U of Illinois leader hopes Salaita lawsuit resolved soon


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois Chancellor Barbara Wilson says school administrators hope to soon resolve the lawsuit brought by a professor who lost his job offer over a series of profane anti-Israel Twitter messages. According to The News-Gazette in Champaign, Wilson told faculty members at a town hall Monday that the school is “working actively to resolve” the lawsuit brought by Steven Salaita. The university last year rescinded Salaita’s job offer over a series of his anti-Israel messages on Twitter. In his lawsuit, Salaita claims he had already been hired as a tenured professor and his speech should have been protected. Salaita’s attorneys did not comment. Wilson said she is working more on the Salaita lawsuit than “almost anything” else. Some faculty members were upset by the decision not to hire Salaita.