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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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Budget for 1915, $26,623,588.
Budget for 1916, $27,434,791.
Estimated revenue for '16, $26,
893,250. The estimated expenditures over
revnue is $550,000.
The city of Chicago is now domi
nated by a political machine, out for
the spoils system and which will
bankrupt the city within a year, ac
cording to aldermen who fought ex
travagance and waste in the budget
which passed the council by a vote of
44 to 23 last night.
The Thompson-Lundin faction
rounded out in fine -shape. Enough
"wets" switched to give Thompson
necessary votes with which to win.
Everything at last night's meeting
of the council was jobs and more
jobs. Aid. Lawley took the leader
ship on the floor for the administra
tion. The majority of his amend
ments were passed.
At one time in the session the Sher
man house bar became popular and
the administration had to keep con
stantly on the watchout to preserve a
sufficient number of votes to give it a
The meeting started off with a
bang when Aid. Toman asked for
$10,000 for the liquor com'n, to in
vestigate Chicago saloons. It car
ried. Mayor Thompson made this
commission all "wet."
The next battle came over hand
ing the corporation counsel's office
$56,000 extra for jobs for the mayor.
This was put over by a vote of 40 to
The aldermen refused to increase
the civil service com'n's appropria
tion $15,000 for more investigators
and refused to give Mrs. Louise Os
born Kowe, com'r public welfare, an
other $10,000 in jobs in her depart
ment. The administration wanted a $63,-
000 item for a city-owned garbage
.fleet -knocked .out, bat under the
stinging words of Aid. Merriam, who
recalled how the people had voted for
this measure, Health Commissioner
Robertson will still have to take
charge of the city garbage disposal, a
job he has fought against for the past
Several attempts were made to in
crease the police force by 500 men.
They failed.
The budget was passed early this
morning and the mayor said he would
use his influence with the comptroll
er to make more cuts.
"It's the best budget ever submitted
to the city council," he told the re
porters. "I don't agree with that state
ment," said Aids. Buck, Merriam,
Kennedy, McCormick, Nance and a
number of others.
Some of the best news that is not
told by the trust press is the news of
the papers themselves. But when
the name of one paper is mixed in an
accident, the others are silent.
A truck of the Daily News in its
rush to beat the other afternoon pa
pers to the South Side distribution
skidded on the wet pavement of La
Salle st. Saturday and crashed into
the automobile of K. White, 1723 Bal
moral av.
The police made no arrests as the
driver of the News truck, R. R. Ogil
by, 19 E. Van Buren st, explained
that he was going too fast to come
to a stop on the wet street.
A circulation wagon of the Chicago
Tribune contributed its bit to the
number of loop vehicle accidents yes
terday. It struck the auto of W. D. Morent,
1445 Catalpa av., as it come out of
the Tribune alley at Madison and
Dearborn sts. with a load of papers.
Both auto and machine were badly

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