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Bernie Sanders makes campaign stops in Chicago

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made two campaign stops in Chicago Thursday, at the University of Chicago and Chicago State University. (WLS)

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made two campaign stops in Chicago Thursday, at the University of Chicago and Chicago State University.

After his earlier event at U of C, Sanders is set to arrive at CSU around 8:30 p.m.

Just hours before the senator's arrival, Chicago State janitors are trying to make a statement about the Illinois budget crisis. And while they worry about layoffs, students are worrying about their education.

"I'm mainly here to support my school and CSU, because Bernie's campaign may last until November. Our school may not," says CSU senior Charles Preston.

"We do know for a fact that the education aspect will be the last to be cut. So I know they talked about janitorial staff, possibly, or other aspects that aren't necessary to make sure the seniors get their diplomas," says CSU freshman Daniel Staggs.

Sanders, who also visited Ohio and Flint, Mich., on Thursday, will step onto a campus tonight that is expected to make a major announcement Friday. About 30 percent of the school's budget comes from state funding, and the protracted budget impasse in Springfield means they are almost out of money. On Tuesday, the school announced they were accelerating the semester and canceling Spring Break.

On Thursday, Sanders supporters who approve of his free college platform waited in the cold for hours.

"We can possibly have something like free college when [my nephews] are older," says Adam Frisby, a Sanders supporter. "They could possibly have an education and not be in debt like I am."

"He seems to be the only genuine politician, the only genuine candidate who is really a voice for the people," says Sanders supporter Damien Olivares.
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