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First lady joins effort to stem Chicago violence

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — 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 press 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 will also 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 Mrs. Obama's support.

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

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