24-hour vigil precedes protest at Donald Trump rally in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- A 24-hour protest continues at the University of Illinois-Chicago ahead of Donald Trump’s visit Friday.

Trump plans to hold a rally at the UIC Pavilion at 6 o’clock.

On Thursday night, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, activists, and students started what they called a day long protest vigil outside of the venue.

They say they’re upset over trump’s disparaging comments about Mexicans and Muslims.

Dozens of faculty and staff at UIC have already asked the administration to cancel the rally over fears it could become dangerous.
Protesters have been roughed up inside other Trump rallies.

Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis wrote a letter to the campus, saying the school is not endorsing Trump.  It's just renting the space to his campaign.

“We say no to hate and no to racism.  This is a sanctuary city.  This is a great city,  and our city says no to you, Donald Trump," said activist Julie Contreras.

“We are peacefully going to gather, we will have songs, we will have speeches, we will have prayers, and at 6 o’clock, most of us will leave," said Gutierrez.

The formal protest will get underway outside UIC Pavilion at four o’clock Friday afternoon.

Trump is scheduled to take to the podium inside two hours after that.

Trump is not the only candidate in Chicago.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz also has an event in the area tonight.