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THITY-FIKST YEAR, NO. 4IJ.
a Par Yaar In Advance.
OHICJLGOv SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1920.
TKvn WHOLE NUMBER 1G05
FOR FIFTY WARDS
Election Commissioners Asked to Give
the People a Chance to Vote on
This Question in November
Adoption of Law Will Reduce Number of Aldermen
from Seventy to Fifty Many
Potltlons nro being widely circulat
ed and numerously signed asking tho
Doard of Election Commissioners to
put tho question of tho adoption ot
tho fifty ward law on tho ballot at
the next election November 2, 1920.
This law which should bo adopted
Fifty wards; ono alderman to a
ward; all elected at samo tlmo so as
to ollmlnato an election ovcry other
, Adoption of this law will savo tho
city of Chicago In election expenses
approximately $500,000 every other
It will help to bring about a ro
districting of tho city into new wards
on a fair basts.
The plan ot having ono alderman
from a ward Instead of two will mako
for simplicity and for location ot re
sponsibility. Thoro will bo 50 wards Instead of
35; 50 aldermen In placo ot 70 and
all aldermen will bo elected at trio
su mo time In oild numbered years.
Tho city will bo rodlstrictod Into
0 wards within three months of tho
adoption of tho act. If council fntls
to redistrlct, or If it attempts a gorry
mnndor, ono-flfth of tho aldormou (nay
submit a redisricting ordinance to
votors of city.
TerniH of city clerk and city trea
surer, beginning with 1923, to bo four
Term ot aldormon to bo two years
or tour years as people docldo on a
separate referendum vote
Snlary of aldormon undor now net
may bo $5,000 a yoar; present salary
$3,500 n year.
Tho bonollts of tho fifty-ward law:
,U will mnko for economy, simplici
ty und centralization of responsibility.
Tho adoption of tho law will savo
tho city in cloctlon oxponses between
$400,000 nnd $500,000 ovory other
year. Tho law must ho voted on and
adopted this fall in order to ollmlnato
tho election of 1922, nnd thus effect
tho money saving in that year.
A council ot 50 members will bo a
bettor working body than ono of 70
members. Dy reducing tho number
of aldermon from 70 to 50 tho pay ot
aldormon can bo ralsod from $3,500
n year to $5,000 without substantial
Increaso of oxpendituro for alderman
lc salary purposes.
It will bo hotter in many ways to
have ono alderman to a ward than
two. Whoro tho two nldormen from
a ward voto tho samo way, more than
ono is unnecessary. If they cast op
posing votes they nullify each other.
Ono alderman to a ward means doll
nito location ot responsibility. Two
nldormen' to n ward frequently leads
to friction and "passing tho buck."
Tho city sorely noeds redisricting.
At tho prosont tlmo tho wurds show
groat inequality ot population. It is
very difficult to secure fair rodistrlct
lng from a council bused on unequal
wards. Tho aldermen from tho small
wards object to eliminating some of
their own number by making small
wards, ns largo as thoy ought to bo.
It will bo much easier to redistrlct
tho city into 50 wards than into 35
wards. In addition, tho fifty-ward
law contains a provision ot great
valuo undor which 14 of tho 70 aldor
mon, in co-oporatlon with tho people,
can forco a fnir redisricting. Onei
fifth of tho aldormon can fonnulato
and submit to tho pooplo a rodistrlct
lng ordinance in caso tho council falls
to act or nttompts a gerrymander,
A fair redisricting ordinance, undor
which outlying residential territory
would necuro equal representation In
, tho city council, would lend to marked
Improvement in tho council.
Thoro Is another Important reason
for tho early adoption ot tho Fifty
Ward law. Tho Constitutional Con
vention, has undor consideration a
proposal, already indorsed by tho
Urft WU Grcuhtfaa Ammg
Ptofb of hdUwen mi Sttnfcg
committee ot the whole, for ono elec
tion a year, nil elections to bo held
In tho fall. This Idea has strong sup
port, among members ot tho Conven
tion. It this proposul should 'becotno
a part of tho Constitution, nldcrmanlc
elections would occur in November
instead of in tho spring. Tho proposal
In its present form would kill tho law
for non-partisan oloction of aldermen
in Chicago. This would mean, pre
sumably, that aldermen would bo
nominated at partisan primaries, and
in even numbered years would bo at
tho tall of a long ticket voted for
by a cross In the circle at tho top ot
the ballot. It would bo most utifor
tunnto to have aldormon elected on
a pnrtlsan tickot In n pvcsldentlal
year. This danger can bo avoided by
tho adoption of tho Fifty-Ward law, be
cause that law provides for tho elec
tion ot aldermen In odd uumborcd
Tho Fifty-Ward law does not mako
tho torm of aldermen tour years, as
has boon erroneously stated. It
iinoroly provides tliat whenovor tho act
Is submitted to a popular vota there
must bo u separate referendum on
the question an to whether tho nldcr
manlc torm shall bo two years or
four years. Tho voto on tho Fifty
Ward law when submitted to n rotor
ondum In 1919 was 97,797 for and
103,094 against n majority ot 5,297
against tho law, In a total voto ot
200,891. Tho voto for tho two-year
torm for nldormen was 119,588; for
tho four-yoar torm, 48,210 a majorl
ty ot 101,372 for tho two-year torm.
Undoubtedly an important factor in
tho defeat rf tho Flfty-Wurd law in
1919 was tho mistaken impression on
tho part of many votors that It ne
cessarily meant a four-year term for
aldormon. I3y voting for tho Fifty
Ward law and for tho two-yonr torm
for nldormau two sopnruto questions
tho benefits of tho FIfty-Wnrd law
can bo secured for Chicago without
making tho torm ot aldormon four
years. Tho pcoplo of Chicago huvo
shown conclusively that thoy do not
want a four-yoar term for aldermen.
Thoy need tho FIfty-Wnrd law. Tho
supporters of tho Fifty-Ward law urge
tho adoption of that law, without tho
four-yoar torm for aldormon.
Tho now census figures, recently
mndo public, show groat inequality of
tho wards in population. Tho 27th
ward has 150,244 residonts, as agulnst
35,294 for tho 20th wnrd. Yet tho
smaller wurd has as many aldormon
In tho city council as tho turgor.
Adoption of tho Fifty-Ward law of
fors tho best assurunco ot redisrict
ing tho city on n fair basis.
Following nro tho 1920 population
figures- for Chicago by present wards
11 , 59,872
JUDGE COOPER RESIGNS
Judge William Fonlraoro Cooper of
tho Suporior court of Cook county,
lias resigned his sont on tho bench
In a letter to Gov. Lowdon.
Judgo Coopor aBks tho governor to
call a spoclal oloction so that ho can
retire tho first Monday in Decomber.
Ho says ho has worked for flfty years
and desires to donate his tlmo to
rost and recreation,
Tho governor is oxpectod to call a
special oloction to bo held at tho tlmo
ot the general election in Nqvembor.
Judgo Coopor's term will oxplro In
December, 1922, so that If a special
election Is called to flit tho vacancy
created by his resignation, his suc
cessor will have two years to servo.
Judgo Cooper's legul oxperlonco
dates .back to 1881, whon ho was ad
mitted to tho bar, nnd settled In Chi
cago, engaging In general practice.
From 1892 until 1910 ho was mas-
tor-ln-chancery in tho Circuit court
ot Cook county. November, 1910, ho
was elected to tho Suporior court,
und ro-olcrted in 1916.
In 1906 Judgo Cooper was tho
domocrutlc nomlneo for Justice of tho
Supromo court ot Illinois.
Judgo Cooper wns born In Peters
burg, Vn In 1860. As n boy ho was
a pugo In tho United Stutos houso
of representatives, nnd Intor to tho
Supromo court of tho United Stntos
undor Chief Justlco Wnlto. and also
sorved In this capacity to tho elec
toral commission to docldo tho
Hnyos-Tlldon presidential controversy.
Dtxoa a WOlluu, one ot tho ttneat
watora Im th Democratic party U
frowinc In popularity. He would
make am Ideal member of contra" It
he woiM conient to run for the ofllce.
Tho following retiring Municipal
Court Judges will bo Indorsed for re
election: Judgo D. W. Sulllvnn.
Judgo Leo Doyle.
Judgo James Donnhoe.
'Judge E. J. Jarcckl.'
Judgo John Stelk has announced
that ho Is not a candldnto for re
election. Thero nro ten regular places
to fill on tho Municipal Court bench
nnd n nomination is to bo tnado for
tho Dolan vacancy.
There nro thrco vacancies on tho
Superior nnd Circuit Court benches,
the Tuthlll, Walkor and Plncknoy va
cancies. Nominations for thesa va
cancies will bo mndo in conventions.
Judge Hums ot Knnkakco who Is
now sitting In tho Cook county court
had been slntcd for attorney general,
but as Governor I.owden has not
culled an election for county Judgo to
flit tho Scully vacancy, Judgo Hurns
will stay In the county court, nnd
another lnwyor will bo picked for at
MANY NEW ELEC
Twenty now election precincts will
be added to Chicago's quota by tho
board of election commissioners,
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COLONEL JAMES HAMILTON LEWIS.
Popular Democratic Leader Who S hould Be Nominated
bringing tho city total to 2,210, which,
with thlrty-ono precincts in Clcoro,
makes an uggreguto ot 2,241 precincts
undor tho board's Jurisdiction, Chief
Clerk James F. Sullivan, estimates
thoro will bo more than 800,000 regis
tered voters, mon and womon, utter
tho registrations on Oct. 2 nnd 12.
BARASA WILL RUN
Municipal Judgo Hornard P. Darasa
announced that ho will fllo petitions
for the Republican nomination for
Potor Ilolnberg has saved millions
for the people as president of the
I county board.
LEWIS JUY LEAD
Popular and Brilliant Orator and Former
United States Senator May Be Dem
ocratic Candidate for Governor
One of Best Campaigners in Country; He Is 50,000
Votes Stronger Than Any Other
The majority of Democrats believe
that the party will bo lucky If it can
Induce Colonel James Hamilton
Lowls to mnko tho ruco for Governor
Colonel Lewis Is ono of those men
who novcr docs anything halt way.
Ho always goes In to win.
Eloquent, nblo and resourceful, he
will carry tho fight Into tho cnomy'B
camp and will keep tho Republicans
on tho dofonslvo from tho start.
Colonel Lowls is easily 50,000 votes
stronger In Illinois thun uny other
Democrat who could ho unmod In tho
opinion ot most people.
Willi him at tho hoad ot tho ticket
this yoar Illinois would tndood bo u
doubtful stato from a ltopubllcan
Tho Democrats will meet at Spring
field next week to namo their stato
For govornor Jnmos Hamilton
Lowls will be selectod.
Francis S. Poabody ot Dupago
county has no organization opposi
tion for United States senator.
Tho rest of the ticket probably will
come from dovvnstuto and tho follow
ing arc men prominently mentioned
Walter Williams, attorney or IJen
ton. Vul Campbell, bunker ot McLeans
boro, state central committeeman ot
tho Twenty-fourth district.
Daniel W. Voorhees, Sr., of Peorlu.
Judge C. C. Craig of Golcsburg.
Hoy E. Peurce of Carml.
George F. Johnson, mayor of Mo
line. James A. Mccks, lawyer of Dan
ville. Dr. Edgar E. Fyko of Ccntralla.
Thomas L. Jnrrctt of Springfield.
At tho Sprlngflold meeting will be
present tho Cook county lenders,
members ot tho stato committee,
county chairmen from till Illinois, und
delegates und alternates to tho Sail
Francisco convention. Tho Demo
crats, completely harmonized, nro
confident of currying not only tho
county but the state.
In addition to governor nnd United
States senator tho Democrats will
slate candidates for lieutenant gov
ernor, secretary of state, stato trea
surer, state auditor, nnd congressmen
Chicago Democrats ratified tho
nomination of Coc nnd lloosovelt
Wednosdny at the Iroquois club. Tho
fetory of tho San Francisco conven
tion wns told by Robert M. Swelt
zer und (leorgo E. llronnnn, lenders
In tho victorious fight to iiomlnato
tho Ohio governor.
Tho Illinois delegates to tho con
vention held n commanding position
nil through tho deadlock preceding
tho nomination ot Gov. Cox, nnd Mr.
Uronnnu and Mr. Swoltzer told tho
stay-ut-homus all about It.
"Tnmmany Hall of New York is
not so powerful nnd not lens scrup
ulous" than tho Thompson inuchlno
In Chicago, uccordliig to Gov. Frank
O. Lowdon, who Issued n stutemoiit
lu Springfield roalllrmlng his support
of tho lopubllcan ticket headed by
Lteut.-Gnv. John G. Oglcsby, nnd his
opposition to tho Thompson faction.
"Ordinarily a slato ticket Is out
of tho question and not lu accord
with tho spirit of our prlmury laws,"
Gov. Lowdon's statement said. "Hut
ut this tlmo nn extraordinary situa
tion confronts the state. Tho situa
tion, If not mot fli inly und courage
ously, Is a real menace to the state of
"During tho wnr It was my duty
us govornor to put the outlro strength
ot Illinois so fur ns possible hack of
tho government In the prosecution
ot tho wur. Putrlotlsm demanded this
and tho history and traditions of tho
groat stuto ro-euforced tho demand
"It was my constant endeavor to
perfonn this duty. In doing this, us
Is woll known, I camo into conflict
with tho mayor ot Chicago. Ono of
tho consequences wuh that all of tho
olomunts of disloyalty and discontent
bocamo arrayed under his bunnor.
Employing theso elemonts as a basis,
Thompson has dovclopcd a machine
In Chicago to n point whoro it now
holds tho business, politics and edu
cation of tho grent city by tho throat.
Tammany Hall of Now York Is not
so powerful and not loss scrupulous.
Drunk with power this new Tammany
now seeks lo extend Its rulo over tho
affairs cT the entire state."
"It has announced a slate of candi
dates. In order to defeat this slate
effectively, It becomes necessary, as
must bo apparent to all contempor
aries In tho anti-Thompson senti
ment, to center upon n single list of
candidates. With this In vlow con
ferences wcro held with tho chief
candidates for the various stato of
fices, opposing Thompsonlsm. Those
conferences ulso were attended by
vai Ions other political leaders. As a
result many personal ambitions wcro .
unselfishly laid aside.
"A list of candidates headed by
LIcut.-Gov. Oglcsby, for governor, is
being submitted for the consideration
of tho republican voters of tho state.
These men linvo been tried und huvo
proven their ability and their Integri
ty. It they nro successful at tho pri
maries and at tho polls, Illinois will
bo Insured u snno, honest, und eco
nomical administration of Its nffulrs
and tho Thompson Tammany will ho
stopped ut tho Cook county line."
Four hundred members of tho Do
neeu and Urundago organizations, us
I hey have existed In recent cam
paigns, met Monday and unanimous
ly rntlfled the allied county ticket to
stand against tho Thompsou-Lundlii
Former Govornor Charles S. Dcneen
presided over tho meeting, hold ut
Hotel Morrison. Attorney General
Edward J. Drundugo sat with him.
All candidates for whom allied pe
titions were filed were presented, and
each spoko briefly. Col. Abel Davis
und Col. Frnnklln Dcuulsou made
smashing speeches that brought tip
too enthusiasm from wnrd and pre
Mr. Denccu, as chairman, was em
powered to name u committee of ton
to have executlvo chnrgu of tho coun
ty campaign for tho allies.
WANT MORE LIGHT
Fur out South Sldeis asked for a
court order directing a recount of tho
voto by which tho proposed $15,000,
000 bond Issue for the extension and
rehabilitation of tho lighting system
lost at the spring election.
Assistant Corporation Counsels,
Frank S. Rlghuiiuer and Morton K.
Crcsfty, will upponr bofore Judgo Uar
rutt to oppose the request In tho name
of the city, hut their opposition Is
oxpected to ho nierolj perfunctory.
"If the petition shows good cause
for u recount wo will not oppose it,"
Mr. RlBhoIiuor suld. "If a majority
of tho votors favored tho bond Issue,
tho people should huvo the llghtu."
ON DINKEY DEPOT
Hardly any work Is being douo on
tho mthornblo little depot that tho
Pennsylvania railroad Is going to
build on tho West Side.
The dopot will occupy but n slnglo
small block between Canal, Adams,
Clinton and Qulncy streets.
Why ( hlcngo cannot havo u first
class railroad depot will contluuo to
ho nn unaniiwered conundrum.
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