Public makes comments on Kilgore's rehiring

URBANA - The University of Illinois received several hundred emails from people both in support and opposing the decision to rehire former Symbionese Liberation Army member James Kilgore as an instructor.

Kilgore was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a 1975 bank robbery that resulted in the death of one woman.  He was released from prison in 2009, and was hired to work at the Urbana-Champaign campus.  However, in 2014 university officials informed him that his contract would not be renewed.  University officials would later reverse that decision, and Kilgore was eventually rehired.

Our news partners at The News-Gazette obtained copies of some of the emails submitted in support and against the decision through a Freedom of Information Act request.  Some of the emails supported Kilgore's hiring, stating that youthful foolishness was to blame for the crimes.  However, there were a fair share of individuals who opposed Kilgore coming back to work, expressing dismay that he could be rehired.

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