Chance The Rapper Continues Mission To Improve Chicago Schools After Disappointing Meeting With Illinois Governor
"I just want people to do their jobs."
Chance the Rapper is determined to improve schools in Chicago, and he won’t be deterred by the “vague answers” that he received from the Illinois governor, Bruce Rauner. The Grammy winner met with Rauner Friday (March 3) to discuss a funding increase for the nation’s third largest public school system.
“I’m here because I just want people to do their jobs,” the Windy City native told the press appearing disappointed following the closed-door meeting with Rauner.
“I did speak with the governor I asked him about funding CPS with that $215 million that we discussed in May of last year, and was vetoed last December,” Chance said. “The kids are on the table right now and we spoke for a second it sounded like we were going somewhere, but it sounds like it’s hinged on passing other bills.
“I’m not a politician, I’m here because I’m a dad,” explained the 23-year-old rapper. “I’m an after-school teacher, I care about the kids. “
The meeting however, wasn't as productive as Chance would've hoped. “He asked me where the $215 is going to come from. He gave me a lot of vague answers, so we’ll se what happens. He has my personal number.”
And Chance doesn't intend on backing down.
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
Rauner offered a more ambiguous recap of their exchange, noting that he has a “huge respect” for Chance’s passion for “improving school opportunity for the children of Chicago.”
“I share his passion,” stated the Republican governor. “That’s the reason I ran for governor. We focussed primarily on getting more money for Chicago and how to pay for that, we talked about the importance of getting more money for all school children in Illinois, especially low-income children.
“I hope we can come to some good solution,” added Rauner.
CPS is struggling to cover employee pensions, as payments are expected to increase from $676 million in the 2016 fiscal year to roughly $720 million, reports Reuters.