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THE- M. S 0 ; till -mmi ■ Y«nat's the : %mmr . K „ ■' ■ Truman tally? ■ A Progressive Weekly ■ ■ Copyright, 1948, by The Illinois Progressive Publishing Company H ^00 pCJCfG 3 ® VOL. 1, NO. 12 PiS'yd -»*“ el8 Chicago, Nov. 27, 1948 # \ 5^1 " 1,000 TRAILER VETS FACE TOUGH WINTER If I'm gonna live I've gotta circulate \\ ITH elections over and the Democratic Party in power, the campaign to “hold them to their promises” is starting to roll. Already the “controlled press” is trying to confuse the people with talk of compromise; the press lords are deter mined to snafu action on the people’s mandate of Nov ember 2. If we are to keep the issues straight, so we can fight for progressive programs effectively, we must have The Illinois Standard to bring us the facts in every phase of economic and political life. (On page 4; we tell about im provements being made in The Standard.) ^ If The Standard is to appear regularly, with the infor mation you need and want, if it is to grow quickly to a 12-page paper, it must have greater — much greater — circulation! We see no point in hiding the fact—right now the cir culation of The Standard must be raised if we are to continue existence. We don’t want to make an appeal for funds at this time because, with proper and sustained effort, the circulation of The Standard can be boosted enough to sustain itself financially. The answer is 10,000 new readers and renewals in the next two months. It can be done and done easily, if every progressive is approached and signed up as a subscriber. You can start the drive yourself, by renewing your own subscription now. You don’t have to wait until your sub scription expires. Give your own paper a hand, a strong hand. See your friends, your fellow workers, your neighbors and relatives. Ask them to become fellow subscribers in the progressive people’s paper. ABOVE: When trailer tots at Riverdale Court are not boun cing each other around—there's little else for them to do with no recreation facilities to take them away from the gravel-laden mud surrounding their trailer homes — the chances are they are picking away at the flimsy foundations of laundry and toilet trailers. BELOW: Altgeld Gardens, directly across the street, faces Riverdale trailer tenants daily as the solution for their housing needs. They choose leaky ceilings over none By BERNIE ASBEL One thousand Chicago families, clinging to ancient, ramshackle trailers for housing, this week faced their sec ond winter of leaky ceilings, cold drafts and outside toilets — the prize of having been saved from Nowhere. Chicago Housing Authority wants to close down the all-veteran projects as impossible to maintain, and unfit to live in. THE STANDARD learned this week, however, of a CHA decision to prop them up for another year because it has no place to send the tenants. A shade more than half of the occupants are white iamihes, with most ot the Negro tenants concentrated in the worst of the projects at Riverdale Court, 129th Place and So. Corliss. Ironically, Riverdale is directly across the street from Altgeld Gardens, CHA’s model for the type of public housing it wants to build if and when public funds be come available. Typical of family situations in Riverdale is that of Fred Rus sell, veteran of the Marshall Is lands invasion. Russell broke up his home, because there was no way of squeezing his family into an auto trailer. His two small children and his brother, 18, live with his mother-in-law. A bricklayer’s apprentice, earning $1.25 per hour when weather permits work, Russell and his wife hope to build a new home some day — when he can save enough money. Riverdale units, numbering 350, are relics of Oak Ridge, Tenn., where they housed war workers on the atom bomb pro ject. The .andard learned that the trailers were built to last two to three years and were not intended for hard winters typi cal of Chicago. They are now in their seventh year of occupancy. The remaining 650 trailer families are grouped at Foster and Albany Aves., Bryn Mawr and St. Louis, and at Fullerton and Long. A visit to the Riverdale loca tion disclosed endless siphoning of money by CHA into the fu tile fight to maintain the pro jects in livable condition. It re mains a losing battle, however. Continued on page 7 Bell Co. sends snappy memo plugging boost Illinois telephone users got too bits of bad news in the mail last week. One was the phone bill. The other was a pocket size, snappy little newspaper job about one-tenth the size of this page, breaking the news that the phone company hasn’t cashed in on inflation nearly as much as everyone else has. Things are looking up though, the paper said. Higher rates have been asked for. (See Page 3). Not to be outdone, two addi tional Illinois towns, Chandler ville and Hoopestown, are due for higher rates if petitions from their local companies are ac cepted by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Hearings are set for Dec. 21 and 23, respectively, the commission announced.