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Illinois trustees vote to retire Chief Illiniwek

Updated: March 13, 2007, 4:46 PM ET
Associated Press

URBANA, Ill. -- The University of Illinois swept aside the last vestiges of Chief Illiniwek on Tuesday, voting to retire the mascot's name, regalia and image.

The school will continue to call its sports teams the Fighting Illini under the resolution. Chancellor Richard Herman is to decide how and when Chief Illiniwek's name and image will stop being used and licensed to apparel makers and others.

Activists and some American Indians have long complained the chief is ...

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