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CAMPAIGN FOR HOME RULE
FIRES UP AS SUPREME
COURT NAILS IT.
No sooner was the final nail
slammed into the coffin marked
"Home Rule for Chicago" by the
state supreme court yesterday than
the waning campaign for it fired up
with fresh vigor.
The court decision was a shock to
every one but the public utilities
com'n. It overthrew every line of
dope on the street car situation. It
took away from the city the right to
regulate street car service, and gas,
telephone and electricity contracts.
Hereafter, under the decision, the
public utilities commission appoint
ed by the governor can bargain with
the utility corporations as it pleases.
It may raise or lower the price of any
of these commodities, knock out
clauses from any agreement made
between the city and the companies
and decide what is hest for the peo
ple of the city and there is no appeal
Every clique, crowd and creed in
the City Hall is in conference today,
planning means for overthrowing the
power of the state board and restor
ing to Chicago the right to govern
its utility service.
The city council independents
sounded the call to get behind the
home rule bill now before the legis
lature. An attempt to put the ap
proval of the new council behind the
bill will be made.
Mayor Thompson announced in
his message to the council next Mon
day night he would present his home
Corporation Counsel Ettelson is
determined to fight the case in the
United States supreme court, but
none of the home rule factions intend
to wait for this.
Traction experts declared today
that the public utilities commission
may even knock out the $2,500,000
annual income to the city for the
traction fund if it pleases. It may
make the fare 6 or 4 cents, or any
other amount it pleases.
But the one ray of light was that
it killed the Fisher-Capitain 50-year
franchise bill because the city has
not the right to enter into any such
agreement with the car companies. '
Wm. L. O'Connell, chairman of the
commission, said today that that
body would not interfere with the at
tempt of the gas companies and the
city to come to a new agreement on W
rates and gas standards. "The com
mission will pass on the resulting or
dinance, however, he declared.
TEACHERS ARE PUZZLED OVER
SUPREME COURT STAND
School teachers of Chicago are
puzzled as to their rights. On the
one hand, the supreme court decision
of yesterday says they are absolutely
under control of the school board,
which has power to hire or fire any
teacher any time "for any reason
whatever or for no reason at all, and
it is immaterial whether the appli
cant is married or unmarried, is of
fair complexion, is dark, is or is not
a member of a trade union, or wheth
er no reason is given." On the other
hand, is the Otis-Mueller bill passed
by the legislature with an over
whelming vote saying that before the
school board can fire any teachers
the board must bring written charges
and hold a hearing at which she
would have full opportunity to dis
prove the "charges.
The question puzzling the school
teachers is: Who is right on the
law the supreme court or the legis
lature? Which of these two author
ities will be finally upheld when the
matter has been litigated through all
the higher courts?
Jake Loeb, school board president,
was tickled with the decision and tfci
commented: "This is the happiest
day of my life. The board of educa- -tion
shall conduct the affairs of the ,
school system. There will "be no
labor unions in the public schools."
London. Food strikes in Vester
vik, Karlstad and Kalmar, Sweden.