This week, the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois will consider hiring convicted murderer and 1970s-era Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist James Kilgore— for the second time.
Prior to this academic year, Kilgore spent four years as an adjunct professor of global studies and urban planning at the University of Illinois system’s semi-prestigious flagship campus at Urbana–Champaign.
Before Kilgore scored his taxpayer-funded faculty position, he was imprisoned for six years because he had participated in a 1975 bank robbery during which bank customer Myrna Opsahl was murdered.
Opsahl, who bled to death on the floor of the bank, was a 42-year-old mother of four.
Kilgore and his Symbionese Liberation Army comrades robbed the bank — and another one —to finance guerrilla warfare in support of a communist revolution. They also famously kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.
Much later, after a nearly three-decade life on the lam spent largely in South Africa under the alias John Pape, Kilgore served six years in prison in the U.S. for second-degree murder. While on the run, he got a Ph.D. and wrote articles, novels and a textbook.
After serving his time, Kilgore moved in with his wife, Teresa Barnes, who had found a job as a history professor at the University of Illinois. He quickly found things to be mad about in the local community, including his vigorous protest of a proposed $20 million jail.
After the local press printed an expose about Kilgore’s radical, murderous youth, University of Illinois officials initially defended him, calling him “rehabilitated” and “a good example.”
The backlash proved too much, however. Kilgore, just a mere adjunct, was not given any courses to teach this academic year.
Since he was sacked, a group calling itself “Friends of James Kilgore” has lobbied intensively for the school to take back the convicted murderer and terrorist.
The group has made considerable progress, reports Inside Higher Ed.
The arguments of “Friends of James Kilgore” are that the University of Illinois should use taxpayer money and student tuition to assist felons. Also, Kilgore has started a family and rejected the “politics of small-group violence” — which presumably means he has no further plans to murder innocent mothers in the service of totalitarian politics.
“I love teaching and the whole educational process,” Kilgore told Insider Higher Ed.
He also insisted that colleges shouldn’t use background checks to screen employees because they would “place further obstacles in the path to employment for formerly incarcerated people.” (RELATED: Obama-Obsessed Ex-Professor Serving Life For Murder Avoids Charges For Shooting Her Brother)
In response to “Friends of James Kilgore,” officials at the University of Illinois created a committee to consider Kilgore’s “employability” and to recommend the way the school should deal with prospective employees with criminal records.
In a 19-page report, the committee praised Kilgore, according to Insider Higher Ed.
“The record demonstrates that Mr. Kilgore has been a successful employee and has contributed to the scholarly and academic missions of the campus,” the report proclaims.
In addition to Kilgore, the University of Illinois system has boasted a second a bona fide American terrorist in Bill Ayers, who was on the faculty at the hideously ugly University of Illinois at Chicago. (RELATED: TERRORIST UNIVERSITY: The University of Illinois System Keeps Hiring Terrorists)
Ayers, the son of a former CEO of Commonwealth Edison, is America’s most spectacularly incompetent and failed terrorist. The coddled little rich boy turned coddled bumbling terrorist was a co-founder and leader of the Weather Underground, a communist revolutionary group.
Ayers was also famous as a “family friend” to a youngish politician named Barack Obama. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn still live in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, where Obama formerly resided.
In 2010, the year he retired, Ayers was famously and unanimously denied emeritus status after a passionate speech by the University of Illinois system’s board chair Christopher G. Kennedy, who is the son of assassinated U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy.
Christopher Kennedy urged the board to vote against Ayers because Ayers had dedicated his 1974 book “Prairie Fire” to a list of people including Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy’s assassin.
This summer, the University of Illinois’s board of trustees voted 8-1 to revoke a job offer previously extended to world-class Israel hater Steven Salaita after he was an obnoxious, obscenity-hurling, black-belt jerk on Twitter. (RELATED: College Refuses Reinstatement Of Anti-Israel Prof)
Salaita, a leading light in the movement among obscure academics to boycott Israel, had been slated to begin teaching at the school’s backwater Native American Studies department this fall. (RELATED: Bizarro ‘Zionist’-Hating Professor Who Tweeted Himself Out Of A Job Now Calls Civility ‘REPRESSIVE’)