Kanye West Donates to Amara Enyia in Race for Chicago Mayor - NBC Chicago
Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers

Kanye West Donates to Amara Enyia in Race for Chicago Mayor

Kanye West announced last month that he was moving back to Chicago "and never leaving," crediting Chance the Rapper for "bringing me back."

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    The 6 Most Valuable College Majors
    AP
    FILE: Rapper Kanye West listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Less than a week after Amara Enyia received Chance the Rapper's endorsement in her bid for Chicago mayor, Kanye West made a donation to her campaign.

    The rap star and Windy City native on Monday donated $73,540 to Friends of Amara Enyia, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

    The donation pays off the exact amount of fines Enyia incurred since she ended her mayoral bid ahead of the last election and didn't close her campaign account.

    "The $73,540 debt to the Illinois State Board of Elections has been paid in full," her campaign noted in a statement. "The Amara Enyia campaign thanks Chicago native, Kanye West, for his generous action."

    Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia for Chicago Mayor

    [CHI] Watch: Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia for Chicago Mayor

    Chance the Rapper on Tuesday dispelled rumors that he would run for Chicago mayor, instead endorsing attorney and community activist Amara Enyia.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    West announced last month that he was moving back to Chicago "and never leaving," crediting Chance the Rapper for "bringing me back." West revealed that he and Chance are working on a new album together.

    Further committing himself to the city he named his third child after, West has said he plans to open a “Yeezy office” in Chicago and later added he wants to restore the Regal Theatre, though nothing has been confirmed.

    Most recently, he was spotted at a Naperville taco restaurant.

    For his part, Chance the Rapper ended speculation that he might run for mayor by announcing his support for Enyia, a Chicago attorney and community activist.

    "All the candidates started sweating because Chicago politics is about people knowing what’s possible," he said. "Nobody wants to vote for who should be mayor everybody wants to vote for who could be mayor."

    Enyia announced her campaign before Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed that he would not seek re-election, giving way to a crowded and growing field of candidates.

    'Create the Chicago That We All Deserve': Amara Enyia Endorsed By Chance the Rapper

    [CHI] 'Create the Chicago That We All Deserve': Amara Enyia Endorsed By Chance the Rapper

    Amara Enyia publicly announced Tuesday she was being endorsed by Chance the Rapper, saying "today is the beginning of Chicago's next level."

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    When asked why he would support Enyia, who was not widely considered to be a frontrunner, Chance said the odds of her victory did not factor into his decision.

    "I'd like to say, very narcissistically, if I back you you have a chance absolutely and I want to work with somebody that’s about change, somebody that’s about our community, somebody that’s about equity, somebody that’s about fairness," he said.

    He added that he's "got a lot of money - so it'll be scary."

    Chance the Rapper Goes Undercover as Lyft Driver in Chicago

    [CHI] Chance the Rapper Goes Undercover as Lyft Driver in Chicago

    Chance the Rapper goes undercover as a Lyft driver in Chicago to promote the rideshare company's new "round up" feature, allowing riders to round up their fares and donate the difference to a cause of their choice, including SocialWorks' "New Chance" campaign to benefit Chicago Public Schools. (Courtesy: Lyft)

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    Enyia ran for mayor in 2015 before exiting the race to back then-Ald. Bob Fioretti’s unsuccessful bid.

    With a doctorate in education policy, she has worked as a public policy advisor in various capacities, recently for lieutenant governor candidate Ra Joy, who fell short in the Democratic primary alongside Chris Kennedy. Enyia, 35, lives in Garfield Park and is the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She founded a social lab to educate on economic development, according to her website, and co-authored a book on municipal funding in Chicago.

    Enyia called Chance's announcement "not your typical flash in the pan endorsement."

    "Today is the beginning of Chicago's next level," she said.

    Get the latest from NBC Chicago anywhere, anytime

    • Download the NBC Chicago App

      Download the App

      Available for iOS and Android