Bernardine Dohrn and William Ayers, who disappeared into the radical-left underground a decade ago, may soon come out of hiding as a result of plea bargaining being conducted here.
A New York lawyer, Michael Kennedy, has contacted the office of outgoing State's Attorney Bernard Carey to seek a deal on any outstanding charges against the two leaders of the Weather Underground movement.
There apparently are no outstanding federal charges against Dohrn and, ironically, no local or federal charges remain against Ayers, 35, the son of Thomas G. Ayers, chairman of the executive committee of Commonwealth Edison Co.
The younger Ayers, during his long flight from the law, apparently was unaware that no criminal charges had been outstanding against him since 1973.
Kennedy, reached Saturday at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y., would not comment on his plans to surrender Dohrn and Ayers.
Dohrn, 38, will face aggravated battery and other local charges stemming from the so-called Days of Rage street demonstrations staged by the Weather Underground here in October 1969.
Kennedy reportedly offered to surrender Dohrn and Ayers in return for assurances that probation would be sought for them after they entered guilty pleas to any outstanding charges. Kennedy was told that since Carey is leaving office Dec. 1, any decision on plea bargaining would have to come from the newly elected state's attorney, Richard M. Daley.