March 11 event

March 12, 2016

Statement from Chancellor to campus after March 11 event


March 11, 2016

Statement from UIC Police Chief Kevin Booker regarding Trump rally

The University of Illinois at Chicago worked with all appropriate agencies to address the security concerns associated with an event of this nature including the Secret Service, Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police as well as campaign and protest organizers.

The vast majority of attendees at today’s events exercised their Constitutional rights of free speech and free assembly peacefully.

The abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the event created challenges in managing an orderly exit from the Pavilion, which nonetheless, was accomplished with no injuries or arrests.


March 5, 2016

UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis responds to concerns over Trump campaign’s rental of UIC Pavilion. “UIC’s core values of freedom, equality and social justice for all, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability status or sexual orientation, are deeply rooted in our diverse community and not endangered by the presence of any political candidate on campus. We encourage public and civic engagement by all members of our University and we endorse the idea that the answer to speech that one does not like or finds offensive is more speech and not censorship,” he says. Read more of Chancellor’s message



Campus email communications regarding event preparations and public safety

March 7 statement on safety

March 8 statement on safety update



Statement from the Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs

“The Chicago Police Department has extensive experience managing large scale special events. We have a working relationship with the Secret Service and are coordinating very closely with them, the Chicago Fire Department and the University on everything from logistics to traffic to safety and security.”



The Donald Trump presidential campaign has rented the UIC Pavilion to conduct a rally on Friday, March 11. Attached is the rental agreement (PDF). The campaign was charged the standard rental fee for the use of the facility plus additional costs for extra security and other services.



Media contacts

Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez, Senior Executive Director of Public Affairs
312-996-2398 (office) |  773-490-1425 (cell)

Sharon Parmet, Associate Director, News Bureau
312-413-2695 (office) | 773-519-0404 (cell)