A hot mic captured Mayor Lori Lightfoot muttering an f-bomb during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

As Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, 33rd, was finishing her remarks about Black History Month, Lightfoot could be heard saying, “you got to be f—— kidding me.” The mayor could be seen covering her mouth while speaking.

Lightfoot later reached out to her and said she was reacting to something her staff brought to her attention, Sanchez said.

The embarrassing incident mirrors a similar moment from a 2019 City Council meeting, when a live microphone captured Lightfoot calling a Fraternal Order of Police vice president an “FOP clown.”

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As Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Patrick Murray approached the microphone available for people to speak during public comment, Lightfoot was overheard on the dais saying, “Back again. This is this FOP clown.”

Murray had approached the microphone to express support for the officers involved in the killing of Laquan McDonald who were fired by the Chicago Police Board.

Asked afterward if she’d apologize, Lightfoot repeatedly said, “I’m sorry that I said it out loud.”

Lightfoot’s predecessor as mayor, Rahm Emanuel, was famously foul mouthed, but Lightfoot can be similarly profane. During a private meeting with aldermen, she delivered a warning not to oppose her budget, telling them, “don’t come to me for s— for the next three years.”

She also told Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, that he’s “full of s—” during a different meeting.


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