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No.12

10-14-09

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year nineteen hundred five, by

THE LAWYERS' CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING Co.
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

LIBRARIAS

266892 MARCH 1930

MAYOR'S OFFICE, CHICAGO, March 6, 1905. S

was

To the Honorable, the City Council of the City of Chicago.:

GENTLEMEN—In accordance with your order of November 30, 1903, the Corporation Counsel has had prepared and has submitted to you this evening proof sheets of the new Municipal Code.

The necessity for a complete revision of the 1897 Code was called to your attention in a communication from me dated November 30, 1903. Former Corporation Counsel Walker had prepared and submitted to your Honorable Body June 15, 1903, a compilation of the ordinances, embracing the 1897 Code and all amendments passed subsequent to the adoption thereof up to and including June 1, 1903. It was

originally intended to publish a compilation of the municipal ordinances rather than a revision. When the work of compilation was completed, however, it became evident that a thorough revision of the existing Code

absolutely necessary, not only in order to eliminate obsolete 'and archaic provisions which had been held to be illegal and of no effect by the courts, but also to add entirely new provisions covering subjects entirely omitted from the existing Code. Your Honorable Body adopted my suggestion and instructed the Corporation Counsel to prepare such a revision as was necessary. The preliminary work of the ompilation already done served as a valuable and indeed indispensable basis for the work of revision wbich is now completed. The labor involved has been enormous and has been performed in a most careful and painstaking manner under the personal direction and supervision of the present Corporation Counsel. The lawyers in charge of the work have been assisted throughout by members of the City Council, by the various heads of departments and their assistants, and by experts not connected with the municipality. This is the first complete revision of the city ordinances for more than twenty years, the various revised codes or collections of municipal ordinances issued mean; while being nothing more than compilations. The work just completed, thereivre, gives to the city for the first time in a generation a first-class, practical, up-to-date Revised Code of Municipal Ordinances. This work, having been completed under the present Council, should be enacted and put into effect before the approaching municipal election. As the time is short, I respectfully sug. gest that the whole subject-matter be referred to the Committee on Judiciary with instructions to report the new Code for passage as soon as possible. Most of the members of the present Committee on Judiciary have been in touch with this work since its inception, and therefore will be no doubt able to report on the Code in time to permit its passage before the first of April.

6-19-30 an

Respectfully,
CARTER H. HARRISON,

Mayor.
Which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
(See pp. 2655–56, Council Proceedings, March 6, 1905.)

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