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    Trump to Visit Chicago Monday For First Time as President
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    President Donald Trump is expected to visit Chicago next week for a fundraiser, marking his first time in the city since becoming president.

    The trip to Chicago is scheduled for Monday, according to a spokesman for the Illinois Republican Party.

    An invite for the fundraiser, obtained by NBC 5, indicates that the event will be hosted in part by Todd Ricketts, the Republican National Committee finance chair and part-owner of the Chicago Cubs.

    Ricketts also serves as the chair of the Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee for the RNC and the president's campaign organization. In June, he hosted a reception at Wrigley Field as part of a three-day retreat in Chicago for major Trump donors.

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    Also listed among the hosts for Monday's event were RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks Jr. and Trump's Campaign Manager Brad Parscale.

    Tickets ranged widely in price, from $2,800 per person for a ticket to the lunch to $35,000 per couple for a photo opportunity, reaching $100,000 per person for access to a roundtable discussion with Trump himself.

    Details on where the event was slated to be held weren't immediately known.

    Trump's visit to Chicago coincides with the International Association of Chiefs of Police's annual convention, to be held in the city from Saturday through Tuesday.

    Trump spoke at the IACP's 2018 conference in Florida, making headlines for his remarks calling on law enforcement in Chicago to employ the practice of stop-and-frisk to "help straighten out the terrible shooting wave."

    Trump has repeatedly criticized Chicago, particularly focusing on the city's violence. He previously visited the city twice as a candidate, first in March 2016 for a rally he ultimately canceled over safety concerns, prompting clashes between the thousands of protesters and supporters who had gathered inside the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion for the event.

    Trump returned to Chicago that September for campaign event at the Polish National Alliance in the Edgebrook neighborhood, followed by a fundraiser in suburban Bolingbrook.

    Former President Barack Obama will also be in Chicago on Monday, alongside his wife Michelle Obama for the third annual Obama Foundation summit at the future location of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. 

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