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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 11, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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From the people's standpoint yes
terday's meeting of the city council
was pretty rotten. Just one real
bright spot shows through the mud
dle of business put out of the way
by the aldermen and that was the
quick, unquestioned passage of the
council committee's quiz of Jake
Loeb school methods.
This took the form of a list of
questions prepared by the commit
tee which the council will ask the
school bdard. If the list is answered
fairly some red-hot facts about the
relations of big business and the
board, the letting of valuable con
tracts, the firing of union teachers
and discrimination for and against
workers of the board because of
their religious and political affilia
tions will be disclosed.
Just two more important matters
that smelled clean were shoved over.
One was the granting of the contract
for the refreshments and the pas
sage of plans for dancing on the new
municipal pier.
The other was a slam at Thomp-,
Bon administration use of contracts
for garbage and ash removal. After
Aid. Merriam, Kennedy and Rodri
guez told of instances where poor
team owners were forced to "come
across" to their ward boss berore
they could get work for their teams
on the city payroll, the council
passed a report of the finance cdm
mittee calling, for the abolition of
"pork barrel" methods in the pick
ing of city teams.
Aid. Cullerton answered Merriam
with a remark about "cheap stuff."
Merriam fired back like this:
"Yes, it is cheap stuff when the
administration is taking 50, cents or
$1 a day out of the mouths of poor
team owners in return for the job of
hauling for the city. That is cheap
stuff. But when you add up the
graft that the political bosses reap
prom the $2,000,000 spent for this
purpose it is no longer cheap stuff."
The list of "boners" which the ald
ermen pulled is longer. They de
feated Aid. Merriam's attempt to let
the people get a chance to decide
whether they wanted to raise the
salaries of the $6,000 municipal
judges to $9,000.
Kennedy called attention to the
fact that they refused a $2.50 a
month increase to City Hall clerks,
many of whom are getting less than
$75 a month. Merriam wanted the
matter placed on the ballot, but was
beaten in the vote. Aid. Utpatel
spoke for the fat raise. He was a
candidate at the last judicial elec
tion. Mayor Thompson did his little bit
toward soaking the taxpayers when,
he vetoed order for the purchase of
the municipal garbage fleet to take
a big contract out of the hands of a
political henchman.
Big BiUVdid the Chicago Title and
Trust Co. a big favor when he ve
toed an order to register all the land
bought by the city under the Tor
rens system. This simple manner
of registration which was adopted
many years ago, but never put into
effect, would knock the trust com
pany on the head and put an end to
real estate sharks.
The mayor also vetoed an ordi
nance to place city laborers under
civil service.
In spite of a long argument by
Aid. Watson and Merriam, the coun
cil passed an ordinance introduced
by Aid. Capitain to let the City Rail
ways Co. take over the Chicago and
Western street railway, which runs
west on 63d st to Argo.
Merriam called attention to the
fact that the Chicago City Railways
Collateral Trust Co. owns both lines
and that the sale is simply a matter
of a company selling itself some
thing. Aid. Watson declared that the va-

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