Chance the Rapper put his support behind mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia last year, but his endorsement didn’t do as much as his team would have liked. Now, Chance is standing behind another candidate, Toni Preckwinkle. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chance held a City Hall news conference on Thursday (March 21) to endorse the county board president who faces Lori Lightfoot in the mayoral runoff April 2. “The resounding voice has been that they don’t necessarily feel comfortable or safe going into a city where Lori Lightfoot sits on the fifth floor [of City Hall],” stated Chance at the conference. “Her past record as a prosecutor has not been in the best interest of young Black people in Chicago, hasn’t been entirely truthful. And even her campaign and the image that she’s created since the February election has been … very untrue,” he continued. Chance was surrounded by Black activists as he delivered his speech.
“The truth is that the most qualified person in terms of somebody who’s gonna look out for all the people of Chicago [and] account for the police, victims of gun crime, victims of economic crime is Toni Preckwinkle. So, I’m fully behind her,” Chance said. “I admire how he has used his influence to address the inequities in education and criminal justice throughout the city,” Preckwinkle responded in a news release. “It speaks to his nature as a public servant at heart. I look forward to collaborating with him to engage youth in the political process and on issues that matter to them.”