August 23, 2008
Documents related to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama‘s service for a nonprofit education project started by former 1960s radical William Ayers will be released Tuesday from an archive at the University of Illinois at Chicago library, the university announced.
UIC said Friday it will make public its archive of documents from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in the library’s Special Collections Department. The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was formed in 1995 to fund education reform initiatives in the city.
The university’s Richard J. Daley Library had refused to release records of the project, which had put Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in contact with Ayers, who now is an education professor in Chicago.
The university said it had determined after an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the gift that it has legal authority to allow public access.