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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 23, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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A red-blooded, heated majority of
the city council jumped the traces
last night and broke up qne of the
dirtiest deals ever attempted hi Chi
cago politics the swap on the "per
missive gas ordinance" and the
Thompson-Lundin political and re
ligious school board.
Warned by The Day Book, the in
dependent council forces were on the
lookout for a deal between Sullivan
Democrats and the City Hall crowd
to pass the gas steal and keep May
or Thompson's school board looters
in power.
Today, in the calm following yes
terday afternoon's stormy session,
the trick was plain. Mayor Thomp
son was to recognize Aid. Thomas
Lynch, "Sullivan's man," who in turn
would call up the permissive gas or
dinance which intends to resuscitate
the People's Gas, Light & Coke Co.'s
failing finances out of the pockets of
the people.
If the "faithful 26," who take their
orders from the "little city hall" in
Room 1108 Hotel La Salle, voted with
the -Sullivan Democrats on the gas
question, it was arranged that a
"faithful" would jump up and move
to adjourn.
The plan then was for the mayor
to take a viva voce vote and declare
the council adjourned. The Sullivan
Democrats would then arise and
leave the council with the adminis
tration forces, so that a quorum
would not be present.
This w6"uld have prevented the
council from reviewing and voting
against the mayo' s school board.
It was Aid. A. A. McCormick, ally
of the Tribune, who stopped the deal.
When the mayor refused to let Aid.
Eugene Block call up the schools
question and instead gave the floor to
Aid. Lynch, Mr. McCormick asked
that the council should not be ad
journed before 6 o'clock.
Then Aid. Ed Cullerton moved an I
immediate adjournment to save the
mayor's school board. The mayor
gaveled through the adjournment,
declared the council adjourned and
left the chambers.
Then the swap wasstopped.
Some of the Sullivan Democrats
were sore clear through at Mayor
Thompson's stunt. Others just sat in
their seats in hqpe of saving the gas
ordinance when it was called. They
had been instructed to do two things
to uphold the mayor's school board
and to get the Insull gas steal
through.. So they sat still and a
quorum remained to oust the mayor
and substitute Aid. John Richert.
A stenographic record of the at
tempt to swap, follows:
The Mayor Now, Aid. Block, I am
going to recognize Aid. Lynch first,
as I have agreed, and I would be very
glad to recognize you afterward.
Aid. Block Mr. President, I
thought that Aid. Lynch, who has the
right of the floor by usage, had yield
ed to this matter. And, besides that,
I had a messenger take up my prop
osition. I understood
The Mayor Well, the messenger
did not deliver the corrected mes
sage. I said I would recognize him.
The chair now recognizes Aid. Lynch
of the 35th ward.
Aid. T. J. Lynch Mr. President, I
desire to take up for consideration
today the report of the committee on
gas, oil and electric light
Aid. A. A. McCormick I wish to
make a motion that when this coun
cil adjourns it adjourns at 6 o'clock
That motion was seconded.
Aid. Kunz What is that motion?
Aid. A. A. McCormick I make the
motion that when this council ad
journs it adjourns at 6 o'clock this -evening.
Aid. Michaelson For what pur
pose, may I ask the mover of the mo
tion? We might before that?.

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