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First lady takes gun control push to Chicago

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First Lady Michelle Obama will take the White House’s legislative push for gun control to her hometown of Chicago Wednesday where she will address a luncheon on youth violence.

Mrs. Obama’s remarks will focus on urging Chicago business leaders to invest in opportunities for youth across Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Hosted by Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, luncheon attendees will include members of Chicago’s leading civic organizations: The Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Executives’ Club and World Business Chicago.

Following the luncheon, the first lady will meet with a small group of students and counselors at Harper High School on Chicago’s South side. The school has been wracked by violence in the past year with 29 current or former students having been shot – eight of them fatally.

Of the high school’s approximately 600 students, the majority are considered low-income and 22 percent are enrolled in special education classes, according to the White House.

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