Chicago and the Double Platoon

Chicago and the Double Platoon

The Chicago News has this to say of the two platoon bill which has passed the Legislature and has been signed by the Governor;

“No better example of forcible feeding is likely to be found than the attempt of the Illinois Legislature to compel Chicago to swallow the double platoon system for its fire department Hardly anybody in Chicago wants the double platoon system except persons looking for jobs in the fire department. The chief of the fire department is opposed to it. A majority of the men in the department signed a petition asking to be protected from it and their chief estimates that 1,400 out of the 1,800 firemen would vote against it. Efficiency would not be served by the adoption of this system. Neither would economy. In fact, it would demoralize the department and would cost Chicago upward of $1,000,O00 a year, according to careful estimates. Experience during Mayor Dunne’s administration, when the plan was tried in one battalion, proved that it was costly, unworkable and otherwise unsatisfactory. Yet in the face of these facts and of the overwhelming protests against the piece of legislation, the House, led by Lee O’Neil Browne, adopted the measure intended to force the double platoon system upon Chicago. The Senate, which has also passed the bill, is now asked to concur in an unimportant amendment. 1 lappily there is a referendum clause attached to the bill. This will give the voters of Chicago the opportunity to kill the measure as wholly undesirable.”

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