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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 25, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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Aid. Rob't M. Buck, one of the sub
committee whose members had tha
door slammed in the faces last year.
"We shall press for action in a few
days to make use of the court deci
sion which favored us.
"Every book, voucher, stub and
scrap of paper in the school board
offices is opened to our inspection by
this decision as I understand it. I
shall call the schools subcommittee
for a meeting this week. In the
meantime, we have a competent ex
pert getting ready for a preliminary
audit of the school board books.
"Think of it! It has cost the city
$2,000 in litigation to get power for
aldermen to inspect books that ought
to be open free of access to every cit
izen in Chicago."
Donald Richberg is the attorney
who won the action for the' aldermen.
Victory for the city council schools
committee and defeat for the Jake
Loeb majority of the school board is
contained in a decision handed down
by the Illinois suprejne court yester
day. The decision answers the ques
tion: "Shall city aldermen have the
right to compel the school board to
show its records, financial accounts
and any documents asked for by al
dermen?" To this question the Illinois su
preme court' answers "Yes." The
appellate court already has said
"Yes." Judge Walker in circuit
court is the only tribunal where the
aldermen were denied their claims.
Chairman Lynch of the council
schools committee said today a spe
cial meeting may be called this week
to take advantage of the court's deci
sion. "That the records of Chicago's
public school system should bekept
secret and that school board mem
bers whose appointments are -subject
to confirmation by aldermen
should have the power to deny alder
men access to information requested
is one of the most illogical and ab
surd features of government in Chi
cago today," said Aid. John C. Ken
nedy. "We tried to find out how cer
tain money of the city was spent
We couldn't get the information. The
door was shut in our faces. We-asked
to look at certain real estate and in
surance records. Again the door was
shut in our faces. A year has passed
in which the information we asked
for has been kept secret"
"Matters of information that
should be public knowledge have
been a matter of private property,
privately guarded for the private use
of School Board President Loeb and
his majority of eleven votes as op
posed to the nine who stand for 'com
plete publicity for all business trans
actions othe public schools," paid
Sam Gompers, president American
Federation of Labor, speaks Sunday
at Powers theater in reply to attacks
by Senatpr Sherman in U. S. senate,
Aug. 14. Special notice of the mass
meeting sent out by Sec'y Ed Nockels
of Chi. Fed. of Labor says:
"Sen. Sherman has acted the part
of a coward by refusing to come out
in the open and accept our challenge
that he meet Pres. Gompers in a pub
lic mass meeting in his own state at
any time or place. Therefore this
mass meeting next Sunday at 2 p. m.
Admission is free."
The Daily News came out against
Wilson today. The thing that got
Lawson's goat was the passage of the
Adamson 8-hour-day law. At least
that's what the News makes the. most
fuss about It was generally expect
ed the News would take the Hughes
Wall St end of the fight, ,
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