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Ctvtortd Stcond CUt Matter October
Office at Chicago, lltlnole, under Act
THIRTIETH YICAlt, NO. 17.
ROB THE PEOPLE
Chicago Job Holders Organize to Treble
Burden of Taxation and Confiscate
Property of the Poor
Rents and Taxes Will Soar and Many Working
men Will Lose the Savings of
a Life Time
Tho coldest blooded robbery of tho
public over planned Is In tho request
mado by tho City Council of Chicago
to tho Legislature for permission to
treblo tho tax on tho small property
owners of Chicago.
Tho request Is mado in tho Interest
of the city job holders unions, tho
mombors of which hold life Jobs under
tho Civil Sorvlco and who ore or
ganized to get tho last drop of blood
out of tho people
Rents will soar.
Tho property of tho poor will bo
But tho job holdors unions will got
what they aro aftor.
Fow peoplo reallzo tho strongth of
tho unions as fostered by tho Civil
City Job holdors can bo momlors,
of tho loglslaturo and still hold tholj'
city Jobs moroly taking a furlough
until tho legislative work Is over. 1
City Job holdors can bo Aldormcn
and still hold their city Jobs. v'
So tho city Job holdors can got all
tho legislation they want whllo tho
pockots of tho taxpayors hnvo any
thing in thorn.
Tho peoplo aro powerless.
They havo no organization.
Thoro aro n couple of real OBtato
"boards" in tho city.
Outsldo of giving dlnnors to thorn
solves onco In a whllo or talking about
tho Torronn law or tho weather real
ostato boards novor do anything.
So tho tnxpnyors of Chicago can pro
paro to bo skinned alive.
A boost in tho tax rato of $1.G5 por
100 of assossed valuation was recom
mended by tho city council committee
on llnanco, which approved an appro
prlatlon bill providing for expendi
tures of $35,390,409 out of th'o corpo
rato fund. At tjio samo tlmo tho com
mlttoo completed an nltornntlvo
"baby" budget totaling a llttlo ovor
$15,000,000, proposed In thoovont thoro
1b no loglslatlvo authorization of tho
increased tax rato. This would cut
thousands of city employos tout of
Tho conn will hnvo to approvo tho
larger prori m nnd tho stato loglsla
turo will ha I to act favorably boforo
nny provlslo. of this budget can bo
carrlod out. A roar Is oxpocted on tho
tax lncroaso proposition, ns it moans
If you Uvo on tho south sldo and
IN THE LEGISLATURE
Work of Illinois
Dy a voto of 84 to CG the Illinois
houso of representatives ratified tho
fedoral prohibition amondmont. Tho
senato passed tho resolution last
Doth Spoakor Shanahnn and tho
commltto on committees of tho sennto
aro at work on tho commlttoes. It is
undorstood that thoro will bo fow
changes in olthor houso. Tho wise
acres aro forecasting that Spoakor
Shanahan will head his most impor
tant committees about as follows:
Appropriations Edward J. Smojkal
Judiciary William P. Holadaj'
Public Utilities and Transportation
Carl Mueller, Chicago.
Judicial Dopartment and Practice
Qotthard A. Dahlberg, Chicago.
I argeit WeekV GbcvJatfm Am
11, 1889, at the Pott Office of Publication.
of March 3, 1171. 179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
$2 Per Year In Advance.
hnvo a homo worth $3,000, you pay on
$1,000 of nsscssed valuation. Tho rato
now is $58.50 for the south town. Tho
rato proposed would bo $75 per $1,000
of assossod valuation, a boost of $10.50
por $1,000. Residents of other parts
of town will bo similarly hit.
The city's corporate fund Is limited
by stato law to $1.10. Tho recommen
dation mado by tho commtttco menns
increasing this to $2.75 If loglslatlvo
approval Is obtained. It Is oxpocted
thnt tho Increased tax rato will bo
fought bitterly, as It moans higher
rents for homes nnd apartments nnd
moro taxes for all who pay taxes, in
cluding persons and estates that aro
largo and llkowlso small holders of
real ostato and buildings.
Tho corporation counsel's ofllco has
dratted flvo bills at tho request of tho
council llnanco commltteo which if
pnssed by tho stuto loglslaturo will
glvo Chicago n commission form of
government. Tho flvo bills provldo:
A city manager.
Changes In tho soloctlon of city
clork, treasurer and comptroller.
Creating a now department to havo
chargo of tho city comptroller's and
city treasurers olllco.
Nonpartisan election of aldermen.
Amendments to tho net consolidat
ing tho locul govornmonts.
Tho bills hnvo been sont to tho fl
nauco commltteo for iction. If thoy
aro passed upon favorably thoy will bo
sont to tho loglslaturo for action,
FEDERATION OF LABOR
PROPOSES JOHN FITZ
PATRICK FOR MAYOR
John Fitzpatrlck, president of tho
Chicago Federation of Labor, Is now
boforo tho public as labor's candidate
Four hundred delegates of tho now
Indopondont labor party named him
for that bfflco at a nominating conven
tion at Hodcarriors' Hall, 814 West
Tomporanco Norman F. Flagg,
Liberal Thomas Curran, Chicago,
Agricultural Israol Dudgeon, Mor
ris. Roads and Drldgos Homor J. TIco,
Ranks and Ranking Richard
Democrats oxpoct no commltto
Tho samo commltteo In tho senate
probably will bo headed as follows:
Appropriations Edward C. Curtis,
Judiciary Richard J. Darr, Jollot.
Public Utllltlos nnd Transportation
John Dalloy, Peoria.
Judicial Dopartment and Practico
W. S. Jowell, Lowlston.
Tomporanco Charlos L. Wood,
Llboral Francis P. Brady, Chicago,
Roads and Bridges Henry M.' Dun
Banks and Banking Clayton C. Per
Agriculture Simon E. Lantz, Con-gorvllle.
Harrison strcot. Immediately ho an
nounced that no contributions for tho
party campaign would bo rccolvcd
excopt from labor sources.
Other nominees of tho new party
selected by acclamation aro: John
Klkulskl, Polish organizer of tho stock
COLONEL B. A. ECKHART.
Popular Miller and Republican Leader Who Declined to Become
yards workmen, for city clork; Knuto
G. Torkelson, a carpontor, for city
MAN WILL RETIRE
An Associated Press dispatch from
Washington says that Senator Law
rence Y. Sherman of Illinois intends
to retire from public lifo at tho ond
of his present torn), March 3, 1910.
On of the very vest Aldermen in
the City Council, la Bdwwd F. Culler
ton. Ho has been longest in the public
er-flce of any member of the City
Council and hli usefulntai to the peo
ple hai been demonstrated over
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Patronage seekers among tho mem
born of tho forest presorvo commis
sion woro roportod to bo planning to
pad tho rolls of .that body and tako
caro of tho pressure for Jobs thoy aro
bolng subjoctcd to. Peter Relnbcrg,
president of tho commission, an
nounced thnt ho would opposo any
unnecessary oxpondituro of money,
particularly In vlow of tho fact that
tho county commission, tho member
ship of which is Identical with tho for
est presorvo commission, Is proparlng
to movo on the loglslaturo at Spring
flold with a demand for moro money
for county purposos.
It is reported that a list of appoint
ments for tho forest presorvo commis
sion has been prepared, and that it
calls for many moro employos than
aro employed at tho present tlmo and
an Increased oxpondituro of about
$50,000. Among tho now employes
wanted aro six district 'superinten
dents. Thoro aro no such superinten
dents at present .
Tho followlng,aro'to bo tho ofllcers
of tho Iroquois Club for tho ensuing
Prosldont Carl R. Latham.
Vlco Piosldont William A. Doylo.
Treasurer Oscar G, Foreman.
Secretary Goorgo L. Rokor.
Board of Managers John W. Eck
hart, Edward D. Hnlbort, William E.
Dover, Roswoll B. Mason, Otto Kubln,
William A. Tllden, Honry B. Cham
borlln, Honry Hornor, Julius F.
Smlotanka, Morgan L. Davles, Mlchaol
L. Igoo, Oscar Mayor, Bonjamln J. Alt
helmor, Harry R, Gibbons and Josoph
Mr, Latham, who is a brother of tho
lato H, II. Latham, formor president
of tho club, who died of Influenza ro
contly, Is tho candidate for prosldont
on both tho regular and mombors'
Thomas J. Webb is coming to the
front as a mayoralty dark horso on
tho Domocratlo sldo,
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UNITE ON OLSON
Brundage and Deneen Republican Fac
tions Bury Hatchet Get Back
of Judge for Mayor
Mcrriam Will Contest at the Primary, but Will
Support Olson at the Polls if
Beaten by Him
Harry Olson, Chief Justlco of tho
Municipal Court Is tho cholco of tho
Drundngo and Donccn factions of tho
Republican party for Mayor.
Ho will lead tho fight on Thompson.
Captain Charles E. Mcrriam will
contest for tho nomination at tho pri-
a Candidate for Mayor.
marlos, but will support Olson if ho
wins tho nomination.
MERRI AM FIGHTS GRAFT
Capt. Charlos 13. Morrlam, republi
can, candldato for tho mayoralty nom
ination, urgod citizens to koop up tho
fight for good government and to keep
In sight at all times what thoy aro
fighting for. Capt. Morrlam addressed
tho League of Cook County Clubs In
tho Flno Arts building.
"In tho tumult of tho strugglo for
better government, wo must not lose
sight of tho goal," ho said. "From
tlmo to tlmo wo must lift up our oyes
to boo whoro wo aro moving. Wo may
soo a city whoro graft and greed havo
boon led captlvo; whero prlvllogo and
Its shadow, povorty, havo beon driven
out through tho city's gatos. Wo may
soo a city whoro tho publlo intorost
Entered as Secend Class Matter October 11, 18M, at M
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act ef March a, M7.
sits firmly on tho throne, supromo
over private intorost and privilege.
"Wo may boo a city whoro tho sinis
ter system linking tho mnchlno of tho
boss with tho predatory public utility,
and tho hideous gangs who trado In
vlco and crlmo is shattorod and dis
persed; whoro tho machinery and
tools or government that do tho peo
ple's will shall bo sharp and bright
and clean, adapted to tho work thoy
must do; whoro tho range and scopo
of tho city's powor shall cover tho
rango nnd scopo of our local human
needs; whoro men nnd women shall
sharo nllko tho gravo responsibilities
of governing their common affairs;
whero tho acts and agents of govern
ment shall always bo subject to tho
people's will; whero tho public pay
rolls nnd purchases servo tho public
and not a party, a faction or a por-
Many Domocratlc loaders aro of tho
opinion that In tho Intorost of har
mony the Organization may agrco to
tho suggestion of Congressman Sab
ath, Frank Paschen, Alderman Kost
nor nnd other strong Hnrrlson men
nnd nnmo Congressman Jamos Mc
Andrews for mayor.
Mayor Thompson nnd his friends
aro confident of winning tho Republi
can nomination ovor Olson and Mor
rJam. Mayor Thompson opened his cam
paign for renomlnatlon nnd roolcctlon
with a mnss mooting Tuosdny night
In Arcadia Hnll nt Broadway and Sun
nysldo nvo. Tho notltlon with lt
100,000 slgnors asking tho mayor to
mnno mo raco was rormally presented.
Tho mayor In his Initial speech
IN THE CITY COUNCIL
Important Public Business Before
the Chicago Board of Aldermen
Legislative action boosting tho Chi
cago tax rato $1.C5 por $100 of as
sessed valuation will bo sought by tho
city council If a rccoinmondntlon
passed by tho city council Is approved
by tho ontlro body of nldonnon, A
"baby budgot," calling for tho dls
chargo of thousands of policemen, llro
men and other city employes has boon
submitted ns an nltornutivo should
tho city fall to got relief from tho
Tho budgot based on tho incomo for
1919 now in sight calls for an oxpon
dituro of flfi.080,437 ns compared to
$25,i!72,9S0, tho revised appropriation
for 1918. Tho appropriation bill
worked out on tho assumption that tho
legislature will provldo for n greater
corporato Incomo for a 1919 oxpondi
turo of ?3li,39G,-lC9. This will con
tlnuo In effect tho salary Incrensos
glvon city omployes laHt year and pro
vldo for additional omployes callod for
by dopnrtmont bonds.
Tho "baby budgot" worked out by
tho llnanco commlttoo cuts tho pollco
department from $7,872,537 to $5,230,
965 nnd tho llro department from $3,
772,318 to $2,93 1,0 H. Tho corporation
counsel's ofllco Is cut from $270,850
to $28,900, leaving only tho head of tho
department nnd a fow omployes.
Tho oloctlon commission, which re
ceived noarly $1,000,000 last year, Is
cut off without a cent, and tho depart
ment of publlo welfaro and tho buroau
of statistics aro also abolished,
Chicago's appropriation bill for 1919,
providing for expenditures from tho
WIIOL 13 N UM1JER 3 52G
mado an nttack upon Aldorman II. D.
Capltaln nnd tho traction interests.
Health Commissioner John Dill Rob
ertson also spoko and as an added
attraction a comploto bill of vaudo
villa acts was staged.
When Mayor Thompson and Judgo
Olson met In tho 1915 primaries tho
latter was considered a favorite Tho
nomlnntlon went to Thompson by a
narrow margin, tho Socond Ward
with its largo Negro voto bolng tho
Charles At McCulloch In tho follow
ing stntomont docllnod to becopt'o a
.candldnxlor, tbi'A Republican nffmlna-'
"Rocontly my namo has boon In
cluded in a list of men as a cnndlduta
for mayor on tho Republican tickot.
"My nnmo haa boon put forward by
friends with whom I havo been asso
ciated for yoars. I thank them for
tho compliment which thoy hnvo thus
bestowed upon mo, but I wish to say
thnt I am not a candldato. My busi
ness connections tako up all of my
tlmo, and tho sacrifice Involved sconm
to bo one which I hardly could make."
Twenty-fifth Ward Democrat
Boosted for Nomination.
Friends of William F. Qulnlnn of
tho Twenty-fifth ward aro boosting
him for tho democratic nomination for
Mr. Qulnlun la a plonoor of Edgo
water and Is prosldont of tho Edgo
wator Coal company.
corporato fund of $35,390,509, was sent
to tho city council last night by tho
flnanco commltteo, which has boon
working on tho budget for several
Tho ordlnnnco for tho Ogdon nvo.
oxtonBlon was referred to tho streets
and alloys commltteo, whorp it will
bo formally npproved.
Tho Council approved a contract
with tho government for nil vacant
Hpaco on tho Municipal Plor for stor
ing automobiles and war oqulpmont,
Thu city will roculvo $130,000 annual
ly as rental.
Aldorman Mnypolo'n ordor changing
tho hours nt which nutomobllos aro
prohibited from parking In tho loop
was passed. Tho now hours aro from
7 to 9 n, in. Instead of 7 to 10 and
from 1:30 to ; p. m. instead of from
1:30 to 7 p. m.
Cars will he pormlttod to park oth
orwlso for ono hour Instoad of n half
Mayor Thompson was directed to ex
tend an Invitation to Cardinal Mor
clor of Bolgium. Aldorman Rlchort
Petfle el Influence acd
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