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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 24, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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Two of the school board's $10,000-a-year
men are in Springfield lobby
ing for changes in the teachers' pen
sion fund law. The action they are
asking legislators to take has not
been passed on by the school board.
They are lobbying for personal
reasons or. unknown special inter
ests. They have no instructions
from the school board to officially do
what they are doing. The two men
are Angus Roy Shannon, att'y for
the board, and Lewis E. Larsen, sec
retary. This is the gist of criticism made
by Margaret Haley, business repre
sentative Teachers' Federation. The
changes asked by Shannon and Lar
sen would increase the school
board's representatives on the teach
ers' pension board from three mem
bers to six while the teachers' repre
sentatives would be decreased from
six to three. The latter are elected
by the balloting of the 8,000 public
school teachers.
Shannon and Larsen make no
claim that pension matters are run
inefficiently. All they insist on is
that control of teachers' pensions,
with a reserve fund close to $2,000,
000, be taken away from the teach
ers and put in the hands of the
school board.
Ralph C. Otis and Charles Peter
son, school board members, told Chi
cago Real Estate Board Thursday
that the city council should be
stripped of power over school lands.
Otis urged the sale of 280 acres of
school land in Austin, 640 acres at
Clearing, 60 acres in the 33d ward,
40 acres on Stony Island av. and
other land at Clearing would bring
800 cash per acre, it is estimated. It
rents now for $4 an acre.
Max Loeb, school board member,
believes there is to be a big indus
trial development at Clearing and
the city should keep a tight grip on
e 640 acres. The Armour Belt Line
; other interests want the Clearing
land and want it bad. Alfred Urion,
chief counsel for Armour & Co., is
keeping the wires and mails busy
trying to line up the legislature for
the Baldwin bill abolishing city coun
cil control and empowering the
school board to sell land.
Urion's actions as lobbyist are un-
der the guise of a director of the Chi- "
cago Public School "league." That
he is an Armdur attorney and that
an Armour railroad wants school
land are points Urion has been
mousey about In these particulars
the password is "Hush."
o o
"I think the people of this city
ought to know that the mayor of this
city, William Hale Thompson, is
financially interested in the Com
monwealth Edison Co. I think it
ought to be generally known that
Mayor Thompson was on record last
year in the state utilities commis
sion's office at Springfield as the
holder of 1,087 shares of Common
wealth Edison stock and at that
time the mayor's holdings were
worth not less than $130,000.
The financial partnership that ex
ists between the mayor personally
and the leading central public service
corporation, is significant when it is
also pointed out that the Chicago
Tribune has for its trustee Wm. G.
Beale, the attorney for the Common
wealth Edison Co. I am only deal
ing in the simplest kind of facts that
ought to be known to all voters when
I show the relations existing between
the City Hall, the Edison Co. and the
Tribune. And I say it's a matter of
finance and not a matter of love for $j
the American flag that caused-these
interests to instigate an attack
on me.
This was John C. Kennedy's state
ment to a committee of voters
from his ward who wanted to ask
about his patriotism. He' will go Into
the affair further tonight at a meet
ing in Irving Park school, Kedvalo

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