Lightfoot, CDOT, IDOT targeted by fake Twitter accounts claiming DuSable Lake Shore Dr will close

Lori Lightfoot, CDOT targeted by fake Twitter accounts claiming DuSable Lake Shore Drive will close

Friday, April 21, 2023 5:51PM

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Dept. of Transportation have been targeted by fake Twitter accounts falsely announcing the permanent closure of DuSable Lake Shore Drive on May 1.

The false information was tweeted early Friday morning by an account posing as the Chicago Dept. of Transportation, alongside a photo of a nearly vehicle-free DLSD, using the Twitter handle @WeAreCDOT. The city department’s official handle is @ChicagoDOT.

The tweet was then retweeted by another false account purporting to be Mayor Lori Lightfoot, @chicagossmayor. Lightfoot’s official Twitter handle is @chicagosmayor, with one “s.”

Lightfoot spokesperson Ryan Johnson tweeted Thursday that his team is “aware of the fake Twitter accounts and is working with Twitter to resolve the matter.”

So far, it’s unknown who is behind the fake accounts. While the fake Lightfoot account has been suspended by Twitter, the fake CDOT account remains active.

To verify official city Twitter accounts, visit

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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April 21, 2023 at 01:07PM

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