1970s radical approved to return to U. of I. to teach course

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University of Illinois students may begin registering today for a one-credit course taught by a controversial lecturer.

Back in the 1970’s, James Kilgore was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical group that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst; he also went to prison for killing a man during bank robbery.

Kilgore was hired by the U of I in Urbana-Champaign five years ago, with no background check.

When his violent past came to light, his contract was not renewed earlier this year.

Critics say he has no place at the school; but Thursday, Kilgore signed an agreement to teach a Global Studies course next semester.

He’ll be paid $3,500 for the eight-session course.

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