President Obama is on his way to Chicago right now (as of 12:30pm Friday) to offer his solutions to two major problems hurting our country: gun violence and the slumping economy.
The president will make the case for raising the federal minimum wage and investing in education. He’s also expected to propose ways to reduce gun violence by calling for improving education, social programs, and mental health services.
The president’s return to Chicago comes on the heels of Hadiya Pendleton’s death. She was shot and killed at a park in North Kenwood, which is just a mile from the president’s home.
20 male students at Hyde Park Academy will have the opportunity to meet the president. They were selected from a mentor and behavioral skills program.
“The city is chaos. We don’t have no order. Everybody dying everyday,” said John Perisee, a student at Hyde Park Academy who will have the chance to meet the president.
“The violence is getting out of hand around here. I’m glad he’s coming to show some respect and bring attention to it,” added Jamari Triggs, another student at Hyde Park Academy.
The president’s visit to Chicago is the final stop in a three-day trip. He also went to Atlanta, GA and Asheville, NC. He launched the trip the day after his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.