John Dillinger was the nation’s top public enemy in 1934. He was charged in a string of bank robberies and for the murder of a police officer after being released from prison on parole for robbing a grocery store. Once again in police custody, Dillinger broke out of prison and fled the scene in a stolen car. He drove the car across state lines, violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act (a federal offense). The investigation was then turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This wanted poster was printed by the government in June 1934. Dillinger was located and surrounded by FBI agents at the Chicago Biograph Theater on July 22. Dillinger reached for his gun, and was shot and killed at the scene.
FBI Wanted Poster of John Dillinger, 06/25/1934, Publications of the U.S. Government (ARC 306713)
“The conditions shown by even this short inspection to exist in the Chicago stock yards are revolting”
In this cover letter to the Neill-Reynolds report, President Theodore Roosevelt urged Congress to immediately enact legislation to provide for meat inspection and establish sanitary conditions for the meatpacking industry. Three months earlier author & journalist Upton Sinclair had written to Roosevelt, detailing many of the industry’s practices.
Message from President Theodore Roosevelt to the House of Representatives and the Senate, 06/04/1906
October 9 is the last day of National Fire Prevention Week, established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which raged from October 8 - 10, 1871. When it was all over, the fire left 100,000 people of Chicago homeless, 300 dead and an estimated $200 million in destroyed property.
Petition from citizens of Chicago asking Congress to pass the bill which would allow a drawback of the duties paid upon materials used in the construction and repair of buildings burned during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, 02/17/1872
Petition from citizens of Chicago, 2/17/1872, Records of the U.S. Senate (ARC 306405)
Chart Showing a Day of Television Programming in Chicago, 09/16/1954
An exhibit from the Senate Judiciary Special Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency during its investigation on the effect of television programming on juvenile delinquency.
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