National Affairs: Chicago Sentenced

Already in desperate financial straits, Chicago last week found itself confronted with what amounts to a fine of $176,000,000 as a penalty for diverting much water from Lake Michigan to flush its sewers. In accordance with a U. S. Supreme Court judgment last January that Chicago's water diversion illegally lowered the Great Lakes level to the peril of navigation. Special Master in Chancery Charles Evans Hughes presented to the court upon which he himself once sat a "sentence" for Chicago's violation. That the Supreme Court would approve the Hughes report seemed certain. He advised the Court to impose upon Chicago the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!