Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday proposed allowing Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fill the Chicago Public Schools budget hole by draining the city's Tax Increment Financing district funds.
Grammy-award victor Chance the Rapper is donating US$10,000 each to 10 public schools in his hometown of Chicago, for a total of US$1 million, and asked IL governor Bruce Rauner to "do his job" in a meeting Monday, over a major budget crisis in the public school system.
"While I'm frustrated and disappointed by the governor's inaction", he continued", it will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago's most valuable resource: "its children. "You are an example of the power of arts education".
Chance the Rapper has put up $1m to support arts programming for schools in the USA city of Chicago, which have been suffering from a lack of funding. "I'm challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and all across the nation to donate and to take action", said the rapper, at times reading formally in contrast to his on-stage poise.
Chance has always been an outspoken advocate for Chicago, where he grew up.
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During his announcement, Chance implied that there was still much more work to be done, and called on others to get involved as well, said Vibe magazine.
The rap star, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, was born in Chicago and attended public school in his hometown. And with an initial $1 million donation, he made it clear that he will continue pressuring Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to allocate more funding for public schools. CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner sad the plan was "racially discriminatory" because it "actually demands that Chicago students do more to get the same funding that every other student in the state of IL is entitled to receive". This begins with the $1 million, meaning an additional ten schools are already receiving $10k - the first being Wescott Elementary. This isn't about celebrities, and it's not about Governor Rauner; everyone needs to do their job.
"Our talks were unsuccessful", Chance said.
Chance also mentioned receiving a text earlier in the day from Common, another Grammy-winning rapper from Chicago's South Side, who has pledged his support of CPS alongside Chance. While its common for artists to have benefit shows and donate proceeds from tours to causes, it's not often that you see an artist trying to have a go in politics and actually fork out money from their own pocket to fix the problems in their home city.