The City of Chicago, Plaintiff in Error, vs. Harry J. Powers, Defendant in Error.*

Opinion filed December 17, 1907.

The decision in People v. Steele, (ante, p. 340,) holding a statute in regard to speculating or “scalping” in theater tickets to be unconstitutional, controls this case, wherein the city of Chicago attempted to do by ordinance what it was there held the legislature could not do by statute.

Writ of Error to the Municipal Court of Chicago; the Hon. Frederick L. Fake, Judge, presiding.

Maclay Hoyne, Clyde L. Day, and George W. Miller, (Edward J. Brundage, Corporation Counsel, of counsel,) for plaintiff in error.

Moran, Mayer & Meyer, for defendant in error.

Mr. Justice Dunn

delivered the opinion of the court:

The writs of error in these four cases have been consolidated by stipulation. They are brought to review judgments of the municipal court of Chicago in favor of the defendants in prosecutions brought against them for the violation of an ordinance of the city of Chicago in regard _ to the scalping of theater tickets. In the case of People v. Steele, (ante, p. 340,) it was decided that an act of the legislature having the same purpose as the ordinances involved in these cases was invalid because beyond the constitutional power of the legislature. Under the decision in that case the ordinances in question here were invalid and the judgments were properly rendered for the defendants. They will therefore be affirmed.

Judgments affirmed.