Former 1970s radical James Kilgore again hired by University of Illinois to teach

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FILE - This Feb. 5, 2014 file photo shows James Kilgore, a faculty member at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Ill. The university has rehired Kilgore, a 1970s-era radical, to teach a course next semester. Thomas Bassett, the director of Global Studies at the Urbana-Champaign campus, said Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, that Kilgore's proposal to teach the course "Sweatshops or Flat World Opportunities?” Exploring the new World of Work" was approved this week. Earlier this year the university told Kilgore it would no longer hire him. That followed news-media stories about part-time university work he’d done since his 2009 prison release. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz, File) MANDATORY CREDIT


CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — The University of Illinois has hired 1970s-era radical James Kilgore to teach a course next semester.

Thomas Bassett is director of Global Studies at the Urbana-Champaign campus. He said Friday that Kilgore's proposal to teach the course "Sweatshops or Flat World Opportunities? Exploring the new World of Work" was approved this week. Kilgore will be paid $3,500.

Kilgore declined comment.

Earlier this year the university told Kilgore it would no longer hire him. That followed news stories about university work he'd done since his 2009 prison release.

Kilgore served time for his role in a 1975 bank robbery committed by members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army during which a housewife died.

Last month university trustees cleared the way for him to return by saying part-time hires are campus-level decisions.

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