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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 10, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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bers concerning provisions of Rule
Section 93-A as originally passed
Sept. 1, 1915, or as amended Sept.
29, 1915; what amount of money has
been paid any teacher since she gae
such pledge; teachers' payroll of
June, 1916, and September, 1915;
contracts made by school board
wtihin a year for purchase of per
sonal property under which the board
is to expend more than 10 per cent
under its contract for the purchase
of similar property the year before;
contracts made within year by the
school board for the sale of miscel
laneous property from which the
board derives or is to derive a reve
nue of more than 10 per cent less
than under its contract for sale of
similar property the year before;
name of teachers who refused to
give pledges to school boardand who
were not marked "inefficient," but
were not re-elected for coming year;
what were causes of said teachers
not being re-elected; has board since
beginning of investigation caused to
be returned to any teacher any
pledge or written statement given to
any teacher.
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Several thousand laborers employ
ed by the city must remain as they
are, checkers in the political game.
Mayor Thompson today announced
at the meeting of the city council
that he had vetoed the ordinance
placing city laborers under civil serv
ice. The ordinance was designed to re
m6ve laborers from the power of po
litical spoilsmen. Aldermen, who
witnessed the manner in which the
Thompson-Lundin crowd fired work
ing men who had in some cases 20
years of. efficient work behind them
passed the ordinance at the last
meeting of the council placing the
laborers under civfl service. But Big
Bin vetoed it and an attempt to pass
ff rtvap flic TTtn Tailori t rt rtii-t-r flio ii .
fessary two-thirds vote
Aid. Merriam led the fighWor the
laborers. Oscar De Priest, boer of
the administration aldermen, sup
ported by Cullerton, Lawley and
Michaelson, fought the laborers.
Merriam said that Thompson in
refusing to protect the laborers by
civil servfde had pursued the same
tactics as Jake Loeb, who jumped W .
into notoriety by firing efficient
school teachers. (
"Our criticism of the school board
won't sound very sincere," he said,
"if we refuse to proteot our own em
ployes from spoils politicians."
Thompson started another scrap
when he vetoed the $195,000 appro
priation for an incinerator and elec
tric power plant at 5th st. This was
one of the items in the recent
$3,000,000 bond issue passed by the
people. Aid. Merriam, Richert and
Block, whov favored the appropria
tion, contended that in disobeying
the orders of the people of Chicago
the mayor was committing a serious
offense; that he was placing himself
in the position of asking them to vote
for a bond issue by promising them
improvements which he did not in- '
tend to make. The discussion was
put over until this afternoon.
Thompson continued his wild veto
ing mood by placing the ban on the
order for thep urchase of a municipal
garbage fleet Those who were for
the fleet say the mayor opposed it be-'
cause several of his political pals now
have the contract for removing the
Thompson also Invited Fred Roh
de, sec'y of the Liquor Dealers' ase'n,
to repeat before the civil service
com'h under oath his recent starge a
that 95 per cent Of Chicago saloons W
were violating the Sunday closing'
Jake Loeb returned from N. Y. to-,
day. Said he wouldn't attend coun
cil quiz of school board.
Teutonic Sons of American' de
nounced Roosevelt in resolution.
Send him copy.

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