By Cliff Kincaid
August 6, 2009
The University of Illinois, which employs communist terrorist Bill Ayers as a professor, has been hit by an admissions scandal which has forced the resignation of the chairman of its board of trustees. An investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that more than 800 undergraduate applicants received special consideration from 2005 to 2009 because “they had powerful patrons, including elected officials, trustees and donors.” It added that “Dozens more law and graduate school applicants also got preferential treatment.”
But how did Bill Ayers get his job? All signs point to his rich father, Thomas Ayers, who was CEO of Commonwealth Edison and a major power player in the Chicago establishment. Will the Chicago Tribune investigate this? Thomas Ayers sat on the board of the Tribune Company, which publishes the Tribune.
Thomas Ayers also sat on the board of Northwestern University, where Bill Ayers’ wife and fellow terrorist Bernardine Dohrn got a teaching job.
As a result of what the Tribune has revealed in the admissions scandal, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn created an Illinois Admissions Review Commission, which is scheduled to release a written report on the controversy this week. However, the commission has not been charged with investigating how professors got their jobs. This is a major omission.
Considering his history of terrorism, including bombing police stations, many people have been intrigued by the question of how Bill Ayers got to be a tenured “Distinguished Professor” of Education at the University of Illinois. That is why I submitted a state Freedom of Information Act request to the University of Illinois. I wanted to know how he was appointed and how he got tenure. I then asked Professor Mary Grabar, who has completed a major report (PDF) on the work and history of Professor Bill Ayers, to analyze the results of my request. She reports:
“A review of Ayers’ curriculum vitae shows a rapid path through the educational system after he came out of hiding in 1979 for his involvement in bombings of U.S. government buildings with the domestic terrorist group Weatherman. Charges were dropped after the Carter Justice Department charged the two FBI agents with illegal surveillance. Enrolling at the nation’s premier training academy for progressive teachers, Columbia University’s Teachers College, Ayers soon earned both an M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching (1987).