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Vol. I Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 11)06 No. 7.
EFFECTIVE LAW DEMANDED BY PEOPLE Measure for which Anti-Saloon League Fought in Two Legislative Sessions The federated church through the Anti-Saloon League has twice had before the legislature of Illinois a bill providing for majority rule by the people on the saloon question. The bill has been defeated twice in the General Assembly. The Anti-Saloon League maintains that: 1. Illinois Needs an Effective Local Option Law. a. The existing laws touching the saloon are entirely inadequate. The question of saloon or no saloon is decided by village boards and city councils, giving the people no direct means to determine whether the saloon shall exist or not in a given territory. b. Experience has taught that under present conditions the liquor interests are served at the expense of the people and that justice is continually thwarted. The most effective remedy at hand is a reasonable local option law. 2. The Measure Introduced in the Last General Assembly Contained Adequate Provisions. a. It provides for a direct vote by the people, on the saloon question, giving each voter a chance to express his conviction irrespective of political affiliations. b. It provides for a direct vote in the political subdivisions in the state, including county, township, vil lage, ward, and precinct. c. It provides for majority rule in each instance and the decision of the majority is final, making it im possible for any power to override the verdict of the people. d. It provides for adequate penalties for violators of the law. It makes prosecution possible and puts the enforcement of the law within reach of the people. 3. The Present Local Option Bill is Eminently Fair. a. It is fair to the people in residential districts in the large cities, giving them a chance by majority vote, in ward and precinct, to protect themselves against the ravages of the saloon. b. It is fair to towns and villages, giving them freedom to expel the saloon by direct vote. c. It is fair to the county, giving the unit of taxation discretionary power. It enfranchises the farmer and gives him his right to vote on the question of the institution that materially affects his taxes, removing the Un-American imposition of taxation without representation. d. It is fair in providing that the smaller unit may not overrule the decision of the larger unit when both are affected, thus upholding the fundamental principle which obtains in every well ordered government. 4. In Demanding the Passage of the Local Option Bill the People are Demanding a Right, Not a Privilege. We submit that the federated church cannot afford to ask for anything unfair nor does it desire to ask for a privilege. Neither does it go into business for the sake of shielding the saloon at the expense of the people. It is an open secret that the church is after the total destruction of the saloon and will secure this end through her God-given right to demand for the people direct suffrage on moral questions. Text of Local Option Bill The strength of the Anti-Saloon League movement lies in publicity. The local option bill is printed in order to give every voter a chance to become acquainted with its provisions and thus become able to act intel ligently. The referendum clause which was attached by the senate in the last session of the legislature is also in cluded. The bill will be introduced next time without the referendum clause. Read the bill carefully and keep this issue for reference. . A Bill For an Act to provide for the creation by popular vote of Anti-Saloon Territory, within which the sale of intoxicating liquor and the licensing of such sale shall be prohibited and for the abolition by like means of Territory so created. Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Repre sented in the General Assembly: Definition of Terms Employed. Section 1. The words and phrases mentioned in this section as used in this Act and in proceedings pursuant here to shall, unless the same be inconsistent with the context, be construed as follows: “Anti-Saloon Territory” shall mean all territory within the limits of any county, town, precinct, city, village, ward or ward subdivision in this State in which, through the action of the legal voters therein as provided by this Act, the sale of intoxicating liquor except as herein provided is prohibited. “Town” shall include towns in counties under township organization, and incorporated towns.