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DELIVERED BEFORE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AT THE THIRTIETH ANNUAL MEETING, CHICAGO,
JULY 12 AND 13, 1906.
DELIVERED BEFORE THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION,
AT CHICAGO, JULY 12, 1906.
GEORGE T. PAGE, OF PEORIA.
This Association was organized, among other things, to cultivate the science of Jurisprudence, to promote reform in the law, and facilitate the administration of Justice.
It is the only organized body which represents the bar of the State. It was never intended by its organizers to be an association merely for the reading of essays and the passage of resolutions, but rather an association to originate practical ideas to be put into actual use; a place for legitimate criticism: for active opposition to all that is impracticable and vicious in the laws of the State, and in the practice under and the administration of, those laws. Pursuant to these purposes it is made a part of the duty of the President to embody in an annual address such reference to recent changes in the law of the State, its present state and administration as shall best conserve the Common Weal.
This is the 30th anniversary of our Association, and the two years last past have been most remarkable so far as legislative action, and the administration of justice in our Courts are concerned.
The corporations of the country, public, semi-public, and private, together with their officers, have been continually in the storm centre. In our own State the Legislature of 1905 passed a large number of acts, many of which by one Court or another have been held unconstitutional, and there are a