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August 16, 1919


Author Affiliations

Springfield, Ill. Director of Public Welfare, State of Illinois.

JAMA. 1919;73(7):549-550. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610330087022

To the Editor:  —Illinois has discovered that its legislature desires to do the right thing but depends on the experts of the executive departments to give it the information on which to act. It is obvious that the legislature cannot know, in advance, the details of all needs which lead to requests for legislative action. The consolidation of 125 commissions into nine departments, each in charge of a single director gave Illinois its opportunity to do things right. The results have been that laws were enforced, routine work was accomplished promptly and well, and, in spite of the war time, the total of appropriations was not exceeded, and yet the state found itself with a full treasury. The legislature, therefore, has confidence in the executive officers. It has not only asked for their advice but also acted on it and has granted all reasonable requests.To the writer was given

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