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Something Happened at a Chicago Budget Hearing That Left One Man 'Mortified

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“Commissioner, what is your annual budget for cockroach abatement?”

In this May 1, 2014 file photo, visitors are silhouetted with a slow shutter speed as they pass through the lobby of Chicago's City Hall. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago Fleet and Facility Management Commissioner David Reynolds was "mortified" Thursday when a large cockroach started scaling the wall of the City Council Chambers during his testimony, WBBM Newsradio reports.

“I was mortified,” he said. “One of our duties is pest control. It’s an old building with lots of people in it, so we very routinely do treatments for cockroaches and other pets. We often just end up chasing them around.”

In this May 1, 2014 file photo, visitors are silhouetted with a slow shutter speed as they pass through the lobby of Chicago's City Hall. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) In this May 1, 2014 file photo, visitors are silhouetted with a slow shutter speed as they pass through the lobby of Chicago's City Hall. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Reynolds was speaking about aging equipment when Alderman Brendan Reilly interrupted his testimony: “Commissioner, what is your annual budget for cockroach abatement?”

The Chicago Tribune reported that all eyes were on the large cockroach, easily visible against the white wall.

“That is possibly the largest cockroach I’ve seen at City Hall,” Reilly remarked, suggesting that cockroaches are not an infrequent sight at Chicago's City Hall.

More on the story via WBBM Newsradio.

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