Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the White House today after attending the Washington D.C. kickoff of a mayoral infrastructure task force he chairs with former President Bill Clinton.
The mayor met with President Barack Obama and other "old friends" at the White House, talking to them about "Chicago priorities," Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said. She did not provide specifics about Emanuel's agenda at the White House, where he served as Obama's chief of staff before stepping down to run for mayor of Chicago.
The president, vice president and the national security team were briefed today in the White House Situation Room about the ongoing events in Boston, but Hamilton said she did not know if the mayor was on hand for that or if he talked to Obama about the search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Earlier today, Emanuel attended the first meeting of the US Conference of Mayors Infrastructure Financing for Cities Task Force. Emanuel is co-chairing the task force with Clinton, who came to Chicago in March 2012 to join the mayor in launching the Infrastructure Trust, a city organization set up to use private investment money to fund big ticket infrastructure projects. The event was mostly closed to the press.
"It was the kick-off, so they didn't really get into specifics," Hamilton said of today's meeting. "They talked about the broad strokes of finding innovative ways to pay for infrastructure improvements, and the mayors broke out into working groups to discuss strategies."
Emanuel flew out to D.C. Thursday, getting there later than expected when his flight was delayed due to the heavy storms that hit Chicago. His appearance with The Atlantic on immigration reform and gun control was cancelled.
He is scheduled to return to Chicago today, Hamilton said.Copyright © 2015, CT Now