Hip-hop star Chance The Rapper has given back to his Chicago home town by donating $1 million to public schools in the city.
Chance met with the the Illinois state governor Bruce Rauner to discuss the lack of finances in the education sector, but the meeting didn’t turn out so well.
After the meeting, he held a press conference at the the Westcott Elementary School on the South Side of town, where he announced the huge donation.
He stated: “Today, I’m proud to announce that I am donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enrichment programming.”
“While I am disappointed in Governor Rauner, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: its children,” he said during Monday’s press conference, which was live-streamed on Instagram. “(My donation was) made possible by my fans through ticket sales for my upcoming (Coloring Book) tour (in partnership with AEG, Live Nation and Ticketmaster).”
“This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids,” he insisted, before adding, “Governor Rauner, do your job!”
“As a CPS graduate, Chance has shown Chicago students not only the heights they can achieve but the generosity they can share,” school district spokesperson Emily Bittner said in a statement.
“We also appreciate his strong advocacy for Chicago schoolchildren, who suffer under the state’s discriminatory system of funding, which Gov. Rauner continues to perpetuate.”