Dan Rutherford, campaign chairman for Mitt Romney in Illinois, said Chicago's suburbs had a lot to do with the GOP candidate's win. "When you're playing a statewide race ... you look at where the votes come from and it's Chicagoland, suburban and the collar counties.
President Barack Obama aims to gather support from his hometown this weekend after trailing Mitt Romney in election fundraising for the third month.
Obama returns to Chicago Sunday for four fundraising events, including three intimate shindigs to ring in his 51st birthday. (Obama turned 51 on Aug. 5.) Meanwhile Romney arrives Tuesday for two fundraising events downtown and a speech in Elk Grove Village about reviving manufacturing jobs.
The first of his fundraising events hosts manufacturing leaders at a ticket price of $10,000-$75,800 per person, and tickets for the second event sold for $5,000-$50,000 per person, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Obama's Chi-town fundraising is scheduled to kick off around 1:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Arts Center for a Gen44 event. Tickets at the base price of $51 have sold out for the event, according to organizers.
The president then heads to a 3 p.m. party hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at his Kenwood home. The price tag to attend is $40,000 per person.
A fund-raising reception at the home of Obama's good friend Marty Nesbitt is planned a few blocks away as well as a dessert reception at Valerie Jarrett’s mother’s house. Tickets cost $5,000 and $1,000 respectively to attend.
Note: This post was originally published Aug. 6, 2012.