Protest vigil held ahead of Chicago Trump rally

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CHICAGO -- U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Chicago activists and students are holding a 24-hour protest vigil outside the University of Illinois at Chicago venue where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to speak Friday.

Organizers say they are motivated by disparaging comments Trump has made, including about Mexicans and Muslims. One group of UIC students will meet nearby and march to the site.

Dozens of faculty and staff at UIC have already asked the administration to cancel the rally over fears it could become dangerous, and other questions about security are being raised.

UIC Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis wrote a letter to the campus, saying the school isn't endorsing Trump, just allowing his campaign to rent the space.

Trump has campaigned in Illinois twice before. In November he spoke at a rally in Springfield. He addressed the City Club of Chicago in June.

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