Mayor’s April Fools Joke: I FOIA’d Myself

UPDATED 04/02/12 5:33 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel poked a bit of fun at himself while playing an April Fools Day joke on Sunday, when the mayor’s office announced he was filing Freedom of Information Act requests to “learn everything I can about myself.”

Early Sunday morning, the mayor’s office issued a fake press release, claiming it was the first time a mayor has ever issued a FOIA request about himself.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports

Said the mayor in the release, “I’ve cleared my schedule for the next weekend, and look forward to doing a deep dive into the documents.”

The announcement mocked Emanuel’s regular announcements crediting himself for job creation, and his well-known penchant for using profanity.

“This is the largest self-FOIA in city history,” the announcement said. “Given the scope of the documents, the FOIA response will create up to 500 jobs.”

Emanuel was quoted as saying, “It’s a new me. The only four-letter F-word I use now is ‘FOIA.’”

Read The Entire Press Release

The FOIA process is sure to turn up a wide variety of documents and records, including “e-mails, phone records, pictures, text messages, holiday cards, lunch receipts, discarded chewing gum, and autographed photos of Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th),” the mayor said in the release.

The mayor even appeared to reference Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum well-documented Google search dilemma. That problem was created several years ago when sex advice columnist Dan Savage asked readers to come up with a new definition for Santorum’s name that references a deliberately repulsive sexual term, in protest against Santorum’s opposition to gay rights.

“I’ve Google’d myself before,” Emanuel said in the release. “Who hasn’t? Other than Rick Santorum. I Google’d myself while I was riding the Brown Line to work this morning. But I consider Googling myself a down-payment on what I’m going to do now.”

The mayor also went so far as to include a purported quote from one of the best-known anti-corruption hawks in Chicago.

“The Better Government Association fully supports Mayor Emanuel in this objective, and we have committed to FOIA’ing the Mayor’s FOIA immediately,” Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association supposedly said in the release.

The mayor’s office has come under fire in recent months for repeatedly denying Freedom of Information Act requests from the media, in particular over his controversial plan to install speed cameras in Chicago.

  • G-Lep

    Queen Rahm IS an April fool’s joke. Isn’t (s)he? (S)he isn’t?! ‘scuse me while I sob uncontrollably for the rest of the day.

    • Trayvon THEE Lawn Jockey

      Rahm simply needs to F himself!!

      • Just Axin

        Tray Jock- You done take the words out of my mouf. But we’d like for him to do it for real, not on April 1.

      • G-Lep

        “mouf”? What is a “mouf”?

      • If Trayvon be here, he'd be Just Axin

        It’s a darker version of “mouth”.

      • G-Lep

        Thanks for clarifying. I’m not fully-versed in “your” ways of speaking.

      • G-Lep

        Its arrogance is astounding. It categorically denies FOIA requests, then jokes about it? Truly impressive.

  • MARY

    the bum can waste his time & his staffs time like this, but he can’t spend money to bring the police forc uip to full strngth.

  • romano

    How about letting loose on some real FOIA requests?

  • zatso

    Running a city should not be a joke!

    Your Your first joke was your running for office without a legal residence.

    Forget the courts, they are a joke also.


  • tom sharp

    Here is and “FYI” on the Mayor: This swine has changed nothing! Every where you look on big in public office, in key jobs, decision-making committees, on key boards sit Daleys, Burkes, Madigans, Jacksons, Degans, etc. He has ignored or broken legally negotiated union contracts, he has spent money he doesn’t have, and he threatens to spend more, while crime and corruption run rampant. All of this unfolding exactly it did under his predecessor. Yes Rahm, the joke is definitely on us! and FU!

    • zatso

      Looking forward to the REVOLUTION.

      How sweet it is going to be.


  • Rahm SUCKS

    What an arrogant egomaniac A$$HOLE!

    • G-Lep

      Be careful — it enjoys being called that.

  • Halimeh Hamdan

    Just be happy people and don’t say this and that, he is trying to do his job and you have to have some patience and God will take care of things all the time.

    • G-Lep

      Ahh… one of Her Highness’s brave supporters comes forward! Tell me, my good man, are you registered to vote here?

    • tom sharp

      While you’re bowing five times a day to the East, say a prayer that this crook dies quickly. Otherwise, shut up!

      • G-Lep

        Gosh, tom, what makes ya think he’s a MOO-slim?

  • Muriel

    He is an arrogant prick

  • WetNurse

    An April fool to me; will be the first person that truly believes violent crime is down and continuing to decline in my city of Chicago.

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