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Romney campaigns in Chicago, prays for Sikh victims

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago may usually be considered Democratic blue, but for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, it's flushed green with campaign cash Tuesday.

Romney did well on President Obama's home turf in suburban Elk Grove Village, and after a downtown lunch and a few stops to other well-known places, he hopes that the crowds will give him upwards of $3 million. That comes on the heels of the more than $100 million he raised last month.

Although he isn't expected to carry Illinois on Election Day in November, Romney definitely has Republican support in the state.

"What I want to do is help small business by keeping their taxes competitive, by getting regulators to encourage them rather than crush them, and by finally getting rid of an enormous cloud that hangs over all sorts of small businesses in this country, and that's the cloud of Obamacare. We've got to get rid of it."

Romney also said that the Obama administration had recently tried to make changes in welfare, specifically that the White House was granting several states exemptions from welfare rules, including Republican governors. The White House responded by saying states wanted to deisgn programs to put more welfare recipients into real jobs, accusing Romney of a gross distortion.

The Republican candidate commented also made comments on the shooting that took place at the Milwaukee Sikh gurdwara during his Elk Grove visit.

Romney said the Wisconsin shooting was "tragic" and has asked for prayers for those who were killed. He opened a campaign event by asking for a moment of silence. He said it appears the shooter was "motivated by hate" and that Sikhs are peaceful and loving.

The suspect, 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page, was killed by police. Authorities said he was a member of white supremacist heavy metal bands and posted frequent comments on Internet forums for skinheads.

Romney said he is praying for the six worshippers who were killed and for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones.

Romney resumed active campaigning after spending Sunday and Monday at his home in New Hampshire.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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