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Controversial billboard taken down

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

That controversial Unabomber billboard you may have seen while driving on the Eisenhower Expressway Friday is no longer.

The Heartland Institute — a conservative non profit claiming the global warming crisis is "man-made" — pulled the ad featuring Ted Kaczynski after just 24 hours amid criticism from opponents, and even friends and supporters of the group.

The electronic sign near Maywood read, "I still believe in Global Warming. Do You?" Just below was the organization's web address www.heartland.org.

The digital billboard was to be the first of several in a campaign likening global warming supporters to infamous criminals: Charles Manson; Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee, who was shot and killed in 2010 when he took hostages in Maryland.

Despite ending the "experiment," the group is not apologizing.

"We know that our billboard angered and disappointed many of Heartland's friends and supporters, but we hope they understand what we were trying to do with this experiment," Joseph Bast, Heartland Institute's president, said in a statement.

"We do not apologize for running the ad, and we will continue to experiment with ways to communicate the ‘realist' message on the climate."

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