First Lady Michelle Obama will make her third visit to Chicago of the year next month, something she did rarely during President Obama’s first term and a possible sign she is laying the groundwork for a 2016 Senate run in Illinois.
The April 10 appearance is of particular interest because it does not involve either of her pet projects – support for military families and kids’ health.
Instead, the first lady will speak at a youth violence event “to address local business and community leaders about providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential,” according to the White House.
Like her previous appearance in Chicago February 27, Michelle will be attending a political event alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Her earlier trip to Chicago was part of a nationwide blitz to promote her “Let’s Move” kids’ health initiative.
On February 9 she flew to Chicago to be on hand for the funeral of a girl who participated in President Obama’s Inauguration and was killed by gun violence days later.
Mrs. Obama has been generally raising her profile as of late, making appearances and doing various media events – including social media and TV – in Washington and around the country.
A 2016 race would be the perfect opportunity for the first lady. The sitting senator who would be up for reelection, Mark Kirk, is a Republican who is ailing and might not even choose to run again.