Chance the Rapper is probably the biggest booster on Earth for the city of Chicago these days, and now he’s making a big move to help his beloved hometown.
Just one week after meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Chance held a press conference on Monday at Chicago’s Wescott Elementary School to announce that he would be donating a cool million bucks to the city’s public school system.
Chance is hardly a stranger to Chicago politics, having grown up the son of one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top advisers. Nevertheless, his announcement on Monday comes as part of a dedicated push by the hip-hop superstar to carve a uniquely education-focused niche in his hometown.
During his Monday afternoon press conference, Chance criticized Rauner’s budget proposal for the school district, after the governor vetoed a $250 million dollar funding plan for CPS. Chance voiced similar frustrations following his March 3 meeting with Rauner, saying it “went a little different than it should have,” and complaining that the governor gave him “vague” answers when pressed about school funding.
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Shortly after his meeting with Rauner, though, Chance tweeted an optimistic message about the future of Chicago’s public schools, hinting at more to come.
In addition to Chance’s $1 million donation, the rapper announced that his Social Works nonprofit organization would donate an additional $10,000 to individual schools for every $100,000 raised through the group.
As he closed his press conference, Chance made it clear what he expected to come out of his massive donation: political action to benefit the children of Chicago’s public school system.
Repeating a message he’s given several times in the past week, Chance addressed Gov. Rauner directly, telling him simply, “Do your job.”