West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 8 Photos

Exorcising Clout

Photo 8.1
Photo 8.1

Vinton W. Bacon, General Superintendent, began his tumultuous term to reform the administration of the District in October 1962. After seven years, much good had resulted, but he couldn’t stop playing the role of reformer, and that appeared to be his undoing. On January 20, 1970, he testified before the Illinois Senate Investigating Committee about his being terminated. (Purchased photo originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times)

Photo 8.2
Photo 8.2

On October 12, 1966, Vinton W. Bacon announced at a news media briefing that he had appointed an attorney as temporary head of the personnel department after the director of personnel agreed to take a leave while an investigation of civil service examination test irregularities was being conducted. Bacon appears more upbeat and in command than he does in the prior photograph. (Purchased photo originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times)