A Chicago reporter who filed a lawsuit against
A Chicago reporter who filed a lawsuit against Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot for allegedly silencing him by pulling his city press credentials fired back at her yet again in a fierce exchange at a Wednesday city council meeting.
“You shut down our schools, you shut down the churches, you shut down the businesses. You did the one thing I thought could never happen: As somebody who was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, I never thought in my life that I would ever see the city of Chicago brought down so low,” reporter William Kelly slammed Lightfoot.
“I hope that, after today’s city council meeting, you will pack your suitcase and get the hell out of my city.”
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took heat from reporter William Kelly at a city council meeting on Wednesday. (AP)
Kelly spoke out about the tussle Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” telling host Steve Doocy that the tense moment was his chance to speak out on behalf of the citizens of Chicago.
“Even if she didn’t pull my press credentials, I still would not have had the opportunity to ask her a question or speak for the people of Chicago after the city council meeting because Mayor Lightfoot canceled her post-city council meeting press conference,” he said.
“I applied for the public comments section right before the meeting. It’s a lottery. It’s limited to five people to speak for three minutes, and the luck of the Irish – St. Patrick’s Day – I was one of the five.”
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Kelly formerly had standoffs with Lightfoot on several occasions and alleged she sought to “prevent anyone from questioning her about her multiple failures in office or about [her] false statements” in last year’s lawsuit.
Reporter William Kelly calls out Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at a city council meeting. (Fox News)
The lawsuit claimed that he had caused “great embarrassment” for the ill-fated mayor by asking her “hard and embarrassing questions.”