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InMrcd m Sieond CIm Matter Oetnbar
Offleo at Chicago, lltlnola, unatr Act
THIRTIETH YEAR, NO. JJ7.
FOR THE S2 TAX
The Chicago Bureau of Public Efficiency
Issues Statement Showing Grave
Condition of Local Government
Opposes Exorbitant Demands on the Taxpayers,
but Gives Figures Showing Necessity
for the Increase Advised
Tho Chlcngo Ihironu of Public 13m
clcncy Issued n printed stntomont
analyzing the situation nt Springfield
ns regards the appeals of tho city of
Chicago, tho board of education and
Cook county for a higher tnx rate.
Tho bureau holds that n $2 city cor
porate rate will bo sufficient to moot
tho expenses of tho municipality and
provide for salary increases whoro
merited. Tho bureau trustees say
they hnvo no sympathy with tho attitude-
of thoso who opposo all tax In
creases merely becauao they mean
larger demands upon thoso who pay
"Tho nocd for additional rovonuo
at this tlmo Is conceded by porsons
well informed on thoBiibJoct," reads
,the 'statomont. ''If It Is not granted,
'Important govcrnmont nctlvltles will
bo. seriously cripplod. Thoro is dan
ger-in tno. present situation, nowcyor.j
ItTllos In tho fact that rach or llul)6n
govornmonts, under cover of Its rec
ognized needs, Is seeking to obtnln
from tho legislature more rovonuo
nnd greater taxing powors than its
logttiniato requirements domand."
Accompanying tho stntomont is tho
following tnblo showing tho proposed
increases in tax rates pending boforo
ent Itnto in
City Kcncinl coniorfttu..l.i!0 $2.35 11.15
county Kuncnu corim-
County mothers' pon-
County mntoiJilty fuml.Nono
County library None
County memorial liltle.Noiio
Comity kcIiooI fmul....Nono
Hoard of education (edu-
T'liyplrnl trnlnlnK In
public schools .No no
Stuto vocutloiml cilucn-
Stntn normal schools... Jsono
Koutli park board
tN'oto The. prcfont ngBroKnto rate per
$100 HHHCBHod vnluo (ono-tlilrtl full viiluo)
for Htnto, rounty. city, board of educa
tion, snnltnry cllstrlct, nark board nnd
all oilier purposes In 1018 was ih follows:
Koutli town, llyrto Park and IjUc. tt.Mis
went town. WJI; north town and I.nlto
Ono portion of tho stntomont reads
ns follow h:
"It Is conservatively estimated
that, oven with tho most careful prim
ing of tho domnnds now being made,
tnx bills In 1920 will bo nearly ono
third higher than thoy woro in 1919.
And unless tho mombors of tho logls
laturo rocognlzo tho dangers of tho
situation, ollmlnato unnecossnry spo
clol taxes altogether, nnd keep In
creases In tho general rates down to
tho lowest point consistent with tho
nctunl nocossltlos of each caso, noxt
year's tnx bills will bo BO por cent
hl3hor than thoso of this year."
, Tho schools nnd flro commlttco of
tho city council Is trying to work out
n plnn to glvo tho city flromon flftocn
day furloughs with pny each year.
Thoy havo not boon gottlng vacations
slnco tho daublo platoon oystom
went lnto.offoct. John P. Cullorton,
secrotnry to Flro Marshal O'Connor,
told tho nldormon that ho did not
bellovo it would bo wise to put tho
proposed ordlnanco Into offect right
now. Ho said it would moan 300
men nway on vncntlons nil of tho tlmo
nnd it would bo Impossible to man
tho compnnles. Ho promised to
work on n plnn thnt might bo satis
factory to all.
Tho doublo platoon systom having
boon roforred to nt tho mooting as
responsible for n shortago of men
on duty, George Horrlgnn, socrotnry
of tho Firemen's association, wont In
to detail as to tho results of tho opor-
I argest Wt4dy GraMm Atom
People 4 iribnwn md
11. ISM. at th Pet Office of Publication,
of March 3, 1171. 179 W. Washington 8t., Chicago, III.
ta Per Year In Advance.
ntlon of tho double platoon system.
IIo snld that sickness among tho men
hnd been reduced "0 por cont, only
half ns many men ns formerly nro
brought beforo tho trial board and
the firo losses hnvo boon materially
reduced. Tho ordlnnnco providing
for tho vacations was Introduced in
the council by Alderman Clark.
City Treasurer Henry Stucknrt
camo to tho rescue of Chicago's
school teachers by volunteering to
lend tho board of education $1,250,000
with which to pay their unlades for
May. Another $1,000,000 will conio
.frjanhcHprnc orrt3 next month tot
in'oct tho domnnds for tho windup of
tho school yonr.
Tho teachers, until this fact beenmo
known, wero worried nbout tholr pay,
for Mayor Thompson at tho last meet
ing of the city council vetoed tho
tnx lovy for tho schools on tho ground
that It was Illegal, that two lovics
could not bo made in tho snino year.
This loft tho funds with which to pny
teachers' salaries just $300,000 and
tho board could not soil tnx anticipa
tion wnrrants to malto up tho doflclt.
Now clouds hnvo vanished and tho
pay checks will como along on tlmo
nnd thoy wl'l como noxt month, too.
Mr. Stucknrt takes tho board's "I. O.
U." for tho $2,250,000 of tho two pay
rolls. When tho tnx lovy Is passed
tho board can soil Its anticipation
warrants nnd return tho monoy.
CLUB MEN AGAINST
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
Veto of tho scurch nnd seizure law,
passed by tho stato lcglslaturo, was
urged upon Gov. Lowdon by n com
mittee of tho South Shoro Country
"Moro than 150 mombors of tho
club mnko their pormunont homos nt
tho club hoiiBO nnd havo tholr stocks
of liquor there," snld Kvorott C.
llrown, president. 'Our nttomoys In
form mo that If tho mcasuro becomes
n law thoso prlvato club homes will
bo liable to raids nnd tho rosldent
mombors of tho club liable to nrrcst."
Gov. Lowdon told Mr. llrown nnd
tho commltteo that tho attornoy-gon-oral's
dopartmont Is studying tho bill
nnd that ho has como to no decision
on it ns yet.
Tho Goodrich lino whllo maintain
ing nn nil nround pnsougor service,
is making oxtensivo preparations for
vacation crowds. It roports sovoral
of Us boats nro already chartered to
largo organizations and firms to carry
members or employes for n dny's out
ing across tho lako. Tho Elks havo
chnrtorod tho Florida for Juno 19-21
for tho two day convention of tho or
der nt Manitowoc, and on Juno 27 tho
Florida brings tho employes of tho
Ilnclno Auto Tiro company to Chi
cago for an outing.
Tho big excursion Btoamor Chris
topher Columbus boglus hor dally
trips to Milwaukee Juno 2G, but on
July 7 will malto a special trip to
Lako Harbor to carry moro than 2,000
Chicago high school boys to tho
Roosovolt training cninp.
Dally sorvlco to Muskogon, Grand
Haven and Grand rinplds opens Juno
20 j to Whitehall nnd Whltolnko
points, Juno 27, nnd to Michigan City
and points north, Juno 28. Two moro
trips a wook nro to bo added to Greon
nay points in ndditlon to tho regular
sorvlco. Dcsldos her dally trips
across tho lakes tho Florida will
again mnko moonlight trips from tho
municipal pier. II. W. Thorp, gen
eral munnger of tho Goodrich lines,
"Every Indication points to n suc
cessful summer season, nnd wo nro
preparing for big crowds. Wo hnvo
Vtor9pi0s4ri ft f, . ,
novor had moro inquiries, nnd espe
cially from larger societies. Tho lat
ter havo not been chartering boats
for tho last two years, nnd this mnkea
mo feol that tho public is gotting back
again to Its normal condition, and as
tho vacation draws near I bollovo wo
shall havo tho old crowd that wo
had boforo tho war."
Tho individuals in tho flock of
Smokes waiting for servlco at tho
olllco of tho City Department of Pub
lic Servlco In tho City Hall evidently
do not all want tholr bills sharpened
or tholr tooth fixed, A snapshot of a
crowd of them would dlscloso a great
display of worry In tho shapo of mo
lars nnd somo appetite for public
sorvlco or pap,
S, I. Shane, tho popular presldont
of tho Western AVrecklng & Lumber
company, would mado a good gover
nor of Illinois,
UNIVEHSITY OF ILLINOIS LIBRARY
JUN 1 8 1919
;!" A ?J. .'. '
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
CHICA0O SATURDAY, JUNE
ABOLISH THIS JOB
The Department of Public Scr
vice Is an Unnecessary Hard
ship on the Taxpayers.
Tho city department of public sor
vlco should bo nbollshed.
It 1b nn unnecessary nest of sine
cures. Tho blggoot slnecuro In It Is tho Job
of commissioner. ,
A visit to Ills o 111 co may disclose this
This department cost the weary
tnxpnycrs of Chicago, $7G,910 last
It pretends to receive, Invcstigato
and ndjust complaints- regarding ser
vice, rates, products and other mnttcrs
relating to tho health, comfort, con
venience or safety of the public ns
affected by public utilities.
Let us laugh.
Everybody knows what a Joko this
department Is and how little It docs.
Its solo popularity Is with tho South
Sldo Smoke for whoso entertainment
Whcnover you sco n Smoke think of
tho City Department of Public Ser
vlco nnd nsk your nldcnnan to help
IHllllllllIlM i M.lilft u.rV9HllllllllllH
ROGER C. SULLIVAN.
Democratic Leader, Who Deserves Credit for Bringing
National Convention of 1920 to Chlcngo.
WHERE IS THE MONEY?
People With Bills Against the
Late Republican Campaign
Committee Are Wondering
Who Went South.
People with tinpnld blls against tho
Into Hopuhllcaii Campaign Commltteo
nro wondorlng who went south with
Certainly not any of tho "Smokes."
It would bq hard to drive n "Smoke"
south after ho landed a good job In
tho City Hnll.
Orders signed by officers of tho com
mltteo nro bolng framed by tholr hold
ors as momentos of a "Smoko" enm
palgn ns tho monoy for tho payment of
Uicbo bills Is snld to bo exhausted.
For might tho poor creditors know
It may havo boon Invested in oil or
smoko or something clue connected
1 with heat.
:J. "W IIMMIIi
-".' rroH -
CHICAGO IN 1920
Democrats Have Practically Decided to
Hold Their Big National Conven
tion in This City Next Year
President Wilson May Become a Candidate for a
Third Term if Circumstances Should
Democratic leaders have practical
ly decided to stngo tho 1920 national
convention of their party In Chicago
tho convention which many expect
to knock over nil political precedents
with tho nomination of President
Woodrow WIIboh for n third term.
"Wo nre ns confident ns wo can bo
without tho formal action of tho com
mlttoe, which will como In January,
that Chicago will got tho 1020 ses
sion," stated National Coiumlttooman
Charles I3ooschcustoln of Illinois.
"Tho Democrats nro tiring of going
to towns not equal to handling tho
Whllo Homer S, Cummlngs, tho nn
tlnnnl chairman, would mnko no defi
nite announcement, his farowoll
words on dopartlng for St. Louis af
ter tho two-day session of tho com
mltteo tho first meeting of tho com
mltteo In Chicago In fifteen years
wero to tho offect that tho Democrats
"Wo hnvo about decided to como
bnck ngnln," was his significant ro
mark. "Of courso, tho convention will
como horo," stnted Georgo 13. Dron
nan, local Democratic lendor. "In
past years tho party has sold tho
convention to tho highest blddor, but
I In 1020 thoro will bo no moro of that
Entered as Seesnd
urnco at Chicago,
foolishness. It Is practically settled
"Chicago Is getting tho convention
not because of Its willingness to out
bid competitors, but becnuso of Its
gcngrnphlcul ndvnntngo nnd Its facili
ties for staging a convention," be lidd
ed. "Tho party leaders will bo In
terested only In holding n successful
convention next yenr."
liidlauupnllH, Cleveland and San
Frniiclsco nro active usplrants for tho
1020 honor. Their spokesmen hnvo
openly admitted tho hopelessness of
Tho trip of Joseph P. Tumulty, sec
retnry to tho president, to the Chl
cngo session and his continuing West
with National Chairman Cummlngs
on tho pro-campaign tour has
strengthened tho growing bcllof that
tho president is to hnvo tho organiza
tion backing for n third term If clr
cumstnnces demand It.
All City Departments Except
One Have the Confidence of
the Public and Arc Doing Good
Mayor Thompson's second term
sturts out nusplclously.
The Pollco Department Is hi good
linuds nnd Is doing good work.
The Flro Dopartmont Is splendidly
Tho Law Dopartmont Is ably han
dled. The city llnnnces aro well managed
by n good Comptroller.
Tho Hoard of Local Impiovemeuts
has tho best chlof It ever had.
Tho Department of Public Works Is
running In lino shnpe.
Tho City Collector Is making n good
Hut tho Dopartmont or Public Sorv
lco. Holy Smoke!
Robert K Ilurko was reelected
secretary of tho Cook County De
mocracy and a now roster of officers
elected nt tho thlrty-sovonth annual
mooting of tho organization In tho
oxecutlvo commltteo rooms, lf2 W.
Randolph streot. Officers olocted nro
Frank K. Davidson, presldont; Rob
ert K. Cnntwoll, marshal; Thomas P.
llonflold, financial scctr-tary; John J.
Clifford, tronsuror; Dr. Anthony Kry
gowskl, physician; Joronic P. Helen
ka, quartermaster, nnd Patrick C.
Gnosko, sorgeant-at-iirms. Vlco-prcs-ld.'iits:
W. J. Hnrtmnn, It. T. Han
riihnu, D. I). Josso, Honry S. Mnnn,
F. M. Schlncks, 1). J. O'Connor, K. M.
Soymour, F. N. Mnoro, J, J. McCorm
Ick. K, J. G. Smith, J. J. Coburn, Dr.
Georgo Lolnlnger, J. A. King, A. J.
Kngol, Dr. Georgo Sultan, K. J. Dodd,
M. Domlnowskl, L. J, Arnstoin, K. J.
flteon, 13. McGrnth. O. Doedorleln, H.
(1. Koidol, J. V. Cunningham, J. 1
Waters, S. U. Hnbtuofr, T. J. Foy, F.
Pinner. Fred Grobol, P. A. Hlnes and
JUDGES AND LAW
YERS TO PLAY BALL
On Juno 21 a baseball gamo Is to bo
staged by toams of Judges and law
yers lu Comlskoy park, and thoy will
forgot, tompornrlly, tho casos pond
ing. At a mooting of tho judges In
tho Morrison hotel tho following com
mltteo on nraiigomonts was appoint
ed: Federal court, Judges Cnrponter
and Landls; Circuit court, Scnnlon,
Arnold, McGoorty; Superior court,
Snbath, Fooll, Hopkins; Muplclpal
Class Matter October 11, 1M, at M
Illinois, under Act of Marati Ik
WJI OL 13 JS l M JW5R J 54 6
court, Cavcrly, Trudo. Hayes; County
court, Scully; Probata court. Homer.
Resides tho baseball game, In which
tho attorneys plan to glvo tho bench
n "trimming," to get oven for Inst
year uhi'ii (hoy "took pity" on tho
Judges there will bo Jumping con
tests nnd foot rnces us sldo uttrnc
tlons. Also Ihc last part of Shakos
pearo's "Shylock" will be acted tho
I'm t In uhlch Shylock goes to collect
n "pound of Hush nearest tho heart."
Nothing nt which to bo ulnrmed, for
n greased pig will bo tho "pound of
llosh." Tickets to tho uffnlr will bo
fiO cents. The proceeds will bo given
NEED HOUSE NUMBEIS
Over Half the Residences, Stores,
Apartment Buildings and Other
Structures in Chiccago Are
Tho cnsunl obsorvcr cannot fall to
notlco that ono of tho crying ncods
of Chicago Is street numbers on tho
Slnco tho passngo or tho now stroot
car ordlnnnco, which provides for
tho stopping of tho cars at oven
numbered corners only, tho nbsonco
of tho numbors Is painfully notice
nble, nnd much annoyance Is folt In
Letter cnrrlors nnd othors who havo
long suffered from this flagrant dis
regard of tho law requiring numbors
on ovory liouso, havo grown tired of
uttering complaints. No nttontion
was paid to thorn.
Wholo blocks nil ovor Chlcngo nro
without numbors, nnd no ono In nil
thorlty nppeurs to caro nbout tho
A big fight Is bolng mado nt Spring
fiold for tho passago of tho following
inws affecting Chicago:
Non-partisan olectlons fornldonnen
Reducing tho number of nldormen
from sovonty to fifty.
Increasing tho number of city
wards from thlrty-fivo to fifty, with
ono nldormnn representing oach ward.
Recall for aldermen and mayor.
Eliminating tho offices of city
clorlc and city tronsuror from tho
olcctlvo offices nnd making them ap
polntlvo by tho council.
Tho bills, If successfully pushed
through tho stato lcglslaturo, must go
to tho peoplo for ratification on a ref
Tho city mnnugor plan of govcrn
mont, which was also submitted to
tho city council, wns put lu tho dls
enrd. " r -sw -ira tfcair wutl
menta is favor or tno city manager
plnn, nnd thoro woro many enemies.
Tho majority of tho nldormon did not
feel thnt tho council bo trusted with
tho selection of n mayor, and othors
raised tho objection that tho peoplo
would thoroby hno no volco In tho
selection of tholr oxecutlvo.
Tho contomplatod chnngo In tho
aldcrmnnlc systom was first brought
to tho council In a bill providing for
four yenrs Instead of two-year terras
for tho city fathers nnd provided for
ono nldormnn from each of thlrty
fivo wards. It lost by n voto of 32
to 27 nnd was thon amended to pro
vldo for fifty wards, with an aldor
man from each.
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