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JAKE LOEB HAS GLOOM DAY IN SPRINGFIELD
REFUSED FLOOR BEATEN 35-1.
Jake Loeb. school board president,
spent the cheapest day of his life
Thursday in Springfield. After lobby
ing four hours to beat teachers' te
nure bill, he was beaten 35 to 1. In
the morning he sat in the gallery and
heard himself denounced from the
senate floor as an "autocrat," "ty
rant" and a "czar."
Sen. John T. Denvir of Chicago
made the big speech of the day. He
answered Sen. Ettelson's argument
that "ample protection" is already
afforded the teachers of Chicago
without any new legislation.
"Why has the school board czar
been sent down here to personally
attend to the defeat of this measure
to protect the teachers?" asked Den
vir. "If they are protected now un
der the law why were 68 dismissed
without notice or trial on June 27
last, even though the superintendent
of schools had marked 42 of them as
efficient? What were those teachers
put out for? Has the autocrat who
rules the school board given the pub
lic any reason for it? Nobody ha?
ever been told why those teachers
were dismissed. The present law
does not protect That is why I fa
vor this teachers' tenure measure."
"I ask that the president of the
Chicago board of education be grant
ed the floor," said Sen. Ettelson.
"There is a serious situation in Chi
cago." "I think he deserves no considera
tion here today," said Sen. Barber.
"He has had seven weeks to speak
his mind on this subject," said Sen.
Morton D. Hull. "The attorney and
the secretary of the school board
have been here and had their day in
court. I am opposed to granting him
Sitting in the gallery with Jake
Loeb and acting alternately as mes
sengers to the senate floor were Dud
ley C. Taylor, attorney for the As
sociated Employers of Illinois, and
John Lovett, former editor of the Il
linois Manufacturers' ass'n official
organ and now secretary of the Chi
cago Public School league."
The senate municipalities commit- A,
tee voted 9 to 7 for an. amendment
to the teachers' pension law. It
would take away control from the
teachers and place it with the school
MAYOR SAYS EMPLOYERS CAN
HELP BY BEING FAIR
Mayor Wm. Hale Thompson yes
terday called attention to the fact
that the big employers of Chicago
have got a big share to do right here
at home, along the war lines.
v "We all know that this war means
tremendous increases in taxes and
food costs. Prices have not really
begun to go up. The feeling has al
ready been shown in many cities
against the price of living.
"If the working people do not get
increases sufficiently large to meet
the living cost there will be terrific
suffering. It is, up to the employers
to do then4 best for their employes."
The mayor discussed the war
question further. "Now that war
has been declared," he said, "the
most important thing is for congress
to grab control of the food supply.
Now is the time for real prepared
ness against the tremendously high
prices, which are bound to come.
Charity begins at home. America
should be considered ahead of Euro
pean nations. The war means that
there will be a big increase in taxes (J
and food cost."
Thompson was asked what he
thought of Bill Mason voting against
war. Said he didn't exactly know,
but that the election of both Aid.
Kennedy and Johnson, Socialists,
showed that there was some strong
I feeling against war.