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  • First lady Michelle Obama is in her hometown of Chicago to visit an education and employment program for underserved students.  Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are expected to stop at Urban Alliance Chicago on Thursday.

      First lady Michelle Obama is in her hometown of Chicago to visit an education and employment program for underserved students. Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are expected to stop at Urban Alliance Chicago on Thursday.
    Associated Press

 
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First lady Michelle Obama is telling high school graduates in her hometown of Chicago about her experiences growing up on the city's South Side to boost a career training program run by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's wife.

Obama spoke Thursday to dozens of teens with Urban Alliance. It's a nonprofit group that helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds with vocational training.

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Emanuel's wife, Amy Rule, has run the group in Chicago for its first year. The program will expand its reach in the coming months.

The former White House chief of staff, Rule and Obama took a few questions from the group. Then the event was closed to reporters.

Obama has been in Chicago a few times this year.

She and her two daughters attended a Beyoncé concert in Chicago on Wednesday.

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