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ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, January 6, 1928. Hon. Richard J. Barr, President pro temport State Senate, Springfield, Illinois:

MY DEAR SENATOR: Recently I underwent a serious illness, from which I am glad to say I have practically effected a complete recovery. My physician advises me, however, that it might impair my regained health if I were to undertake my duties as President of the Senate until my strength has fully returned. I am feeling so fine now that I deem it wise to heed the advice of the doctor. Will you, therefore, kindly assume the gavel when the Senate meets in special session on January 10th, a privilege I am afraid, by my regular attendance at Senate sessions, I have deprived you of most of the time since you were first elected President pro tempore.

Will you be kind enough to convey to the members of the Senate my cordial greetings and affectionate regards, as well as best wishes for the prompt dispatch of the business for which they have been summoned in extraordinary session by the Governor? I will be with you in spirit each day as you meet, and hope that I may be able to see you all personally before final adjournment is taken.

With warm personal regards, I beg to remain,
Very sincerely,

(Signed) FRED E. STERLING.

The roll of the Senators was then called, when the following

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When the name of Senator Dailey was called, the President pro tempore of the Senate announced that he was unavoidably detained by personal business.

When the name of Senator Denvir was called, Senator Hughes announced that he was detained by sickness, and that he was in the University Hospital at Chicago.

When the name of Senator Leonardo was called the President pro tempore of the Senate announced that he was unavoidably absent, occasioned by his attendance at a funeral.

The President pro tempore of the Senate presented the following communication, which was read:

January 10, 1928.

To the Honorable Fred E. Sterling, Lieutenant Governor, and Members of the Senate of the Fifty-fifth General Assembly:

GENTLEMEN: I am enclosing herewith a correct copy of a proclamation issued by His Excellency, Len Small, and made a matter of record in my office the 3d day of January, 1928.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of State, this 10th day of January, A. D. 1928.

(Signed) LOUIS L. EMMERSON,

Secretary of State.

STATE OF ILLINOIS.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT.

PROCLAMATION.

WHEREAS, In June, A. D. 1927, the Primary Election Law of 1910 was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; and after such declaration the Fifty-fifth General Assembly enacted a general primary law entitled "An Act to provide for the making of nominations by, and the organization of, political parties" and also enacted a legislative primary act entitled "An Act to provide for the holding of primary elections by political parties for the nomination of members of the General Assembly and the election of senatorial committeemen"; and

WHEREAS, A bill in equity has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, assailing the constitutionality of said primary acts, and after a hearing a judge of said Court has delivered a written opinion holding those acts unconstitutional, and has announced his intention to enter a decree in accordance with such opinion; and

WHEREAS, An appeal from such decree to the Supreme Court of Illinois cannot be perfected before the February term of that court, and in the ordinary course of business of the Supreme Court a decision would not be rendered until after the date fixed for the primary election in April; with the result that the injunction issued in Cook County would remain in force until after the date set for the April primary and the holding of a primary election would in that way be prevented; and

WHEREAS, The Fifty-fifth General Assembly amended the so-called Ballot Act of 1891 so as to prevent any of the major political parties from making nominations by petition or caucus; and there is no method provided by our laws for the making of nominations by major political parties other than by primary election-which is now prevented by the Cook County injunc tion; and

WHEREAS, There are apparent defects in the provisions of the Ballot Act of 1891 with reference to the filing of petitions and certificates of nomination, and with reference to the certification of the names of candidates to and in the various counties; and

WHEREAS, Statutory provisions relating to registration and to the qualifications of judges and clerks of election have been questioned, particularly in Chicago, and the right of women to serve as election officials has been attacked; and

WHEREAS, The appointment of commissioners of the Supreme Court was authorized at the last session of the General Assembly, but no appropriation was made to pay their compensation; and

WHEREAS, The Fifty-fifth General Assembly at its regular session in several instances enacted two or more Acts which amended the same section of the statutes by changing the tax levy rate or rates therein; and

WHEREAS, The Act of the Fifty-fifth General Assembly limiting the indebtedness of certain municipal governments has been held invalid by the Supreme Court; and

WHEREAS, An organization of financial responsibility is ready to construct at its own expense a building for a historical museum and library if a suitable site in a public park can be secured, and such institution would be of great educational value to the people of the State and would be lost to them if the project were unduly delayed; and

WHEREAS, By reason of the foregoing and other matters, I deem that an extraordinary occasion now exists for convening the General Assembly in extraordinary session;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LEN SMALL, Governor of the State of Illinois, under and by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Illinois, do hereby call and convene an extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, to commence on Tuesday, the 10th day of January, A. D. 1928, at 10 o'clock in the morning for the following purposes:

1. To enact laws to provide for and regulate the holding of primary elections by political parties.

2. To enact laws to provide for the making of nominations by political parties.

3. To enact laws authorizing and / or recognizing, the organization of political parties.

4. To enact laws to provide for the nomination by political parties of members of the General Assembly.

5. To enact laws to provide for the election or choosing of party committeemen of political parties.

6. To enact laws to provide for the election of delegates to national nominating conventions of political parties, and to provide for presidential preference primaries.

7. To amend, alter or repeal the general election laws of this State. 8. To amend, alter or repeal any or all of the sections of an Act entitled, "An Act to provide for the printing and distribution of ballots at public expense, and for the nomination of candidates for public offices, to regulate the manner of holding elections, and to enforce the secrecy of the ballot," approved June 22, 1891, as amended.

9. To enact general election laws.

10. To enact ballot laws.

11. To amend, alter or repeal any or all of the laws of this State pertaining to the holding of elections or the making of nominations by political parties; and to enact laws pertaining to the holding of elections or the making of nominations by political parties or other groups in this State.

12. To amend, alter or repeal any or all of the sections of an Act entitled, "An Act regulating the holding of elections and declaring the result thereof in cities, villages and incorporated towns in this State," approved June 19, 1885, as amended.

13. To amend or alter the law pertaining to the establishment and changing of election precincts or districts.

14. To make an appropriation to pay the compensation of the commissioners heretofore or hereafter appointed under the provisions of "An Act to authorize the appointment of Commissioners of the Supreme Court and to define their duties and fix their compensation," approved July 7, 1927.

15. To enact laws to provide for the printing and distribution of ballots at public expense, for the nomination of candidates for public office, for the

filing of nomination petitions, or certificates and the certification of the names of nominees, for regulating the manner of holding elections, and for enforcing the secrecy of the ballot.

16. To amend each section of the statutes of the State of Illinois which prescribes maximum or minimum tax levy rates and which was amended by two or more Acts of the regular session of the Fifty-fifth General Assembly, so as in each instance, to combine in one Act the several changes made by two or more Acts or attempted to be made by any Act since declared invalid by the Supreme Court.

17. To enact a law or laws limiting the indebtedness which may be incurred by counties having a population of less than 500,000, and by cities, townships, school districts and other municipal corporations having a population of less than 300,000, or by any of them.

18. To enact a law or laws authorizing the park commissioners for any park district where the boundaries and limits of such park district extend over the whole of one or more towns within the limits of a city having a population of more than three hundred thousand inhabitants according to the last preceding Federal or State census to set apart and grant a site for the construction and accommodation of a historical museum and library to be open to the general public, in case plans and pledges are submitted by a historical society, or other civic body or corporation organized for the promotion of historical education, showing its ability and willingness to erect and maintain a suitable building for such purpose.

19. To make appropriations for the payment of the expenses of this extraordinary session.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Illinois to be affixed.

[SEAL]

By the Governor

Done at the Capitol, in the City of Springfield, this 3rd day of January, in the Year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty-eight, and of the State of Illinois the one hundred and tenth.

LOUIS L. EMMERSON,

Secretary of State.

PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS.

LEN. SMALL.

Mr. Huebsch offered the following resolution, which was taken up for immediate consideration and unanimously adopted:

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 1.

WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Illinois is called to meet in extraordinary session, and we regret the absence of our beloved presiding officer, the Honorable Fred E. Sterling, Lieutenant Governor of Illinois; therefore, be it

Resolved, by the Senate of Illinois, That we send a unanimous message to our President, congratulating him upon the speedy return to health which he is making; and, be it further

Resolved, That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate transmit a copy by telegraph to Honorable Fred E. Sterling, at his home in Rockford, Illinois.

Mr. Meents offered the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted:

SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 2.

Resolved, That the President pro tempore of the Senate appoint a committee of five to wait upon His Excellency, the Governor. and inform him

that the Senate of the Fifty-fifth General Assembly is now duly in session, in pursuance of his proclamation, and is ready to receive any proclamation he may desire to make.

The President pro tempore of the Senate appointed as a commitmittee, provided by the foregoing resolution, Senators Meents, Sneed, Hughes, Roberts and Boehm.

Mr. Cuthbertson offered the following resolution, which was taken up for immediate consideration and adopted:

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 3.

Resolved, That the President pro tempore of the Senate appoint a committee of three to wait upon the House of Representatives and inform it that a majority of the members of the Senate has assembled, pursuant to the proclamation of the Governor convening the special session of the Fiftyfifth General Assembly, and that the Senate is now ready for the transaction of the business required of the special session.

The President pro tempore of the Senate, appointed as the committee, provided for by the foregoing resolution, Senators Cuthbertson, Broderick and Courtney.

At 10:25 o'clock a. m., on motion of Mr. Lantz, the Senate took a recess until 10:50 o'clock a. m.

Senate reconvened.

10:50 O'CLOCK A. M.

Mr. Boehm offered the following resolution, which was taken up for immediate consideration and unanimously adopted:

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 4.

WHEREAS, Senator John T. Denvir has been confined to the hospital with a serious illness for the past two months; and

WHEREAS, Senator Denvir has been one of the most faithful of the members of this Honorable Body in the matter of attendance, and his absence is a matter of regret to all of us; therefore, be it

Resolved, That we express our sincere sympathy for Senator Denvir in his illness, and hope that his health will be speedily restored; and, be it further

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to Senator Denvir by the Secretary of the Senate, by telegraph.

Mr. Jewell offered the following resolution:

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 5.

Resolved, That the services of all officers and employees of the Senate, until otherwise ordered, shall be dispensed with, except the following: Secretary of the Senate.

Assistant Secretary of the Senate.

Chief Stenographer, Secretary's office.

Assistant Stenographer, Secretary's office.

Record Clerk.

Printed Bill Clerk.

Sergeant-at-Arms, who shall act as Senate Messenger.

Postmaster.

Executive Assistant to the President of the Senate.

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