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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
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.
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
• 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
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
Continued on page S
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
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
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
“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
And in the next paragraph,
the newspaper most responsi
ble for the political fortunes
of ex-Governor Dwight Green
during the past eight years,
. . . on the whole we find
little to quarrel with.” '
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