Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney will return to the Chicago area for the second time this summer to pitch the need to restore manufacturing jobs in Elk Grove Village and to raise campaign cash at two downtown fundraisers.
Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, is scheduled to speak Tuesday morning at Acme Industries, a precision-parts manufacturer, on the state of the nation's economy and the country's 8.3 percent unemployment rate for July.
Also on tap are a pair of fundraising events. The first, featuring manufacturing leaders, has tickets starting at $10,000 per person and go up to $75,800. The money will be shared between his presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.
A second reception has ticket prices starting at $5,000 per person and goes up to $50,000, said a source close to the Romney campaign Sunday who was not authorized to speak publicly about the events.
Romney held his last Chicago fundraiser in mid-June, where he raised more than $3.3 million.
The Romney appearances in President Barack Obama's hometown come several days before the Democratic president returns for three "birthday" fundraisers. Obama turned 51 on Saturday.
Next Sunday, there are afternoon fundraisers at Obama's Kenwood house and at the nearby home of friend Marty Nesbitt, CEO of an airport parking facility company. An evening fundraiser is scheduled for the home of Barbara Bowman, mother of top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Vice President Joseph Biden was in Chicago for a fundraiser last Monday.