The University of Illinois system sure seems fond of hiring former terrorists.

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports.

TERRORIST UNIVERSITY: The University of Illinois System Keeps Hiring Terrorists

In Illinois, the two largest taxpayer-funded universities have now boasted bona fide American terrorists on their faculties.

The University of Illinois at Chicago, a dismal and endless slab of concrete that is easily one of the ugliest campuses in America, was the well-known professional home of unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers from 1987 until his retirement in 2010.

Until just recently, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, the semi-prestigious flagship school of the state’s college system, employed James Kilgore, an adjunct instructor of global studies and urban planning, a felon and a former member of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army.

The Symbionese Liberation Army was the notorious terrorist organization that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The group also attempted two bank robberies. Kilgore participated in a 1975 bank robbery during which bank customer Myrna Opsahl was murdered.

Much later, after a nearly three-decade life on the lam spent largely in South Africa under the alias John Pape, Kilgore served six years in prison in the U.S. for second-degree murder. While on the run, he got Ph.D. and wrote articles, novels and a textbook. (The story of Kilgore’s 27 fugitive years, as told by The Guardian, is fascinating.)

After serving his time, Kilgore reunited with with his wife, Teresa Barnes, who had found a job as a history professor at the University of Illinois. He also quickly found things to protest vigorously about in the local community, including a proposed $20 million jail.

Kilgore noted that he hinted at his terrorist past when he was hired by saying, “I hope that you’ve Googled me,” according to Inside Higher Ed.