St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision on November 24.
(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)
December 19, 2014

St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

Some witnesses were clearly lying when they spoke to a grand jury about the August police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., according to St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch.

graphic of the seal of the university of illinois
credit: University of Illinois
December 18, 2014

U of I Task Force On Sexual Assault Begins Work

University of Illinois sealA University of Illinois task force on sexual assault has started meeting and plans to survey the school's three campuses to assess the situation at each.  

University spokesman Tom Hardy says the new task force met for the first time Wednesday. The group is supposed to finish surveys at the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses by the spring.  

University President Robert Easter created the group in late October. He said in a letter at the time that the task force was started because ``issues concerning sexual violence on college campuses have been in the national spotlight.''  

Sexual violence in college and the military has become a prominent national issue.  

Hardy says the task force has about 18 members. They include students as well as public-safety officials, student-services staff and others.

Undated photo of James Kilgore
(Photo courtesy of James Kilgore)
December 05, 2014

After Being Cleared For Employment, James Kilgore To Teach U of I Course In The Spring

photo of James KilgoreControversial professor James Kilgore will teach at the U of I in the Spring, after a semester of being barred from employment at the school. Kilgore was reinstated as an adjunct lecturer.

Kilgore had been working at the U of I since 2010, as a part-time instructor and supplementing that job with a grant-writing position elsewhere at the U of I. But in the Spring, Kilgore's contracts were not renewed for either job after a media report revealed the professor's past in the Symbionese Liberation Army, a 1970s-era terrorist group.

The SLA is most famous for kidnapping socialiste Patty Hirsch in 1974. The next year, Kilgore was involved in a bank robbery that ended with one person dead. Kilgore spent years on the run, but eventually served his prison sentence, and found work at the U of I.

Last month, the Board of Trustees cleared the way for Kilgore to be re-hired, after months of faculty and staff lobbying the Board to reconsider its policing of hires.

Professor Tom Bassett says he's eager for Kilgore to teach an eight-week seminar to undergraduates in the Spring.

"Professor Kilgore has an excellent track record in the classroom," he said, pointing to Kilgore's rating of "excellent" by students in official class reviews. "I'm delighted to have an excellent teacher returning to the classroom."

The class is part of a required undergraduate course of study in the Global Studies department, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The course is titled "Sweat Shops or Flat World Opportunities? Exploring the New World of Work," which centers around the changing global labor market, Bassett says.

Kilgore will be paid $3,500 for the eight weeks, breaking down to $437.50 per week, pre-taxes.

But at least one wealthy donor isn't happy with the decision and has threatened to pull $4.5 million in promised funding to the Chicago campus.

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