Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

As Chicago Waits On Its Governor, Chance The Rapper Steps In

As Chicago Waits On Its Governor, Chance The Rapper Steps In

After an unproductive meeting with IL governor Bruce Rauner to talk about Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper takes matters into his own hands.

Chicago's Own Chance the Rapper announced Monday afternoon he will donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. "Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning".

Money for the $1 million donation will come from Chance's spring tour, set to kick off in April.

Illinois ranks dead last when it comes to funding public education, Chance the rapper explained, likely referring to a 2015 study iniated by the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

The rapper, born and raised in Chatham, had promised Friday to develop a plan after a meeting with Rauner, where the musician and artist said he told the governor: "Take our kids off the table".

The district filed the suit after Rauner in December vetoed bill that would have given CPS $215 million to help pay for teacher pensions, blowing a hole in the school system's budget mid-year. He said he left that meeting disappointed by the governor's vague answers.

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For Rauner, the two options are a way to respond to public pressure from Chance the Rapper while also putting the onus elsewhere.

In addition to his initial donation, Chance called on other Chicago companies and corporations, as well as the public, to donate. Without the $215 million, CPS has made moves to cut costs, furloughing employees and freezing school budgets.

"As a private citizen, a parent, and a product of CPS, I'm asking you to fight with me", he said.

"Gov. Rauner broke his promise to Chicago's children", Chance said, sporting a baby blue baseball cap with the number three emblazoned on it, referencing his third full-length release, "Coloring Book".

The governor's office also recommended that the city revise its TIF policy so that growth in property taxes for schools would no longer be frozen in TIF districts.

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