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A\0'' ^F I 0 0 -nent I rf] I I -3 . *48. by The Illinois Progressive Publishing Company . — ■■ ■ ■■■ . . ——.... VOL. 1, NO. 19 ► 618 CHICAGO, JANUARY 15, 1949 5 CENTS - -- INTERRACIAL staff at Michael Reese is typified in therapeutic nursery maintained for children with cerebral palsy. Two of the nursery workers are shown here reading to a group of the handi capped youngsters. STUDENT NURSES mark successful completion of first months of training at Michael Reese in traditional "capping" ceremony. Shown above (L. to R.) are Helen Goddard, Clara Rice, Frances Saculla and Virginia Stack. Southside hospital operates, entire area face-I if ted By Bob Lucas Michael Reese Hospital has on its hands the biggest plastic surgery job ever tackled by a private medical in stitution. • It will cut a seven square mile chunk out of Chicago slum land in a drastic operation to save the life of a community. Once the decay has been re moved, a great medical center will spring up, surrounded by new homes built by—and for— the people, white and black. The Southside Development Association, spearheaded by Mi chael Reese, includes Negroes and whites, public housers and real estate men, industrialists and labor leaders, all determined to remodel the face of the South Side. Back in 1945, Michael Reese Hospital faced a momentous de cision, brought on by a problem that grew out of the rapid spread of blighted area around its lo cation at 29th St. and Ellis Ave.: move to another part of the city and toss a $14 million invest ment into the junk heap, or stay and beat back the slums that shadowed its very doors. The officers and management of Chicago’s largest private hos pital decided to remain at the site where it was founded in 1882, called in planning experts to work out a long-range plan for constructing a modern med ical center and rehabilitating the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital. Continued on page S ADLAI TAKES OVER, HEDGES ON PLEDGES By Rod Holmgren SPRINGFIELD—Adlai E. Stevenson took over as "reform" governor of Illinois this week, and in his inaugural address gave the first clear hint that he is ready to compromise on many of his campaign promises and forget the rest. While asking legislation to enable a referendum vote on the constitu tional convention issue, Stevenson offered appeasement to enemies of con stitutional reform by saying "the income tax problem" should be left "pre cisely where it stands at present." Political observers noted that the chief reason for the Chicago Tribune's opposition to constitutional reform has been Col. R. R. McCormick's fear that a new state charter would make it possible to enact a graduated income tax. There was plenty of color in the Springfield Armory ceremony during which the Libertyville gentleman farmer and LaSalle Street banker repeated earlier promises of "thrifty, honest, efficient government." On the flower-banked stage as he spoke were many of Stevenson's socialite friends and relatives from Chicago and the North Shore, sitting knee to-knee beside the full roster of the Democratic Party's Illinois leadership. Veteran reporters commented that the appearance of "the mink coat crowd" indicated that for the first time in more than a quarter-century, high Chicago society had "taken over" in Springfield. Only a dozen Negroes had been given reservations for seats in the packed first floor of the Springfield Armory. And while there were more than two hundred political, social and civic dignitaries on the crowded stage. State Senator Christopher C. Wimbish, a member of the Joint Inaugural Committee, was the only Negro seated there. In what reporters interpreted as a significant invitation for open and full Republican sup Continued on page 2 'By his friends shall ye ...' Chicago daily papers re acted with uniform glee to Governor Stevenson’s inaug ural. Best example was the comment opening a Chicago Tribune editorial the follow ing day: “Gov. Stevenson’s inaugural message discloses him once again as a gentleman genu inely desirous of serving the people of Illinois and pos sessed of a literary style of considerable distinction.” And in the next paragraph, the newspaper most responsi ble for the political fortunes of ex-Governor Dwight Green during the past eight years, added: . . . on the whole we find little to quarrel with.” ' The next seven days Just give us the word, and next week’s issue of The Illinois Standard will have DOUBLE THIS WEEK’S CIRCULATION. It’s as easy as each subscriber—YOU—getting one friend to subscribe to The Standard in the NEXT SEVEN DAYS. Sure, this is an old circulation device—but one which has saved the life of many a fighting people’s paper. And we are asking you to: 1. Save the life of this one. 2. Strengthen it with more fight than it has ever been able to have. THIS MUST BE DONE IN THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS. Certain stalwarts will get more than their quota of one new sub this week. But that will help balance off certain REGULAR READERS of The Standard who would just as soon SEE IT DIE. Norman B. Shogren, Chicago rent czar, will not send in a sub. Bell Telephone Co. big-wigs will not sign up their neighbors. Senator Roland V. Libonati would like to get us out of his life. The Standard reaches these individuals as regu larly as it reaches you. So The Standard must live AND GROW to bring you THE FACTS, and furthermore as a POLITICAL PRESSURE talking for you in the offices of high pub lic officials. The choice is yours—THIS WEEK. If you want The Standard, send in the name of one friend, his address and two dollars for a year to us this week at 187 N. LaSalle.