule powers."
Washington. Federal steel plant
to supply wholly or in part needs of
United States navy" is under consid
eration" by navy department, Sec'y
"of Navy Daniels said.
Charges filed against Policemen
E3w. Elliott and Edw O'Neill. For
mer charged with taking bribe; lat
ter with beating Elliott
COAL BOSSES MUST KEEP THEIR
PROMISES OR FACE STRIKE
Although disgruntled coal dealers
were paying the 50 cents .a day ad
vance to drivers who struck last Sat
urday and won, they are supposed to
be ready to hold jout some of the
union conditions tliey agreed to give
when the strike was closed,.
The answer of Milton Booth,
union leader who put the strike over,
is that the drivers will be out again
next Saturday unless the boBses
come through as- they promised.
The Chicago Coal Merchants'
ass'n will meet this afternoon to lay
the plans of the employers. Mean
while the big corporations are buy
ing up all the fuel they can get.
Milton Booth, head of the. coal
teamsters' union, announced today
that conference with the bosses may
not start until Thursday.
The men will not yield Dec. 31 as
the date for the expiration off any
agreement. Fred Upham and the
other coal barons want the agree
ment to expire in the spring, so they
can lock the men out and force them
to sign up new contracts at the
Ed Nockels, sec'y Chi. Fed. of La
bor, sent a, letter to District Att'y
Clyne today in which he charged the
coal trust with bringing on the strike
so as to further boost the price 'of
coal and lay the blame at the doors
of the union men.
Nockels said that the coal baronp
were willing tQ pay ihe increase In
but were waiting until the
men struck, when they could sway
public opinion througbrthe medium
of the trust pressv
SHOT TWICE BY WIFE
jRobert Reuping, 4301 N. Lincoln
st,, was shot twice by his wife, Maud,
today. Taken to Union hospital. Will
probably recover. Domestictroubles
Chas. O. Wetmore, paying teller,
First Nat'l Bank, died today
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