Chance the Rapper announced Monday at Westcott Elementary School on Chicago's South Side that he is donating $1 Million dollars to the Chicago Public School fund.
The 3x Grammy award winner requested a meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner after he congratulated the south side Rapper on his Grammy wins.
"Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions," he said.
He noted that he's been in contact with several celebrities including Fellow south side rapper Common as well as corporations to discuss funding. "The check that I donated is a call to action. I'm challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and across the U.S. to donate and take action," Chance explained before accepting questions. Since the donation, Chance has received an enormous amount of support and gratitude from the City of Chicago and its affiliates including former First Lady- Michelle Obama.
The announcement comes on the heels of his meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week, where they discussed public education and other "important issues affecting" the city of Chicago and Illinois as a whole.
Following the meeting, a frustrated Chance expressed his disappointment after the meeting saying, "It went a little different than it should have," and that he was given vague answers when speaking with the governor.
At Mondays press conference, he reiterated the "vague" answers, and shouted, "Gov. Rauner, do your job!" During his statement he announced a more recent phone conversation with the Governor issuing an unsuccessful conclusion in the end. After his $1 Million dollar announcement, Chano also stated that he would quarterly donate $10K to selected CPS schools across the Chicagoland area on behalf of his Social Works Organization. The first $10K was awarded to Westcott Elementary just three blocks of Chance's stomping grounds on Chicago's south side. What's The Word caught up with the school's Principal, Monique Dockery. When asked, "How will the school utilized the donation?" she had this to say:
With all the positive tactics Chance has been contributing to his hometown of Chicago, it's safe to say he is the epitome of what it means to bring light to his city. In hopes that other public figures will do the same, Chance has really set the bar pretty high. From Chicago- Thank you Lil' Chano from 79th.