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More than 44,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the University of Illinois at Chicago to cancel a rally for Donald Trump planned for Friday on campus. "Donald Trump is running on a platform of hate and dangerous intolerance. It has no place in Chicago but especially not at an institution of higher learning," says the petition.

Michael D. Amiridis, chancellor of the university, released a statement in which he said that the university has no basis to bar Trump. "Consistent with its role as a public university, the University of Illinois at Chicago is not endorsing, sponsoring or supporting any candidate for political office," said the statement. "At the same time, it has been our standard practice for decades to rent available space on campus to any political candidate when requested. As a result, we have a long history of campaign events on campus, and no legal basis to exclude any candidate because of the views he or she expresses."