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Maggie Daley Touts Importance of "After School Matters"

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Maggie Daley Touts Importance of "After School Matters"
AP Maggie Daley's fighting spirit will be honored with the dedication of a hospital building. AP

Chicago's First Lady on Thursday delivered a pitch for her favorite cause: After School Matters.

At the City Club Luncheon, Mrs. Daley offered why the program -- that will soon celebrate its 20th year -- is so important to Chicago teens.

"Our teens have a lot of fun," she said, but also adding that "data shows After School Matters works."

Students have "better attention, lower course failures and are six times less likely to drop out of school," she noted.

"When I say I really want this program to be available to all teens, in my heart I want that more than anything.  That's a big stretch, but you know what? -- working together, we can do it," she said. 

Mrs. Daley continues to get around on crutches. A titanium rod was placed in her leg this spring as part of her cancer treatment. She did not mention her own health during her prepared remarks, but said she "felt wonderful" when speaking to reporters afterard.

"I feel great.  I really do," she said.

Mayor Richard Daley was also on hand for Thursday's luncheon.

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