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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 04, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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GAS-TRACTION-TRIBUNE-CITY HALL GANG
MAY NOT CONTROL NEW COUNCIL
How will the new city council
stand on gas, traction, telephone
and Commonwealth Edison fran
chises or rate schedules, all of which
must be renewed this year or the
next two years?
Will the new council back up
Mayor Thompson if the mayor re
' appoints Jake Loeb to be a member
of the school board?
How will the council stand if an
other street car strike comes next
summer, following lack of success in
negotiating a new wage agreement?
These are among big questions
talked about today in connection
with the new and re-elected alder
men who won in the balloting yes
terday. That Mayor Thompson lost
and the Municipal Voters' league
gained in the election is conceded on'
all sides. Though the Thompson
Lundin organization was successful
in picking off Merriam, Sitts, Buck
and Kearns, retiring aldermen who
fought the City Hall's payroll grabs,
there are among the incoming alder
men several figures who will be ag
gressively against the City Hall ma
chine. New men like George F. Iliff,
Charles V. Johnson-, George M. May
pole, Joe Kostner and others are al
ready counted on by enemies of the
mayor. Organized labor figures that
Thomas Ahern, the new alderman
from the 13th, is a gain for labor be
cause Ahern used to be a member of
the street car men's union and in
his previous term as an alderman
was always with labor.
The amazing run of John C. Ken
nedy in the 27th ward is a puzzle to
day in the offices of the gas and trac
tion companies, the Tribune, and the
City -Hall politicians who massed
their forces in a drive planned to kill,
squelch and destroy the 27th ward
Socialist. With a plurality above
6,000, topping all other aldermanic
pluralities in the city, Kennedy
stands vindicated, so far as ballots
can do it, of the charges or treason
cooked up during the campaign.
Though it's hard to replace the
ability and experience of Merriam,
Buck, Sitts, and Kearns in the new
council, the dope is it's going to be a
worse council for the gas-tractionr
Commonwealth Edison gang to- han
dle than the previous council. Plenty
of old-timers in the municipal owner
ship movement today said the new
council looks good to them.
If Mayor Thompson reappoints
Jake Loeb to the school board he will
start a rumpus. Jake is supposed to
be a Democrat, and his appointment
by a Republican mayor would be in
stantly confirmed if the council's
Democratic majority was strong for
the Jake Loeb brand of politics. Not
only is Jake under fire for his savage
and reckless attacks on the Teach
ers' Federation, wrecking civil serv
ice, visiting peculiar punishments on
women who refuse to. obey his orders
and rebuffing women's clubs. Be
sides this, Jake has spread the re
ligious, issue around in a way that
isn't to the liking of some of the new
aldermen. Mayor Thompson has
said he and Jake Loeb stand for the
same things in the public school sys
tem and it is expected he will re
appoint Jake.
Expiration of the street car men's
wage agreement this summer may
bring most anything. The wage
raise of 1915 was 13 per cent.
Since then the cost of living has
raised 35 per cent, according to some
Chicago figures on groceries and
clothing.
It was in the city council that. Aid.
Kennedy led the opposition to Aid.
Capitain and Former Chief Healey in
their attempt to get $450j000 for
guns and special police. There is
talk now about whether the new city
council will be equally loyal to the
carmen as against the companies.

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