CLAIM STATE STREET IS'BEHIND
FIGHT ON ALD. KERNER
Is State street out to punish Alder
man Otto Kerner because he put the
auto truck fender ordinance on the
law books of the city?
The department store interests-are
said to be working in full force out
in the 12th ward, where he is a can
didate for re-election. They intend
to make an example of Kerner to
show other members of the city
council what will happen to them if
Aid. Otto Kerner
they support laws opposed to the
wishes of the loop stores.
Backers of Kerner say that the
candidacy of Stephen Thieda, his
Republican opponent, is significant
Thieda was for years private secre
tary for Leon Mandel, owner of the
store bearing his name. Along 'this
line the Municipal Voters' league
"Thieda was a bookkeeper and
accountant for Mandel Bros, and
private secretary for Leon Mandel,
and later department manager and
financial manager for the same com
pany, covering a service of 13 years." 1
From Kerner's supporters comes
the complaint that the downtown
stores are fighting their candidate.
In opposing Kerner they are joined
by the owners of big stores and ex
press companies in his neighborhood
which own auto trucks.
Kerner himself hesitated to talk
about the part the-loop firms are
playing in his ward. He admitted,
though, that he had heard they were
solid behind his opponent.
"I won't say that Mr. Thieda is ac
cepting the support of the business
firms which would rather fights law
and its maker than have it enforced.
I know that he is rated as an honor
able man. '
"But reports have come to us re
peatedly that the loop interests are
pushing his candidacy. I have been
Itold that there will be a 'barrel of
money spent next Tuesday by those
who don't care for Thieda especially,
I but who want me out of the council.
"I think that if the better class of
residents of my ward realize the tre
mendous fight that is being made on
me they will flock to the polls and
show the business interests that a
really public-spirited alderman shall
not suffer because he sets out to reg
ulate these business interests."
Kerner had the fender law passed
in the face of the united opposition of
every department store in the loop,
the express companies, the public
utility corporations, the newspapers,
and, in fact, nearly every big busi
ness concern that owns auto trucks.
The alderman stepped into the
fight after his father was slain by a
motor truck on unnstmas eve,
1913. Three times he had the coun
cil pass an ordinance requiring that
the trucks be equipped with safe
guards and twice the big corpora
tions had the law declared invalid.
The last ordinance, passed unani
mously on June 1, is now in court be
ing opposed by attorneys for Armour
& Co., Consumers' Co., The Fair-and
other stores and firms.
The 12th Ward Guards and the
xml | txt