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

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the shirt that inspired a lawsuit

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:

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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