Chance the Rapper has announced that he will donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools after he recently met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.
"This isn't about politics, this isn't about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids".
Chance said he spoke with the governor over the weekend, but the two made no more progress than they did on Friday.
The governor's pension plan Monday is one he first pushed previous year, but he ultimately vetoed a plan to send money to CPS after Democratic Senate President John Cullerton publicly suggested there had never been a deal linking the two concepts. TIF funds are typically only used to promote investment and economic development, but legislation which is now being drafted would allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to authorize a one-time transfer of $215 million from Chicago TIF funds to CPS.
Chance grew up just a few blocks from the school.
The artist said he was "frustrated and disappointed" with Governor Rauner's "vague" answers on how to solve the budget problems and noted, "our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions".
Chance's donation to Chicago's schools - through the Chicago Public Schools Foundation for Education - will come from the proceeds of his Spring Tour, set to kick off April 24 in San Diego. For every $100,000 raised through that channel, Chance will donate an additional $10,000 to a specific public high school or elementary school in the city.
"As a private citizen, a parent, and a product of CPS, I'm asking you to fight with me", he said.
City spokesman Adam Collins quickly rejected the ideas floated by Rauner's office Monday.
Watch the entire press conference below.
Chicago school officials are also suing the state because they feel the way the state allocates funds to the urban school district is discriminatory.