Call For Banning Convicted Terrorists From Illinois Classrooms


·        The push comes in House Bill 150, for which Representative Charles Meier is the lead sponsor.  Co-sponsors include Reps. Adam Brown and Bill Mitchell.  HB 150, if enacted into law, will ban universities and community colleges from knowingly employing a person who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit terrorism.  Under Illinois law, terrorism is defined as a wide variety of acts carried out to destroy or damage vital elements of public infrastructure such as computer networks, communications systems, food supplies, water supplies, and fuel and energy supplies.

HB 150 was introduced after the rehiring of a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army as an instructor at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) in 2014. James Kilgore was convicted of second-degree murder after his participation in a 1975 bank robbery in Carmichael, California.