Chicago native son Chance The Rapper has announced that he will donate $1 million the Chicago Public School Foundation. As Pitchfork reported, Chance made the announcement Monday at a press conference at Oliver S. Westcott Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side. "Today I'm proud to announce that I am donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enriching programming," the rapper said. "I'm excited to share that this donation was made possible by my fans." You can check out the full press conference above.
The announcement comes after Chance met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday to discuss finding relief for Chicago public schools, which is the third largest district in the nation. Last year the governor vetoed $215 million in pension relief, stating that the funding need to be married with larger pension reforms. Both Gov. Rauner and Chance tweeted after the meeting on Friday. While Chance didn’t seem all that impressed with the sit-down, he did state in his tweet that he would have a plan Monday morning. He certainly made good on that promise. You can check out the tweets below.
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.@chancetherapper and I talked about the imp. of getting more money for all school children in Illinois, especially low-income children.— Bruce Rauner (@GovRauner) March 3, 2017
Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don't let that become the narrative. Monday morning I'll have a plan.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 3, 2017