CITIES: Let There Be Light

Chicago's city council recently passed a new record budget of $376 million, including pay raises for political jobholders, increased auto allowances for favored ward heelers, and a whopping $4,800,000 for the city's Electricity Bureau. Young (34) Democratic Alderman Robert Merriam, who with 13 Republican colleagues had vainly fought for economies, decided to investigate the bureau, followed a seven-man electrical crew on its rounds around erratically lit Chicago. His report, published last week:

8:34 A.M.: First maintenance truck leaves city garage with two men aboard.

9:40 A.M.: Truck stops at 2020 West Cullerton....

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