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Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, last week met on the school row with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican.

Chance The Rapper's decision to infuse $1 million into Chicago Public Schools-a "call to action", as he called it-is getting attention in high places.

Prior to Chance's press conference on Monday, Rauner's administration circulated a memo with options for funding public schools, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"This is about taking care of the kids", he said during a Monday press conference at Westcott Elementary School on Chicago's south side. "I'm challenging major companies and corporations to donate and take action", he said.

This donation, Chance explained, was made possible by fans; the money is coming from ticket sales to his Coloring Book World Tour and partnerships with Live Nation, AEG and independent promoters and venues. "Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning", he said.

Rauner previously vetoed plans for funding the schools in a dispute with the legislature over ballooning pension costs. "It's past time for the governor to step up, as Chicago's taxpayers already have, and end the state's separate and unequal funding for Chicago students".




"The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and since has called me over the weekend", Chance, said. The district, which is the third largest in the country, warned last week that it would have to make cuts to its summer school program and shorten the school year by about 3 weeks, which would save roughly $96 million, if the state does not intervene. We've got the details on how he just donated $1 million to the school system that he is a product of.

Rauner is now gambling that white IL would rather watch Chicago public schools be defunded than think about sharing their largesse with the mostly black and Latino CPS.

Chance said Monday that their conversation had been "unsuccessful" and that Rauner would only propose solutions with "caveats and ultimatums".

"Governor Rauner, do your job", Chance ordered in front of a room packed full of students and reporters at Westcott Elementary School. "He told me that in 48 hours, you know, Springfield is in session next week".

While the $1 million gift to needy kids is a tough act to follow, Chance had no problem closing on a powerful note with a message directed at Governor Rauner in the wake of their fruitless discussions.

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