CHICAGO - First Lady Michelle Obama is heading to Chicago to speak at a conference on gun violence and speak with students at a high school deeply affected by the bloodshed.
With Congress poised to begin debate Thursday on firearms restrictions, the White House is mounting a vigorous push for action this week.
President Obama spoke Monday with families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, who have launched a lobbying campaign of their own. Vice President Joe Biden is also promoting the administration's plans this week.
Mrs. Obama's visit to Chicago on Wednesday includes a stop at Harper High School. Authorities say 29 current or former Harper students have been shot in the past year, eight of them fatally.
Mrs. Obama will also speak about youth violence at a luncheon.