President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the issues of gun control and helping poor families elevate to the middle class during his speech in Chicago this Friday. Obama will touch on “ladders of opportunity” like minimum wage and increased access to education, which he believes will assist poor families boost their economic status, according to a White House official.
Obama is expected to speak at Hyde Park Academy, which will be open only to guests who have tickets to the event. Obama’s visit to Chicago is part of a three-state tour to discuss the president’s policies after his State of the Union speech. The Chicago visit comes in the wake of the shooting death of 15 year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton, who was allegedly killed by gang members that shot into a crowd of King College Prep students who took shelter from the rain at a park that is less than a mile away from the president’s Hyde Park home.