Chance the Rapper held a press conference Monday at a Chicago elementary school announcing he’s donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. Additionally, he’s donated $10,000 to 10 individual schools in Chicago.
He’ll donate the money through portions of tickets sales in collaboration with Live Nation, AEG and various promoters around the country.
Chano held the press conference live on Monday. It followed a meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner on Friday which Chance left “flustered,” according to the Chicago Sun Times. An excerpt from the article:
“I felt it went a little bit different than it should have,” said the 23-year-old Chance, who attended Jones College Prep. “I’m here because I just want people to do their jobs.”
He reiterated those comments at the press conference.
The Chicago Sun Times article also explained Chance’s reasoning for targeting funding for public schools.
Rauner pledged $215 million for CPS after negotiating a short-term budget last spring, with the funds contingent on legislative leaders passing a pension-reform package. Rauner later vetoed a bill that would have delivered the funds, calling the $215 million a “bailout” for cash-strapped CPS, and saying Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, had reneged on pension-reform promises.
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