First lady joins effort to stem Chicago violence

2013-03-27T19:30:00Z First lady joins effort to stem Chicago violenceThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 27, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO | First lady Michelle Obama is joining Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago business leaders in an effort to raise $50 million to address youth violence.

In a news release Wednesday, Emanuel's office says the first lady will be in Chicago April 10 for a meeting with local philanthropists and business people.

The group will work to support and expand programs that serve at-risk youth. It also will encourage residents to get involved as donors and volunteers.

Emanuel says the greatest thing Chicago can do is give its children the support they need to build a successful life. He says he's honored to have Michelle Obama's support.

The initiative will be led by Allstate CEO Tom Wilson and Loop Capital CEO Jim Reynolds.

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