First Lady In Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- First lady Laura Bush says the business community shares the moral responsibility to help America's young people.

Bush spoke today at a summit of business leaders put on by Cease-Fire.

During her appearance at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Bush praised the program, which uses outreach workers to try to keep violent situations from escalating and to prevent neighborhood violence before it occurs.

Bush says the business community can help by giving people jobs. She says employment offers a legitimate sense of purpose to young people who might otherwise look to boost their egos by joining gangs.

The first lady added that businesses also benefit by getting involved in reducing violence because safer communities mean more productive workers and better places to do business.

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