Obama Returns to Chicago for Three Hometown Fundraisers

By KEN THOMAS | January 11, 2012 | 3:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will focus on American jobs Wednesday, while trying to keep his own.

He and Vice President Joe Biden will host an "Insourcing American Jobs" forum. They'll start with a round table with business leaders and industry experts about working with more companies to create jobs. The president then will speak to leaders from the private sector and government.

In the afternoon, Obama will travel to Chicago for three campaign events: He is scheduled to speak to more than 500 supporters at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with tickets starting at $44 per person. He will also attend a pair of pricier fundraisers, with tickets beginning at $7,500 for one event and $35,800 per couple for the other.

Obama's campaign has hauled in more than $150 million through September, but Democrats say they will need to compete with Republican-leaning outside groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to back specific candidates.

He'll return to Washington late Wednesday night.