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University of Illinois mascot Chief Illiniwek comes out for a final bow at halftime during the Fighting Illini's game against Michigan in Champaign, Illinois, Wednesday, February 21, 2007. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Fighting for the Chief

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A popular university athletics symbol comes under attack by people who say it demeans American Indians and feeds stereotypes, division and racism.

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After much controversy, the university and state higher education officials begin a transition. But members of the Legislature step in and propose writing the much-revered, 80-year-old symbol into state law.

In Illinois.

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