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AN ACT to amend section 4 of "An Act to authorize counties to erect or assist in the erection of monuments or memorials buildings in honor of their soldiers and sailors," approved June 28, 1919.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

SECTION 1. Section 4 of "An Act to authorize counties to erect or assist in the erection of monuments or memorial buildings in honor of their soldiers and sailors," approved June 28, 1919, is amended to read as follows:

§ 4. Available space in memorial buildings constructed under the provisions of this Act, may be set aside for the use of organizations of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors of the United States without charge.

Boys' clubs, associations of commerce, civic improvement and health bodies, farm bureaus and other similar non-partisan and nonsectarian organizations, not organized for profit, shall be deemed within the meaning of the words "public or civic purposes," and available space in such memorial buildings may be rented or leased at a reasonable rental to any such organization.

In the discretion of the county board, the memorial building may be constructed so as to be suitable for use as a county orphans' home, or a county hospital, and may be used for either purpose.

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AN ACT to amend section 24 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to counties," approved March 31, 1874, as amended.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Asesmbly: Section 24 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to counties", approved March 31, 1874, as amended, is amended to read as follows:

24. Each county shall have power

First-To purchase and hold the real and personal estate necessary for the uses of the county, and to purchase and hold, for the benefit of the county, real estate sold by virtue of judicial proceedings in which the county is plaintiff.

Second-To sell and convey or lease any real or personal estate owned by the county.

Third-To make all contracts and do all other acts in relation to the property and concerns of the county necessary to the exercise of its corporate powers.

Fourth-To take all necessary measures and institute proceedings to enforce all laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Fifth-To purchase and hold real estate upon which may be erected and maintained by the county a sanitarium for the care and treatment of residents of the county who may be afflicted with tuberculosis; and to purchase, hold and use all necessary personal property for the proper care and maintenance of such real estate and sanitarium.

Sixth-To purchase and hold or lease real estate upon which may be erected and maintained buildings to be utilized for purposes of agricultural experiments and to purchase, hold and use personal property for the care and maintenance of such real estate in connection with such experimental purposes.

Seventh-To cause to be erected, or otherwise provided, suitable buildings for, and maintain a county hospital and necessary branch. hospitals for the care of such sick as may by law be proper charges upon the county, and to provide for the management of the same.

Eighth-To purchase and hold real estate for the preservation of forests and to maintain and regulate the use thereof.

Ninth-To purchase and hold real estate for the purpose of preserving historical spots in the county and to restore, maintain and regulate the use thereof.

Tenth-To appropriate funds from the county treasury to be used in any manner to be determined by the board for the suppression, eradication and control of tuberculosis among domestic cattle in such county.

Eleventh-To take all necessary measures to prevent forest fires and encourage the maintenance and planting of trees and the preservation of forests.

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AN ACT to legalize tax rates determined and taxes levied and extended on the valuation of property as equalized by the boards of review of the several counties, and of property originally assessed by the State tax commission.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

SECTION 1. That in all cases where the maximum tax authorized to be levied by any statute of this State, in any taxing district, has heretofore been determined and extended on the valuation of property as equalized prior to July 1, 1923, by the boards of review of the several counties and of property originally assessed by the State tax commission prior to July 1, 1923, such tax rate is hereby validated, and the taxes extended under said rate prior to July 1, 1923, if otherwise legal are hereby declared to be valid taxes.

APPROVED June 28, 1923.

COURTS.

§ 1.

BRANCH CIRCUIT COURTS.

Amends section 3, Act of 1905.

§ 3. Reporter.

(HOUSE BILL No. 443. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1923.)

AN ACT to amend section 3 of "An Act to provide for the holding of a branch Circuit Court in each county of this State at the same time the regular term of the Circuit Court is being held in and for such county; and to provide for the proceedings to be had in such courts," approved May 16, 1905.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

SECTION 1. Section 3 of "An Act to provide for the holding of a branch Circuit Court in each county of this State at the same time the regular term of the Circuit Court is being held in and for such county; and to provide for the proceedings to be had in such courts," approved May 16, 1905, is amended to read as follows:

§ 3. A court shorthand reporter may be employed on such branch courts by the presiding judge thereof, in the same manner as is now by law provided for the appointment of reporters for Circuit Courts, who shall perform the same duties and be entitled to the compensation provided by law for such reporter, for the days said branch court is actually in session.

APPROVED June 29, 1923.

JUDGES OF THE THE SUPERIOR COURT OF COOK COUNTY.
How nominated.

§ 1. Increases number of judges to twenty-eight.

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§ 2. Eight additional judges to be elected, November, 1923.

(HOUSE BILL No. 316.

APPROVED MAY 25, 1923.)

AN ACT to provide for an increase in the number of judges of the Superior Court of Cook County and to provide for the nomination of candidates for said judicial offices.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

SECTION 1. That, as it appears by the Federal census of 1920 that the number of inhabitants of the county of Cook is over three million and fifty thousand (3,050,000) and that therefore, the General Assembly is authorized under section 23 of Article 6 of the Constitution of this State to provide for twenty (20) additional judges of the Circuit or Superior Courts of said county, therefore, the number of judges of the Superior Court of the county of Cook be, and the same is hereby increased from twenty (20) its present number to twenty-eight (28).

§ 2. On Tuesday after the first Monday of November in the year of 1923, and every six (6) years thereafter, the eight (8) additional

judges of said Superior Court herein provided for shall be elected to hold their office for a term of six (6) years and until their successors shall be elected and qualified.

§ 3. The nomination for said additional offices shall be made in the same manner as is now or shall hereafter be provided by law for the nomination of candidates for the existing offices of judges of the Superior Court and Circuit Court of Cook County.

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AN ACT to amend sections 8, 15 and 17 of an Act entitled, "An Act in relation to a Municipal Court in the city of Chicago," approved May 18, 1905, in force July 1st, 1905, as subsequently amended.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

SECTION 1. That sections 8, 15 and 17 of an Act entitled, "An Act in relation to a Municipal Court in the city of Chicago," approved May 18, 1905, and in force July 1st, 1905, as subsequently amended, be and the same are hereby amended to read as follows:

§ 8. That said Municipal Court shall consist of twenty-eight (28) judges, one of whom shall be chief justice and the remaining twentyseven (27) of whom shall be associate judges. Each branch court shall be presided over by a single judge of the Municipal Court. The chief justice, in addition to the exercise of all the other powers of a judge of said court, shall have the general superintendence of the business of said court; he shall preside at all meetings of the judges, and he shall assign the associate judges to duty in the branch courts, from time to time, as he may deem necessary for the prompt disposition of the business thereof, and it shall be the duty of each associate judge to attend and serve at any branch court to which he may be so assigned, but the chief justice shall only assign such number of judges to the trial and disposition of cases of the first class and cases of the second class mentioned in section two (2) of this Act, from time to time, as may not be needed, for the prompt disposition of the other business. of the court. The chief justice shall also superintendent preparation of the calendars of cases for trial in said court and shall make such classification and distribution of the same upon different calendars as he shall deem proper and expedient. Each associate judge shall at the commencement of each month, make to the chief justice under his official oath, a report in writing of the duties performed by him during the preceding month, which report shall specify the number of days' attendance in court of such judge during such month, and the branch.

courts upon which he has attended, and the number of hours per day of such attendance, for which the chief justice shall cause suitable blanks to be prepared and furnished to the associate judges. Each judge shall be entitled to vacations, which shall not exceed thirty-six days in all in one year, and which shall be taken at such times as may be determined by the chief justice. The chief justice must give his attention faithfully to the discharge of the duties especially pertaining to his office and to the performance of such additional judicial work as he may be able to perform. Each associate judge must perform his share of the labors and duties appertaining to the office. At least one associate judge must be in attendnce in one branch court in each district three hours of each day, except Sunday, a public holiday, or a day upon which the inhabitants of the city of Chicago generally refrain from business, and each associate judge, while in the court room or in chambers and not actually engaged in the performance of other official duties, must act upon any application for his official action properly made to him. The chief justice may appoint such number of assistants not exceeding four, as he may deem necessary, whose salaries shall be fixed by the majority of the judges, provided, that the salaries of two of said assistants shall not exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000) each per annum, and that the salaries of the remaining two of said assistants shall not exceed twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500) each per annum. Said assistants shall have power to administer oaths and shall perform such duties as may be required of them by the chief jutice, but shall not exercise any judicial powers. It shall be the duty of the chief justice and the associate judges to meet together at least once in each month, excepting the month of August, in each year, at such hour and place as may be designated by the chief justice, and at such other times as may be required by the chief justice, for the consideration of such matters pertaining to the administration of justice in said court as may be brought before them. At such meetings they shall receive and investigate, or cause to be investigated, all complaints presented to them pertaining to the said court, and to the officers thereof, and shall take such steps as they may deem necessary or proper with respect thereto, and they shall have power and it shall be their duty to adopt or cause to be adopted all such rules and regulations for the proper administration of justice in said court as to them may seem expedient. The salaries of the chief justice and associate judges shall be as the city council has prescribed or shall prescribe: Provided however, that the salary of the chief justice shall not be less than seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500.00) per annum and that the salary of the associate judge shall not be less than six thousand dollars ($6,000.00) per annum, and that the salary of no judge shall exceed the salary and compensation fixed, from time to time, by law for a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and that the salary of no judge shall be increased or diminished during the term for which he shall have been elected. Such salaries shall be payable in monthly installments out of the city treasury.

§ 15. That said clerk shall appoint such numbers of deputies as may be determined from time to time by a majority of judges of the

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