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Trump's Canceled Chicago Rally Will Cost Campaign $49K: Contract

By Stephanie Lulay | March 14, 2016 6:46am
 Donald Trump's rally was canceled for safety reasons as protesters filled the UIC Pavilion.
Trump Rally and Protest
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CHICAGO — Although GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's appearance at a rally in Chicago was canceled at the last minute, his campaign will still foot the bill for staging the event.

According to a contract obtained by DNAinfo Chicago, Trump's campaign is on the hook for an estimated $49,000 in costs associated with renting the UIC Pavilion Friday. 

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The Trump campaign agreed to pay the University of Illinois at Chicago $22,343 to rent the venue, plus cover an estimated $27,000 in reimbursable costs, according to the contract. The $27,000 was expected to cover costs associated with having an increased UIC Police presence at the event and ambulance services. 

 Donald  Trump won't take the stage until 6 p.m ., but that didn't stop protesters from turning up hours early — and getting removed from line early, too.
Anti-Trump Protesters Rally Outside UIC Pavilion
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Final reimbursable costs were expected to be determined immediately after the event, according to an agreement signed by Corey Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager. 

And while Donald Trump told CNN that "we had an estimated 25,000 people" in and around the arena Friday night, records show that the Trump campaign expected about 8,000 supporters at the UIC Pavilion for the rally. 

The arena can hold up to 10,000, according to the University, and was about 80 percent full when the rally was called off 30 minutes after it was supposed to start, amid confrontations between protesters and supporters. 

As part of the agreement, the University agreed to not make "any unnecessarily disruptive announcements" during the event and agreed to not cease Trump's political speech regardless of content. 

Asked if he felt his tone on the campaign trail led to the problems Friday, Trump said no.

"I don't take responsibility. No one has been hurt at our rallies. I've had 25,000, 35,000 people ... and we've never had anyone hurt, or certainly seriously hurt," he said.


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