State legislator wants William Ayers fired from UIC
He presents broader bill that would have effect of removing '60s
radical from teaching post; questions arise over proposal's legality
by Ashley Rueff
February 5, 2009
A Republican in the Democratic-dominated Illinois Senate wants to
fire university professor William Ayers, whose history as a 1960s
radical became a national campaign issue because of his association
with President Barack Obama.
Ayers, a member of the Weather Underground group blamed for setting
off bombs in government buildings to protest the Vietnam War, became
a flashpoint in the presidential campaign. Before he was a state
senator, Obama worked on school reform issues with Ayers, a professor
at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
State Sen. Larry Bomke, a Springfield-area Republican, wants Ayers
removed from his university post under a proposal that says anyone
who has committed an act of violence against the governments of the
United States or Illinois cannot work at a public university.
Ayers could not be reached for comment. But his wife and former
Weather Underground member, Bernardine Dohrn, called the bill
"obviously, patently insane."
Bill would fire ex-Weatherman Ayers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb 5, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- An Illinois
lawmaker says he wants to fire university professor William Ayers
because of Ayers' 1960s and 70s involvement in the radical group the
State Sen. Larry Bomke, a Republican in the Democratic-controlled
Illinois state Senate, proposed that anyone who committed an act of
violence against the governments of the United States or Illinois
cannot work at a public university, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Ayers, a distinguished professor of education and senior scholar at
the University of Illinois at Chicago, was a member of the
far-leftist Weather Underground, blamed for bombing public buildings
to protest the Vietnam War.
Ayers became a flash point in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign
when Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama of "palling around
with terrorists who would target their own country."
Before Obama was a state senator, he worked on school reform issues
with Ayers, while serving on education boards in Chicago.
Obama last year called Ayers "somebody who engaged in detestable acts
40 years ago, when I was 8."
Ayers could not be reached for comment on Bomke's proposal.
But his wife and former Weather Underground member Bernardine Dohrn
told the Tribune she thought the bill was "obviously, patently insane."