Donald Trump Calls Off Chicago Rally Due to Security Concerns

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Protesters seen prior to a Donald Trump rally outside University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday

There was no sign of Trump inside the arena on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, where dozens of faculty and staff had petitioned university administrators to cancel the rally.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has canceled a rally in Chicago, calling off the event due to safety concerns after protesters packed into the arena where it was to take place.

The announcement that Trump would postpone the rally for another day led the crowd inside the UIC Pavilion to break out into raucous cheers.

Meanwhile, supporters of the candidate broke out into chants of "We want Trump! We want Trump!"

There was no sign of Trump inside the arena on the college campus, where dozens of UIC faculty and staff had petitioned university administrators to cancel the rally. They cited concerns it would create a "hostile and physically dangerous environment" for students.

Earlier, Donald Trump supporters and protesters alike packed into the on-campus arena for an evening rally for the Republican presidential candidate.

Many of those who were waiting in line to get into the Friday-night event identified themselves as protesters. UIC student G.J. Pryor said he wanted to disrupt Trump's speech, adding that he would only do so if he felt safe.

Some Trump supporters walking toward the arena chanted, "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" and "Illegal is illegal." One demonstrator shouted back, "Racist!"

There's a heavy police presence outside the rally, with barricades and mounted police keeping most protesters and Trump supporters apart.

Trump supporter Veronica Kowalkowsky said she has no ill will toward the protesters. But the 18-year-old said she has felt their ill will, adding: "I feel a lot of hate. I haven't said anything bad to anyone."

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