• With: Chapin Rose

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    INGRAHAM: In the "FACTOR Investigation" segment tonight, terrorists teaching at public universities. Now, you may remember that Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist and one-time friend of President Obama, used to teach at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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    Well, now, THE FACTOR has learned that James Kilgore, a convicted terrorist who spent 27 years on the run, is working at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign Campus.

    Kilgore was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical group in the 1970s responsible for bank robberies, killings, and the kidnapping Patty Hearst.

    He was finally captured in South Africa in 2002 and extradited to the United States where he was convicted for the 1975 murder of a California housewife. He served six years.

    Now, Chris Kennedy, the Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is pushing for the university to ban Kilgore from working there.

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    But some professors are actively supporting him, citing, and I kid you not, academic freedom. Joining us now from Springfield, Illinois, Republican State Senator Chapin Rose, who has been investigating Kilgore's employment at the university.

    Senator, first of all, if people hear this, and I think they'll, "You've got to be kidding me."

    CHAPIN ROSE, SENATOR, ILLINOIS STATE (R): Yes.

    INGRAHAM: Let's say this guy -- let's say this guy, it turns out, was caught praying at an abortion clinic, or had given to some propay (ph) campaign in California, the professors would probably be like, "Get him out of here," you know, "he's far too extremist for us."

    But, I guess, Symbionese Liberation Army and second-degree murder, that's academic freedom?

    ROSE: Laura, it's just crazy. And, frankly, my constituents -- living in a university town, there's always something interesting and there's a lot of rolling of the eyes goes on.

    But, you know, my constituents are beyond angry. And the fact is, the state always got all kinds of budget problems. And it turns out that there's, apparently, money for this.

    And I just -- you know, you learn these things, you read about them and you go, "There they go again." Absolutely amazing.

    INGRAHAM: Well, what's the recourse here for the citizens in your district. I bet, if you took a poll on this, right, there'd probably be --

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    ROSE: Right.

    INGRAHAM: -- overwhelming support for what you're trying to do. But the university has its own charter, although taxpayer money obviously goes to the university. But they have their own --

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    -- charter and their own rules for hiring and firing, do they not.

    ROSE: Yes, sure they do. But, you know what, this is a public institution, it's a lingering institution. The state of Illinois spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year --

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    -- in taxpayer dollars on this institution. And the tuition payers, quite frankly, have fair value issues here. You know, the guy has a Ph.D. in African Studies which was issued in, frankly, an assumed name, --

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    -- you know. And the last thing he was doing was teaching art. I mean, if you're a student at the University of Illinois, --

    INGRAHAM: But can't they find anyone else. I mean, what is he teaching now --

    ROSE: No, I mean -- this is -- right. It's art, art.

    INGRAHAM: What is he teaching now at the university. Art.

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    ROSE: Actually, right now, it's -- yes, he's just finishing up an art class at the U of I.

    INGRAHAM: Oh.

    ROSE: And he has a Ph.D. in African Studies. I mean, this kind of stuff is crazy.

    You know, look, the guy is entitled to live his life. He's served his sentence. But it doesn't mean we have to put him on the payroll.

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    I mean, this is just --

    INGRAHAM: Well, I guess, -- I mean, it kills me to play devil's advocate in this situation --

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