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President Barack Obama Hits Chicago For Fundraisers

President to take part in three campaign fundraising events amid dismal jobs report

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    President Barack Obama arrives at O'Hare International Airport on Air Force One, Friday, June 1, 2012, in Chicago.

    UPDATE: Obama Addresses Jobs in Chicago Cultural Center Speech

    President Barack Obama was back in Chicago Friday to raise funds for his presidential reelection bid.

    He'll need all the help he can get.

    Obama's trip home comes on the heels of disappointing jobs numbers. The Labor Department reports that the economy added just 69,000 jobs in May, the lowest number in a year.

    The president landed at O'Hare at around 4:30 p.m. and boarded Marine One for the brief flight to Soldier Field. From there, a motorcade took him to the Chicago Cultural Center for a fundraising reception with about 350 attendees.

    Tickets started at $2,500, campaign officials said.

    Another fundraising dinner was held at the private residence of Jim and Paula Crown. A third was at the home of Tracey and Chaka Patterson.

    Tickets to each event cost $35,800 per person. About 115 people were expected at the pair of events, but not all paid the full price.

    Proceeds from the events go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties, a campaign official said.