U of I Sues For Depiction Of Chief + 'Make Illinois Great Again'

Mar 28, 2018

It's well known that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign once used the depiction of a Native American chief as a symbol for its sports teams. The school retired Chief Illiniwek about a decade ago. But that hasn’t stopped some fans from using the likeness or even portraying the Chief. A new court filing alleges copyright infringement.

A sparsely populated Facebook account has been offering shirts for sale with the Chief's likeness and the words "Make Illinois Great Again" - a nod to the campaign slogan made popular by President Donald Trump. Hannah Meisel is a U of I alum who covers Illinois law for Law 360. She wrote about the case, and joined us for this interview about it: