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Crrtrd it Steond Clan Matter October
Otflee at Chicago, Illinois, under Act
THIRTIETH YEAH, NO. 17.
ROB THE PEOPLE
Chicago Job Holders Organize to Treble
Burden of Taxation and Confiscate
Property of the Poor
Bents and Taxes Will Soar and Many Working
men Will Lose the Savings of
a Life Time
The coldest blooded robbery of tho
public over planned is In tho request
mado by tho City Council of Chicago
to tho Legislature for permission to
treblo tho ttix on tho small property
owners of Chicago.
Tho request In mado In tho Interest
of tho city job holders unions, tho
members of which hold llfo Jobs under
tho Civil Sorvlco and who nro or
ganized to get tho last drop of blood
out of tho pcoplo.
Rents will soar.
Tho property of tho poor will bo
Hut tho Job holders unions will get
what they nro after.
Few pcoplo realize tho strength of
tho unions ns foBtcrcd by tho Civil
City Job holders can bu mombors.
of tho loglslnturo and still hold their
city Jobs moroly taking n furlough
until tho legislative work Is ovor.
City Job holdors can bo Aldormcn
and still hold tholr city Jobs.
So the city Job holders can got all
tho legislation they want while tho
pockots of tho taxpayors hnvo any
thing in them.
Tho proplo nro powerless.
They havo no organization,
Thero nro a couplo of real estato
"boards" In tho city.
Outsldo of giving dlnuors to thorn
solves onco In a whllo or talking about
tho Torronn law or tho weather real
estato boards nevor do anything.
So tho tnxpayors of Chicago can pro
paro to bo skinned nllvo.
A boost In thn tax into of $1.05 por
$100 of assosspd vnluatlon was locom
mended by tho city council committee
on flnanco, which approved an appro
priation bill providing for expendi
tures of $35,396,409 out of th'o corpo
rate fund. At tho snmo tlmo tho com
mlttoo completed an alternative
"baby" budget totaling n llttlo ovor
$15,000,000, proposed In tho ovont there
Is no leglslatlvo authorization of tho
Increased tax rato. This would cut
thousands of city employes out of
Tho cour. will hnvo to approve tho
largor prog m and tho stato legisla
ture will ha' i to act favorably boforo
nny provision of this budget can bo
carried out. A roar Is oxpoctod on tho
tax incronso proposition, ns it moans
If you livo on tho south sldo and
IN THE LEGISLATURE
Work of Illinois
By a vote of 84 to CG tho Illinois
houso of representatives ratified tho
federal prohibition nmondmont. Tho
senato passed tho resolution last
Doth Spcakor Shannhan and tho
commltto on committees of tho sonnto
uro at work on tho committees. It is
understood that thoro will bo few
changes In eltlior houso. Tho wIbo
ncres aro forecasting that Speaker
Shannhan will head bis most impor
tant commlttcos about ns follows:
Appropriations Edward J. Smojkal
Judiciary William P. Holaday
Public Utilities and Transportation
Carl Muollor, Chicago.
Judicial Department nnd Practlco
Gotthard A. Dnhlborg, Chicago.
I argest WeeltJ GrtukKon Among
People ef Influence md Stent
11, 18B9, at the Pott
of March 3. 117.
Office of Publication,
179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
J2 Per Year In Advance.
havo n homo worth $3,000, you pay on
$1,000 of assessed vnluatlon. Tho rato
now is $58.50 for tho south town. Tho
rate proposed would bo $75 per $1,000
of assessed valuation, a boost of $10.50
per $1,000. ItcHldcnts of other parts
of town will bo slmllnrly hit.
Tho city's corporate fund Is limited
by stato law to $1.10. Tho recommon
dntlon inn do by tho commltteo means
Increasing this to $2.75 If legislative
approval Is obtained. It Is expected
that tho IncrcnBcd tax rato will bo
fought bitterly, as It moans higher
rents for homes and apartments and
more tnxos for nil who pay taxes, In
cluding porsons and estates that aro
largo and llkewlso small holders of
real estato and buildings.
Tho corporation counsel's olllco has
drafted II vo bills at tho request of tho
council flnanco commltteo which it
passed by tho stato lcglslaturo will
glvo Chicago a commission form of
government. Tho five bills provldo:
A city mannger.
Changes in tho selection of city
clerk, trensuror and comptroller.
Creating u now department to hnvo
chargo of tho city comptroller's and
city treasurer's olllco.
Nonpartisan election of aldormcn.
Amendments to tho net consolidat
ing tho local governments.
Tho bills havo bcon sont to tho fl
nanco commltteo for action. If thoy
nro passed upon fuvorubly thoy will bo
sont to tho loglslnturo for notion.
FEDERATION OF LABOR
PROPOSES JOHN FITZ
PATRICK FOR MAYOR
John Fltzpatrlck, president of tho
Chicago Federation of Labor, is now
boforo tho public as labor's candidate
Four hundred dolegntcs of tho now
Indopondont labor party nnmod him
for that oilico ut u nominating convon
tlon nt Hodcarrlors' Hall, 811 West
Tomporanco Norman F. Flngg,
Liberal Thomas Curran, Chicago.
Agricultural Israel Dudgeon, Mor
ris, Roads and Bridges llomor J. Tlco,
Dnnks and llunklng Richard
Domocrats oxpoct no commltto
Tho snmo commltteo in tho sonato
probably will bo hendod as follows:
Appropriations Edward C. Curtis,
Judiciary Richard J. Darr, Joliot.
Public Utilities nnd Transportation
John Dalloy, Poorln.
Judicial Department and Practlco
W. S. Jowoll, Lowlaton.
Tomporanco Charles L. Wood,
Llboral Francis P. nrndy, Chicago.
Roads and Bridges Honry M. Dun
Banks and Banking Clayton C. Por
Agriculture Simon E. Lantz, Con-gorvillo.
Harrison street. Immediately ho an
nounced that no contributions for tho
party campaign would bo received
except from labor sources.
Other nominees of tho new party
selected by acclamation nro: John
Klkulskl, Polish organizer of the stock
COLONEL D. A. ECKHART.
Popular Miller and Republican Leader Who Declined to Become
yards workmen, for city clerk; Knuto
G. Torkelson, u enrpentor, for city
MAN WILL RETIRE
An Associated Press dispatch from
Washington says that Sonator Law
renco Y. Sherman of Illinois Intends
to rotlro from public llfo at tho end
of his prosont term, March 3, 1919.
One of the verr neat Aldermen In
the City Council, ii Edward F. Culler
ton. He has been longest In the public
service of any member of the City
Council and his usefulness to tho peo
ple has been demonstrated orer and
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Pntronago seekers among tho mem
bers of tho forest presorvo commis
sion wero reported to be planning to
pad tho rolls of that body and tnko
enro of tho pressure for Jobs thoy aro
being subjoctcd to. Peter Hclnberg,
president of thn commission, an
nounccd that ho would opposo any
unnecessary oxpondlturo of money,
particularly In view of the fact that
tho county commission, the member
ship of which is Identical with tho for
est preserve commission, is preparing
to inovo on thn legislature nt Spring
Hold with a demand for moro money
for county purposes.
It is reported that a list of appoint
ments for tho forest presorvo commis
sion hns been proparcd, nnd that It
calls for many moro employes thnn
aro employed nt tho present tlmo and
nn Increased oxpondlturo of about
$50,000. Among tho now employes
wanted nro nix district superinten
dents. Thero nro no such superinten
dents nt present.
The following aro to bo tho officers
V t '$.
I V -l
of tho Iroquois Club for tho onsuing
Prosldont Cnii R. Latham.
Vlco Pi osldont William A. Doyle.
Tionsuror Oscar G. Foromnn.
Sccrotnry Gooigo L. Rokor.
Board of Managers John W. Eck
hart, Ed wnrd D. llulbort, William E.
Dovor, RobwoII B Mason, Otto Kubln,
William A. Tllden, Henry B. Cham
borlln, Honry Hornor, Julius F.
Smiotnnka, Morgan L. Dnvles, Michael
L. Igoo, Oscar Mayor, Benjamin J. Alt
holmor, Hnrry R. Gibbons and Josoph
Mr. Latham, who Is a brother of tho
lato II. II. Latham, formor president
of tho club, who died of Influonza re
cently, Is tho cnndldato for prosldont
on both tho regular and members'
Thomas J. Wobb Is coming to tho
front as a mayoralty dark horso on
tho Democratic sldo,
UNITE ON OLSON
Brundage and Deneen Republican Fac
tions Bury Hatchet Get Back
of Judge for Mayor
Merriam Will Contest at the Primary, but Will
Support Olson at the Polls if
Beaten by Him
Harry Olson, Chief Justice of tho
Municipal Court is tho cholco of tho
Ilrundngo and Oonccn factions of tho
Republican party for Mayor.
Ho will lead tho fight on Thompson.
Captain Charles K. Merriam will
contest for tho nomination nt tho pri-
a Candidnto for Mayor.
marles, but will support Olson If ho
wins tho nomination.
MERRIAM FIGHTS GRAFT
Cnpt. Charles E. Merriam, ropubli
can, candidnto for tho mayoralty nom
ination, urged citizens to koop up tho
fight for good govornmont and to keop
In sight at all times what thoy aro
lighting for. Capt. Morrlam nddrossod
tho Lenguo of Cook County Clubs in
tho Fine Arts building.
"In tho tumult of tho strugglo for
bettor govornmont, wo must not lose
sight of tho goal," ho said. "From
tlmo to tlmo wo must lift up our eyes
to boo whoro wo nro moving. Wo may
seo a city whoro graft and greed havo
boon led captlvo; whoro prlvllogo and
Its shadow, povorty, havo bcon driven
out through tho city's gatos, Wo may
boo a city whoro tho publlo Intorost
Entered as Seeend Clate Matter October 11, 1U9, at t
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March I, 107.
sltn flrmly on tho throne, supromo
ovor prlvnto Interost and privilege.
"Wo may seo n cltv whoro tho bIiiIs
tor system linking tho mnchlno of tho
boss with tho predatory public utility,
and tho hideous gangs who trade In
vlco nnd crlmo Is shnttered and dis
persed; whoro the machinery and
tools of government that do the peo
ple's will shall bo sharp nnd bright
nnd clonn, adapted to tho work thoy
must do; whoro tho rnngo nnd scopo
of tho city's poiycr shall cover tho
rnngo and scopo of our local human
needs; whoro men nnd women shall
share alike tho grnvo responsibilities
of governing their common affairs;
whero tho nets and agents of govern
ment shnll nlwnys ho subjoct to tho
pcoplo'w will; whoro tho public pay
rolls and purchases servo tho public
nnd not n party, n faction or n pir
.nr'T' LOOKS LIKE
Many Democratic lenders nro of tho
opinion that In tho Interest of har
mony tho Organization inny agree to
tho suggestion of Congressman Sab
nth, Frank Pnsehen, Alderman Kost
nor and other strong Harrison men
nnd name Congressman James Mr
Andrews for mayor.
Mayor Thompson and his friends
nro confident of winning the Republi
can nomination over Olson and Mer
riam. Mayor Thompson openi'd IiIh cam
paign for reuomlnntlon nnd reolcctloii
with n mass meeting Tuesday night
in Arcadia Hull ut Broadway nnd Sun
nysldo avo. Tho petition with Its
200,000 signers asking tho mayor to
mnko the race was formally presented.
Tho innvor In his Initial speech
IN THE CITY COUNCIL
Important Public Business Before
the Chicago Board of Aldermen
Legislate u action boohtiug the Chi
cago tux rnto $1.05 per J100 of as
sessed valuation will bo sought by tho
city council If a rceoinmomlutlon
passed by the clt council is approved
by tho entlro body of aldonnon. A
"baby budgot," rilling for lh did
chargo of thousands of policemen, lire
men and other city omplojes has been
submitted ns an alternative -.hould
the city full to got roller irom I ho
The budget based on the Income for
191!) now in sight calls for an expen
diture of $l!.f80.I.T7 as compared to
?2ri,a7-.9S0, the rovlsed appropriation
Tor 1018. Tho appropriation bill
workod out on tho assumption that the
legislatuio will provldo for a greator
eorporatu Income for a 1919 oxpondl
turo of $:ir.,a9C,IG9. This will con
tinuo in ufi'ect tho salary lucrensos
given city omployes last year and pro
vldo for additional employes called for
by department hearts.
Tho "baby budgot" worked out by
tho llnnnco commlttoo cuts tho pollco
department from $7,872,537 to $5,2U0,
9G5 and tho tiro department from $3,
772,318 to $2,931,011. Tho corporation
counsel's olllco Is cut from $270,850
to $28,900, leaving only I ho head of tho
department and a row omplojos.
Tho election commission, which io
colved nearly $1,000,000 last year, Is
cut off without u cent, and Uio dopnrt
inont of publlo welfare nnd tho bureau
of statistics aro also abolished.
Chicago's appropriation bill for 1919,
providing for oxpondlturos from tho
WIIOLIS NUM15EII J BUG
mndo an attack upon Alderman II. D.
Capltaln nnd tho traction Interests.
Health Commissioner John Dill Rob
ertson nlso spoko nnd as an added
attraction a complnto bill of vaudo
vlllo acts was staged.
When Muyor Thompson nnd Judgo
Olson mot In tho 1915 primaries tho
latter was considered n favorite. Tho
nomination went to Thompson by u
narrow margin, tho Second Ward
with Its largo Negro vote being tho
Chin li)s A, McCulloch In thn follow
ing statement declined to bcconih a
candldnt'j.for thi) Republican nftmlnn-
'o" for JV(V - '
"Rocontly my nnmo has boon In
cluded In n list of men ns n candidnto
for muyor on tho Republlcnn ticket.
"My nnmo has been put forwnrd by
friends with whom I hnvo been asso
ciated for cars. 1 thank them for
tho compliment which thoy havo thun
bestowed upon mo, but I wish to say
that I am not n rnndldntn. My busi
ness conuectlauH tnko up all of my
time, and tho sncrlllco Involved sroniH
to bo one which 1 hardly could mnko."
Twenty-fifth Ward Democrat
Boosted for Nomination.
Friends of William F. Qulnlan of
tho Twcnty-llftli ward uro boosting
him for the democratic nomination for
Mr Qulnluu Is n pioneer of Edgo
water and Ih prosldont of tho Edgo
w uter Coal company.
coipoi.tu fund oi f.Ct.HDG 500, w.n sent
to the cll council last night by tho
flnanco commltteo, which bus been
working on thn budgot for several
Tho ordinance lor tho Ogden uvo.
extension was referred to the trcet-i
and alloys committee, whoro it will
be I'onnally npprotcd
Tho Council nuproved a contract
with tho Kovornnu'iit for all vacant
space on tho Municipal Pier for stor
lug automobile and war equipment.
The city will imiivd $130,000 annual
ly as rental
Alderman Mum.oIu'h order olmi.t-'lm;
the bourn in which automobiles nro
prohibited irom parking In tho loop
was passed. Tho now hours nro from
7 to 0 n. in Instead of 7 to 10 anil
from t:30 to ii p. m. instead of froni
1.30 to 7 p m.
Cars will be permitted to park oth
orvvlhti for ono hour Instead of n lmlf
Mayor Thompson was directed to es
lend an liivitntlon to Cardinal Mor
dor of Belgium. Aldormnn Rlchort
Lagett Weekly Oraik&a Atttcwf
Petplk of Influenoa acxl Siduj