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approved April 1, 1872, in force July 1, 1872; as amended by an act approved March 30, 1874, in force July 1, 1874."

Senate Bill No. 158, a bill for “An act to make it lawful for any person, without regard to sex, who possesses the other qualifications of an elector now required by law, to vote at any district school election held in pursuance of the school laws of this State."

*Senate Bill No. 245, a bill for “An act to amend section 10 of an art entitled 'An act in regard to judgments and decrees, and the manner of enforcing the same by execution, and to provide for the redemption of real estate sold under execution or decree,' approved March 22, 1872, in force July 1, 1872."

Mr. Adams, from the committee on engrossed and enrolled bills, reports that a bill of the following title has been correctly engrossed, and returned herewith, to-wit:

Senate Bill No. 43, for “An act to amend section eight (8) of an act entitled 'An act to establish appellate courts,' approved June 2, 1877, in force July 1, 1877.”

Mr. Adams from the committee on engrossed and enrolled bills, reports that bills of the following titles have been correctly engrossed, and are returned herewith, to-wit:

Senate Bill No 67, a bill for “An act to remove the dam across the Little Wabashi river, at New Haven, Gallatin county, Illinois, and for making an appropriation therefor."

Senate Bill No. 174, a bill for “An act to amend section six (6) of an act entitled 'An act concerning circuit courts, and to fix the time for holding the same in the several counties in the judicial circuits in the State of Illinois, exclusive of Cook county,' approved May 24, 1879, in force July 1, 1879; as amended by act approved June 30, 1885, in force July 1, 1885."

Senate Bill No. 35, a bill for "An act making an appropriation for the ordinary expenses of the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, Jackson county, Illinois."

Mr. Curtiss, from the committee on appropriations, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 136 for "An act to provide for continuing the geological survey of the State of Illinois, and to make appropriations therefor," reported the same back with the recommendation that the bill do not pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill, on motion of Mr. Curtiss, was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Curtiss, from the committee on appropriations, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 45, for "An act making appropriations for the University of Illinois,” reported the same back with amendments thereto, and recommended that the amendments be adopted, and that the bill as amended do pass.

Under the rules, the bill was ordered on file for a second reading, and to be printed with the amendments.

Mr. Johns, from the committee on elections, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 81, for “An act to amend sections 6, 7 and 8, of an act entitled 'An act for the registry of electors, and to prevent fraudulent voting.' reported the same back with the recommendation that the bill do not pass.

The report of the comunittee was concurred in, and the bill, on motion of Mr. Johns, was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Johns, from the committee on elections, to which was referred a bill, Senate Bill No. 82, for "An act to amend an act entitled “An act in regard to elections, and to provide for filling vacancies in elective offices,' approved April 3, 1872, in force July 1, 1872," reported the same back with the recommendation that the bill do not pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill, on motion of Mr. Johns, was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Jolins, from the committee on elections, submitted the following report:

The committee on elections, to whom was referred Senate Bill No. 57, being a bill for "An act to amend section Afty-three (53) of an act entitled 'An act in regard to elections, and to provide for filling vacancies in elective offices,' approved April 3, 1872, in force July 1, 1872," respectfully beg leave to report the same back, with an amendment thereto, with the statement that upon the motion to report the bill back with the recommendation that it do pass, the vote of the members of the committee was six for the motion and six against.

The chairman decided the motion lost, and then decided that the effect of the vote was that the bill be reported back with the recommendation that the bill do lay upon the table.

An appeal was taken from the decision of the chairman, and the committee sustained his decision, therefore we recommend that it do lay upon the table.

W. C. JOHNS, Chairman. Mr. Hadley, on behalf of the minority of the committee on elections, submitted the following report:

The minority of the committee on elections, to whom was referred Senate Bill No. 57, being a bill for an act to amend section 53 of an act in regard to elections, and to provide for filling vacancies in elective offices, approved April 3, 1872, in force July 1, 1872," respectfully beg leave to report the same back, recomiending that said bill do pass, and that this report be substituted in lieu of the majority report of said committee. Respectfully submitted,

W. F. L. HADLEY,
L. B. STEPHENSON,
J. W. JOHNSON,
B. A. ECKHART.

Mr. Hadley moved to substitute the minority for the majority report.

The question being, "Shall the minority report be substituted for the majority report?”

And the yeas and nays being demanded, it was decided in the affirmative by the following vote: Yeas, 27; nays 17.

Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Adams, Berggren, Burke, Chapman, Crabtree, Darnell, Dean, Eckhart, Gibbs, Gore, Greenwood, Hadley, Higgins, Hill, Johnson, Leman, Organ, Pearson, Reavill, Seiter, Shutt, Southworth, Stephenson, Streeter, Torrance, Washburn, Wheeler-27.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Bacon of Edgar, Cantwell, Curtiss, Evans, Fank, Garrity, Humphrey, Knopf, McGrath, Monahan, Orendorf, Pierce, Reinhardt, Strattan, Sumner, Thompson, Yost-17.

The question now being, “Shall the report of the committee as amended be adopted, and the foregoing bill, Senate Bill No. 57, be ordered to a second reading and to be printed with the amendment?” it was decided in the affirmative.

PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS. Mr. Southworth presented the following resolution, which, by unanaimous consent, was taken up for consideration and read, viz.:

WHEREAS, It is reported that the roof of the State House is in need of repairs; and

WHEREAS, By reason of fire certain portions of the walls of the State House have been injured and net replacing or !

19; therefore, be it Yl, That the conditee on public buildings and grounds of the Senate be instructed to inquis what repairs are necessary upon such State House to restore it to its original condition as near 19 miv be, and to protect and preserve it from the action of the elements, and to give the said State !lous a uniform appearance as near as may be, and that said coinmittee report by bill or otherwise.

lir. Southworth moved that the foregoing resolution be referred to the committee on public buildings and grounds. Which motion prevailed.

r. Pierce presented the following resolution, which was taken up for cob idea 1, read and adopted unanimously, viz.:

Res!d, Thae George W. Eldridge be retained as special officer in charge of the gentlemen's gallery of the Senate at sana pay as paid policemen.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.

Mr. Southworth introduced a bill, Senate Bill No. 300, for “An act to amend section 1, of article 9, of an act entitled 'An act to provide for the incorporation of cities and villages,” and

On motion of Mr. Southworth, the rules were suspended and the bill was read at large a first time, and

On motion of Mr. Southworth, was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Shutt introduced a bill, Senate Bill No. 301, for “An act to amend sections two (2) and three (3) of an act entitled 'An act to revise the law in relation to mortgages of real and personal property,' approved March 26, 137!, in force July 1, 1874,” and

On motion of Mr. Shutt, the rules were suspended and the bill was read a large a first time, and

On motion of Mr. Shutt, was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Darnell introduced a bill, Senate Bill No. 302, for "An act to amend section seven (7) of an act entitled 'An act to revise the law in relation to weights and measures,' approved February 27, 1874, in force July 1, 1874,” and

On motion of Mr. Darnell, the rules were suspended and the bill was read at large a first time, and

On motion of Mr. Darnell, was referred to the committee on license and miscellany.

MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR.

A message from the Governor, by H. J. Caldwell, Private Secretary:

Mr. President: I am directed by the Governor to inform the Senate that he has approved and signed bills with the following titles, to-wit:

House Bill No. 57, “An act making appropriations for the ordinary and other expenses of the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Quincy, until the 30th day of June, A. D. 1887.”

Approved March 1, 1887.

A message from the Governor, by H. J. Caldwell, Private Secretary:

Mr. President: I am directed by the Governor to lay before the Senate the following communication:

STATE OF ILLINOIS, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

SPRINGFIELD, MARCH, 1887. To the Honorable, the Senate:

I have the honor to transmit herewith a communication from Hon. John M. Scott, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in which, on behalf of the court and in pursuance of section 31, article 6, of the constitution, he submits certain amendments to the laws.

Also a communication from Julius S. Grinnell, State's Attorney for Cook county, indorsed by the Judges of the Superior and Circuit Courts of Cook county, recommending amendment to section 77, chapter 37, revised statutes, in reference to terms of the Criminal Court of Cook county.

RICHARD J. OGLESBY,

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SPRINGFIELD ILL., January 17, 1887. Hox. R. J. OGLESBY, Governor of the State of Illinois, Sir:

In compliance with section 31, article 6, of the constitution, the Justices of the Supreme Court have the honor to report that they have receivedl no report from any of the Circuit Judges of the State except from the Honorable Judge Tuley, of the Circuit Court of Cook county, and to his report and the bill submitted by him the attention of the General Assembly is respectfully called.

The Justices of the Supreme Court further report, they have no recommendations to make touching any defect and omissions in the laws of the State, and therefore have no bills to submit.

Respectfully,

John N. SCOTT, Chief Justice Supreme Court.

('OMMUNICATION FROM IION. JULIUS S. GRINXELL.

CHICAGO ILL., November, 1856. Hox. RICHARD) J. OGLESBY, Governor of the State of Illinois.

The application of Section 138, Chapter 38 Criminal Code) of the Statutes to the Criminal Court of Cook county, is impracticable, and produces a miscarriage of justice. In all counties except Cook county the rule laid down in said section is proper, easily complied with, and works no hardship because there is no other county in the State which has as many terms a year as Cook couty, and only one which has six terms per year.

By section 77, chapter 37 of the revised statutes, there are twelve terms of the Criminal Court of Cook county. Upon its face the discrimmation is improper. Cook county, with threequarters of a million people, a great metropolis, and with increasing industries, necessarily brings together many criminals.

During the year ending November 30, 1985, the Criminal Court of Cook county, consisting of two branches, disposed of the following cases to-wit: Acquittals..

.. 156 Convictions, penitentiary

319 Convictions, house correction.

118 Convictions, jail....

112 Convictions, reform school.

34-583 Fines imposed Death sentences.

1 Life term....

1 Declared insane on trial..

3

59

Total....

... 806 Numerous other cases might be alded to the above, which require investigation, and are not tried. Frequently there are cases

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