Kennedy: Kilgore shouldn't work at U. of Illinois

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Updated: 5/09/2014 7:01 pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy says he doesn't believe 1970s radical James Kilgore should work at the university.

A committee at the Urbana-Champaign campus is now reviewing Kilgore's status after he was told he wouldn't be hired after finishing the two classes he is teaching this semester.

Kilgore came to work at the university after serving a prison term for second-degree murder for his role in a 1975 California bank robbery committed by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Kennedy told The News-Gazette in Champaign that he wants to let the committee process play out.

But he also said he doesn't believe the university should hire someone who used violence to express disagreement with the government.

Some on campus argue that Kilgore should keep his job.

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