Emanuel Cautions Trump on Immigration
The Chicago mayor and president-elect discussed immigration, education and White House ops

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Wednesday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Donald Trump in New York City Wednesday morning, speaking briefly about White House operations and beseeching the president-elect to reconsider his hard-line stance on immigration.

The meeting was the result of a post-election phone call in which Trump extended Emanuel an invitation to meet next time both men were on the East Coast, an Emanuel spokesman said. 

Teens Charged With Murder in Davis’ Grandson Slaying
Jovan Wilson was shot and killed Friday in Chicago

Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis’ grandson was shot and killed after an argument over a pair of gym shoes, according to police. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Suspects in the shooting death of Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis’ 15-year-old grandson have been charged with first-degree murder, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Jovan Wilson was shot in the head late Nov. 18 in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood after arguing with the two teenage assailants over a pair of gym shoes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Da Coach Turns Down The Donald
Mike Ditka politely declines Trump's invitation to the GOP convention

Mike Ditka supports Donald Trump, but won't speak for him at the Republican convention. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is passing  on the opportunity to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month.  

The news from Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed comes after reports  that Ditka had been mentioned as a potential guest for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom Ditka has endorsed.   

Obama Takes Uphill Supreme Court Battle to Chicago
President to press Republicans, who say he's wasting his time

President Barack Obama will head to his law school to make the case for a Merrick Garland confirmation. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama will return to the friendly confines of the prestigious university where he taught constitutional law to argue the country’s founding document means the Senate should take up his final-year Supreme Court nominee.  

Obama travels to the University of Chicago on Thursday, where he is expected to continue trying to mount public pressure on vulnerable Senate Republicans -- and their leadership -- to give Merrick Garland confirmation hearings and, ultimately, a floor vote.  

Roskam Twitter Wars With Jake Tapper
Illinois congressman is defending his beloved deep-dish pizza

Chicago-area Reps. Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren got into a food fight with CNN's Jake Tapper. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call)

On Wednesday, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., was featured in Roll Call’s Chicago-style pizza tasting  dishing on deep dish pizza. On Thursday, he was defending the city's signature dish.  

Around 10 a.m. on Thursday, Roskam tweeted that a pizza museum was coming to Chicago next month. CNN’s Jake Tapper, a Roll Call alum, responded , “doesn’t make much sense given the bread pie Chicago thinks is pizza.” And the battle was on.  

Noshtalgia: Digging Into Chicago-Style Pizza
Chicago Pols Chew on Their Culinary Birthright

Paying homage to the defining treat of one’s youth can be tricky — particularly when competing against a chain restaurant that’s convinced the public that what it dishes out is the real thing.  

All of which makes entrepreneurial chef Tom Madrecki that much more determined to share his version of Chicago-style pizza with pie lovers in the nation’s capital.  

White House: Trump Appeals to Voters' 'Darker Impulses'
Spokesman blames GOP congressional leaders for candidate's rise

Attendees clash during a Trump rally at the International Exposition Center on Sunday in Cleveland. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House stepped up its anti-Donald Trump message three days after violence forced him to cancel a campaign rally, blaming both the GOP presidential front-runner and Republican congressional leaders for his rise.  

Though Press Secretary Josh Earnest did not directly blame Trump for the clashes between his supporters and protesters Friday night in Chicago, he did say President Barack Obama is concerned the candidate is "appealing to people's darker impulses ... to provide energy to his campaign." Trump’s calls to eject demonstrators and, as the White House spokesman put it, “rounding up” Muslims and illegal immigrants fail to live up to the “values … that have defined our country,” Earnest said.