Issue 19 and Volume 61.

TAX MONEY FOR CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT. A new tax plan for the taxation of insurance companies in the State of Illinois has been worked out and one feature would permit the city of Chicago under certain conditions and restrictions to obtain $2,000,000 a year for its fire department, which, of all the subdivisions of the city, says a Chicago newspaper in commenting on the plan, gets less money in proportion to its needs than any other department. For some time Oscar Hebei, representing Attorney General Brundage; William F. Struckmann, for the Board of Assessors; City Attorney Charles R. Francis, of Chicago, and H. B. Seely, expert and special examiner of the state insurance department, have been working on the plan. They investigated the taxes and license fees paid on insurance premiums and it is stated they found so many deficiencies in the existing system that they prepared a bill for…

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