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Obama To Speak At Hyde Park Academy On Friday

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CHICAGO (CBS) — President Obama will return home on Friday has he continues to push his economic agenda and anti gun violence initiatives–in a speech not far from where 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was fatally shot last month.


Obama will speak at Hyde Park Academy, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave, in the final stage of a three-day swing to push the ideas he laid out on Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.

Obama is expected to talk about proposal to strengthen the U.S. economy. However, he also will likely push his agenda to curb gun violence, not just in Chicago but across the nation.

Details are pretty hush hush as neither the school nor CPS will confirm anything. But students CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez talked to know enough to be filled with anticipation.

They’ve heard a stop at Hyde Park Academy is on the president’s schedule.

The White House Press Office says the president will discuss proposals in his State of the Union that focus on strengthening the economy, but students say they were told the president will talk about putting an end to gun violence as well.

When asked why he thinks his school was picked, Dmiral Austin said, “I think he picked this school because it’s in his neighborhood. He lives close by and the most violence is happening here.”

On the presidential visit, student Theresa Convington said, “I’m excited. That’s an honor for us to be here, and for him to be at our school.”

CBS 2 has learned only a limited number of students will be invited to hear the president, and that they’ll find out who tomorrow. It’s strictly invitation only.