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F Manning - Municipal League Group Session A regional...
Municipal League Group Session A regional conference sponored by the Illinois Municipal League, attended by 25 city officials from communities in southern Illinois, was held in the Clty^Hall. Delegates came to Alton from a radius of 100 miles. The conference was opened at 11 a. m. by City Counselor Francis Manning of Wood River, president of the meeting. Mayor Hoffmann extended a welcome and talked briefly on how Alton had profited by national government money grants through WPA and PWA programs. Manning then introduced Fisher, head of the police radio system of St. Louis, who talked during the rest of the forenoon on police radios. Sergeant Fisher described the various types of police radio transmitters and receiving sets, their particular Individual qualities. He also touched briefly on the subject of organizing area coverage by police radio contact Sergeant Fisher said that the first police radio was used in Detroit in 1921. At that time police calls were broadcast over regular commercial stations, programs being Interrupted for the purpose of broadcasting police orders. Fisher said the plan was changed to the short wave system when the chief of police found the occupants of one police car listening to a Denver station, Instead of the Detroit stalion over which Ihe police calls were regularly broadcast. During the noon hour, the delegates viewed the locks and dam projects in Alton harbor. This afternoon the conference was resumed with discussions on municipal ownership of utilities and kindred subjects. Arrangements for the conference were made by the promotion committee of the City Council of which Alderman Mullln is chairman. The meeting is the fourth held In southern Illinois since March if, A. D. McLarty, secretary of the Illinois State School Board Association said today. McLarty said that the Illinois stale School Board Association would present a report of the Advisory Staff of the Illinois Educational Commission. The meeting is slated to start at 10 a. m. and last to 3:30 p. m,

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 26 Mar 1936, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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