Chicago Mayor Lightfoot denies ‘homophobic, racist’ resignation rumors

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot denied what she called “homophobic, racist and misogynistic rumors” alleging she planned to resign Sunday.

The mayor of the nation’s third-largest city issued the denial after a night of rumors spread on Twitter and elsewhere.

“Good morning from my mansion in Sauganash,” Lightfoot posted in reference to widespread rumors last summer that she bought a multimillion dollar mansion in the posh Northside neighborhood.

“Seriously, though — our city doesn’t have any time for homophobic, racist and misogynistic rumors, today or any day,” Lightfoot continued.

“It’s shocking and disappointing to see some media members and verified Twitter handles are peddling this trash as truth.”

Unconfirmed rumors of Lightfoot’s supposedly impending resignation circulated on Twitter on Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

Chicago has been on edge for weeks after a city cop shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo last month.

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Authorities had previously described the shooting as an “armed confrontation,” but disturbing bodycam footage released on Thursday showed Toledo unarmed with his hands up the moment he was shot.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot discusses the videos of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer
Mayor Lori Lightfoot discusses the videos of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer
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In her tweets Sunday, Lightfoot called on city residents to disregard the rumors and get behind her leadership.

“If people hadn’t noticed, we have major challenges in Chicago we need to address TOGETHER,” she posted.

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“Anyone who wants to work with me to make progress, I’m ready. Even if we don’t always see eye to eye, if you actually love this city and want to be part of making it better, let’s do the work. The rest of you, get out of the way,” she said.

Lightfoot’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

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