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In an opinion handed down April 5. 1906, the state Supreme court declared the Illinois primary law enacted in 1905 unconstitutional on the grounds that it contained provisions delegating legislative functions to political organizations, required the payment of fees by candidates for office, set up a geographical qualification for candidates for the legislature and made out one' set of requirements fur one part of the state and another set for another part. Gov. Deneen, on the same day, issued a call for an extra session of the legislature for the purpose of enacting a new primary law. The session began April 10 and ended May 16. The primary law then passed was also declared unconstitutional In a decision made public Oct. 2. 1907. The state Supreme court held that the act was defective because it
contained more than the title specified, the title wholly failing to provide for a primary election for the purpose of selecting candidates for office; because the lodging of legislative power with county or central committees or other purely voluntary party organizations is unconstitutional; because the method provided for filling vacancies is in direct conflict with section 188 of the bill of rights, providing that all elections shall be free and equal; because the act provided no means by which a person might register for the primary election if for any reason he had failed to register at the last general election, and because the act provided that a voter could vote for only one candidate for representative in the general assembly.
COOK COUNTY COURTHOUSE. Comer stone laid Sept. 21, 1906; building occupied in fall of 1907: total cost $5,000,000.
Hours 9 a. m.
President—William Busse. R., 523 courthouse.
Clerk of County Board—Joseph F. Haas, R.. 600 courthouse."
Commissioners (all republicans)—Carl R. Chindblom, Albert G. Lanio. Max Blumenfeld. W. Schrojda, Joseph J. Ellas. Joseph M. Dennis. Oscar De Priest, William Umbach, Louis H. Mack, city districts: William Busse, August C. Boeber. Joseph Carolan. William C. Hartray, Alfred Van Steenberg, country districts.
Committee Clerk—O. W. Nash. 527 courthouse.
Meetings—The regular meetings of the board of commissioners are held on the first Monday of December, January, February, March, June and September of each year.
Duties—The commissioners are charged with the management of the county affairs of Cook county, as provided by law, having the same powers as the boards of supervisors in other counties. They make all appropriations and contracts and authorize all expenditures. The president appoints, with the approval of the board, the superintendent of public service and other officers and employes whose election or appointment is not otherwise provided for by law.
COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE.
County Clerk—Joseph F. Haas. R.
Deputies—George A. Mugler. chief deputy; James L. Monaghan. deputy comptroller: Frank L. Pasdeloup. chief clerk County court; Morris Salmonson, marriage licenses; Dr. T. J. Ferguson, vital statistics; M. M. Hoffman, redemptions; Louis F. Wilk. cashier; Frank McNally, bookkeeper; A. S. Cameron, tax extension. Duties—The county clerk is clerk of the county board and ex officio comptroller of county flnan
to 5 p. m.
cial affairs. As such he has charge of all deeds, mortgages, contracts, bonds, notes and similar papers belonging to the county, settles all accounts, keens books showing appropriations and expenditures, makes out report for fiscal year and submits estimates for the expenses of all the departments of the county organization.
COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE. Courthouse. 1st and 2d floors, north end. County Treasurer—John R. Thompson. S. Assistant Treasurer—Edward J. Werner. Duties—The county treasurer receives and disburses, pursuant to law, all the revenues and other public moneys belonging to the county. He personally countersigns county orders and renders accounts to the board of commissioners.
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE. 519 courthouse. Superintendent of Public Service—William McLaren, R. Duties—Purchases all supplies for the county Institutions, advertising for bids at specified times and entering into yearly or quarterly contracts and making tests from time to time of the articles furnished to determine if they are up to contract requirements.
RECORDER'S OFFICE. Courthouse, 1st floor, south end. Recorder of Deeds—Abel Davis, R. Chief Deputy—John V. Clinnen. Duties—The recorder shall, as soon as practicable after the filing of any instrument in writing in
WILLIAM BUSSE, J. R. THOMPSON. JOSEPH F. HAAS. CHK. STKASSIIKIM.
Pres. County Board. Treasurer. County Clerk. Sheriff.
hls office entitled to be recorded, record the same
at length in the order of time of Us reception, in
well-bound books to be provided for that purpose.
REGISTRAR OF TITLES.
Courthouse, 1st floor, south end'.
Registrar—Abel Davis, R.
Examiners—Charles G. Little. Charles T. Farson. A.dvisorv Examiners—Francis B. Peabody and John
S. Miller. D>uties—The Torrens system of conveying property, which went into effect May 1, 1897. and which is intended to simplify the transfer of titles, requires the recorder to act as registrar. He is empowered to employ two or more competent attorneys to act as legal advisers and as examiners.
CIVIL-SERVICE COMMISSION. 545 courthouse. Commissioners—Charles T. Mason. R., chairman; Chris R. Hafner, R.; Charles Gastfield, D.. secretary. Duties—The commissioners examine applicants for positions in the county service. Before an examination is held fourteen days' notice is given by advertisement. The rules are practically the same as those governing other bodies of the kind. JURY COMMISSION. 824 courthouse. Commissioners—James J. McLane, president; William A. Amberg. secretary; John J. Holland. Clerk—Roswell H. Mason.
Duties—The commissioners are required to prepare a list of electors qualified to act as jurors, to select names from such list and place them in a jury box and a grand jury box. and to draw therefrom the number of jurors needed at each term of court.
BOARD OF ASSESSORS. Courthouse. 3d floor, north end. Members of the Board—Oscar Hebel, R.; William H. Weber, R., secretary; Walter E. Schmidt, R.; A. W. Miller. R., and Adam Wolf, R. Chief Clerk—William Kingsley. Duties—Fix the amount of assessment on all real and personal property according to the rate required by law. i
BOARD OF REVIEW. Courthouse, 3d floor, north end. Members of the Board—Roy O. West, president: Fred W. I'pham, secretary; F. D. Meacham, R. Chief Clerk—Fred A. Vogler.
Duties—The lx>ard of review takes the place of the old town board in revising and correcting the findings of the assessors and In hearing and adjusting complaints of property owners. The decisions of the board of review are final. COUNTY INSTITUTIONS. Dunning. Superintendent—Dr. O. C. Wllhlte. R. Duties—Has the general management of the Insane asylum and the poorhouse.
COUNTY HOSPITAL. Harrison and Honore streets. Warden—Charles G. Happel, R. Duties—Exercises general supervision over the county hospital.
COUNTY SURVEYOR. 426 courthouse. County Surveyor—H. L. Emerson, R. Duties—The surveyor is required to make all official survey-s in the county. (Paid in fees.) COUNTY ARCHITECT. Dexter building. 84 Adams street. County Architect—Harris W. Hnehl. R. Duties—The county architect makes designs for new buildings, alterations in old ones, etc., as required by the county board. (Paid in fees.) SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS. 546 courthouse. Superintendent—A. F. Nightingale. R. Duties—He is required to visit each school In his district at least once a year, to see that the teachers are qualified for the performance of their duties and to do all in his power to increase the efficiency and elevate the standards of the schools.
Office In detention hospital.
County Physician—Dr. II.. I. Davis.
Duties—The county physician resides at the detention hospital and gives medical attention to the patients in that institution. He also has a general oversight of the sanitary conditions in the county jail and gives medical and surgical attention to the prisoners confined there. COUNTY AGENT'S OFFICE. 168 South Clinton street.
County Agent—John W. Belmont, R.
Assistant Agent—Victor Young.
Duties—The county agent grants relief to persons who are actually in want, provided they have been residents of Cook county six months. He investigates applications for transportation and for admission to the county institutions. CORONER'S OFFICE. 500 courthouse.
Coroner—Peter M. Huffman, R.
Chief Physician—Dr. Warren II. Hunter.
Deputies—A. F. Andrews, Michael G. Walsh, Matt Conrad, S. L. Davis, George Hitzman, C. F. Kennedy, William Ostrom, Mlla Reynolds, George A. Webster.
Physicians—Dr. Otto H. Lewke, Dr. H. G. W. Reinhardt.
Chief Clerk-G. A. Webster.
Duties—The coroner is required to take charge of bodies of all persons in the county supposed to have come to their deaths through other than natural causes, to summon a jury of six men and to Inquire into the cause of death. If any person Is implicated by the inquest as the slayer of the deceased, or as an accessory, the coroner shall cause his arrest if not already in custody. SHERIFF'S OFFICE. Courthouse, 4th floor, center.
Sheriff—Christopher Strassheim, R.
Assistant Sheriff—Henry Spears. R.
Chief Deputy—Charles W. Peters.
Jailer—George I). Langeloh, R.
Duties—The sheriff serves and returns all writs, warrants, processes, orders and decrees legally directed to him. He is the conservator of peace in his county and may arrest offenders on view. He is the keeiier of the jail and has the cus tody of prisoners. It is also his duty to attend the courts of record of the county and obey their orders.
STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.
State's Attorney—John J. Healy, R.
Assistants—W. A. RIttenhouse. Charles F. McKinley, Ferdinand L. Barnett, Leon Zolokoff, James T. BarlKHir, George H. Gunther, Robert E. Turney. D. M. Brothers. Ed S. Day, William H. Fish. James P. Ilarrold, Ed M. Hogan, Robert H. McCormick, John E. Northup, Clifford G. Roe, D. J. Short, Roger Sherman. E. H. Taylor, George Underwood, Hohart P. Young. Oscar D Olson, W. II. Corn well, George M. Popham, John Fleming. Charles D. Barrett.
Duties—The state's attorney begins and prosecutes all actions, civil and criminal, in any court of record in the county, in which the people of the state o<- county may be interested, prosecutes forfeited bonds and actions for the recovery- of debts due the state or county and acts as adviser to county officers.
COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.
County Attorney—Harry A. Lewis.
Assistant County Attorneys—C. J. Jones, L. B. Anderson, William F. Struckmann, Louis J. Behan.
Duties—The county attorney is the legal adviser
of the county board and has charge of all suits
at law or in equity for or against the county.
Courthouse, 6th floor.
John F. Devine. It.
Duties—The public administrator Is appointed by the governor to administer the estates of deceased persons Mho have -no relatives or creditors within the state.