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Romney kicks off fundraising tour in Elk Grove

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A suburban manufacturing tour will kick off GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's second summer stop in Chicago.

The former Massachusetts governor is expected to speak Tuesday morning at precision-parts manufacturer Acme Industries in Elk Grove Village at about 10:30 a.m., before heading to two fundraising events in Chicago.

The Acme Manufacturing event is closed to the public, but State Treasurer Dan Rutherford -- Romney's Illinois campaign chair -- has released a number of tickets to those who took presidential preference polls on his campaign website.

Acme employs about 200 employees and has two Elk Grove locations. Romney will stop by the Pratt Boulevard location. At campaign events, he customarily spends a few moments outside speaking to onlookers who were unable to obtain event tickets.

Tickets for Romney's private Chicago afternoon events range from $5,000 to more than $75,000 per person. The Romney campaign has not returned calls seeking comment on the locations of those fundraisers. Romney was last in Chicago in June, when he raised more than $3 million.

President Barack Obama will return home to Chicago for several 51st birthday fundraisers next weekend in his Kenwood neighborhood.

Romney raised more than $100 million in July, while Obama brought in $75 million. This is the third straight month that Romney has bested Obama in fundraising.

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