Carol Marin could get to the bottom of 'who hired an unqualified building inspector.' No sweat. Root it out. The Chicago Tribune could launch an eight month investigation into who hired a guy who sleeps in a garbage truck. We'd have more reporters rooting out 'systemic' corruption in the HDO - who's his clout and why?
William Ayers? He got there by elves. How about ONE little story that begins to connect the dots. Who benefited from Ayers being 'made' a professor at a public University? Why would someone with his criminal past be acceptable? Is this common University practice? Who's Bill Ayers' Chinaman? Ayers became Obama's clout; would one not want to know more? This simple citizen sure would at any rate. Did Stanley Fish* hire Ayers? Nope! Had to be during Stanley Ikenberry's reign and Capital Campaign! Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Was it to help make Cement City (UICC) more trendy and more Salon worthy? Totally Rad and Rehab?
Let's start with Wikipedia - which gets erased almost daily. Move Fast. 1987 Billy Ayers gets himself two degrees from Columbia in New York. Then, he leaps to Chicago as Distinguished Professor.
How about one news hound getting on the trail? Who hired Ayers? Who went to bat for him? Why did they go to bat for him knowing the criminal career of bombing American citizens and property? Why was that a good thing?
Ayers is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education. His interests include teaching for social justice, urban educational reform, narrative and interpretive research, children in trouble with the law, and related issues.
He began his career in primary education while an undergraduate, teaching at the Children’s Community School (CCS), a project founded by a group of students and based on the Summerhill method of education. After leaving the underground, he earned an M.Ed from Bank Street College in Early Childhood Education (1984), an M.Ed from Teachers College, Columbia University in Early Childhood Education (1987) and an Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction (1987).
He has edited and written many books and articles on education theory, policy and practice, and has appeared on many panels and symposia.
Civic and political life
Ayers worked with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in shaping the city's school reform program,and was one of three co-authors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge grant proposal that in 1995 won $49.2 million over five years for public school reform. Since 1999 he has served on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, an anti-poverty, philanthropic foundation established as the Woods Charitable Fund in 1941.According to Ayers, his radical past occasionally affects him, as when, by his account, he was asked not to attend a progressive educators' conference in the fall of 2006 on the basis that the organizers did not want to risk an association with his past.
*Stanley Fish Salon goer:
Confession time. I too have eaten dinner at Bill Ayers’s house (more than once), and have served with him on a committee, and he was one of those who recruited my wife and me at a reception when we were considering positions at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Moreover, I have had Bill and his wife Bernardine Dohrn to my apartment, was a guest lecturer in a course he taught and joined in a (successful) effort to persuade him to stay at UIC and say no to an offer from Harvard. Of course, I’m not running for anything, but I do write for The New York Times and, who knows, this association with former fugitive members of the Weathermen might be enough in the eyes of some to get me canned.