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Chance The Rapper meets with Illinois Governor to discuss funding cuts to Chicago’s public schools

MEETING: Chance The Rapper

MEETING: Chance The Rapper

GRAMMY AWARD-winning Chance The Rapper met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday (March 3), seeking answers about funding for Chicago Public Schools, which have suffered extensive budget cuts and closures.

“I’m here because I just want people to do their jobs,” the Coloring Book artist told reporters outside Thompson Center in Chicago. “I asked him about funding CPS with that $215 million that was discussed in May of last year and was vetoed in December.”

The Republican governor, who is currently in a two-year budget stalemate with Democratic lawmakers, vetoed the plan to allot $215 million to Chicago Public Schools after he said Democratic leaders “publicly reneged” on a pension reform measure to slash state employee retirement costs.

“I thought that that went a little different than it should have,” an admittedly “flustered” Chance said.

“It sounded like we were going somewhere but it sounds like it’s hinged on passing other bills,” Chance continued, adding, “I’m not a politician. I’m here because I’m a dad. I’m an after-school teacher. I care about the kids.”

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